Learn to Camp Programs in Cheticamp and Louisbourg A Huge Success

Posted by JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon on 21 July 2015

This year Family Place partnered with the Cape Breton Field Unit of Parks Canada along with the Fortress Louisbourg Association to offer our families the opportunity to participate in one of two Learn to Camp programs.  On June 27th families camped overnight at the Fortress of Louisbourg while on July 18th families enjoyed an overnight at the National Park in Cheticamp.  This was our fourth time visiting our friends at the Fortress of Louisbourg and our first year of learning to camp at Cheticamp.  Both programs were filled to capacity!

These experiences are always very popular with families and once again this year registration filled very quickly.  We were happy to be able to work with the Whitney Pier Youth Club and the SchoolsPlus program at Ecole Beauport so that even more families could join in the fun of being more in touch with outdoors and our natural environment.  

Our friends from A for Adventure were a great addition to the Cheticamp program.  Extra hands make for lighter work and extra creative energies make for even more interesting outdoor adventures.

Parents, caregivers, and children had the opportunity to listen to stories shared with us by storytellers from our Mi'kmaq community while at Louisbourg.  A ghost walk, facilitated by one of our Parks Canada friends was also very popular as was a wonderful breakfast served up nice and early by the wonderful Fortress Louisbourg Association staff.  The opportunity to try out those fortress drums was a real crowd-pleaser.  While in Cheticamp, we created an awesome Learn to Camp flag, hiked to the Salmon Pools, learmed more about the work we are doing to keep our salmon breeding areas safe, and played outdoors at their wonderful playground.  The spaghetti supper was a real hit!

Our families are already looking forward to next year's Learn to Camp programs.