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    My name is Dave Calhoun and I am on the board of directors for the Boysdale Camp Foundation. Over the past two summers myself and my staff at Hawk Hydraulics have been working feverishly to reopen this important part of Edmonton and areas past and future. I have attached the history of the camp and how it helps 488 less fortunate kids go to camp each year with the help of donations and volunteers at bottom of my information. Right now we need help with clean up, deck repairs, roof repairs, insulation of cabins, electrical, roofing, dry walling, brush cleaning, and much much more. We cannot do this alone as there have been 7 of us doing this every weekend since march and we need more help.

    Please let me know if you can help or if you have any other questions!

    Thank you,

    Dave Calhoun – Director
    Boysdale Camp Foundation
    “Share The Possible Dream”
    [email protected]

    Boysdale Camp Foundation
    Who We Are
    Nestled in the forest, 18 miles northeast of Edmonton along the winding Sturgeon River, is a place of wonder and discovery. Boysdale Camp, a majestic destination for the children of our communities, a place where they can be themselves, “a healing paradise”. Boysdale Camp offers a total experience, something extraordinary – that is – a place where kids feel safe, understood, respected and cared for while delighting in the colorful adventures a week in the woods brings any youth.
    Boysdale Camp has a rich history that starts with its foundation in 1948, “Doc” McNaughton who had observed how some children were not receiving enough attention or direction from their parents, which put them at risk for mischievous behavior. Convinced that the solution was to create a summer camp for underprivileged children from the Edmonton and northeast area, McNaughton soon found a site with tremendous historical significance (near the spot “where Anthony Henday, the first white man to visit Alberta, made a stopover on his journey to the Hudson’s Bay in 1754) and boundless potential for a summer camp.
    The first summer at Boysdale Camp saw the boys heartily helping with camp improvements while learning how to swim, enjoy the outdoors and feel accepted. It was a positive experience for the 50 boys who attended that first year and every year since.
    It is the vision of the new Board of Directors at Boysdale Camp to see the currently closed camp fully restored, operational and welcoming its first group of kids by June 2013. The clear intent is to have Boysdale once more serve its heartwarming purpose of making a difference in the lives of young children; kids that are in need of connecting with nature, peaceful surroundings and understanding, compassionate leaders.

    About Boysdale Camp
    The Camp
    Boysdale Camp offers a visual spectacle of natural beauty that induces instant feelings of safety and peace while unavoidably stimulating the imagination and creative side of both children and adults alike. Foliage, field and trees provide home for small animals often sighted by camp guests
    Located on the banks of the Sturgeon River, Boysdale Camp is nestled in 40 hectares of land 30 km northeast of Edmonton, off secondary highway #825 on Boysdale Road. Its facilities include the Cosmopolitan Lodge – housing the kitchen, dining hall and seminar loft, the Hawkins-Batten Solarium – lounge, kitchenette and washroom; Simmonds Hall – a crafts & activity center, 8 ten person cabins, an outdoor swimming pool, a nature fitness course; a campfire amphitheater, and Leader’s and First Aid Centre.
    The Program
    We provide youth that are accepted into Boysdale Camp, with an opportunity of a lifetime. Often described as “the happiest place on earth”, campers will enjoy learning about nature, the outdoors, and wholesome friendships. Each summer during our seven weeklong camps, Boysdale’s skilled camp staff and dedicated volunteers provide a camp experience which develops self-esteem, confidence in addition to social and communication skills. The cooperative nature of the experience also provides life and leadership skills.
    Boysdale Camp provides an extraordinary co-education weeklong, outdoor camp experience for children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a summer camp. On the recommendation of an area council, community league, school, social service agency or other community group, some 450 children between the ages of 7 and 14 years are able to enjoy a positive, interactive and safe environment where they have fun and learn about themselves and each other.
    At Boysdale Camp kids can participate in any number of different activities including hiking or canoeing on the sparkling Sturgeon River that gurgles through the camp; tracking the numerous animals that make their home in the nearby bush such as moose, deer, rabbits and even raccoons; participating in a variety of team sporting events; from archery, arts & crafts to campfire sing-alongs and storytelling, Boysdale Camp provides exciting activities for all campers. Environment appreciation classes that include nature hikes and bird-watching are offered as well as performing arts, wilderness survival training and much more guaranteed to ensure fun no matter what!
    The camp operates through the dedicated, caring and committed efforts of the many volunteers serving on the Boysdale Camp Foundation Board and its’ Committees By reaching out to the very community that once helped establish this magnificent place for kids, Boysdale Camp hopes to achieve an epic restoral. This means the renewal and rejuvenation of a caring environment for deserving and in-need young ones.
    Boysdale Camp is more than just a camp experience for Edmonton and area underprivileged children. It is a chance to explore, to learn and to grow. It provides the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and skills.
    To make the dream possible, our camp depends on the generosity of caring individuals. Boysdale is a camp that is funded through donations of time, money and materials from interested individuals, Corporations and Community Groups – from people who care – people like you.
    Your financial assistance and/or volunteer time will help us restore this historical camp for kids to its original purpose – to serve the children.
    As such, Boysdale Camp Foundation warmly welcomes any individuals willing to volunteer their time in the various committees, campaigns and its hands-on working board. For more information or to volunteer, contact us today! You can make a difference!
    Last edited by Boysdale2012; 25-06-2012, 01:08 PM. Reason: Information missing