First ‘mystery camp’ may be over, but organizer Maryann Post has more ideas in the works for Coe Hill children

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Jessica, Natalie, and Madelyn up to their elbow in Mache paste!

COE HILL — The first Mystery Camp in Coe Hill was a hit earlier this month.

I asked organizer Maryann Post to write a where-you’ve-come from and where-things-are-going racap of the event. Here’s what she passed along . . .

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Erin and Shaye-Lee

I have a longstanding joke that I even tried to convince members of council that every committee in the township should have a councillor on board …this didn’t work!

This is where I would like to give credit to the original members that not only hung onto the dream, but offered encouragement and dedication throughout the year.

Thanks to Wollaston Recreation for their support and donation of $1000.00 and Limerick Township for their support and donation of $500.00 and Wollaston Township for providing insurance. This gave us the safety net we needed to get started.

And thanks to the dedication of all the children and families that helped raise $1300.00 at the fundraiser June 6th.

I wish I could mention each person individually that supported the camp and fundraiser in ways of monetary donations, volunteering hours, both at the fundraiser and the camp. I hope the pictures displayed on Coe Hill World will demonstrate the involvement that took place.

The winner of the girls Low Rider Bike "Mikki" Sister Ciana and Volunteer Ken shared the excitement.

The winner of the girls Low Rider Bike "Mikki" Sister Ciana and volunteer Ken.

“Mystery Camp” was named through humour to keep up our spirits and sanity during the planning of the camp, but mainly named after the program offered by Wollaston & Limerick Library theme “Detective 007”. Not to mention a spectacular demonstration of Forensic, and the appearance of Mrs Clueless.

The mystery was big when it came to volunteers…we had 4 full-time volunteers that were committed to come every day to entertain and build relationships with 44 children. I think the others took pity on my desperation and showed up.

Erin getting the paste for paper mache ready

Erin getting the paste for paper mache ready

All in all the week was very successful. Every day brought out caring people that knew that this camp was much needed and believed that community involvement was the main ingredient for success! It ended up being that each day there were eight phenomenal people helping out. Again without mentioning names I know each one of you know how much of a blessing you were for the children involved!

The children were given T-shirts to decorate here Sy displays his artistic imagination(look closely for his bikini!)

The children were given T-shirts to decorate here Sy displays his artistic imagination(look closely for his bikini!)

So one might ask how did you feed and entertain 44 children with such a minimal budget and have money left over. The group of volunteers that showed up were phenomenal as each one had unique talents that added character to the events that took place.

Events were crafts of every sort…drawing, painting, paper Mache, molding with clay, bubble art etc. The children even took part in making a quilt by drawing on quilt blocks expressing what they felt “Mystery Camp” was about. This quilt was sewn together lovingly by a talented caring community member … tickets for the quilt are now on sale.

A couple of seasonal residents donated two Low Rider Bikes, lunches were prepared and catered by local businesses, entertainment and a Yoga class was provided by local residents…I am now sold on this true saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

When it was all said and done $1,245 was left over, we will continue to build on this amount for other planned events by selling tickets on the quilt, having a booth at the Wild West Weekend and selling snow cones and cotton candy and getting the promotional CD completed for families of the children attending to purchase.

If you see or hear anything about the “Mystery Camp” please be supportive, this is our children’s future. We first have to prove there is truly necessity and then all else will fall into place. If you have tried something in the past and it didn’t work out, try…try again!

Look forward to October as being our next scheduled day event! Details will follow at a later date!

If you are reading this article and want to become involved or have more questions please call Maryann Post or e-mail her to discuss your potential!

Call 613-337-5573 or e-mail: marsforhastings@sympatico.ca

Here’s a gallery of photos Maryann took at the Mystery Camp. Click on small one of the small images to see a larger picture. Enjoy!



3 comments for “First ‘mystery camp’ may be over, but organizer Maryann Post has more ideas in the works for Coe Hill children

  1. Tina
    July 27, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself have been trying to solve the mystery of this legend for a while now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

  2. July 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Tina,
    Thanks for the compliment about my writing style… to know me is to understand me. I am very outspoken and always honest. I am sure you will read more of my articles here on Coe Hill World!
    Life is only as Mysterious as you allow it to be!
    Cheers,
    Maryann Post

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