Operating as a summer camp for Jewish students since 1935, Camp B’nai Brith prides itself on offering a place where children can experience the outdoors, learn new skills and develop lifelong friendships. Operating as a safe space where individual identity is encouraged, the camp’s management and counselors strive to also enhance Jewish affiliation, values and traditions to campers in the National Capital Region.
Originally located along the shores of the Ottawa River in Dunrobin, Ontario, the camp moved to its current location in Quyon, Quebec in 1946.
As with any facility in operation for this long, the need for upgrades, particularly to the camp’s athletic facilities inevitably became a concern for camp operators. Looking to not only offer the best in athletic programming, the management team strives to provide the safest environment possible for their campers and so upgrades became a priority.
Our team was called upon to assess the current design and condition of the camp’s indoor gymnasium. Complete with a full court, the facility is utilized for basketball and also for rainy-day activities when the weather does not allow for outdoor play. With a new camp season on the horizon, key stakeholders from the camp were looking to upgrade the existing basketball systems with six new units.
Given the close proximity of the camp to our offices, we were able to be onsite to take accurate measurements and make an assessment on the condition of the building and the inside structure itself. When installing indoor basketball systems, our team needs to ensure that the proper structure and correct bracing is available for the safe installation of new equipment.Following our initial assessment, we recognized that the facility would require additional wall supports in order to hang the new wall-mounted basketball nets.
Because the main trusses were 20’ on centre, the building lacked any structural attachment point, so one had to be designed, manufactured and installed ahead of the new basketball systems.
Our team built the new structural girts and installed them on site before the installation of the new basketball systems. Once the structure was firmed up, our team then installed the new basketball backstops, complete with glass backboards with plenty of time for camp organizers to get ready for the upcoming camp season.
With the first campers expected in July, the camp is busy in the planning and preparation stages that each spring season brings. We are happy to report that the gymnasium is one area of that preparation process that certainly has a checkmark beside it. The new basketball systems are ready to support the next generation of Camp B’Nai Brith campers.