CORNWALL, Ontario – A popular summertime retreat for Cornwall and area children is celebrating a milestone this summer.
Camp Kagama, which was originally located on Sheik’s Island before moving to Morrison Island following the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, will turn 80 years old this year.
A celebration is being planned for June, but Camp Kagama board secretary Sue Brown said work is already being planned now to get the facility ready for another summer of young people.
“What we’re looking for really is physical help,” said Brown. “It’s quite a large camp…it’s about four acres. And there are a lot trees and branches have to be cleaned up.”
Also, some general maintenance on camp buildings needs to be completed, including some painting.
Even the sand at the beach, which has shifted with the water currents, needs to be refilled.
A cleanup day is scheduled for May 14.
“We’re going to have the head of our maintenance crew on that day,” said Brown. “We will direct people and tell them what has to be done.”
Contact David@CampKagama.ca if you need information, or just show up May 14 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and introduce yourself.
The camp has been a part of Brown’s life since day one. Her grandfather, Rev. Narcisse McLaren, and uncle Rev. Charles Dawes, as well as Rev. Harry Hamilton started the camp as a religious retreat for young people. Since then Camp Kagama has swelled to include people of all backgrounds and cultures.