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Camp Wannakumbac lives up to its name

A double rainbow frames Camp Wannakumbac.

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A double rainbow frames Camp Wannakumbac.

How will you remember Canada’s 150th birthday?

One way to mark our country’s sesquicentennial is to present your child with the gift of a week at Wannakumbac, — a true, north strong and free camp.

From fishing to bonfires, Camp Wannakumbac has a little to offer everyone.

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From fishing to bonfires, Camp Wannakumbac has a little to offer everyone. (SUBMITTED)

"There’s probably nothing that says Canada more than a camp in the great outdoors," says Wannakumbac manager Janet Gusdal. "When the outside world thinks of Canada, they think of canoeing on beautiful lakes, hikes through our forests and meals served over a roaring campfire. We do all that and more at Wannakumbac."

The more includes everything from tending a new wildflower initiative to help our bee population to archery and mountain biking and environmental science. Of course, Wannakumbac also offers all the traditional programming that Manitobans have come to know and love since it first opened in 1948.

"We’ve had a pretty good track record of knowing what kids need and what kids want," said Jesse Colautti, camps summer director. " We know how to ensure that they have not only the kind of summer that they will never forget, but also experiences that will help them learn and grow."

Camp Wannakumbac offers co-ed weekly camps for children aged eight-15 over the course of the summer. Situated on the shores of Clear Lake adjacent to Riding Mountain National Park, Wannakumbac has 164 acres for children to experience the great outdoors while supervised by our well-trained staff of counsellors. Wannakumbac is accredited by both the Manitoba Camping Association and the Canadian Camping Association. Wannakumbac is run by the non-profit Wasagaming Foundation whose trustees are Federated Co-operatives, Manitoba Credit Unions, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Dairy Farmers of MB, Co-op Hail Insurance, Parrish & Heimbecker, and the Manitoba Elks Foundation.

"There’s a good reason why so many Manitobans know about Camp Wannakumbac,’’ Gusdal says. "In every town across our province, you will find our former campers whose true patriot love for our land has been shaped in part by the way they have experienced Canada at Wannakumbac." The Wasagaming Foundation, along with families who have attended Wannakumbac in the past, have made generous donations to keep our programs strong and our facility beautiful. Financial commitments from the Community Places Program and the Brandon and Area Community Foundation have helped us with over $130,000 in upgrades to the main dining hall.

Every day at Wannakumbac begins with campers gathered round the flag pole to raise the Maple Leaf. There will be even more pride this summer as campers belt out O Canada. And part of that patriotic chorus could be your child who gets to celebrate the nation in a way that only Wannakumbac can offer.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 11, 2017

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How will you remember Canada’s 150th birthday?

One way to mark our country’s sesquicentennial is to present your child with the gift of a week at Wannakumbac, — a true, north strong and free camp.

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