Camp Tidnish celebrates 70 years of summer fun

Justin Dickie
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TIDNISH - Camp Tidnish has been running for 70 years strong and shows no signs of slowing down.

The camp run by the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Amherst Rotary Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary with an open house, barbecue, and the presentation of the winning proposal in the camp T-shirt design contest on Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

"We really are very, very proud to carry on what Rotarians started 70 years ago and still

Camp Tidnish celebrates 70 years of summer fun

TIDNISH - Camp Tidnish has been running for 70 years strong and shows no signs of slowing down.

The camp run by the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Amherst Rotary Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary with an open house, barbecue, and the presentation of the winning proposal in the camp T-shirt design contest on Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

"We really are very, very proud to carry on what Rotarians started 70 years ago and still maintain what we see as a very popular camp for the challenged part of our community," said Bob Janes, chair of the Rotary's camp committee.

Camp Tidnish started as a fresh air camp for boys. Rotary later saw a need for a camp for the physically and mentally challenged part of the community.

"A lot of our campers don't get the opportunity to have a camping experience," Janes said. "Some of them are very confined and some of them are even institutionalized.

"In some cases it gets them out of that place of confinement for whatever length of time they come."

Janes said campers take part in all kinds of activities, including singing, camp fires, games, boating, swimming, dances, movies, and talent shows.

"We give them experiences that a lot of them aren't able to have," he said.

Abilities Foundation co-ordinator of active lifestyles Heather MacDonald said Camp Tidnish has been such a success because it's the only place in Nova Scotia where challenged people can get a true camping experience.

"When they come to our camp, we give them the best seven or nine days that we can possibly give them so they're left wanting more," MacDonald said. "It's an opportunity to develop and grow, make friends, develop skills and just have the time of their lives."

Mary-Alice Taylor, a nine-year-old Cape Breton native who's attended the camp for three consecutive years, can tell why the camp's lasted 70 years.

"Because it's so fun and they have great food here," she said. "It keeps getting funner and funner every year.

"I'll be back next year if I save enough money."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia, Amherst Rotary Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cape Breton

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