Children at Camp Bitobig can have even more fun on the water with a whole new fleet of kayaks.
The Sudbury Community Foundation, the Gord and Pat Slade Heritage Fund and Adventure 365 all contributed toward the cost of 10 kayaks, paddles, safety equipment and a storage rack for the Nature Chalet located at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
Nickel District Conservation Foundation treasurer Carl Jorgensen said it's a wish come true for staff who work with the kids at Camp Bitobig.
"These 10 new kayaks will give kids the opportunity to get on the water, get some exercise and be outside," Jorgensen said.
“It also gives kids a chance to try kayaking for the first time for a different experience on the water."
Camp Bitobig is an environmental and outdoor experience camp that includes activities like canoeing, fishing and pond studies. Environmental educational manager Daniela Stuewer said the fleet of kayaks will be integrated into next year's programming.
"Since we are partway through our programming this summer, we will introduce the kayaks next year," Stuewer said. "But the kids are pretty excited to try them out."
The $6,500 cost was supported with $2,500 from the Sudbury Community Foundation, $2,500 from the Gord and Pat Slade Heritage Fund and $1,500 from Adventure 365.