Gord Bennett (left)

Gord Bennett (left)

MacKenzie ready for kids

MacKenzie Camp is gearing up for another season of summer camping on Mabel Lake.

MacKenzie Camp is gearing up for another season of summer camping on Mabel Lake.

Buildings are being painted and the washroom facility is being refurbished.

“It’s going to be a very busy place this spring,” said Lana O’Brien, director.

“We are going to be hopping until kids arrive this summer.”

Dulux is donating supplies and volunteers from local United churches will be on site May 27 to 29 to do the painting.

“We take on projects to help out in the community every year, so when Lana came to me to ask about painting the structures at MacKenzie Camp, I was excited.” said Peter Howe, Dulux Paints manager.

A group of volunteers is also renovating the old washhouse structure to provide more modern, low-volume toilets for campers.

“The rustic nature of the site is a big part of MacKenzie’s charm but it was definitely time to do something about the biffies,” said O’Brien.

“The expanded capacity of the renovated washhouse will make a huge difference for campers this summer.”

The other new project is a programming change that will see the summer camp run a day camp in Vernon at Trinity United Church on Alexis Park Drive.

The day camp is for children, aged six to 11, who are not quite ready to be away from home for a full week.

Camp staff will run programs out of Trinity July 25 to 27, then bus the campers Mabel Lake July 28 for an overnight experience.

“We look forward to welcoming a big group of campers and Mackenzie Camp staff here,” said Rev. Jeff Seaton, with Trinity United.

To register Mackenzie programs this summer, go to mackenziecamp.ca.