Camp Tidnish continues to inspire

Darrell Cole
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Another busy summer on the Tidnish River

Camp Tidnish director Patti Sampson shares a laugh with Amherst Rotarian Bob Janes while club president Paul Calder look on. Sampson spoke to the club about Camp Tidnish, a Rotary-owned camp that serves physically and intellectually-challenged children and adults.

AMHERST – It's shaping up to be another busy year for staff and campers at Camp Tidnish.

Speaking to members of the Amherst Rotary Club on Monday, camp director Patti Sampson said the number of campers is pretty much on par with last year and counsellors are doing an amazing job working with their clients.

"It has been a busy year so far," said Sampson, who is in her second year at the helm of the camp located just over the New Brunswick border on the Tidnish River. "We have an amazing group of staff this year."

Sampson said the camp has seen a lot of new campers this year while a number of regulars are back, although she admitted some of the adult campers have not returned for medical reasons or they are attending another camp that's funded by Community Services.

The camp has a number of new attractions this year thanks to corporate and community generosity. Weston Foods made a contribution of more than $70,000 that has helped add several new programs, while the Christie Foundation's donation helped replace the pontoon boat.

She said Best Buy recently came on board with a corporation donation of computers and other electronics that help staff work with the campers. She said a $1,000 gift card is being used to purchase communication apps to help camp participants communicate with staff.

"A number of our campers used special pieces of equipment to communicate. In some cases they may not bring them or feel comfortable bringing them. This will help us purchase some aps that will allow us to communicate," Sampson said.

The camp is owned by the Amherst Rotary Club and operated by Easter Seals Nova Scotia.

She said a number of volunteers, including former staff members, play a huge role in the camp and credited Bob Janes from the Rotary Club for being the person she can turn to when she or staff need help.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Rotary Club, Community Services, Christie Foundation Best Buy

Geographic location: Tidnish River, New Brunswick

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