Kids camp hoping for comeback post-pandemic

Camp pandemic comeback

The First Summerland Scouts is raising funds to re-open Camp Boyle, a designated Scouts Canada camp located 20 minutes outside Summerland that has been closed due to the pandemic for two years.

Camp Boyle has played host to a variety of youth camping opportunities through Girl Guides and Scout groups, hosting up to 250 kids at a time in it tenting sites and sleeping cabins.

It has adjacent hiking trails, its own archery site, outdoor chapel, and designated campfire with a stage for skits, songs, and cheers.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic saw it shutter, and it has not had any rental income for two years.

Whatever funds Camp Boyle had going into the pandemic have now been exhausted and Camp Boyle is no longer able to pay its bills," explains Shauna Perkins, who is behind the "Friends of Camp Boyle" committee.

"With restrictions lifting, we are now focusing on re-opening Camp Boyle to welcome campers back again."

The committee is raising funds to pay for compliance items, like wood stove inspections, re-tagging of fire extinguishers and the like, before re-opening.

They are selling delicious homemade treats at the Summerland Kiwanis Centre as part of the Spring Vintage Market on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Also the 'Friends of Camp Boyle' committee are always looking for volunteers to help make the camp the best that it can be so that the youth of tomorrow can create their own last memories!" Perkins added.

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