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top 60 summer camps logoAccording to FlightNetwork, out of hundreds of camps across North America, Camp Kawartha is among the top!

Perhaps it is our mission of fostering stewardship that makes us special. The idea that every child can learn to love, care for and protect the natural world while taking care of each other. It could be the 15 awards we’ve earned for our work in stewardship and environmental education. Or maybe it is our amazing staff to camper ration with close to 70 staff for 150 campers. Some might say it is our creative efforts our staff put into designing and implementing programming – from Camp Stock to Zing Tong – Whatever the reason, one thing is certain.

Camp Kawartha staff go above and beyond to make summer camp a magical and engaging experience for every child.

Camp Kawartha is also excited to be taking the next step. We want to be recognized leaders in the field of environmental education and stewardship. That is why Camp Kawartha is undertaking a series of innovative infrastructure improvements that will advance the organization’s quest to become a world class environmental leadership centre. These improvements will be supported by a $3 million capital campaign that was first announced at the organization’s annual Surf n’ Turf event in June.

“As Camp Kawartha approaches a century of serving children from Peterborough and beyond, I’m thrilled to be part of the next phase of its evolution,” says Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director. “By showcasing inspiring examples of green design, Camp Kawartha will be positioned to teach children, youth and adults alike how to become active stewards and environmental citizens. We’ll also inspire the next generation of youth to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”

The Branching Out For A Sustainable Future capital campaign will support Camp Kawartha as it greens its infrastructure. Each building becomes a teaching opportunity for what is possible in sustainable design. The project includes plans to expand the existing dining hall using non-toxic materials, alternative forms of energy and green waste management systems. The plan also includes the creation of sustainable cabins, ecological restoration and an organic food garden. The infrastructure upgrades will help to ensure that Camp Kawartha is at the forefront of best practices in environmental education and innovation and will provide an inspiring venue for its award winning programming.

“The Board of Directors is excited to be beginning this important work,” says President Jason Huffman. “A successful capital campaign will see us build inspiring infrastructure that will showcase sustainable living in action as it supports the development of young environmental leaders. While we’ve set our sights on some ambitious targets for the next year or so, we know that Camp Kawartha holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many in our community.”

The campaign will officially launch in the fall, and there will be many ways to get involved. Those who are interested are asked to contact Jacob Rodenburg

Camp Kawartha – Nurturing Stewards, Inspiring Stewardship…