YMCA Camp Kitchikiwana celebrates 100 years
The YMCA Camp Kitchikewana Wall of Distinction was unveiled at the 100th anniversary. Honourees included - back row (left to right): Brad West, Jim Wilgar, Paul Lawrence, Wyn Smith representing Win and Marmie Smith, Perry Grasic, Curtis Eastmure, Bob Morton, Scott Sweatman, Tina Rankin, Paul Gifford, Ed Bridge Front row (left to right): Austin Matthews, Brian Shelley, Melva Murphy, Lee Howchin, Garry Bard, Matt Ladner
Known fondly as Camp Kitchi, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Camp Kitchikiwana this summer, with a weekend of camp and the unveiling of the Wall of Distinction and its 2019 Honourees.
More than 400 camp alumni and friends gathered at the camp on Beausoleil Island from September 6 to 8 to relive their camp experiences - incluidng swimming, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. They also woke up to the morning bell and flag raising, re-learned their camp songs and more.
A special wall of distinction was also unveiled honouring 20 alumni - including former camp directors - who had a profound impact on Camp Kitchi.
Youth of all ages have taken part in traditional camp programs over the past 100 years, and continue to do so. Programming also includes guided canoe trips, a high s chool credit program, school group outdoor education and volunteer programs - all with a mission to challenge people to be the very best they can be.
As part of the 100th celebration, Camp Kitchikewana alumni in partnership with the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and the Huronia Community Foundation have established an endowment fund to ensure the continuation of high-quality camp experiences for generations to come. The endowment fund has currently received $940,000 in donations, with the help of a generous Kitchikewana alumnus, Paul Lawrence, who has offered to match every donation up to $1,000,000. The goal of the endowment fund is to reach $2,000,000.
Since it opened its doors in 1919, Camp Kitchikewana, with the generous support of alumni, has modernized its facilities, adding new cabins, washrooms, docks, sailboats, canoes and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Proceeds from the 100th Anniversary Endowment Fund will be used to enhance the camper experience including replenishing, replacing and repairing program equipment and facilities used by the campers.
For more information about YMCA Camp Kitchikewana, the 100th Anniversary Endowment Fund and how to donate, please visit the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka website.