MacKenzie Camp

MacKenzie Camp

Camp competes for upgrades

A youth camp that fosters relationships and environmental awareness is seeking community support.

A youth camp that fosters relationships and environmental awareness is seeking community support.

North Okanagan residents are being asked to vote online for $16,620 in upgrades to MacKenzie Camp as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

“You can vote once a day up to Oct. 19,” said Lorraine Powell, with MacKenzie Camp, which is at the north end of Mabel Lake, east of Enderby.

Voting can take place at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11093.

“Please pass this information on to all your friends and bookmark,” said Powell.

Various stages of voting will occur until Jan. 25 and groups will either proceed through the process or be eliminated depending on how many votes they receive. The first stage of voting wraps up Oct. 19.

The camp’s goal is to receive funds to complete the dormitory and install a commercial dishwasher and three stoves in the kitchen.

“At MacKenzie Camp, all are accepted as unique, important and capable, and in every aspect of camp we try to inspire campers, staff and volunteers through relationships, nature and spirituality to grow and have fun,” said Powell.

“The greater society benefits through the focus on care of creation in the camp experience, but also in staff training, work experience and preparation of young people to take their place in society.”

The camp, which has been in operation since 1947, offers outdoor education to schools in the spring, summer programs to children ages seven to 16 and is available for retreats and rentals in-between seasons.

“It is operated by a dedicated volunteer board with 100 per cent of money raised going to the camp operation,” said Powell.

“Though the camp is owned by the United Church of Canada all faiths are respected and valued.”

The Aviva Community Fund is initiated by Aviva,  an insurance company.