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Lindsay Sage, YMCA of Western Ontario
From Campfires to Confidence

Big news for Southwestern Ontario as YMCAs and Parks Canada partner to connect youth to nature at Point Pelee National Park's revitalized Camp Henry

London & Sarnia - July 5, 2017 - The YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario and the YMCA of Western Ontario have announced a partnership with Parks Canada to establish a new overnight summer camping destination for children ages 5-15 at Point Pelee National Park. Camp Henry, originally established in 1938, will again be home to summer fun for hundreds of children and youth, including swimming, archery, canoeing, crafts, and wilderness adventures.

camp is open this summer for 7 weeks, from July 16 to August 31, with the final week of the summer dedicated to family camping, where the entire family can camp together and enjoy everything traditional overnight camping has to offer.

But, says YMCA of Western Ontario CEO, Andrew Lockie, camp can benefit a child long after the summer is done.

"Parents of children who attend our camps regularly remark on how it provides them with so many life skills - confidence, resilience, the ability to make friends or even combat the devastating effects of bullying. We are incredibly proud to offer summer experiences that last a lifetime."

What's so unique about this summer camp experience at Point Pelee? Campers will be staying in Parks Canada's brand new state of the art oTENTiks. These unique accommodations are a cross between a tent and a cabin that sleep 7 campers and one counsellor. Campers have the fun experience of sleeping in a tent with the added comfort of a bunk bed and heating, all while experiencing Canada's outdoors.

This, paired with the YMCA's long history of high quality child development programs, makes Camp Henry the ideal place for kids of all backgrounds and abilities, according to Jim Janzen, President & CEO of the YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario. "The YMCA has always been open to all. We pride ourselves on developing all kids, at any age or stage, with talented, caring staff and best in class facilities. Camp Henry expands our ability to do this for even more children in our region."

This programme, aimed at connecting youth with nature is a natural fit for Parks Canada. Canada's national parks and national historic sites represent the very best this country has to offer, and this new YMCA camp programme will help young campers develop the skills and confidence to experience them.

"Point Pelee National Park is a gateway to nature, adventure and discovery. We are pleased to partner with the YMCA to offer new and innovative programmes that allow youth to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment," says Maria Papoulias, Superintendent of Point Pelee National Park. "These children will create lifelong memories with new friends while connecting with nature in the national park, and we are thrilled to be a part of that."

Limited space is still available for some weeks of camp. More information is available at:www.camphenry.ca.

A free open house for all registered camper families and interested families will take place on July 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with fun activities that provide a 'taste of camp'.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:01:36 PM EST

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