Que­bec Lodge Out­door Cen­tre Set To Open

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

It took many years, a great deal of hard work, gen­er­ous sup­port from many in­di­vid­u­als and the do­na­tion of 70 acres of land by the Angli­can Dio­cese of Que­bec to bring this dream alive. On July 25th, the Cen­tre will welcome the first group of day cam­pers who will par­tic­i­pate in a care­fully imag­ined and de­signed pro­gram fo­cused on en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and stew­ard­ship.

The first week of the day camp pro­gram will fo­cus on Fire, ex­plor­ing the his­tory of hu­man use and its role in the ecosys­tem. Cam­pers will learn about fire safety and a wide range of camp­ing skills, in­clud­ing fire build­ing, wilder­ness cook­ing, and shel­ter build­ing. The sec­ond week will fo­cus on Wa­ter. Cam­pers will ex­plore the place of wa­ter in hu­man his­tory and will study the role of wa­ter in the ecosys­tem, learn­ing about the wa­ter cy­cle, soil ero­sion, and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion as well as safely us­ing wa­ter for recreation.

The Cen­tre site cur­rently fea­tures a spa­cious yurt for indoor ac­tiv­i­ties as well as many wood­land trails, a sandy beach and a play­ing field. These fa­cil­i­ties have been de­signed and de­vel­oped un­der the guid­ance of the Camp Di­rec­tor Brian Wharry and the Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Dun­can Plaunt, a qual­i­fied teacher. The en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness cur­ricu­lum was cre­ated by Dun­can and Bill Crooks in con­junc­tion with Dr. Avril Aitken of the Bishop’s Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Di­vi­sion. In ad­di­tion, all of camp coun­sel­lors are univer­sity stu­dents study­ing in rel­e­vant sub­ject ar­eas. In com­ing years, the pro­gram will be ex­panded to in­clude a res­i­den­tial camp­ing com­po­nent with the ad­di­tion of sev­eral more yurts.

On July 3rd, the Que­bec Lodge Foun­da­tion will host a cel­e­bra­tion and re­cep­tion on the camp­site for the many friends and donors who gen­er­ously con­trib­uted to make the Que­bec Lodge Out­door Cen­tre a re­al­ity. Guests will have an op­por­tu­nity to visit the prop­erty, ex­plore the trails and fa­cil­i­ties, and to learn more about the pro­grams to be of­fered this sum­mer.

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