Your help is needed to help save Moorecroft Camp! Here is an excerpt from our friends at Nanoose Bay Neighbours:
The fate of Moorecroft Camp was decided when the United Church’s Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery voted to sell the camp. They kindly also voted to place protective covenants on the property which hopefully will protect its natural beauty.
Operation as a privately owned girl’s camp during the 1930’s and 1940’s, Ms Moore sold the property to the United Church for a modest sum in 1955, with the understanding that the environment would be protected and it would run as a Christian camp ministry. For several decades, the camp operated only in the summer providing fun for thousands of children and youth throughout the years. More recently, the camp extended its operation season further into Spring and Fall, meeting the needs of school groups. The camp’s extensive forest and coastal walking trails are well used by its Nanoose neighbours
‘We need to remember why Ms Moore sold this property to the United Church at an advantageous price. She loved this land and saw it as a place where children could appreciate the beauty of nature and the wonder of creation and she trusted that the United Church was the kind of institution that would make it available for future generations, not as a real estate game where we’d make a handsome profit 50 years down the road.’ (Jim Manly, United Church Minister, retired).
Nanaimo & Area Land Trust notes that less than 1% of land in the Nanoose Peninsula is protected in any way and is interested in protecting the property. They are currently seeking community partners to help with the purchase of the property.
On the financial aspect of this venture, the RDN has indicated that they are prepared to make a financial commitment (still unspecified, but they are aware of the kind of sale prices that have been mentioned), and are prepared to take a major role. NALT has recently made contact with two neighbours who approached them previously with interest in assisting financially with the purchase, and are waiting to hear back from them regarding their level of commitment. NALT also plans to seek other potential donors living in the area.
Nanoose residents, known for protecting the environment, are not waiting to be approached, we all love Moorecroft and will willingly contribute. Munchkin Central Family Daycare has donated $100 to NALT and challenges all other residents and businesses in Nanoose to meet or beat their donation. Mark your donation for Moorecroft and send it to:
Nanaimo Area Land Trust
‘Save Moorecroft Camp’
#8 140 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B1
Let’s all work together to save Moorecroft Camp from development for generations to come!!!