Wish List

photo 11  We recently created a 2016 Wish List and prioritized it in terms of “need” versus “nice to have”.

Below is a list of 12 things that you might have around the house or that you could easily pick up while running errands. Please ensure you include your contact information so that we can thank you and/or provide a tax receipt for some items.


1. Tent Poles                                                                                            Priority – Important

Are you throwing out an old tent?  We’d love to have the poles – we are always repairing and replacing tent poles.

2. CFL (spiral) light bulbs                                                                  Priority – Important

Camp is a pretty bright at night, much to the relief of little campers who need to use the bathroom at night.

3. Couch for Smyth                                                                            Priority – Nice to have

Our hard-working counsellors would LOVE a “new” couch from a non-smoking, pet-free house. Yes, the brown couch has survived some epic pile-ons but it might be nice to update the décor to the 90s. Delivery to camp can be negotiated if you don’t have a truck.

4. Patio furniture for the porch on Smyth                                  Priority – Nice to have

Some slightly used furniture (chairs, love seats, small tables) that has outdoor upholstery would be greatly appreciated by our volunteer leaders, directors and staff. Patio tables and umbrellas are not needed. We could also use some stackable outdoor chairs and Adirondack chair kits.

5. Kayaks, canoes or a paddle board                                             Priority – Nice to have

Although we have lots of canoes, we can always use more water toys. This donation needs to be reasonably new (minimum 5 years) and in excellent condition to ensure water safety for our campers and staff.

6. Riding lawnmower                                                                         Priority – Nice to have

Our push mower is working just fine but our caretaker would feel really special if he could take a little break from his busy day and hop on a riding lawnmower. It should be 1-3 years old and freshly tuned.

7. Musical instruments                                                                     Priority – Important

A music stand and/or mic stand would push our talent night into the professional league. We already have a keyboard but percussion instruments such as tambourines, shakers or high-quality djembes would be really fun.

8. Printer paper                                                                                        Priority – Important

Email messages from home are the big highlight for our campers and we go through a lot of paper in the summer. Letter-sized paper in the original packaging (versus recycled) would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate any of the above items, please contact Ron or Joanne Hartnett at Hartnett@sympatico.ca in advance. We would love your donation but we need to ensure we don’t get six couches…


Gift cards can be purchased anytime and mailed to the following address:

Camp Lau-Ren, PO Box 1670, Deep River, ON, K0J 1P0

9. $20-$50 gift cards from Michael’s or Walmart                      Priority – Important

We always stock the Craft Hall with glue sticks, paint, twine/tread, paint, brushes, paper and much more.

10. $50-$200 gift cards from Canadian Tire                       Priority – Very Important

Paddles and life jackets wear out quickly and are constantly being purchased. Gift cards are the best option because the staff can purchase the supplies according to size. These gift cards can also be used to purchase replacement walkie-talkies, sports equipment, tents, kitchen gadgets and maintenance supplies such as lawnmower fuel, extension cords and lumber.

11.  $50-200 gift cards from Loblaws and Giant Tiger    Priority – Very Important

Camp Lau-Ren is known for its exceptional food and we feed a lot of people in the summer! But food is also served at our Open House on Saturday, June 11, 2016 and when we train our new leaders and counsellors on May 28 & 29, 2016.

12. $250+ gift certificate from Pembroke landscaper      Priority – Very Important

Anyone who owns a house or property knows the value of a load of gravel. This may seem like a very unglamorous contribution but anyone who has seen the pathway to the beach after a heavy rain will understand its importance. Gravel, sand, topsoil and mulch are used on the playing field, around the cabins and along the road. If you are interested in this type of donation, please contact Ron Hartnett at hartnett@sympatico.ca so he can recommend a specific supplier.

13. ONE LAST THING…                                                                 Priority – Very Important

Camp Lau-Ren always accepts good old cash.

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