This is an important update regarding the financial stability of Wannakumbac. In short, we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $15,000 to ensure the continuation of our program past this tumultuous season.
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To our Alumni, past and current campers and all lovers of Camp Wannakumbac and Riding Mountain Conference Centre,
As you now likely know, we’ve recently decided our typical week-long residential program is not a viable option in 2020. These circumstances, alongside the cancellation of all of our spring groups and the unknown of how long it may be before we are allowed to accept large group bookings, has left us with a huge profit loss and created the perfect storm of putting our beloved camp in a precarious position. After running numbers and combing through our books, we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to raise a minimum $15,000 to ensure that our camp program can endure past 2020.
We’re graced with a community of current camp families and generations of past camp alumni. Camp Wannakumbac is so grateful for your support and we appreciate everyone who has reached out and given us kind words, likes and shares on all of our posts. Thank you to those of you who show up year after year to Family Camp and send generations of their families to the long-standing Camp Wannakumbac summer program.
Due to this virus, our traditions and established programs are now at risk. With our profit losses due to Covid-19 we are unable to pay the staff that are currently hired, let alone feed them during their time here. Our counsel staff play a vital role in the passing down of knowledge and traditions in all of our much loved programming. They are the backbone and heart of Wannakumbac and though we may not be able to have campers here full-time this summer, we need to give our staff a full-time experience to guarantee we can continue on “business as usual” in future years. Without experienced counsellors, we could not pass down vital knowledge of our program. Without our Director we could not train the staff. Without our kitchen staff everyone would go hungry. So now we are asking for you to play your vital role and to help us keep Camp Wannakumbac alive and weather this storm in order to provide the same lifelong memories for future generations of campers and counsellors that you’ve experienced yourself.
Some of you reading this may not have visited our facility and beautiful little piece of Earth as a part of our summer program. Some of you may have attended through art or scrapbooking retreats, Co-op Youth Camp, Camp Bridges bereavement camp, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides or Brownie weekends, Band and Choir Camps or school trips. Anyone who has stepped foot at Camp Wannakumbac has made a lasting memory here. These grounds and buildings hold stories from all of you. Your continued support over the years has helped us keep our old buildings standing, the grounds tended to, and our aging kitchen functioning. We want to continue to provide the same comfort (and slowly improve those comforts) to keep you coming back to the same affordable and historical place you’ve always enjoyed. In order to do this we need your support.
We’re doing our best to adapt in this trying time. Besides running day camps and campground sites we’re also offering several of our cabins as chalet rentals on AirBnb (look up Evergreen Cabin or Aspen Cabin in Clear Lake). We are currently working on an online store so that we can continue to sell camp merchandise as soon as possible, and we’re planning to release a camp cookbook so that you can make your favourite camp meals at home (or over a backyard campfire)!
We need your donation so that instead of summer #72 being the summer that wasn’t, it can be the summer that was just a little different. With your help we can ensure all future summers and years can continue on just like the past 72. Please spread the word and donate today.
Camp Wannakumbac is operated by the Wasagaming Foundation Inc . We are a registered charity. Our Registered Charity number is:
10819 1065 RR0001
All donations made through the above form are processed by CanadaHelps.org who will send you a charitable receipt. If you prefer to send us a cheque, please send it to:
Three Avenues for Donating
- Camp Legacy Fund
-A capital project fund to help us with repairs and upgrades (to program supplies and buildings). Please send us a cheque or offer your donation at Family Camp. All donations over $10.00 are issued a tax deductible receipt.
- Wannakumbac Spirit Fund
-Help us preserve Wannakumbac Spirit! Your donation will help send a child to camp and aid us in providing year-round programming. Please fill out the form on this page. All donations will be issue an email receipt from CanadaHelps.org.
- Gift in Kind
-We are always looking for donations of tools, supplies, and sports equipment. If you are upgrading and would like to give us your old gear (still in good condition), please contact us. If you know of a sale or deal on any of the following items, we would love to know about it!
We are currently looking for:
- Mountain bikes
- Cross-country skis, boots, poles (we are trying to move away from the old style 3-pin binding)
- Ice fishing equipment: auger, fishing rods, tackle
- “Floating” pier (not to be confused with the floating dock!)
- Ping pong table
- Small/medium outdoor storage bin (for sports equipment)
- Canoe stand/canoe trailer
- Bush hog
» See Past Donations
Dining Hall 50th Anniversary Renovations
New flooring and electric furnace made possible by:
- Concentra Financial Group
- Manitoba Community Places Program
- FCC AgriSpirit Fund
- Co-op Hail Insurance
- Many individual donations from CW supporters
Darren Gusdal Memorial Deck made possible by:
- Manitoba Community Places Program
- Virden & Area Foundation
- Donations made in memory of Darren Gusdal from 2015 Family Campers
One of the most frequently used spaces in the dining hall, our washrooms, have recently been renovated. Thank you so much to The Brandon And Area Foundation (BAF) for partnering with us to make it possible.
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