Camp Val-Estrie suspends summer program
April 25th, the directors of Camp Val-Estrie, in Waterville, decided it was necessary to suspend their summer activities because of financial problems. Leading to the problems were the cancellation of school trips during the last year while negotiations were going on between the government and the teachers, the school trips making up roughly one third of the camp’s revenues. Registration numbers are also down.
Parti Quebecois’ spokesperson for the Estrie, Sylvain Gaudreault, commented: “Camp Val-Estrie is a touristic beacon in the Estrie. Over the years, thousands of young people profited from the place. Although there are changes in the habits of families when it comes to summer camps, the contribution of Val-Estrie is major for the families and the economy of the region.”
Val-Estrie has been operating for thirty-six years. It employs twelve permanent employees and eighty seasonal workers. Its directors hope to be able to re-launch the camp with new partners in the future. The Croquarium will continue to operate from its office at Val-Estrie and the Jardins jeunes entrepreneurs and the Community Garden activities will also continue at the site.