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Branching Out for a Sustainable Future

Shhhh…..! Our Capital Campaign is in its ‘Quiet Phase’… But We Still Want to Tell You About It!

Branching Out for a Sustainable Future is campaign about leadership and growth. We want to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders and that is why we are investing in upgrades to our facilities, showcasing what is possible in sustainable design. From using innovative alternative energy and waste management systems to incorporating natural materials – we share how zero buildings can be designed (zero carbon, zero waste, zero toxins).

At the same time, Camp Kawartha is bursting at the seams. A modest increase in capacity will help us deliver our mission of fostering stewardship to more children, students and adults than ever.

The plan is to secure a little more than $3 million to make several upgrades to our systems, our layout, and our buildings which will help grow our capacity.

Learn more: https://campkawartha.ca/branching-out-for-a-sustainable-future/
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Staff Spotlight: Outdoor Education Manager, Neil Fortin

Meet our Outdoor Education Manager Neil Fortin!

You may be familiar with Neil from an outdoor education visit, environmental day camps or you may have just seen him around Camp Kawartha sometime in the past 17 years but here are a few things you may not know.
https://campkawartha.ca/staff-spotlight-outdoor-education-manager-neil-fortin/
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CHEX Television Makes a Wintertime Visit

Caley Bedore and Kevin Wheeler from CHEX Television made a recent visit to the Camp to find out what goes on during the winter season. After a 10-hour snowfall the day before, the CHEX team arrived on a sunny, crisp morning.

Executive Director, Jacob Rodenburg helped Bedore identify animal tracks, start a bow-drill fire to make cedar tea and race on snowshoes against some energetic Grade 4 students who are staying at the Camp as part of a 2 ½ day outdoor education trip.

“It was great to have CHEX come and help us highlight the enjoyment to be had outdoors in winter.” said Rodenburg. “Winter presents some unique opportunities for people of all ages to explore and develop skills. We are pleased Caley and Kevin were here to embrace it!”
https://campkawartha.ca/chex-television-makes-a-wintertime-visit/
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Our Beachfront is Now Accessible!

With funding assistance from the Rick Hansen and J.P. Bickell Foundations we were able to construct an accessible pathway allowing those with physical challenges to easily and safely make their way to the waterfront.

Learn more https://campkawartha.ca/beachfront-now-accessible/
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Staff Spotlight: Food Services Manager, Tina Barnes

Meet our Head Chef/Food Services Manager Tina Barnes, a wonderfully innovative cook who provides campers, students, teachers, parents and special guests with tasty, balanced meals. We sat down with her recently to get her take on healthy Camp eating.

Q. Tina, what is your priority when choosing a menu?

A. I think recipes should not be too complicated, using simple ingredients. I use ‘in-season’ ingredients as much as possible, and focus on local products. Our meals here are kid-friendly of course, but I make sure they are nutritious.

Q. In your many years here at the Camp have you seen anything that surprises you?

A. I am surprised by the popularity of the salad bar! It shows me that when you give kids independence they will try new things. They might see something in the bar, and then be bold enough to try a little piece.

Q. How has the kitchen changed since you started years ago?

A. I got rid of a few menu selections and simplified the food. I’ve added more vegetarian items, and really, most people don’t realize it is vegetarian! (Laughs)

Also, we are part of two different food co-ops. We utilize the Trent University Market Garden and By the Bushel as suppliers of fresh goods. We are able to use By the Bushel year-round.

Q. What do you like to have on your plate and have you incorporated it into your fare here?

A. I love squash. I really love squash. I’ve also introduced rubbed kale and I am surprised how much people love that. I love beets too, but that isn’t always a huge hit!

Try some recipes that Tina has put together in the CK Kitchen:
Spicy Kale & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad https://campkawartha.ca/seasonal-recipe-spicy-kale-roasted-butternut-squash-salad/
Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry with Tofu & Veg
https://campkawartha.ca/seasonal-recipe-cauliflower-rice-stir-fry-with-tofu-veg/
Simple Spinach Salad with Tamari-Nooch Dressing
https://campkawartha.ca/seasonal-recipe-simple-spinach-salad-with-tamari-nooch-dressing/
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An interview with our Executive Director Jacob Rodenburg and naturalist Drew Monkman is now available in the Fall 2017 issue of Eco Parent Magazine. They discuss their book (The Big Book of Nature Activities), how to manage difficult topics with children (climate change) and their passion for getting kids out to "touch the earth".

http://campkawartha.ca/new-interview-with-eco-parent/
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We're very happy to have begun a great partnership with Bullfrog Power. Here's an interview our Executive Director Jacob Rodenburg did with them sharing his thoughts on what summer camps offer to both young people and the environment.

https://goo.gl/1v1R8E
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According to FlightNetwork, out of hundreds of camps across North America, Camp Kawartha is among the top!

Perhaps it is our mission of fostering stewardship that makes us special. The idea that every child can learn to love, care for and protect the natural world while taking care of each other. It could be the 15 awards we’ve earned for our work in stewardship and environmental education. Or maybe it is our amazing staff to camper ration with close to 70 staff for 150 campers. Some might say it is our creative efforts our staff put into designing and implementing programming – from Camp Stock to Zing Tong – Whatever the reason, one thing is certain.

Camp Kawartha staff go above and beyond to make summer camp a magical and engaging experience for every child.

Camp Kawartha is also excited to be taking the next step. We want to be recognized leaders in the field of environmental education and stewardship. That is why Camp Kawartha is undertaking a series of innovative infrastructure improvements that will advance the organization’s quest to become a world class environmental leadership centre. These improvements will be supported by a $3 million capital campaign that was first announced at the organization’s annual Surf n’ Turf event in June.

“As Camp Kawartha approaches a century of serving children from Peterborough and beyond, I’m thrilled to be part of the next phase of its evolution,” says Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director. “By showcasing inspiring examples of green design, Camp Kawartha will be positioned to teach children, youth and adults alike how to become active stewards and environmental citizens. We’ll also inspire the next generation of youth to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”

The Branching Out For A Sustainable Future capital campaign will support Camp Kawartha as it greens its infrastructure. Each building becomes a teaching opportunity for what is possible in sustainable design. The project includes plans to expand the existing dining hall using non-toxic materials, alternative forms of energy and green waste management systems. The plan also includes the creation of sustainable cabins, ecological restoration and an organic food garden. The infrastructure upgrades will help to ensure that Camp Kawartha is at the forefront of best practices in environmental education and innovation and will provide an inspiring venue for its award winning programming.

“The Board of Directors is excited to be beginning this important work,” says President Jason Huffman. “A successful capital campaign will see us build inspiring infrastructure that will showcase sustainable living in action as it supports the development of young environmental leaders. While we’ve set our sights on some ambitious targets for the next year or so, we know that Camp Kawartha holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many in our community.”

The campaign will officially launch in the fall, and there will be many ways to get involved. Those who are interested are asked to contact Jacob Rodenburg (jrodenburg@campkawartha.ca or 705-652-3860)



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Wondering what Camp Kawartha is up to these days?
This showcase article gives a great overview of the scope of our work these days. Take a look, I'm pretty sure you'll learn something new about Camp Kawartha!

https://kawarthanow.com/2017/09/11/camp-kawartha/
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Plan to attend Camp Kawartha’s most anticipated event! You’ll be treated to fresh lobster, steak, salads, and decadent desserts. Plus, bid on fantastic items in both our live and silent auctions.

This event supports our highly regarded Outdoor Education Programming. All proceeds from this event will help Camp Kawartha continue to deliver top quality programs for children of all ages. 
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