Tamaracouta Temporary Closure update

Friends in Scouting,

On behalf of the properties team I would like to provide a status update pertaining to the temporary closure of Tamaracouta Scout Reserve (TSR). As previously mentioned, before committing investments for the future of TSR, we plan to engage the services of a professional asset management firm to complete an overall review of Scouts Canada’s property portfolio and assist in the formulation of a viable strategic plan for our properties. This process is still ongoing and as a result TSR will continue to remain closed.

As previously committed to, our community – Scouters, parents, youth members and employees – will be engaged throughout this process to provide feedback on how we can create a sustainable, mission-aligned camp for youth to safely enjoy. This engagement will take place as required, throughout the process.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Kalie

Please note: The property continues to be maintained and has regular surveillance during the temporary closure.  Trespassing is prohibited.

Kaiie McKenna

Director, Property Operations

Scouts Canada – National Service Centre

kalie.mckenna@scouts.ca

T  613.224.5134  ext. 274

 

While we continue to review TSR the following facilities may be able to provide adventure solutions:

Dunn Memorial Scout Camp

100 acres of wilderness alongside the beautiful Chateauguay River featuring hiking trails, creaks and wetlands make this camp a natural for your next wilderness adventure.

Lake Lovering Scout Reserve

Year round camping adventure come alive at camp Lovering located in Magog Quebec. Whether you are looking for hiking trails, a giant campfire circle, sledding, mountain bike trails, a sports field, fishing, canoeable waters we have you covered.

Camp Kinagalawi

Nestled on Spooner pond, near Richmond Quebec, Camp Kinagalawi offers adventure abound. A four season camp, heated winter cabin  that can  sleep  20+, 8 lean-tos, a fully furnished Kitchen and dining hall, open play fields, wooded area, and a private water front can fit any groups needs.

Camp Opemikon

Camp Opemikon is situated on the southern tip of the Canadian Shield on Christie Lake, 100 km southwest of Ottawa.  This idyllic camp on more than 200 acres of rugged terrain, nestled among three pristine lakes, provides the perfect Scouting adventure.  A large, modern kitchen and dining hall provides campers with wholesome, nutritious meals in a pleasant atmosphere

Apple Hill Scout Reserve

Apple Hill Camp is naturally divided into north and south areas set on 297 acres. The north has a large open field, a pond, and dense woods. The south end has a pole barn, covered shelter, winterized cabin, and three large fields. Low impact camping is required 

 

Camp Tamaracouta Temporarily Closing

An Important Message from Your Council Key 3

Friends in Scouting,

As your Council Key 3, we are committed to ensuring Scouting properties are both sustainable and support quality outdoor programming.

Over the past months, we have taken the time to review operations at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve (TSR). The property needs repairs and significant infrastructure upgrades to continue to be a viable, safe property for our youth to enjoy.

Recent bookings show that while there is good support from Groups within Quebec Council making use of the property, it is insufficient to sustainably support the operating costs. Significant efforts were made during this past year to increase usage and identify sustainable alternate sources of revenue, which resulted in an increase in camp usage and booking revenue from Groups over the previous year. However, in order to realize a sustainable business plan, important commitments will need to be made in terms of staffing and infrastructure. Before committing such investments for the future of TSR, we plan to engage the services of a professional asset management firm to complete an overall review of the property and assist in the formulation of a viable strategic plan.

As a result, we have decided to temporarily close the property, effective December 1st, while we complete a full assessment of what would be required for TSR to operate sustainably and in keeping with provincial and Scouts Canada requirements.

Our community; Scouting Volunteers, members and staff, will be engaged throughout this process to provide feedback on how we can create a sustainable property that is Mission-aligned. You can expect to hear from us before February 2019 outlining opportunities for input. Additionally, we will provide members with quarterly updates on progress made and the recommended approach forward.

If you have a current booking at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve after December 1st, we will be in touch to cancel your booking and issue a full refund of any deposits paid.

Scout properties support us in providing great, safe Scouting adventures for youth. We look forward to your involvement and support as we evaluate options and plans for the future of Tamaracouta Scout Reserve.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeff Smith, Council Commissioner
Thomas Scoffield, Council Youth Commissioner
Mary-Pauline Vatsis, Scouting Relationship Manager