After 58 years of summer sports programming, the Legion Athletic Camp will operate no more.
The well-regarded camp located at the International Peace Garden announced it would not be running in the summer of 2020. First opened in 1962, the camp has seen generations of athletes from inside and outside the local area spend a part of their holidays learning more about a number of sports. However, for several reasons, it could not continue.
The move was first announced on the Legion Athletic Camp Facebook page on January 11. According to Director Andrew Kitchen, there were different issues that came up.
“The decision was made by a board that encompasses some Legion Directors, people representing interested parties, and a few coaches,” Kitchen explained. “They chose this time due to the rising costs to run the camp and the lack of athletes that were attending. It was very difficult to close the camp, which in my personal opinion is why it took so long to close this year. There were a lot of friendships and personal connections that were tied to the camp, which made it difficult to close for sentimental reasons.”