Bad fortune for some has resulted in a windfall for Nakusp in the form of a free kids festival.

Camp destruction brings kids’ fest to Nakusp

The destruction of the Pines Bible Camp in Grand Forks has brought an unexpected benefit to the community of Nakusp.

The destruction of the Pines Bible Camp in Grand Forks has brought an unexpected benefit to the community of Nakusp.

In July, The Pines was destroyed by a violent storm that tragically took the life of an 11-year old camper. The Kootenay Camp Foundation, which normally operates kids’ camps there this time of year, was forced to cancel those camps. Instead, they have contacted a number of communities about holding day camps and other events, and Nakusp was invited to host one.

Saddleback Community Church is partnering with the Kootenay Camp Foundation to hold a one-day Kids Fest on August 27 at the gazebo in the park. This free event includes an illusionist, carnival games, inflatables, and a free lunch. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event runs until 2 p.m.  Parents may drop off children age 7-13, but younger children must be supervised by parents or guardians.

The Kootenay Camp Foundation came into being with the sale of another Christian camp some years ago. The proceeds from that sale have been invested, and the return from those investments have been used to rent camp facilities, operate Christian kids and youth camps, and subsidize the costs for kids to attend camp. The Foundation is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the parent organization of Saddleback Community Church.