Camp Tidnish marks milestones

Justin Dickie
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TIDNISH Camp Tidnish is celebrating milestones of two long-time campers this summer.

Deb Matheson of Sydney and Ralph Verge of Halifax have been attending the camp each summer for 40 and 50 consecutive years, respectively.

They both said they keep coming back because they enjoy spending time with the other campers, councillors, and staff.

Ive never missed one year. I love it, Matheson said. Its fun getting to know people, getting to know friends. Its my home away from home.

I love camp so much, said Verge. I like to meet old people and new people.

Camp Tidnish marks milestones

TIDNISH Camp Tidnish is celebrating milestones of two long-time campers this summer.

Deb Matheson of Sydney and Ralph Verge of Halifax have been attending the camp each summer for 40 and 50 consecutive years, respectively.

They both said they keep coming back because they enjoy spending time with the other campers, councillors, and staff.

Ive never missed one year. I love it, Matheson said. Its fun getting to know people, getting to know friends. Its my home away from home.

I love camp so much, said Verge. I like to meet old people and new people.

To commemorate their milestones, the cafeteria has been renamed Ralphs Café and Debs Diner.

The two enjoy Tidnish because they get to swim, play music, go to dances, play all kinds of games, and go for day trips, among many more activities.

They couldnt pinpoint one great memory during their time here, however they agreed a fond memory was when horses were brought in for riding lessons.

I loved it. The horse was beautiful, Matheson said.

When Verge first attended the camp, it only had one building for lodging, eating, etc. Over the years, hes seen three more buildings constructed: the armory, the beehive, and the castle.

Camp Tidnish is a summer camp for individuals with a variety of disabilities and challenges. Its owned by the Amherst Rotary Club and operated by the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Co-ordinator of the active lifestyles program Heather MacDonald said Verge and Mathesons desire to return each year speaks volumes about the camps ability to make people happy.

After 40 or 50 years, that they keep coming back here, that shows us that were obviously doing something right, MacDonald said. If were not doing something right, we do our best to try and make it better.

These two certainly think Camp Tidnish is doing something right.

Its special to me in my heart, Matheson said.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Rotary Club, Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Sydney, Halifax

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