Floyd Priddle, a Beaver leader with the First Wolfville Scout Group and chairman of the Sunken Lake Scout Camp Association, said the camp sees a lot of use. Thousands of young people have benefited from the camp since it opened in 1920.
He said about 500 young people from across Nova Scotia – but mainly from Kings County – attend each year throughout all seasons. Activities include canoeing, swimming, hiking and more.
Priddle said the E. Percy Brown Lodge building, which opened in 1960, is a fabulous facility that they’re very proud of but it’s starting to show it’s age.
“It’s reaching the point in its life cycle that it needs some maintenance,” Priddle said.
They kicked-off a fundraising campaign called ‘Preparing for Our Second Century’ with the goal of renewing the main lodge in time for the 100th anniversary of the camp in 2020.
Priddle said it’s a five-year plan of fundraising and repairs that’s currently in its second year. They’ve raised approximately $44,000 of the $100,000 goal so far and have already installed a metal roof. Other major upgrades planned include new windows, a door, siding, insulation, a kitchen renovation, and general modernizing and winterizing of the main lodge.
He said generations of young people have attended camp in Sunken Lake. They’ve heard from and received donations from some former Scouts that camped there in the 1940’s.
Priddle said he’s pleased with progress to date and with the level of support being demonstrated. In addition to many private donations, they’ve received great support from local Lions and Rotary clubs and the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Foundation.
Priddle said he’s been indirectly involved with the Sunken Lake camp for about a decade through his three children, who are in Scouting and Guiding. He’s been directly involved for the past four years as a leader with First Wolfville Scouts Group.
He said perhaps the greatest benefit of the camp is giving kids the chance to get outdoors and be active. It affords young people in Kings County and beyond an opportunity to learn camping skills while making new friends and memories. It also provides an opportunity to be mentored by adults as young people develop into future leaders of the community.
A www.gofundme.com page set up for the Sunken Lake camp fundraising campaign has raised $100 since March 8. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/sunken-lake-scout-camp-renewal to make an online donation.
- Scouting began in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell took a group of youth to a camp on Brownsea Island.
- Scouting came to Canada in the spring of 1908, just months after the book “Scouting for Boys” was published in England.
- Baden-Powell wrote to The Earl Grey in 1910 to ask him to organize Scouting in Canada.
- In April of 1911, E. Percy Brown started the Scouting movement in Wolfville with a patrol of eight boys.
- By Royal Charter granted by King George V in 1912, the movement was incorporated as “The Boy Scout Association” throughout the Commonwealth.
- Land for the Sunken Lake Scout Camp was purchased in 1919.
- The Sunken Lake Scout Camp was built in 1920.
- The camp’s E. Percy Brown Lodge was opened in 1960.