September 24, 2014

Peel board students inspire change with transformation of Bolton Camp

The hard work of students in the Region of Peel will be showcased at the Bolton Camp Open House event on Oct. 4. The event will celebrate the transformation of Bolton Camp, highlighting its history and students’ contributions over the summer to the camp, as well as explore the future of the camp. ​

"This has been an amazing opportunity for me and the best summer job" says Matt Pavusa, a grade 11 student at Humberview Secondary School. "We've received mentorship opportunities, learned how to use tools, build things to standard code, overcome obstacles and work on a team to get things done."

Over the summer, the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), with support from the Region of Peel, hired a total of 70 high school and post-secondary school students to assist with the first phase of redevelopment for Bolton Camp. The students spent the summer transforming the abandoned campsite into a welcoming gathering space by restoring 2 km of trail, clearing overgrown vegetation, repairing and painting select cabins, refurbishing furniture, and designing a website. 

For 50 years, Bolton Camp operated as a camp for lower-income families throughout the Greater Toronto Area before shutting down due to a lack of funding. The property was purchased by the TRCA in 2011 with the intention of transforming the site into a place that encourages entrepreneurship, innovative programming while preserving its natural and historical features.

This free, family friendly event is open to the public and will include art installations, local food vendors, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, walking site tours and a silent auction featuring refurbished furniture.

Bolton Camp is located at 13540 Caledon King Townline South in Palgrave. A free shuttle service to the site will also be available. Shuttle bus stops will be located at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School and Humberview Secondary School in Bolton. To learn more about Bolton Camp Redevelopment, please visit:​

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