Over it’s 40 years of operation, Outlook has provided summer and winter camping services to youth free of charge through the generosity of volunteer staff, private donors, and fundraising drives.
Nine to fifteen day canoe trips in Algonquin Park are conducted in the summer, involving a total of 120 to 130 campers each year. Volunteer staff members take groups of four to six youths on routes that can inspire an appreciation of the outdoors and a sense of accomplishment in learning camping and social skills. In fall and winter, Outlook conducts weekend trips as additional camping experiences, which include hiking, snowshoeing and shelter building.
Almost all of our campers are referred to us by a social agency or school. Our recruiting seeks both male and female candidates who could especially benefit from a wilderness camping experience, either because of problems at home or at school, or simply because they could not otherwise afford to go on such a trip. Many campers qualify under more than one criterion.
Most of our staff are Queen’s students and alumni. Outlook staff are all volunteers. Although staff are not paid, they do benefit from the chance to camp all summer and learn from their experiences in leading youths in a small, self-reliant group. This format ensures that our staff are motivated by a strong commitment to the primary aim of Outlook: to share with young people a love of wilderness camping in a fun and cooperative social group.
The core purpose of Camp Outlook is to encourage youth to realize their worth as individuals, their abilities, and their potential to achieve, through a promotion of self-confidence and teamwork in a safe wilderness environment.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) is an organization that provides rapid emergency medical relief in times of crisis in areas with little or no medical infrastructure. MSF operates independently from political, economic and religious influences. The purpose of the MSF club is to promote MSF and to raise awareness of the themes this organization supports. The club also fundraises to support the efforts of MSF. After the minimal operating expenses incurred for awareness events are covered, the rest of the opt-out fee funds will be donated directly to MSF-Canada. Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Team
The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Team is a student run team that is focused on innovative design through the use of practical and theoretical applications. Student teams from across Canada are given the challenge to design, build, and race a five person toboggan. The toboggan must have a running surface made entirely of concrete and be equipped with a roll cage, a braking system, and a steering system. The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan team is a great way to learn and experience the combination of new innovative design and to interact with others in a team atmosphere. The team is very dependent on the support of the faculty, industry as well as the small contribution from each student and would not exist otherwise. This team is a great way to be involved in a Queen’s Club which allows you to broaden knowledge, learn great teamwork skills, as well as have the opportunity to design a real project. The goal of the team is to teach, learn and present.
The volunteer members of Queen’s First Aid offer emergency care to the Queen’s Community without prejudice or bias. Care is provided in a competent and professional manner as directed by St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario. Members respond to all those in need through attendance at university events and as dispatched by the Emergency Report Centre while on-call.
Queen’s First Aid has been providing First Aid Services to the Queen’s Community since 1986. Since then the service has evolved from being event based to also including an on-call system. The on-call system ensures that there are always two uniformed QFA Responders ready to respond to any first aid or medical emergency twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (during the regular academic year). QFA’s presence is also seen at many events, both on and off campus, where first aid teams provide coverage free of charge. The team is also dedicated to First Aid and CPR education, offering courses at reduced rates to students, including the CPR-A-THON where members of QFA teach adult CPR free of charge. QFA trains upwards of four hundred students each year in First Aid and CPR.
The Queen’s First Aid team is currently made up of fifty highly trained, professional volunteers. All Responders are required to volunteer a minimum of six hours a week, and attend mandatory monthly trainings. Volunteers are trained in Advanced Medical First Response including advanced first aid training in: airway management, spinal management, medical conditions, intoxication, etc., as well as training in the use of a defibrillator, oxygen administration, spinal boards, and more. Though QFA is entirely a volunteer service, our student fees are needed for training and purchasing supplies. We really enjoy serving the student body and we’d love nothing more than to continue to be able to do that.
The West Africa AIDS Foundation—Queen’s Chapter (QWAAF) is a chapter of the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF), a clinic that is located in Ghana, West Africa. West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) is a registered NGO founded in 1999.
WAAF’s vision is to set up comprehensive health care centers in Ghana and West African sub-regions to provide quality health care and to reach out to identified target groups. WAAF’s mission is to help battle the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its effect on communities by providing care and support centers and developing and implementing intervention programs. Also, WAAF empowers people living with HIV and help improve their self sufficiency. (www.waafweb.org) As a chapter of WAAF, we aim to support their efforts in combating HIV/AIDS and its related stigma. The MAIN project that we are fundraising for is Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project. These are children that have been directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. The OVC project aims to support these underprivileged children with a chance to go to school and get a basic education ... like you and I received in Canada. Giving them a chance to get out of the poverty cycle with the most powerful tool—education!
West Africa AIDS Foundation-Queen’s Chapter (QWAAF) is requesting an establishment of an opt-out student activity fee of $0.30. All funds that QWAAF raises go directly to West Africa AIDS Foundation with majority for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children project.
Fight poverty & AIDS - one child at a time! For any inquiry about the West Africa AIDS Foundation - Queen’s Chapter, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/waafqueenschapter
Students for Accessible Education is a group that seeks to promote economic, political, social, physical and academic accessibility for all current and prospective students at Queen’s University and in the greater Kingston community.
We promote economic accessibility through campaigns that ask the Ontario government to invest more in grants and bursaries for students in financial need and/or to lower the cost of education for all students. We also conduct research into the Queen’s Administration’s plans for changing or cutting the budgets for undergraduate programs and services.
We promote physical accessibility by advocating for new measures to be taken by the Queen’s Administration and by supporting alternative educational spaces in making educational opportunities physically accessible through the introduction of infrastructure such as ramps, accessible bathrooms, etc.
Finally, we promote academic and social accessibility by assisting and facilitating alternative education spaces and projects offered free to the Kingston community. We hope that initiatives such as these will help bridge the unfortunate divide between the City of Kingston and Queen’s University.
The United Way is a non-profit organization that strives to support and strengthen the organized capacity of the local community to care for one another. All funds donated to the United Way in Kingston are allocated to member agencies based on vital human care needs and serve to strengthen other non-profit organizations in the local area. Member agencies include the Kingston Youth Shelter, Canadian Mental Health Association, Food Sharing Project, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.