Fonds - B'nai Brith Jewish Community Camp fonds

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B'nai Brith Jewish Community Camp fonds

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  • 1978, 1981-1985 (Creation)
    Bnai Brith Jewish Community Camp

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8 cm of textual records
2 cm of architectural drawings

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Bnai Brith Jewish Community Camp (primarily known as Bnai Brith Camp or BB Camp) is a recreation facility on Lake of the Woods, Ontario that primarily serves Jewish youth in Winnipeg. The camp offers overnight and day camps for Jewish youth as well as a small number of programs for adults and rental facilities available to the general public.
The first Bnai Brith Camp opened in 1917 on a property near Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba. Until 1920, when the first permanent structures were built on the property, campers stayed in temporary tent structures. Facilities were expanded in 1929. During this time weekend retreats for mothers and toddlers was offered in addition to programs for Jewish youth. In 1954 the current property, on Towne Island, Lake of the Woods was purchased and the Lake Winnipeg site was closed.
In 1962, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) took over operation of the camp. Starting in 1985 the camp was run by the Winnipeg Jewish Community (B’nai Brith) Camp Board. The board consisted of 3 appointed members from the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council, B’nai Brith and the YMHA in addition to 5 or 6 elected members. The current organization, B’nai Brith Jewish Community Camp, Inc. is operated by an elected board and a permanent staff. Standing committees include Capital/Operations, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Health and Safety, Nominating, Programming and Steering Committee for the Capital Campaign. Funding is provided by Winnipeg Jewish Federation and an independent capital campaign. The camp is also affiliated with Jewish Community Centre Association and is Manitoba Camping Association accredited.
In addition to offering recreational facilities and activities BB Camp aims to promote Jewish identity and leadership skills among campers. Programs for youth range from day camps (Playmore Day Camp) and overnight camps of varying lengths aimed at different age ranges. Other programs include a family weekend and Rejewvenation Women’s Retreat.

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Fonds consists of records of the Interim Camping Commission relating to its temporary management of the B’Nai Brith Camp and its creation of a new permanent body to operate the camp. Records include meeting minutes of the committee, correspondence with the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council, the YMHA and other relevant organizations and a draft constitution of the new organization. Also included are operating budgets for the camp and architectural drawings of existing and proposed infrastructure.

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