Re­mem­ber­ing their roots

Gench­eff fam­ily re­turns to the camp that was named af­ter their rel­a­tive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT / COMMUNITY -

Lo­cated in Belle­vue Cove, Camp Gench­eff is a year-round camp for chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs.

It was named af­ter Dr. Tu­dor Gench­eff in 1966 be­fore he de­parted from P.E.I. He was a well-known or­tho­pe­dic physi­cian.

This month, some of his fam­ily came back to visit Camp Gench­eff from their home in Wis­con­sin, this month. His son, Dr. Chris Gench­eff, was pre­sented with a light­house pot­tery craft made by one of the campers, which read Camp Gench­eff 2017. Chris and his brother Ken both made do­na­tions of $1,000 the camp and met with sev­eral of this sum­mer’s campers.

This camp has a rich his­tory. The Po­lio Foun­da­tion P.E.I. chap­ter, led by Lin­coln De­war, founded the camp to pro­vide a place for peo­ple with po­lio. Tu­dor was on the po­lio board. Her­bert Bax­ter first thought up the idea of such a camp in the late 1950’s when po­lio af­fected many chil­dren all over Canada and the world.

The camp be­gan as a place for chil­dren with po­lio to at­tend dur­ing the sum­mer in 1961 and has grown into a year­round fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing a fund rais­ing cam­paign put on by the Ro­tary Clubs and Easter Seals to build a heated main build­ing that is equipped with a kitchen and din­ing area and bed­rooms for both boys and girls as well as a meet­ing area. The new ad­di­tion to the camp came in 1992 which was 25 years ago.

Campers of all ages now at­tend sum­mer camps and year round respite vis­its.

Over 110 campers are at­tend­ing Camp Gench­eff this sum­mer.

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Dr. Chris Gench­eff, sec­ond right, re­turns to the camp that took its name from his late fa­ther. From left are Nel­son Gench­eff and campers Vic­tor, Deb­bie and John.

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