Federal government, province investing in Camp Mockingee upgrades

Published on April 21, 2017

Andy Kirk, right, points to work being done at Camp Mogkingee, funded in part through contributions from the federal and provincial government.

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UPPER VAUGHAN, N.S. — Camp Mockingee in Lower Vaughan is going to have a new look for campers this year.

The federal government, Province of Nova Scotia, and the Rotary Club of Windsor have jointly invested in major upgrades to the main building at the camp and will also replace an aging deck.

The federal government is giving $82,102 towards the project from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which is investing in projects across the country.

The province is contributing $15,000 and the Windsor Rotary Club has injected $40,007 — totalling $137,109 overall.

Andy Kirk, chair of the Camp Mockingee committee of the Rotary Club of Windsor, Nova Scotia, said these funds will help sustain the camp, which was initially founded in 1949.

“This will provide the kids and adult groups that come here a much more comfortable dining space,” Kirk said.

While the capacity will remain at 100, it will be a more spacious setting.

Andy Kirk, left, the chair of the Camp Mockingee committee with the Rotary Club of Windsor, gives MP Scott Brison, centre, and MLA Chuck Porter a tour through Camp Mockingee, Which is receiving major upgrades this year.
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“The upgrades also include new washrooms, new sick bays, a nurses room, and a janitors room, which may not sound like a big deal, but it is if you don’t have one,” Kirk said. “It will be a much more user-friendly environment.”

Kirk said about 2,000 people use the camp during the 190 days its open each year.

One of the buildings on the campsite is also receiving a new deck, as the current one is in need of repair, Kirk said.

“This means that the groups that are using this place, who had input on things they’d like, will find it much more useable and guarantee they will continue to use the camp,” he said. “We could not have done this without the help of our government partners.”

Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison said he was happy to see the upgrades progressing.

“For Canada 150, our government is investing in communities across Canada to make a real difference in the lives of Canadian families,” he said.

“This investment in Camp Mockingee is going to make a real difference for young Canadians who are given the opportunity to develop leadership and life skills in a constructive, safe camp environment,” said Brison.

“This investment will strengthen its ability to host young people who are coming here. It’s exactly the kind of investment our government is pleased to invest in.”

“This is a place that has hosted many groups and youth for many years, and it doesn’t get much better than this,” Porter said. “I’m glad we’re able to help out a little bit.”

Frequent users of the camp include Halifax Recreation’s Adventure Earth Centre, scouts, guides, cadets, sporting clubs, exchange student programs, plus school and church groups. The camp has grown to over 75 acres and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor experiences.