Ahoy Mateys! Swashbuckler 2022 Is Here!

Ahoy mateys! Moorelands Kids and the Starry Summer Night committee are excited to host the 2nd annual “SSN Swashbuckler” on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Grab your swords and treasure maps, and join us as we set sail on a scavenger hunt on Kawagama Lake to help send kids to camp!

The Legend of the Swashbuckler…

Lesley and her husband have been supporters of Moorelands Kids since 2017 when they attended their first Starry Summer Night event. At the time they didn’t know much about Moorelands Kids, but being new to the Kawagama Lake area they wanted to meet new people and become more involved in the cottager community. Now, Lesley and her husband both sit on the Starry Summer Night committee and play an active role in creating exciting fundraising events for Moorelands Camp.

“We wanted to do something that can involve the entire lake,” says Lesley. “So in 2021, we introduced the online auction and I came up with a scavenger hunt idea – the Swashbuckler.” After the success of last year’s event and positive feedback from the cottagers on Kawagama Lake, the Starry Summer Night committee decided to do it one more time.

Last year’s Swashbuckler was a success, with 40 boats participating in the scavenger hunt on Kawagama Lake.

In 2021, 40 boats registered to participate in the Swashbuckler. This year, there is space for 60 boats with a fundraising goal of $6,000, enough to send three children to camp next summer. If sailing the high seas isn’t your cup of tea, Starry Summer Night offers other events and ways to support camp.

Lesley and the Starry Summer Night committee have once again teamed up with local businesses who have provided some great prizes!  Algonquin Outfitters have kindly supplied prizes for first, second and third place, and prizes for best decorated ships have been provided by Old Mill Marina, Mountain Trout House Marina, Muskoka Brewery, Four Bros Food Truck and Fling Beverages.

New to the event this year is the Swashbuckler after party, hosted at Moorelands Camp. All participants are welcome to stop by and enjoy wood-fired pizza from local Dorset eatery, Pizza on Earth, and a concert on the lake.

“The purpose of the Swashbuckler is to raise funds for the camp, but it’s also to raise awareness and create a sense of community,” says Lesley. “In conversation with people on the lake or at the grocery store, not everyone knows what the camp does or why they’re there. Through the Swashbuckler, we want to bring recognition and help the community understand what Moorelands Camp is all about.”

This year, committee members are working to incorporate fun and informative challenges to the Swashbuckler, focused on camp and the Moorelands Kids Habits & Qualities. From trivia questions and riddles to singing Aretha Franklin’s Respect, each boat (or pirate ship, as we like to call them), will learn about the mission and positive impact of Moorelands Camp.

To register for this year’s Swashbuckler Scavenger Hunt, click here.

To learn more about Swashbuckler or this year’s Starry Summer Night events, click here.

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