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News Article: Supporters Show Concern for Camp Klahanie

by on May 2, 2010

Published Apr. 21, 2010 in the Bayfield Breeze


Approx. 30 people were on hand to greet the consultant hired by Girl Guides of Ontario to begin the closing process of 17 Ontario Girl Guide Camps on Apr. 15, when she arrived to tour Camp Klahanie .

The current membership of Girl Guides in both Goderich and Bayfield are opposed to the closure and sale of the property feeling it will be detrimental to the future of Guiding in their communities.

Singing favorite camp songs and holding picket signs, girls, Guiders and parents greeted the consultant hired to arrange the sale of their local Girl Guide camp, Camp Klahanie , located just South of Goderich. The consultant toured the camp on the afternoon of Apr. 15. About 30 people attended the demonstration to show Girl Guides of Ontario that they care about Camp Klahanie and are opposed to its closure and sale. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Camp Klahanie is a 6 acre Girl Guide Camp located on a shoreline Road in Central Huron between Bayfield and Goderich off Hwy. 21. The land was donated to the local Guiding units in Goderich and Bayfield in 1973 for the cost of $1 by community environmentalist the late John Hindmarsh. It ran self-sufficiently for over three decades at the local Guiding level with the support of local community organizations such as the Goderich Lions’ Club. Guiding in Ontario underwent a restructuring in 2007 and control of the camp was taken over by the province. In the time following, it was decided at the provincial level that due to declining enrolment and “lack of use” the camp was to be put up for sale with the profits going back to Girl Guides of Ontario to support the remaining camps. The camp was closed as of Dec. 31, 2009.

The closest Girl Guide camps for use by local groups will now be in Minto, Listowel and Parkhill, a real impediment for many local girls to enjoy the camp experience.

The show of support during the consultant’s visit was tremendous with attendance by current Guiders, girl members and parents; past Guiders; representation from the Municipality of Central Huron and the John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust. Both print and television media were on hand to learn more about the situation.

Members of Central Huron council are currently looking at ways that this camp might be saved for the municipality as it is the last youth camp available in Central Huron following the loss of the Boy Scout camp and two church camps in the past 15 years.


From → Camps, Media Coverage

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