SMITHS FALLS, ONTARIO (June 10, 2013) – Thanks to the Canadian Camping Association and the Charitree Foundation, campers at Maple Key Day Camp will have their chance to leave a mark on the world by planting a tree and making a wish for the planet.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, campers at both Perth & Smiths Falls locations of Maple Key Day Camp will each plant their own “Wish Tree”, provided through a partnership by the Canadian Camping Association and the Charitree Foundation.
The program sources seedlings native to each province and coordinates delivery in the first days of camp each year, with the hopes that children will experience a deeper connection with nature.
In the pilot project in 2009, twelve camps in the Parry Sound/Muskoka district of Ontario planted 2,300 trees. Since then both the number of camps participating and the number of trees planted has increased exponentially. In 2012, campers planted more than 23,000 trees across Canada. Thousands more are expected to be planted in 2013.
Charitree is pleased to partner with The Canadian Camping Association for the fifth year. “I deeply value the efforts of camp staff to get kids outside, especially now when kids seem to have fewer and fewer opportunities to connect with nature,” said Koehle Jones, Executive Director of The Charitree Foundation. “This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves.”
“Camps really get this and I think the world would be a better place if more children had the opportunity to attend camp – and of course plant a tree.”
This tree-planting initiative is just one of the ways that Maple Key Day Camp is seeking to teach campers to be stewards of the earth. While nature activities have always been part of the schedule, they will also be bringing in a nature specialist three mornings a week this year to help improve the overall quality of the program.
Maple Key Day Camp, established in 2009, is the only privately owned and operated day camp in Lanark County. Their goal is to contribute to the future of our community by providing high quality care and programming specifically designed for the needs and interests of school-aged children. The summer session runs July 2nd through August 16th and spaces are still available in most age groups and sessions. For more on their programs, or to register, visit www.maplekeydaycamp.com.