To Donate

Fundraising donations at Camp Lau-Ren provide concrete benefits for Canadian youth in your community. Although we are committed to keeping registration fees as low as possible so that all children can experience the benefits of the camping experience, it does not begin to cover the cost of running the camp or paying for repairs and upgrades. To keep fees low, money needs to continue to come from private donations and fundraising efforts.

Due to dedicated fundraising initiatives in the last couple years, we have completed major upgrades to our Infirmary, Staff Motel, our historic Dining Hall and a beautiful screened program building. Future projects include camper showers with septic system upgrades and a new walkway to the beach. A small donation can go a long way in helping to ensure children continue to enjoy all the things Camp Lau-Ren has to offer.

To send a cash donation to Camp Lau-Ren, please mail our Treasurer at Camp Lau-Ren, P.O. Box 1670, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0 or click here to donate by VISA or MasterCard.

If you have questions about the donation form or you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Executive Director at or call 705-862-1565.


 If you would like to hold a fundraising event in aid of Camp Lau-Ren, contact the Executive Director, Steve McCulloch, at or call 705-862-1565. We’d love to hear your ideas.

To send a donation to Camp Lau-Ren, please mail to: Treasurer, Camp Lau-Ren, P.O. Box 1670, Deep River, ON  K0J 1P0 or click here to donate by VISA or MasterCard. If you have a problem submitting your donation form, contact the Executive Director at or call 705-862-1565.

The Board of Directors is coordinating an ambitious fundraising for camper showers.  We are hoping to raise $200,000 that will help build our much needed showers.  The goal for 2024 is $50,000.  Take the plunge and help Camp Lau-Ren reach this goal!

Special Gifts

Friends of Camp Lau-Ren:

Looking back over fifty years, we find that Camp Lau-Ren not only has a long record of community service, but also a track record of growth and improvement in both Camp programs and facilities. We have applied the message of the Gospel by giving children of all backgrounds a Christian experience in our beautiful outdoor setting.

Several years ago the Board of Directors created a mission project called the Vera Forrest Campership Fund, as well as a Special Gifts Program.

Vera Forrest was the camp registrar for Camp Lau-Ren for many years and she was a dedicated volunteer in our community.  When she was killed tragically, the Board of Directors made the decision to honour her by creating a fund for families who are not in a strong financial situation to send their children to camp.

Special Gifts are significant monetary contributions to Camp Lau-Ren. The Government of Canada promotes charitable gifts through attractive tax advantages for the giver. For example, a financial contribution through a will can divert a large sum to Camp Lau-Ren which would otherwise have been paid to the government as tax. Also, a $5,000.00 contribution can be left to camp through an insurance policy for which the holder pays as little as $650.00 over five years.

Both of these programs, will ensure there will continue to be a strong and effective Christian community of faith.

We invite you to make a beginning with us and initiate the first step. To reach the Board of Directors, you can write to:

Lau-Ren Camp Corporation

Attn: Special Gifts Committee

P.O. Box 1670

Deep River, ON K0J 1P0

Many thanks … and God Bless.


Wish List

We have created a Wish List and prioritized it in terms of “need” versus “nice to have”.

Below is a list of 12 things that Camp can always use. Please ensure you include your contact information so that we can thank you and/or provide a tax receipt for some items.

1. Tent Poles                                                                                            

Priority – Important

Are you throwing out an old tent?  We’d love to have the poles – we are always repairing and replacing tent poles.

2. LED light bulbs for standard sockets (60 watts) 

Priority – Important

Camp is a pretty bright at night, much to the relief of little campers who need to use the bathroom at night.

3. Sand, Gravel and Topsoil

Priority – Very Important

Anyone who owns a house or property knows the value of a load of gravel. This may seem like a very unglamorous contribution but anyone who has seen the pathway to the beach after a heavy rain will understand its importance. Gravel, sand, topsoil and mulch are used on the playing field, around the cabins and along the road. If you are interested in this type of donation, please contact Ron Hartnett at so he can recommend a specific supplier.

4. Box Fans and Brooms

Priority – Very Important

Camper comfort is important on hot summer nights so fans help cool down the hot night air. Sand and pine needles get tracked into the cabins every day, so brooms help keep the cabins clean.

5. Kayaks                          

Priority – Nice to have

Although we have lots of canoes, we can always use more water toys. This donation needs to be reasonably new (minimum 5 years) and in excellent condition to ensure water safety for our campers and staff.

6. Musical instruments                                              

Priority – Important

A music stand and/or mic stand would push our talent night into the professional league. We already have a keyboard but percussion instruments such as tambourines, shakers or high-quality djembes would be really fun.

7. Printer paper

Priority – Important

Email messages from home are the big highlight for our campers and we go through a lot of paper in the summer. Letter-sized paper in the original packaging (versus recycled) would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate any of the above items, please contact Ron or Joanne Hartnett at in advance. We would love your donation but we need to ensure we don’t get six riding lawnmowers …


Gift cards can be purchased anytime and mailed to the following address:

Camp Lau-Ren, PO Box 1670, Deep River, ON, K0J 1P0

8. $20-$50 gift cards from Michael’s or Walmart

Priority – Important

We always stock the Craft Hall with glue sticks, paint, twine/thread, paint, brushes, paper and much more.

9. $50-$200 gift cards from Canadian Tire

Priority – Very Important

Paddles and life jackets wear out quickly and are constantly being purchased. Gift cards are the best option because the staff can purchase the supplies according to size. These gift cards can also be used to purchase replacement walkie-talkies, sports equipment, tents, kitchen gadgets and maintenance supplies such as lawnmower fuel and extension cords.

10.  $50-200 gift cards from Loblaws and Giant Tiger

Priority – Very Important

Camp Lau-Ren is known for its exceptional food and we feed a lot of people in the summer! But food is also served at our Open House in June and when we train our new leaders and counsellors in May.


Priority – Very Very Important

Camp Lau-Ren always accepts good old cash.