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Bayfield Guiding – Campers Return to Klahanie

by on November 18, 2013

6 Nov 2013
Photos and Story by MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Article originally from Bayfield Breeze.

Camp Klahanie is 40 years old in 2013 and has been given a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of the Goderich Lions Club. It will, however, remain true to it's roots, acknowledging that it was first given to local Guiding for $1 by the Hindmarsh family.

Camp Klahanie is 40 years old in 2013 and has been given a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of the Goderich Lions Club. It will, however, remain true to it’s roots, acknowledging that it was first given to local Guiding for $1 by the Hindmarsh family.

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Support Camp Klahanie by voting through the Aviva Community Fund, Nov. 11-25: www.avivacommunityfund.org
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The International Day of the Girl Camp at Klahanie held on Nov. 2-3 was a dream realized by many after Girl Guides of Ontario suddenly closed the camp in November of 2009. Four years of challenges and negotiations resulted in the property being sold to the Goderich Lions Club. It is now being revitalized for youth in Huron County and beyond to use and will officially open in Spring 2014.

The members of Bayfield Guiding were allowed an early visit to the property over the weekend. It was a meaningful return for a few of the older girls and their leaders and an exciting new experience for others.

The weekend was filled with crafts, games, songs, fresh air activities and outdoor cooking much of which celebrated being girls and women with rights and freedoms. The membership learned that in some countries in the world girls and women aren’t afforded the same opportunities as they have in Canada, that some face challenges even to go to school or to drive a car. They also learned a bit about the Famous Five and how they played a role in bringing women’s rights to the forefront in this country in the 1920s.

The Bayfield membership are now eagerly anticipating returning to Camp Klahanie in the New Year (many thought they should visit every weekend) and look forward to sharing it with other youth organizations in the community.

Camp Klahanie has a bright future ahead of it and it could be even brighter if the Goderich Lions Club is successful in their quest to make it into the Top 10 in the third and final round of the AIVA Community Fund competition that begins on Nov. 11 at noon.

In the second round of voting, that ended on Nov. 4, the Camp Klahanie Revitalization idea, finished just shy of 17th position. If all of the current supporters vote everyday in the third round and others rally their support the idea has a very good chance of making it to the semi final and a chance at winning $50,000.

One of the goals of the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors and Lions members is to provide better facilities for co-ed camping opportunities. A second building with washrooms is needed to realize this goal. In addition there are dreams of having a hiking trail around the property and individual camping bunkies hidden in the woods for campers to fully enjoy camping in nature. Beyond the dreams there is a real need to replace the roof on the kitchen building and picnic shelter in the very near future.

The Aviva Community Fund is, according to their website, “an annual competition that is changing Canadian communities by bringing great ideas to life. The most popular ideas, as determined by passionate Canadians like you, will have a chance to win a share of the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund.”

The competition has three qualifying rounds. The third round will run from Nov. 11-25. People are encouraged to vote for the cause everyday to help the project move to the semi-final. New voters will have to register but all it takes is an email and a password. Here is the link www.avivacommunityfund.org. Anyone on Facebook who would like helpful voting reminders is asked to join the group known as: “Goderich Lions Club – Camp Klahanie Revitalization”.

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