Catfish were the coveted catches from the fishing bridge at Valens Conservation Area during The Bridge’s second annual camping trip in July 2017.

In August 2016, The Bridge held a two-days-and-one-night camping trip to Valens Conservation area for clients.  The trip to Valens Conservation area was such a success that

Croquet was a popular activity once again

attendees gave feedback that The Bridge should do a camping trip again and should stay for longer.  That first-ever overnight outing by The Bridge was the initiative of our first hired summer student and was funded in full by a generous donation.  In response to its success, The Bridge was granted funding from the Niagara Anglican Diocese for a second camping trip this summer which was held for two nights from July 21-23, 2017 at Valens.

“This trip was very important to me.  I needed to be somewhere to relax in a good place with good people,” said one attendee of this year’s trip.  “It’s great to get out of the city” said another.  Barriers to accessing the resources and transportation necessary for camping or even for day trips leave many of The Bridge’s clients unable to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature.

A recreation therapist currently on staff with The Bridge through a grant from the Edith H Turner Foundation of

the Hamilton Community Foundation helped coordinate the camping trip and its activities.  Activities included fishing, croquet, volleyball, card games and more.   One attendee wrote afterwards that “the staff were awesome. They made an effort ensuring we had all we need and were enjoying ourselves.”  The Bridge covered the costs of acquiring fishing licenses for attendees who did not previously have one.

For the second year in a row, camping trip attendees suggested that The Bridge host more camping trips in the future and for longer.  Contact The Bridge about how you can make another camping trip possible!