"The BGCO has been the most influential figure in my life outside of my immediate family. It helped shape my perspective on life and taught me how to seek and give guidance. It also taught me how to truly look after the well-being of others regardless of their circumstances. In short, the BGCO taught me how to spread love and be loved by everyone around you.
"Camp Smitty (Minwassin) is the best place on earth. The people & place make a difference! I have gained lifelong friends, family, loves and lessons. It has shaped the kid to adult that I am today. The organization of the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club are essential to our community. My kids are involved in club/camp so thank you for that as well!"
"I began going to Camp Minwassin in 1961 as a skinny 12 year old. When summer ended the Nepean Club became my home. Each summer I extended the length of my stays at Camp as a 'Cabin Leader' then Jr. & Sr. Counsellor. From fall through spring I would make the trek from Overbrook to the Club almost daily as both a participant and eventually staff person until summer 1969. Lots of fond memories of Fred McCann, Jake McLean, Jim Middlemiss, Marc Charron, Larry Jackson and Alan Pushee - people who helped shape and encourage me - perhaps without knowing it! Also had the privilege of knowing & playing broomball in the 'Dust Bowl' with Carl 'Boom Boom' McCallister - apparently now a legend! "