Newfoundland Seniors Gear up for Summer Camp

Summer camp is associated with children and teenagers who participate in a variety of fun activies, supervised by counselors. Good meals in the mess hall keep the fuel flowing to top up the energy of the day. Arts and crafts and drama are excellent indoor events. Social times like sing-a-longs around bonfires and chaperoned dances round out traditional sports.

Summer camp is for kids.

The Anglican Church Committee of Newfoundland thought differently and gathered together 50 senior citizens for three days. Young at Heart Camp in Killdevil was a smashing success for its 9th year. Activities included dance, games, enjoying home cooking, and socializing. Many of the aging participants live alone. Summer camp is a throwback that promises necessary socialization.

These type of activities are offered by Congregate Living and Independent Living residences.

Camper Reg Nichols of Corner Brook told the Western Star - “The food is great here and they treat us really good,” he said. He added - “When you’re single you tend to enjoy the home cooking, it’s second to none here.”

An old-fashioned Newfoundland music band played for the senior set with some joining in with dancing. Others played cards.

Senior camper Reg Carroll appreciates the camp's laid-back style. “We can do what we want, we can keep busy if we want to or just relax and have a cup of tea, we aren’t forced to do anything,” he told the media source. “I like to fix things while I’m here so they let me do that.”