The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) has decided to cancel the 2022 edition of the Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp. This decision was not an easy one. With an ongoing pandemic, over 100 people in hospital and over 4,000 active covid-19 cases in the province, it is difficult to ensure the health and safety of camp participants and chaperones at this five-day overnight camp. The NBFL Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp (BDYSC) planning committee will use this time to review and refresh the programming of the camp for future years.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of the BDYSC. The camp educates high school-aged students from across the province on labour issues. Students who will become future workers and managers. Each camp participant also receives a $250 dollar scholarship for each year they attend camp, upon proof of high school graduation and acceptance in post-secondary studies.
The summer camp was founded by NBFL Past-President, Blair Doucet. He founded the camp because he
believed that the youth were the future of the union movement and without them, all the hard-fought gains made in the past would be lost. He saw this in the form of a weeklong summer camp for youth to learn the
importance of unionism. His dream was realized when he founded the NBFL Youth Camp in 2001.
We look forward to hosting the children of parents who are a member of a union local affiliated to the NBFL in future editions of the camp. In the mornings, camp participants attend bilingual workshops on labour history, health and safety, sweatshops, collective bargaining, human rights, etc. In the afternoons, the youth partake in field trips to discover the greater Moncton area and participate in leisure activities.
Armando Flores, Young Workers’ Representative
Daniel Legere, President