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Camp Pringle Unveiled
THE PROMISE OF THE CAMP FUTURE PROJECT UNVEILED AT CAMP PRINGLE
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Fully refurbished and upgraded facilities were unveiled at Camp Pringle this weekend, as part of The United Church’s Camp Future Project.
"The Camp Future Project of BC Conference of The United Church of Canada is a multi-year project to ensure that the United Church in BC has a high quality, sustainable regional camping ministry," said Doug Goodwin, BC Conference Executive Secretary. "We are pleased and proud that Camp Pringle is a part of this venture."
BC Conference invested over $3 million dollars into building and facility upgrades at Camp Pringle, which is one of several camps that have been reoriented to become part of BC Conference’s new camping ministry. The capital upgrades at Camp Pringle include a new staff accommodation building (Branter House) as well a brand new 170 person dining hall and commercial kitchen, that also houses the infirmary, multi-purpose and indoor recreational space, staff residences and offices.
"The new Spencer Hall is far larger with many more amenities than before, and it looks fantastic," said Helmuth Mueller, the Chair of George Pringle Memorial Camp Society. "We have always been honored to be part of the United Church community in Victoria, and now we’re looking forward to serving the whole of Vancouver Island, as part of the Conference’s regional camping ministry."
"The buildings that are part of the capital development phase of the project were all designed to fit into the natural beauty of their settings," said Terry Harrison, Camp Future Project Manager. "They’re also designed to be functional and suit the practical sensibility of a traditional United Church camp."
Camp Pringle celebrated their grand-reopening on Saturday October 9th, as part of their 60th Anniversary celebration.
"We hosted a full day of events to help us mark 60 years of United Church camping here, at Camp Pringle," said Darryl MacLeod, Camp Pringle Executive Director. "We’re thrilled to be celebrating the redevelopment and renewal of Camp Pringle’s tradition of fun, friendship, faith, and outdoor adventure."
The event also featured a celebratory land transfer from Timber West Forest Corporation to The United Church. Timber West, who has been the registered owner of the lake front at Camp Pringle for decades, has now legally gifted the Lot to the BC Conference of The United Church.
"Camp Pringle is a much beloved member of the Shawnigan Lake community," said Bev Park, on behalf of the Timber West Forest Corporation. "And we are so pleased to be able to contribute to the renewal of The United Church camping ministry at Camp Pringle."
Capital upgrades are also underway at Camp Fircom as part of the Camp Future Project. Fircom is the United Church Camp on Gambier Island, which will serve the Lower Mainland as part of the Conference’s Regional Camping Ministry. Completion at Camp Fircom is slated for December 2010.
For more information about the Camp Future Project, visit www.bc.united-church.ca/content/bc-conference-camps
Terry Harrison, Camp Future Project Manager, BC Conference of The United Church of Canada - 250.514.1064
Darryl MacLeod, Executive Director, Camp Pringle - 250.472.6877
Terry Harrison, Camp Future Project Manager, in front of the new Spencer Hall (dining hall, program areas, First Aid, and staff residences)
Last evidence of construction behind Spencer Hall
Rain did not dampen the spirits of those watching the ribbon cutting for the new Branter residence
Terry Harrison and Justen Harcourt (Property Development Manager) at the new Branter residence
Ribbon cutting at Branter residence by the Branter family
Joe Skipsey of Moorecroft Camp presenting the Moorecroft cross to Camp Pringle
Enjoying the lake view from the deck of the new Spencer Hall
The dining area of Spencer Hall