Scouts Camp Malagash in dire need of repairs

Raissa Tetanish
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Renovations, donations needed to complete upgrades

MALAGASH – The local Scouting association is hoping the community and its alumni will pitch in when it comes to funding some major renovations at its camp.

Scout leader Yousef Papdopoulos gives instructions to a young Scout on how to wash dishes during a visit to Camp Malagash. The camp has been used by the Colchester Area Scout Association for more than 60 years and is in need of renovations to bring the camp up to safety code. 

Kathleen Glover, chairperson of the Camp Malagash Fundraising Campaign, said renovations need to be done to reach required safety codes.

“It’s been used as a Scout camp since the 1950s,” she said of the camp. It is utilized by six Scouting groups from the Colchester Area Scout Association – Lower Truro, Bible Hill, Second Truro, Third Truro, Valley and Tatamagouche.

“Over the years, buildings have been added on and we really need to bring it up to safety code. There is a lot of history with Camp Malagash.”

During the past year, the camp was used by 329 youth and 133 adults on 19 different occasions. Along with Scouting, the camp is available to groups from other areas, as well as various community groups and private individuals.

(Click here to read about why Camp Malagash is special to one Truro family.)

To bring the camp up to safety regulations, new doors need to be installed and larger windows need to be in the basement.

“Those are so that people can get in and out if there is a fire in the building,” said Glover.

A new ventilation over the grill, complete with fire extinguisher, needs to be added, as does exit and emergency lighting.

In total, the safety renovations are estimated to cost around $22,000.

But that’s not all the association hopes to do.

“We are going to try to fundraise a larger amount, about $70,000, and at the same time include a new roof, siding and a covered deck.”

Glover said the fundraising committee is working on numerous grant applications, as well as planning fundraisers such as a quilt raffle.

“And we’re putting a call out to all the former Scouts that have used the facility,” she said.

In a donation request letter, Glover explains the importance of Camp Malagash and the opportunity it gives to experience nature and develop an appreciation for the natural environment.

“Camp Malagash offers the opportunity to learn about a variety of different ecologies including the intertidal shoreline, native wood and wetlands,” the letter reads. “While learning outdoor survival skills, youth are exposed to the natural vegetation and habitats of wildlife in the region.”

Along with financial donations, Glover is hoping people with pictures of the camp, from the beginning, will get in touch with her as she’d like to make a collection from past to present.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Kathleen Glover at kglover@eastlink.ca or 893-2305.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Camp Malagash Fundraising Campaign

Geographic location: Tatamagouche

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