Popular summer camp into round two of contest

A camp that has opened its doors to generations of children continues to seek community support.

A camp that has opened its doors to generations of children continues to seek community support.

Camp Hurlburt in Vernon finished 15th in round one of the Aviva Community Fund initiative, and the camp is now trying again in round two to finish in the top 10 ideas before Nov. 9.  The goal is to raise $149,000 to redevelop the waterfront property.

“We hope that all of you who have been voting, will continue to vote in round two,” said Jennifer Yeo, with the Camp Hurlburt Association.

“Those of you who have not yet registered as a voter, please go to www.avivacommunityfund.org to register. You get 15 votes, one vote per day. Please vote every day. Rebuild Camp Hurlburt is idea ACF10943.”

Hurlburt has been in operation for 80 years and  more than 20,000 youth have been part of the camp over the years.

“These young people learn about the sacredness of their own lives and of creation at week-long camps through experiences such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming, music, drama, nightly camp fires and arts and crafts,” said Yeo.

“But the buildings are old and the facilities are in desperate need of upgrading. Please join us in rebuilding Camp Hurlburt so more children, youth and the North Okanagan community can experience a connection with nature and each other that leads to positive change in their lives.”

Phase one of the redevelopment project will include demolition of the existing craft hall and cabins, some site work and the construction of four to six new cabins.

“With Aviva’s help, this will take place during 2012,” said Yeo.

“In order to finish in the top 10, we need the community’s help. Ask family, friends and neighbours to show their support, ask them to do the same with their friends.”

For more information about the Camp Hurlburt Association, contact Jennifer Yeo at yeodesign@shaw.ca  or at 250-306-0938, or go to www.camphurlburt.com.