With a little help from our friends…

Kootenay January windstorm had trees crashing down on Camp Koolaree

To donate funds to help rebuild Camp Koolaree, residents can go to canadahelps.org or PayPal

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A favourite West Kootenay summer camp suffered major damage from the wind storm in January.

A significant stand of three massive cedar trees fell through the roof of Camp Koolaree’s washroom during the January 13th storm that wreaked havoc throughout the region.

“We will recover from this,” said Camp Koolaree Society chair Peter Herd. “Our camp has run every summer for 90 years. Even with the ongoing pandemic, we adapted to run small day-camps in 2020. Koolaree is a resilient place, and we are dedicated to finding a way through this.”

The trees destroyed part of the building that housed the camp’s showers and boy’s washroom, and although the damage is severe, it could have been worse.

Turns out, last summer the camp had already begun construction on a new washhouse, which remains unfinished and awaits funding to complete the interior walls, floor, and plumbing.

“We are extremely fortunate these trees came down now instead of a year ago,” said Herd. “The camp hopes to complete the new wash house before June, but that all depends on if we can fundraise enough money by then.”

Herd hopes insurance from the old building may cover some or all of the costs in finishing the new wash house. However, given the urgent timeline, the camp is appealing to the public for help.

To donate funds to help rebuild Camp Koolaree, residents can go to canadahelps.org or PayPal. Supporters can also mail a cheque to the Camp office at 1300 Pine Ave. Trail, B.C. V1R 4E6.

All surplus funds raised will go to the camp’s ongoing building projects to replace aging facilities.

Our Board of Directors

     Our board met July 26 at the camp to see the progress on the new wash house! We were all social distancing and it was strange to not welcome each other with hugs as all of our meetings have been via zoom since March. The camp looks a little different but we are so excited to share our finished bathrooms when campers return next summer!! ❤️❤️

Help from Castlegar Rotary

Once again the Castlegar Rotarians have come through with a generous donation for Camp Koolaree. At their regular meeting on January 21 this year, club president, Stan Hadikin, officially presented a beautiful set of battery-powered tools to Ray Lundquist and Bill Furey, members of the camp’s board of directors. Bill, a Rotarian himself, was instrumental in getting this gift. He also presented a PowerPoint of Camp Koolaree photos showing the work done over the past couple of years to replace the floor and to install a nice solar power system for the Brick Shed.
The Ridgid 18 volt lithium-ion toolset includes; 7 ¼ in. circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact driver, 2-speed hammer drill, battery charger, two 4 Ah batteries, and a large carrying bag.
Many thanks to the Rotary club as this new equipment should prove very handy around the camp and in the newly renovated solar powered Brick Shed.