Home Outdoor education The Rotary Club of Peterborough donates $ 100,000 for a zero carbon health center at Camp Kawartha

The Rotary Club of Peterborough donates $ 100,000 for a zero carbon health center at Camp Kawartha


Camp Kawartha Board Chair Myke Healy, Camp Kawartha Health Care Coordinator Cathy Romano, Rotary Club of Peterborough President Wayne Harding and Camp Kawartha Executive Director Jacob Rodenburg celebrating the $ 100,000 donation from the Rotary Club to the camp’s new zero-carbon health center. During its founding year in 1921, the Rotary Club of Peterborough established the summer camp that would become Camp Kawartha in 1985. (Photo courtesy of Camp Kawartha)

A century after establishing what would become Camp Kawartha, the Rotary Club of Peterborough donated $ 100,000 towards the construction of the camp’s new zero-carbon health center.

Replacing the decades-old health center of the Outdoor Education Center, located on the shores of Clear Lake near Birchview Road in the Douro-Dummer, the new health center was designed by industry leader Straworks in the construction of high performance natural buildings.

In straw bales constructed with zero net utility costs, no toxins, no use of fossil fuels, no waste production and a zero carbon footprint, the 1,200 square foot structure will feature the use of natural building materials – the majority of them local – and incorporate things like a living roof, energy efficient radiant heat, and super insulated walls that sequester carbon.

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“This donation fits perfectly with Rotary’s environmental mandate as it advances the cause of environmental stewardship and sustainability,” Jim Coyle of Peterborough Rotary said in a press release. “It also continues our 100-year history with Camp Kawartha – it helps us mark our 100th anniversary as well as the camp’s.”

Among the first Rotary clubs in Canada, the Rotary Club of Peterborough was formed in 1921. One of its first projects in 1921 was to purchase land for the creation of a summer camp to provide underprivileged boys the opportunity to experience the outdoors, build skills and develop character.

It functioned as both a Rotary camp and a YMCA camp until 1985, when a group of Rotarians negotiated the purchase of the YMCA camp to form the nonprofit Camp Kawartha Inc.

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Named the Rotary Health Center in recognition of the donation, the center will be used to meet the health needs of campers, students and visitors.

“Over its 100-year history, the camp has evolved into a year-round operation reaching over 17,000 children, youth and adults per year,” said Jacob Rodenburg, general manager of Camp Kawartha.

“To continue our legacy of learning and leadership, Camp Kawartha has embarked on a campaign to modernize parts of our facilities at our main site in Clear Lake,” he adds. “To achieve our vision of becoming a nationally recognized leadership center in environmental education, we are investing in new green buildings that will be a showcase of the best of regenerative and healthy architecture, a place that demonstrates sustainable living in action.

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The Rotary Health Center will provide students, campers and visitors with educational opportunities to learn more about carbon neutral design, carbon sequestration, alternative energy production, natural building materials, life cycles of green waste management products and systems.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Rotary Club of Peterborough,” said Camp Kawartha Board Chair Myke Healy. “It is a unique opportunity to reconnect with the club and at such an important point in our two histories. “

“The vision of those of 1921 is honored by the vision of those of 2021.”