Camp Val-Estrie sus­pends sum­mer pro­gram

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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.

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