For more than 80 years, Camp Hurlburt has been a place for children and youth to gather, form friendships, provide leadership, and grow in spirit and has touched the lives of more than 20,000 young people of all faith, social and economic backgrounds.
Owned and operated by Trinity United Church, Hurlburt welcomes children ages five to 17 to experience the camp on Okanagan lake, 20 minutes from downtown Vernon.
Many of those children who attend are sponsored through camperships made available through members of the community or through fundraisers such as an upcoming event on May 14.
“The idea is to get kids camping this summer,” said Paul Ross, who is with the volunteer-run Camp Hurlburt Committee, along with his wife, Lori Ross. “And then once they’re there, we want them to have a good time so we want to ensure all facilities are in good shape, that we have all the necessary equipment, such as life jackets, paddles and other camp essentials.”
Helping Kids Experience Camp Hurlburt takes place May 14 at Trinity United church. The fun includes supper, a silent auction and entertainment from local musicians Dave Hesketh, the Kal School Choir, Sorella, Henry Piovesan and guests, and Sound-Splash.
All proceeds from the evening will go towards helping kids experience Camp Hurlburt.
“We’ll have a pasta dinner in the hall and then we’ll have the drum call to the ‘campfire,’ bringing people into the sanctuary for the live music,” said Lori. “We’ve got Liz and Joe Fritsch managing the kitchen and the Italian Kitchen providing the sauces for the pasta, Red Robin hosting the salad bar and Sweet Caroline’s providing the buns.”
More than 50 items are up for bidding at the silent auction, donated by local businesses and artisans.
Doors open at 5 p.m., supper is at 6 p.m., entertainment begins around 7 p.m.
Paul and Lori’s three children all attended Camp Hurlburt and have fond memories of their time there.
“All of the feedback that we hear from the counsellors and the teachers that meet the kids have said it’s a great place to learn, to grow,” said Paul. “It’s very much a community camp.”
Hurlburt offers a variety of camps that are organized according to age group, providing experiences such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, music, drama, camp fires and arts and crafts.
The camp’s creed sums it up: “We believe in creating a community built on respecting and honouring each other’s diversity. We believe in encouraging awareness through interaction and reflection within our natural surroundings. We believe in smiles.”
Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $50 for a family of four. Tickets for entertainment only will be at the door for $10. Tickets available at the Bean Scene and Trinity United Church office, 3300 Alexis Park Dr.
For more information or to contribute an item for the silent auction, please call Lori or Paul at 250-545-3151 or L15PROSS@telus.net.