PUGWASH – With only three weeks left, there are still close to 10 children on a waiting list to attend Camp Pagweak.
Ruth Rushton, camp council secretary, said if she can find some sponsorships, those eight children waiting will still have a chance to experience and enjoy camplife.
“We feel that every child should experience going to camp,” said Rushton. “We’ve been doing sponsorships for about six years now. Our goal is to reach as many underprivileged children as possible, and I will wait until sponsorships to come in before sending them.”
Rushton said it costs $260 a week to send a child to camp.
“We’re now tending to reach out more to the community for sponsorships,” the secretary said. “Our numbers have been growing over the past number of years. A few years ago we could have easily closed, but we started to reach out more and it just took off.
“There are a lot of people who want to see children go to camp.”
Since 1944, the camp, located just outside Pugwash in Cumberland County, has been providing children from Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou counties with a chance to attend camp. Last year, 433 children participated. Roughly 30 Baptist churches in all three counties fund the camp, and children are referred to the camp through organizations such as food banks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, transition houses and even social services.
“The camp is funded throughout the year by those churches, but over the last few years, more businesses, individuals and organizations have been wanting to sponsor children.”
Rushton said 360 children are already attending this year’s camp under the direction of Greg Porter, pastor of the Truro Heights and Nuttby Baptist churches.
While at camp, children ages five to 15 have a variety of activities and resources available to them, such as kayaking, a rock climbing wall, zip lining, orienteering, map reading, wilderness training and, depending on age, Internet safety.
“This year, we’ve partnered up with the Canadian Food Grains Bank, so we have a pumpkin patch that the children look after, weeding and such, and at the end of the summer, the pumpkins will be sold and all proceeds go to the Canadian Food Grains Bank,” said Rushton. “We tend to focus on missions and giving back.”
For more information on sponsoring a child’s trip to Camp Pagweak, visit www.pagweak.org. Receipts are issued for donations over $10.