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JOIN Friends of Camp Caritou – Membership Forms & T-Shirts

by on September 17, 2011

Hello! We are excited to introduce the North Bay group “Friends of Camp Caritou!” It is a non-profit organization designed to give a voice to those of us concerned about the closure of Camp Caritou. Anyone can join and support the group for a cost of $10. Details are in the letter below.

The following letter went out to our friends in North Bay, and we thought we would share it here with the On My Honour group as well. Both the Friends of Camp Caritou letter and application are available as a pdf or Word file.

Friends of Camp Caritou Letter     WORD File (56KB)     PDF (60 KB)

Membership Application     WORD file (55KB)     PDF (86KB)

T-SHIRTS are also available:
T-Shirt Order Form (Word DOC 52KB)

Updated January 2012

Dear Friend of Camp Caritou,

Camp Caritou is a beautiful camp in Bonfield on the shores of Lake Nosbonsing that has been a Girl Guide camp for over 50 years. It was originally purchased by local Guiders to provide suitable and enjoyable camping experiences for local Guiding members. For several years many local girls and Guiders worked hard and fundraised to pay off the mortgage on the camp. Over the years many members of Guiding, community and service groups, local businesses and community members have continued to support, maintain and improve the camp. Outhouses, picnic shelter, and several buildings were added to the property, including a winterized lodge that sleeps 30. This camp provided camping opportunities for Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers, Guiders and the occasional family reunion or community group.

Girl Guides in Ontario was reorganized in 2007 (referred to as transformation). In 2009 Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario Council announced they were closing and selling half the Girl Guide camps in Ontario, including Camp Caritou. Since transformation changed the structure of the organization, the local members were not included or involved in this decision to close the camp. Local members have requested information from Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario Council about this decision and have attempted to work together, but have been unsuccessful.

Friends of Camp Caritou Inc is a non-profit organization that has been formed to give a voice to those concerned about the decision to close and sell this camp. We wish to preserve this camp so it can continue to operate and be used by local girls and continue to provide wonderful camping experiences and memories as it has for the last 50 years.

We need your support as we move forward to save Camp Caritou. Please join as a member of “The Friends of Camp Caritou Inc”. The cost is only $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for junior members. Everyone can join. Please encourage anyone who has an interest in supporting us to join – Guiders, parents, current members, past members, friends, family, neighbours, adults and children. We welcome anyone who would like to support our efforts and who is would like to ensure this generation and future generations of girls are also given the opportunity to build camping experiences and memories.

Please complete and return the attached membership application and fee. Cheques can be made payable to “Friends of Camp Caritou Inc”.

Friends of Camp Caritou Inc.

Thank you for your support!

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