SACKVILLE, N.B. – A community event that has helped send more than 200 local kids to summer camp is back once again this year.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018, the annual Kids to Camp Ball Hockey Tournament is set for action on Saturday, April 28 and organizers are hoping for another great turnout.
Hosted by the Middle Sackville Baptist Church, the fundraising event began in 2004 with the aim of offering area children the chance to experience a week of fun at Camp Wildwood, located in McKee’s Mills near Bouctouche. Since that time, 206 kids have been sent to camp thanks to the tournament.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to come out and play some ball hockey, maybe get some bragging rights and have their name drawn for a trip to camp,” said Barb Phinney, one of the main organizers and a member of the church’s local and global outreach team.
Phinney said her own children attended Camp Wildwood and she feels it’s a “great place to send your kids for a week in the summer.”
She said maybe there are parents out there who aren’t sure if they’re ready yet to send their kids off to summer camp or perhaps they don’t have the financial means to do so – this provides them with that opportunity.
“Every child should be able to experience camp,” she said.
Camp Wildwood is an ideal place to send children of all ages, she said, noting there are different camps for different age groups and interests. From canoeing and kayaking, to rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, archery, crafts, and much more, the camp has something for everyone. There are even ‘mini’ two-night camps available for the younger set.
Adam Christie, a volunteer with the annual event, said more than $61,000 has been raised over the past 15 years for the MSBC camp scholarship fund, which he thinks speaks to the “generosity and commitment” of the community towards this fundraiser.
Christie applauds the local businesses for their support towards the event – providing gift certificates to help with the cost of food and prizes for the participants – as well as the kids themselves, who promote the event amongst friends and fellow hockey players.
He also credits the “hard work and commitment” of all the volunteers who help out with the organizing and coordinating of the tournament for its success, not only on the day of the event but in the weeks leading up to the big day.
“It’s a great opportunity to give to the children of the area,” said Christie.
Teams can participate in two different age categories, elementary and middle school, and must include seven players with a mix of both boys and girls. The elementary school division will compete in the morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, while the middle school teams will vie against each other in the afternoon from 1-3 p.m.
The cost per player is $10 and the tournament will be played in a round-robin format, with five-minute games, with playoffs at the end.
A free lunch will be provided at noon, when the winning names will be drawn.
Team submissions are due by Wednesday, April 25. For more information or to get a registration form, contact the church at 536-2615 or firstname.lastname@example.org