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History of Camp Aneesh

by on May 18, 2010

CAMP ANEESH (then to now)

  • Started in Chatsworth – called Camp Evanslea (named after Helen Evans, Owen Sound Division Commissioner; land donated by Mrs. Harold McClelland)
  • Cabins purchased from Harrison Park and moved to site.
  • Brownie Pack Holiday house donated and equipped.
  • Camp dedicated by Rev. A. F. Cowan and flag presented to camp by Mrs. Ron Warburton.
  • Camp vandalized and Brownie Pack Holiday House completely destroyed.
  • Donation received ($10,000.00) by Owen Sound Division from Helen Evans to look for and purchase another site.
  • New site located and purchased in September, 1969 for the sum of $4,800.00 (property in Chatsworth returned to Mrs. Harold McClelland); 50 acres of property located near the Bruce Trail, 2 miles northwest of the Owen Sound city limits;
  • Tramp for Camp” fund raising walk-a-thon raised $18,000.00 in one day
  • More funds raised through rummage sales, auction sales, Christmas Tree sales, tea serving, coffee breaks, catering and dish washing. Entire community involved.
  • Buildings from Camp Evanslea moved to new site
  • New Brownie Pack Holiday House erected in 1971; sleeps 18 Brownies and 4 Leaders.
  • Official Opening held and named “Camp Aneesh” meaning “Welcome” in Ojibway.
  • Well services property with good potable water
  • Cookhouses (x2) eventually purchased and installed; water installed at various points around the camp sites.
  • Storage shed built by West Hill Secondary School Students
  • Camp available to all levels of Guiding
  • May 1990 – plans drawn up by West Hill Secondary School students for addition to Brownie Pack Holiday House
  • September 21, 1991 – Official opening of new addition to BPHH
  • 6 new bunk beds built by West Hill Secondary School students
  • BPHH now accommodates 30 girls and 6 leaders
  • 5000 White Pine and European Larch trees planted by members of Blue Water Division Girl Guides and Owen Sound Scouts.
  • October 1995 – West Hill Secondary School students build new Arts and Craft building to replace portable building; finishing of building (i.e. painting etc.) done by volunteers
  • Camp property logged and funds placed in interest bearing account to assist with camp costs
  • New well dug
  • New water system installed as directed by Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario
  • 1999 – New cook house built on Guide Site
  • 2003-2008 – purchase and installation of composting toilets and building to replace pit outhouses on Guide Sites
  • CAMP ANEESH HAS BEEN USED NOT ONLY BY GUIDING, BUT ALSO BY SCOUTING, KATIMAVIK, A PRIVATE SCHOOL, THE OWEN SOUND FAMILY Y SUMMER CAMP, CHURCH YOUTH GROUPS, RED HATTERS AND PRIVATE FAMILY FUNCTIONS.
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