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Camp Selkirk

Six years ago Wendy and I with Jason, Susan and Rachel went for a ride to visit Camp Selkirk – the place where for 5 summers we worked and lived to provide ministry to hundreds of kids.  We worked hard, very hard but loved it every day.

After our visit, I did up a short video of our experience which is posted here.

 

Even though this was six years ago, I’ve had a number of people, familiar with the camp ask if we’ve been back.  Here’s the day we did.

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Camp Selkirk August 2013

What a treat!  We drove to Port Dover and decided to add a side trip to Camp Selkirk.  When we got to the main gate it was locked and initially we were disappointed thinking we couldn’t on the grounds.  When we checked the second entrance it was open and the people who live on the grounds were in the cabin near the road – the one we had built as the DC’s cabin.

They welcomed us on to the grounds and happily took us around to see some of the things (we had put in place!!) – it was great to see so many familiar items.  The cabins, the bell, the dining room, Hoover House, the shed (commonly referred to as George’s shed), the washrooms, the potato shed, the gazeebo, the pool, DYS’s trailer, the paths, the rope course…so many things.

I had my camera – of course – and so I grabbed some video to share.  We eventually drove out to the back where the ropes course was built.  It’s still there but hasn’t been looked at for some time, nor has the area been maintained.

In case you are thinking there are no expensive problems still lurking at the camp…the crawl spaces are still wet, the water supply remains a problem and this group is trucking in fresh water and the older buildings are very much in need of some significant cash infusion.  In other words….camping is an expensive ministry.

Having said all that we had five wonderful years at Camp Selkirk and it was great to revisit.  Here’s the video.

A return visit to Selkirk

Camp Selkirk still in operation
I placed this sign on the incoming road in 1992
Mail still arrives for campers

After many years – perhaps as many as 18 – we returned to Camp Selkirk to see the property and relive a few of good memories.  The camp was bought by a small group who continue to operate it as a place of ministry. We found the buildings and grounds almost as it had been.

The couple who were on the grounds were very kind and walked about with us as we looked around.  We did go through the kitchen and dining room and drove out the back to the area where the ropes course still exists though the area is now overgrown and no one has used or maintained the equipment.

Even some of the signage I put up was still about – especially the Acton Way sign that I put in place in 1992.  Acton was the divisional commander who bought the property from the Hoover family in 1948.

Hoover house sits unused and we discovered that some renovations were “attempted” on it…so I wonder how the interior looks.  We didn’t get to see that.

Jason, Susan and Rachel were with us on our visit.  Jason was only 6 when we were there.

We spent 5 very happy years there and did a great deal of property development.

The Gazebo

Hoover house…and Jason who was 6 when we arrived

The ol’ DC’s cabin

The bridge

a beautiful garden in front of the Rec Hall

The garden and the cabins

the playground

George’s shed!

The old sign

Jason found this large feather

In the wooded section at back