Camp Moorecroft Sold as a Regional Park

Moorecroft Regional Park UnveilingNANOOSE BAY, BC – BC Conference has sold Camp Moorecroft to the Regional District of Nanaimo as a Regional Park. The Moorecroft Regional Park, as it will come to be known, will be protected by a Conservation Covenant held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Unveiling the new Moorecroft Regional Park sign:  L-R: George Holme, RDN Electoral Area E Director; Bill Holdom, RDN Regional Parks and Trails Advisory Committee Chair; Robin Wilson, Past Chair of The Nature Trust of BC;  Doug Goodwin, Executive Secretary for BC Conference of the United Church of Canada; and Joe Stanhope, Chair of the RDN Boardof Directors.

 "We are both grateful and pleased to see this much-loved property go to the Regional District of Nanaimo to become a Regional Park," said Doug Goodwin, Executive Secretary for BC Conference of The United Church of Canada. "Under the RDN’s care and stewardship Moorecroft will continue to provide a place of beauty and sanctuary for people to visit, for years to come."

 The sale of the camp for $4,800,000 is part of BC Conference’s Camp Future Project, which supports a regional model for camping.  This new approach to United Church camping in BC will see a smaller number of camps providing high quality camping to an increased number of children. Proceeds from this sale will help ensure that a high quality, sustainable United Church camping ministry exists within BC for generations to come.

 The decision to finally sell Camp Moorecroft came last October after years of deliberation and collaborative decision-making between BC Conference and Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery. Working together, Conference and Presbytery developed a set of Guiding Principles to guide the sale process.

 “From the very start our aim has remained steady,” said Terry Harrison, Camp Future Project Manager for the BC Conference.  “In selling this camp property we wanted to realize the best balance possible between achieving good value, protecting the environment, and enabling public access.  Today’s outcome with the RDN is everything we had hoped and prayed for.” 

 Former Moorecroft campers, families and volunteers are being encouraged to join the United Church camp communities at either Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, or Camp Fircom, on Gambier Island.

 “We love Camp Moorecroft, so letting go has been extremely hard,” said Ken Fanning, Chair of the Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of The United Church of Canada.  “Knowing that we are part of a larger vision, and knowing that this beautiful place will be preserved for all to enjoy and appreciate has made the letting go a little easier.”

 The Conference’s Camp Future Project has invested over $10 million dollars in major capital improvements at both Camp Pringle and Camp Fircom.  Together these two camps form the cornerstone of the Conference’s new camping ministry.  In addition to these capital upgrades, an endowment fund has been set up to provide significant annual income to subsidize camp leadership and provide good governance to the new camping ministry.  This fund will also assist campers to attend distant camps, and support camping ventures in areas distant from camp properties.

 Discussions are ongoing with stakeholders at Camp Grafton (Shuswap area) and Kootenay Presbytery, as the Camp Future Report (2004) recommended that the camps in both these regions be a part of the Conference’s new camping ministry.

 For more information about the Camp Future Project, visit here.  Additional information about the Moorecroft property acquisition is available on the Regional District of Nanaimo’s website.

 

 Contact:

Terry Harrison Camp Future Project Manager  BC Conference of The United Church of Canada 250.514.1064

 

See local news stories:

"RDN Strikes Deal to Buy Moorecroft as Park"

"Moorecroft Purchase a Sound Decision"

"Buying Moorecroft is Good Ecological Sense"