MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC — Early Sunday morning, February 12, the Pontiac Fire Department responded to a call from the B’nai Brith Camp situated on River Rd, just east of Quyon. A building housing the water treatment equipment for the camp was destroyed by the time firefighters got to the scene; however they were able to save a second building. Arson is suspected as the fires were set in two separate buildings on the site.
Adam Tanner, Chairman of the B’nai Brith Board of Directors, stated the camp has always considered itself as part of the community. “It’s unfortunate when these things happen at any time, at any place. We are part of this community, so this vandalism hurts.”
Tanner says that damages will probably exceed $600,000. “The equipment will be difficult to find and replace in time for the upcoming season’s operations. What is especially sad is that the children who would otherwise enjoy the camp’s experience with their new friends may miss out this year. Not only do we have about 500 children attend every year, we employ students and locals to help us run the camp.”
Mayor Roger Larose lamented the suspicious fires and hoped that the police investigations will bear fruit. “This camp has been part of our community for a long time, and many people have benefited from its success.” MRC des Collines police declined to comment as their investigation is ongoing.
The camp was established in 1946, and offers activities for children 7 to 16 years old, including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, archery, land sports and arts and crafts.