Important news in the field of camps! As Camp Claret, located on the shores of Lake Elgin in Stratford in the Eastern Townships, is taking a pause for the summer of 2021, Camp Tekakwitha is knocking on the door to use Camp Claret's facilities.
And the door has opened to allow the camp, currently located in the United States with an essentially Quebec clientele, to operate without impediments during the summer of 2021, in the context of a pandemic with which the camps would be able to welcome children and youth in a safe and stimulating environment.
AN AGREEMENT THAT IS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE
The Provincial Administration of the Claretian Fathers, to whom Camp Claret belongs, continue to reflect on the future of the camp following the death of its founding director, Father Carmel Lerma at the beginning of the year 2020. Together with the current director Ms. Pauline Rondeau, the Claretians will continue their reflection during 2021, leaving the summer activities suspended.
Since the beginning of the pandemic that led to the closure of the borders with the United States, Camp Tekakwitha has been looking for a place to operate. The situation of the two camps being complementary, the two parties quickly came to an agreement for the rental of the Camp Claret facilities for the summer of 2021.
CAMPS THAT SHARE THE SAME VALUES
Children and youth are at the heart of the missions of both organizations, which exist only for them and their families. The sharing of a common philosophy and sound organizational practices have allowed for a quick agreement that respects the objectives of both camps.
The shores of Lake Elgin will be able to enjoy once again the laughter of the children during the next summer... This agreement is valid for the year 2021 only and subsequent decisions will be made by the Claretians at the appropriate time.
Mr. Guy Bourassa, Director of Camp Tekakwitha, and Mrs. Pauline Rondeau, Director of Camp Claret, consider this agreement to be realistic and beneficial for both parties. Both camps will be well served in 2021 while respecting their long-term objectives!
Here is what Mr. Éric Beauchemin, Executive Director of the Quebec Camping Association had to comment:
"This partnership between two camps that have been certified for a long time is a beautiful illustration of the ingenuity, seriousness and spirit of cooperation between the members of the Quebec Camping Association. Let's wish great success to this collaboration, which will benefit children and youth, who are in such great need of the camps during this very special period. »