Optimist Club Purchases Camp Bryerswood For Area Youth

AMHERSTBURG, Ont.  December 18, 2020.  Bryerswood Youth Camp Optimist Club (Bryerswood Optimist Club/BYCOC) announced that a final agreement has been reached with Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada (GGC) for the purchase by BYCOC of GGC Camp Bryerswood. The camp is situated in Amherstburg, Ontario. The purchase is projected to be completed October 30, 2021.

Kathi Poupard, President of Bryerswood Optimist Club, a registered charity, is excited about the opportunity to provide new outdoor experiences and programs to all youth in Windsor Essex.  Poupard says, “Owning and operating the Bryerswood camp will allow the Optimist Club to provide outdoor recreation, leadership, environmental stewardship and life skills, to all youth in Windsor and Essex County on a year-round basis.”  

Bryerswood Optimist Club has over $95,000 donated or pledged towards the $430,000 purchase price for Camp Bryerswood. Funds will be raised over the next year to fund the purchase. Donations and pledges can be made at or by contacting Kathi Poupard directly. Tax receipts are available for all donations over $20.

GGC will continue to operate Camp Bryerswood as a Girl Guide Camp until the sale is completed.

About Camp Bryerswood:

Camp Bryerswood is situated on 25 acres in rural Amherstburg and offers both residential and tent accommodations.  Facilities are available year-round. The property has three buildings, five cabins, and several tent sites. Other amenities include an archery range, a pond for nature study and basic canoeing, a playground, picnic pavilion and acreage for sports, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

About Bryerswood Youth Camp Optimist Club:

Bryerswood Youth Camp Optimist Club was established as a non-profit in Amherstburg, Ontario in 2018 and was registered as a charity in October 2019 (Charity Number 750233082 RR0001). BYCOC, a member of Optimist International, provides outdoor educational experiences and structured programs designed to foster leadership, confidence and life skills, and increase self-esteem in the youth of Windsor and Essex County in an effort to address social and environmental issues facing today’s youth.  For more information visit

Media Contact: 

Bryerswood Youth Camp Optimist Club

Kathi Poupard, President

(519) 776-6228

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