July 16, 2010

Organized camping and ‘camperships’ for children in Manitoba have received $63,200 in funding, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau announced today in the lead up to Canada’s Parks Day on July 17.

“This year, Canada’s Parks Day will recognize the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on earth and the value of biodiversity.  We’re fortunate to live in a place as biologically rich as Manitoba, from the Arctic tundra to the grassland prairies,” said Rondeau.  “Camping can instil an appreciation of the environment and love of the outdoors at a young age, which is one of many reasons that we are facilitating safe, organized camps for our kids.”

The Province of Manitoba is providing total support of $40,600 to assist children and their families who do not have the financial means to attend a summer camp. A further $22,600 is being provided to the Manitoba Camping Association for its efforts in co-ordinating and accrediting organized camps across the province to ensure strict standards of safety and quality are met.

“Going to camp can be a major life experience for a young person as they make new friends, gain new skills and learn about nature,” added Rondeau. “I encourage all Manitobans to join us in supporting the Manitoba Camping Association’s Sunshine Fund and the Manitoba Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba’s Sun Fund – it may just change a young life.”

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