Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rebuild Camp Hurlburt - Aviva Community Fund

Rebuild Camp Hurlburt - Aviva Community Fund


HISTORY Camp Hurlburt is a 2.5 acre, forested, beach waterfront camp, located on Lake Okanagan, just 20 minutes from downtown Vernon, BC. For 80 years, Camp Hurlburt has been a place for children and youth to gather, form friendships, provide leadership, and grow in spirit. Camp Hurlburt has touched the lives of over 20,000 young people of all faith, social and economic backgrounds. Over 30% of the young people attending camp are sponsored on camperships, many recommended by local schools and other community organizations. Young people ages 5 through 17 learn about the sacredness of their own lives and of creation at week long camps through experiences such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, music, drama, nightly camp fires and arts and crafts.
Camp Hurlburt Alumnae and the Vernon community have said that: Camp Hurlburt is a valuable community resource which invests in the lives of children and youth, children in need, and young families, and provides fun opportunities for personal and spiritual growth in a place while being physically, emotionally and spiritually safe. Hurlburt is a place where young people have opportunities to face issues pertinent to their everyday lives.
Ailsa Edge, former counselor in the Vernon School District wrote: “Many times over those years, I listened to young people talk of their experiences at Camp Hurlburt and what those experiences meant for them …When a student told me he/she was going to spend some time at Hurlburt that summer, I knew that student would come back to school inoculated against many of the forces which can destroy a young life.”

But the buildings are old and the facilities are in desperate need of upgrading. The Camp Hurlburt Association, a non-profit society is, in conjunction with the Rebuilding Hurlburt Committee, working on rebuilding this valuable community resource to allow more children, youth and the North Okanagan community to experience a connection with nature and each other that leads to positive change in their lives.
VISION We envision an updated facility for the future, located in a natural setting, which will offer young people; the opportunity to experience a place and programming that teach and exhibit land and water stewardship and to build relationships with each other which will nurture the values, of compassion, inclusiveness, acceptance, integrity and respect. 

1) Increase the number of young people the camp can accommodate each summer and expand the programs into three seasons, providing opportunities for schools, community organizations and others to participate in educational programming throughout the remainder of the year.
2) Provide a facility which will be self sustaining for future generations of young people and the young at heart to re-discover the nature of community.
REBUILDING CAMP HURLBURT IS A $3.5 MILLION PROJECT. IT INCLUDES: Increasing safety by providing a new entry, removing most of the vehicle traffic from the site and restoring the site to its natural state. An accessible main hall with separate dining/ multipurpose spaces for 80 people on each level, a full commercial kitchen, showers and washroom facilities and 6 dorm rooms to accommodate 24 people. There will be 8 new cabins which will accommodate 78 people, a Staff cabin and a Director’s cabin. Improved program areas: enlarged green space, enlarged dock & swim platform, archery area, climbing wall, zip line, and a riparian habitat. A significant goal for the camp is to practice environmental stewardship and to have children and youth form a connection with the earth. The site will be constructed to a minimum of LEED© Silver with a strong educational focus for campers.

USE OF FUNDS We are looking to fund up to $149,000 for Phase One of our redevelopment construction which will include: demolition of the existing craft hall and cabins, some site work and the construction of 4-6 new cabins. With Aviva’s help, this will take place during 2012. Please visit www.rebuildhurlburt.com for more details.
SUSTAINABILITY A Business Plan has been developed to address sustainability for the future needs and operations of Camp Hurlburt. It includes changing from a summer only facility to a facility that operates in three seasons. To date we have already received funds and pledges from several community organizations, and individuals towards this project. A Capital Campaign is planned to raise funds for future phases of the redevelopment. An Endowment Fund has also been established to help with future ongoing operational needs. The Association will also to appeal for endowment funds and for sponsored camperships in the future.

Join us in the Rebuild Hurlburt Project so that more young people will have life transforming experiences at Hurlburt.

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