50th Anniversary A Huge Success

And what a weekend it was! After three years of planning, two postponements, and with all the pandemic-related protocols you might expect at such a large gathering, Camp Huronda’s long-awaited 50th anniversary celebration finally came to be.
From the first campfire on Friday night, through the beautiful opening ceremonies on Saturday morning, to Saturday night’s campfire and the heartfelt mo-ments of the Chapel/Camp Chronicles event on Sunday morning (there wasn’t a dry eye to be found), there was something to feed the soul for everyone!
After being warmly greeted at the official welcome table, participants were treated to a sensory feast. Camp tours provided an opportunity to see what has changed at camp and what has absolutely remained the same! The Camp Huronda Time Machine, located in the Rec Hall, was rich with fifty years of Huron-da memorabilia. The infamous silent auction succeeded in raising close to $12,000 for Huronda camperships and construction of the new Alumni Cabin.
Throughout the weekend, camp staff ensured there were opportunities to swim and canoe at the waterfront, create crafts at the Art Centre, and try out the high-ropes course. And since this was a Camp Huronda celebration, music was everywhere…
Even with all of these wonderful activities and events, it was simply joyous to once again be on the hallowed ground of Huronda, reconnecting with old friends, many of whom we hadn’t seen in decades. As for the weather, we could not have asked for a more perfect weekend! I encourage you to see the numerous photos, videos and comments that were created and shared on the Friends of Camp Huronda (Official) Facebook page and the Huronda 50th page. You won’t want to miss Under the Pines with Sean McCammon, a collection of alumni interviews that go to the heart of why our experience at Camp Huronda has had such a lasting impact on our lives.

There are so many people to thank who helped make our 50th event such a great success. In particular, we must recognize Lauren Linklater, Senior Camp Manager, for being with us every step of the way through our three-year planning journey. When Lauren was unable to attend our weekend, David Dellio, Camp Coordinator, along with a talented and enthusiastic team of young camp staff, stepped up to help facilitate all aspects of our wonderful weekend. The food was exceptional, provided by Lorianne Stenson and her friendly, accommodating kitchen staff.
We must also thank Huronda’s property manager, Drew Fenwick, who went out of his way to ensure the camp infrastructure was in tip-top shape for our event.
Finally, big hugs to all members of our organizing committee. Your dedication and hard work finally came to fruition. We suc-ceeded beyond our dreams in providing an experience that will remain in the hearts and minds of all who attended for many years to come.

Happy trails,

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