Camp Jor­dan im­proves ap­pear­ance, ac­ces­si­bil­ity

South Shore Breaker - - LOCAL - SUE DESCHENE sde­sch­ene@east­link.ca

Camp Jor­dan is tak­ing on a whole new look.

Lo­cated along High­way 3 in Jor­dan Falls, Camp Jor­dan is a Chris­tian sum­mer camp that opened in 1962, of­fer­ing pro­grams to young peo­ple ages eight to 18.

“Through grant, we have been able to in­stall wheel­chair ramps, a walk­ing path be­tween build­ings and are plan­ning to con­struct a wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble bath­room, to make the camp a place the dis­abled can at­tend,” says Wayne Dooks, who chairs Camp Jor­dan’s board of di­rec­tors.

“The whole ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sue was brought up at a board meet­ing a year and a half ago,” ex­plains board mem­ber Dan Pea­cock, who also serves as trus­tee of the prop­erty. “We knew it was go­ing to be an ex­pen­sive project.”

Camp Jor­dan’s board of di­rec­tors com­mit­ted them­selves to re­solv­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues within the camp. Like the bib­li­cal mir­a­cle of loaves and fishes, the funding came through to make it hap­pen.

The board made a pre­sen­ta­tion to the 100+ Women Who Care of Shel­burne County chap­ter about mak­ing the camp wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

In June 2017, 100+ Women Who Care of Shel­burne County awarded a cheque for $9,700 to Camp Jor­dan. That served as seed money to gen­er­ate even more funding.

The board ap­plied for a fed­eral grant worth $14,000, which was ap­proved in mid-fe­bru­ary. A stip­u­la­tion for that grant is that the work must be com­pleted within a year, so Pea­cock quickly be­gan draw­ing up a de­tailed plan.

Wooden wheel­chair ramps have been added to the main build­ings and boys’ cab­ins, and in­di­vid­ual con­crete slab ramps were built for each door­way en­trance to the girls’ cab­ins.

Vol­un­teers had pre­vi­ously cleared over­grown ar­eas of the prop­erty, built pic­nic ta­bles and a bar­be­cue shel­ter to cre­ate a ded­i­cated pic­nic area. “You couldn’t see the wa­ter be­fore,” Pea­cock notes. “It looks so much bet­ter now. Four years ago, this place was look­ing run­down and not at­tended to. It’s come a long way.”

A sep­a­rate project was also de­vel­oped out of pri­vate fundrais­ing, which the board used to in­stall a con­crete slab two years ago with the goal of build­ing a sports ac­tiv­ity cen­tre. In the mean­time, the con­crete slab served as an out­door bas­ket­ball court.

The board ap­plied for an At­lantic Bap­tist Foun­da­tion grant. That grant funded the pur­chase of a new Tarp-rite metal frame and can­vas cover, which have been in­stalled on the con­crete slab and will house the new sports ac­tiv­ity cen­tre.

Vol­un­teers have been busy com­plet­ing the sports ac­tiv­ity cen­tre, plus build­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity ramps and bright­en­ing the camp build­ing’s ex­te­rior with a fresh coat of paint.

“I keep say­ing, God pro­vides,” Pea­cock says. “We just keep mov­ing for­ward with our plans. We’ve got more work to do, but we’re well on our way.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Camp Jor­dan’s web­site at camp-jor­dan.ca.

Dan Pea­cock

This bird’s-eye view of Camp Jor­dan shows the new gravel path­ways and wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble ramps that were added to camp build­ings.

Sue Deschene

Wayne Dooks (left) and Dan Pea­cock stand in front of one of the wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble build­ings at Camp Jor­dan.

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