Gibsons Marina has partnered with the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society (SCSES), donating $1,000 to help fund the summer youth camp program offered at Chapman Creek Hatchery. Receiving the cheque from marina owner Klaus Fuerniss, SCSES Executive Director David Burnett noted that “This grant will help towards communication of this initiative, purchase of supplies, and be the stable funding base on which we can build the youth education program for the future.”
Fuerniss, who acquired the marina in May, 2015, stated that “this partnership will work well with our commitment to education and the environment. Gibsons Marina received the International Blue Flag designation in June of this year in part because of that commitment. We are so pleased to work with the Chapman Creek Hatchery team to help our young people reach a better understanding and enjoyment of our natural marine environment.” Burnett added, “We are very proud to be associated with the West Coast’s first Blue Flag Marina – and we were very excited when they reached out to us to offer assistance when we launched the program.”
The camps are offered in either half-day sessions or full-day, week-long programs for children ages 7 – 12. Instructor Jennifer Callaghan will help campers get up close and personal with Pacific salmon, explore the ecosystems of Chapman Creek and its estuary, and develop outdoor skills. Participants will experience a new ecosystem each day.
Future camps are planned for Pro-D days and Spring Break in the 2016/17 school year. Burnett and Callaghan are working on a module in which children explore the Gibsons Marina ecosystem, incorporating a non-electronic version of the popular Minecraft game.
To learn more, register, and get a 10% discount on fees, visit scsalmon.org or register in person at Gibsons Marina.