© Kathryn Brewster
A map highlights the land the province protected recently at Fancy Cove. If you look closely, you can see how close it is to Brigadoon. Pictured is Brigadoon founder David McKeage, who attended the announcement. - Kathryn Brewster, www.kingscountynews.ca
Campers at Brigadoon Village will have a whole lot more of the great outdoors to take advantage of this summer, thanks to a land purchase made by the provincial government.
The announcement was made in the camp’s dining hall on April 28 with camp staff, supporters and members of both the provincial and federal Liberal parties in attendance.
Brigadoon Village was founded in 2012 and caters to over 500 children with chronic illnesses in 12 specialized programs.
One of the campers is Roger Sinclair’s daughter, Abigail, who has attended Camp Goodtime for children with cancer since before it was relocated to Brigadoon. Sinclair says that when his daughter is too old to attend the camp as a child, she wants to come back as a counsellor – and that even though she is now well enough to attend ‘normal’ camps, she chooses to come back to Brigadoon.
“It’s literally world class,” Sinclair says of the staff and facilities that the camp has to offer.
During the announcement, Sinclair explained that when a parent first drops their child off at the camp, it’s likely the first time that they have been left for a whole week. He described it as “one hundred times as terrifying” as the first time a parent takes their child to school.
“The second and third year they can’t get here fast enough,” he laughed. “The parents love it, the kids love it.”
The prevailing message throughout the announcement was the sense of home that Brigadoon Village provides for campers, families and staff.
The Fancy Cove area is one of 14 tracts of land across the province acquired for protection by the government in 2013-2014. The area is approximately 594 acres in size.
David Graham, Brigadoon Village’s executive director, says that the land will allow the camp to offer more nature and ecology-based programming. The protected land has practical advantages for Brigadoon as well.
Included in the land is a sandy beach area that Graham says will allow children whose limited mobility might have prevented them from using the main dock to access and swim in the lake.
The land is not exclusively for camp use. Environment Minister Delorey highlighted the scientific community – particularly out of Acadia University – and area residents as others who would benefit from the 594 acres of protected land.