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This storage building at Camp Keir, a Christian summer camp for children at Canoe Cove, was damaged by vandals this week. This is the third incident of vandalism at the camp in less than two years.
CANOE COVE – For the third time in less than two years a Christian summer camp at Canoe Cove has been the target of vandals.
Personnel arrived at Camp Keir Wednesday to discover a new waterfront storage building installed less than two months ago had been heavily damaged.
“You can’t imagine how my heart sank when I saw what they’d done,” says Pastor Glynis Faith of the Richmond Bay Pastoral Charge. “How could anybody do something like this?”
Faith, co-chairwoman of the body that operates the camp, says damage like this is difficult to deal with.
To make matters worse it comes just two months after another incident of vandalism in which a sign for the camp was damaged.
“And since we are a small camp maintained and supported fully by volunteers we cannot continue to repair and replace damages regularly,” Faith said.
The building damaged this week was an aluminum storage building used to house articles like life jackets and flotation devices used by the children at the camp when they are on the water.
Tracks left behind indicate some of the culprits were traveling on dirt bikes but at least one was riding a golf cart.
Once in the camp they proceeded to kick the building repeatedly.
The building moved 12-18 inches off the solid wooden foundation that had been placed under it by the force of the kicks.
“It’s essentially been destroyed, I don’t think it can be used again,” Faith said
The 4X6 building would cost around $500 to replace.
“We only purchased it on July 6. It was constructed a week later by four volunteers from the Richmond Bay Presbyterian Pastoral Charge,” she said.
“This is all very disappointing, but we will keep building.”
Faith said if they had arrived at the camp an hour earlier than they did they would have caught the culprits in the act.
A group of youth on dirt bikes and a golf cart were spotted at the camp later that day and were asked not to return.
Faith asks that anyone with any knowledge about this incident contact the RCMP.
They can also contact P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.peicrimestoppers.com.