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Affiliated with Optimist International, the Optimist Club has been providing service, recognition and guidance to children and youth in the Brooklin area since 1987. Adults of all ages join the local club to make an impact as volunteers.

Optimist Club of Brooklin Events:

Two scholarships awarded each year in the spring for up to $1000.


Optimist Oratorical Contest
Speaking contest will open to full time students with great rewards.

Speaking Contest

Optimist Summer Day Camp
Children aged 6-12 enjoy the outdoors in July and August.

Summer Day Camp

Easter Egg Hunt
Held in the arena, the festival includes children’s activities and vendors.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

Brooklin Harvest Festival
September event downtown with vendors and horse wagon rides.

Harvest Festival

Kitchen Garden
Brooklin Horticultural Society aids with a kitchen garden workshop.

Here We Grow Gardens

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Middle school youth service club with fundraising and community projects.

Junior Optimist Club

Christmas In The Village
Get in the spirit with tree lighting, music, crafts and food in the park.

Christmas in the Village

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High school students service club with fundraising, community projects.

Octagon Club

Youth Dance
Grades 5-7 students enjoy social, music, canteen with Friday night DJ

Youth Dances

Friend Of Youth Fund Logo
Grants available for students for school program and trips assistance.

Friend of Youth Fund

Recognizing Contributions by Brooklin’s Youth

Youth Appreciation

Essay Contest for Scholarships

Essay Contest

Developing Youth in Music – no current plans for a new program but watch for future opportunities.

Durham’s Best

Optimist Club is now the lead organization of the parade in Downtown Whitby

Santa Claus Parade

Programs and Activities

  • Essay Contest
    High School Contest for $2500 Scholarship ESSAY CONTEST The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In … Read more…
  • CIT Counsellor in Training Program 2022 registration open
    The transition of being a camper into a Counsellor starts with a Counsellor In Training (C.I.T.) Program. The program is ideal for youth ages 13-16 who will look forward to working at a camp in the future. This program is designed to encourage youth to learn the basic skills needed in order to become a positive leader … Read more…
  • Brooklin Optimist Scavenger Hunt
    Brooklin Optimist Scavenger Hunt Saturday May 14, 12:00-3:00 PM Luther Vipond Arena Grounds, 67 Winchester Rd E, Brooklin, Ontario Fun family activity for Saturday afternoon. Games and Activities Throughout. Chance to win weekend passes to the Brooklin Spring Fair.  Register here:
  • 2022 Brooklin Optimist Bursaries – applications open to May 29
    Apply today for one of two – $1,000 bursaries to a post secondary institution. More details here . . .
  • Oratorical Speaking Contest – youth
    Opportunity for scholarship money from the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. Date: Wednesday March 23rd, 2022 at 6:30 pm Winner for the Club contest will be automatically entered into the next level Central Ontario District Oratorical Finals to be held in Newmarket on Saturday May 7, 2022. The district final offers up to $2,500 scholarship for … Read more…