The success of an event of this nature would not be possible without the participation and co-operation of many individuals and groups. The organizing committee and all the participants would like to thank the Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland for your generous contribution and support for our 2015 Bluewater Outreach Summer Camp.
 
This past summer, Bluewater Outreach Summer Camp hosted a summer camp in conjunction with the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Salvation Army. This camp was held at our area scout camp, Camp Attawandaron, located adjacent to Pinery Provincial Park, over the August 14-16 weekend.  The goal for this camp was to provide a unique summer camp experience for 34 boys and girls who otherwise would not likely have had a summer vacation.
 
Over twenty leaders from Bluewater Area Scouting and the camp committee volunteered to run the camp, with the assistance of 20 Scouts and Venturers who were camp counselors and team and cabin leaders for the youth.  Developing leadership skills is one of the cornerstones of scouting, and these Scout and Venturer youth were given a real opportunity to put into practice the skills they have developed.
 
Our camp started on Friday morning with a Sarnia Transit bus ride from the Inn of the Good Shepherd to Tecumseh Park for team activities, a pool swim and a picnic lunch.  After lunch we boarded a school bus to Camp Attawandaron.  This camp weekend is geared to 7 - 10 year olds, and involves many scout-based activities - canoeing, hiking, fire starting, rock wall climbing, crafts, and campfires, to name but a few.  Team activities and cooperative games and events are also a big part of the camp weekend.  Friday night we enjoyed a movie night and on Saturday night we held a traditional campfire with songs and skits.  Each night the youth and counselors went on an hour long "hay ride" throughout the camp.
 
Wawanosh Enterprises, part of the Community Living program in Sarnia, has been an annual major contributor to this camp.  They designed and manufactured back packs for each camper.  Each camper is also supplied with a sleeping bag.  All activities, camp gear, and food is provided at no cost to the camper.  We were very fortunate to have had a team of volunteers to cook all our nutritious, all from scratch, meals and snacks for the weekend, which included a fantastic turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday night.
 
The success of an event of this nature would not be possible without the participation and co-operation of many individuals and groups.  The organizing committee and all the participants would like to thank the Rotary Club of Sarnia for your generous contribution and support for our 2015 Bluewater Outreach Summer Camp.
 
Brenda Dunn,
Leader, Scouts Canada