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The Slovenian Summer Camp
Bolton Ontario

In 1956 Our Lady Help of Christians Parish purchased eight hectares of farmland north of Toronto between Bolton and Alliston. The parishioners worked for two summers to transform the land into a summer camp complete with swimming pool and pavilion. In 1961 the ownership was transferred to the Slovenian St. Vincent missionaries and an additional twelve hectares were purchased. An outdoor chapel and a hall were added. The hall was named Baragov dom in honour of missionary bishop Frederik Baraga. As the use of the facility increased, renovations and additions became necessary. A wading pool and children's playground were installed, lawn bowling and other sports areas were constructed, and grass and weeping willow trees were planted. At the present time approximately 120 families are accommodated on the grounds in trailers and cottages.
Several annual events take place at the camp. The Corpus Christi procession in May attracts five thousand Slovenians from all over Ontario. Slovenian Day, Catholic Day, and Baraga Day draw about two thousand people each. A Thanksgiving Mass is held at the close of the season, with a turkey dinner afterward. During the winter months the camp is open for skiing, tobogganing, and ice skating. Boy Scout troops use the camp facilities regularly. The camp also hosts visiting baseball teams and folklore groups from the United States.