RKY Camp of Eagle Lake near Parham has officially launched a $1 million capital campaign to support the RKY Revitalization Project.
To kick off the campaign, a very special recognition plaque was presented to the camp’s biggest benefactor, Brit Smith and Homestead Land Holdings. Brit Smith has provided the camp with a legacy of support and a recent $485,000 contribution to seed the overall Revitalization Project. The uniquely crafted wood and glass plaque was designed and created by the staff of RKY Camp and Fort Glass.
The primary goal of the RKY Revitalization Project is the construction of a new 5,000 sq. ft. welcome centre. Having outgrown the current building, this new barrier-free facility will contain a new dining hall with seating for 260, a new commercial kitchen, washrooms, a boot/multi-purpose room and administrative areas. Construction of the new welcome centre will commence in Fall 2019 giving the fundraising team the time they need to seek out support for the project.
Upon completion of the new welcome centre, the overall RKY Camp Revitalization Project will turn its attention to the renovation of the current dining hall and kitchen known as the Homestead – named after its construction leader, Brit Smith, in 1979. A renewed Homestead outdoor education centre will provide barrier-free washrooms and showers, staffing spaces and a much needed out tripping centre.
RKY Camp was named after its Kingston service club founders, Rotary, Kiwanis and YMCA, and was formally established in 1930 as a camp for kids. Today RKY Camp provides traditional overnight summer camp experience and outdoor education each year to over 3,000 children and youth from all over Eastern Ontario. RKY Camp is committed to providing electronic-free traditional camp experiences. Programs focus on leadership development, social skill building and good old fashion summer fun through ropes courses, environmental education, and a whole range of waterfront activity on beautiful Eagle Lake.
To learn more about the RKY Camp Revitalization Project, people are encouraged to visit the RKY Camp website at www.rkycamp.org/revitalization or on facebook where they can also make a donation to the project.
Contacts: David Crane - Board Chair 613-767-3626, D’Arcy Munn - Camp Director 613-539-0036
Daniel Shipp - Revitalization Project Manager 613-583-0853