Call for Nominations: Re-wild The Family

“Over 45% of Elgin County residents reported being inactive, and there is a 14% drop in the number of Canadian kids that actually play outside after school. KCET wants to help people reconnect with nature,” says Don Ferguson KCET’s President.

Starting this week, KCET is seeking nominations for families to re-wild. The Trust will choose up to seven lucky families that will be given the opportunity to spend a free weekend at Dalewood Conservation Area – learning the joy of camping.

Seven families (single parent nominations are welcome) will be chosen based on their demonstrated need to reconnect with nature. Nominators are asked to describe the family’s nature deficit as a result of financial need, social hardship or other unique circumstance. In each case the families must be new to camping.

“The idea was presented to the Community Foundation’s 100 People Who Care Initiative last year,” says Ferguson, “and they agreed that this was a unique opportunity to help our local community. It is a great health-in-all initiative. Meaning we have green infrastructure available to enjoy locally at little to no cost, but the health benefits you receive in return are priceless.”

The families chosen to be re-wild will be provided with a free weekend of camping at Dalewood Conservation Area, a mentor for the weekend to teach them how to pitch a tent, build a campfire, cook a meal and all the equipment so they can repeat the experience on their own.

Nominations are being accepted until available spots are filled. Complete rules and nomination forms are available on KCET’s web site. Individuals and organizations are welcome to nominate families.

Re-Wild the Family Nomination Form

Please read these rules and instructions carefully, and complete the registration form below. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth VanHooren at office@kettlecreektrust.com or 519-631-1270 ext. 221.

  • Participation is open to all residents within the boundaries of Elgin County.
  • Participants must be nominated to enter. You may not nominate yourself. Nominees must have an Elgin County address and consent to the nomination.
  • Entry is free, there are no fees associated with this competition.
  • Nominations will be reviewed until all available spots are awarded in a given year.
  • Nominations will be reviewed and considered by Kettle Creek Environmental Trust. The decision of the Trust is final.
  • Contact information of the nominator and nominee is required and collected for the sole purpose of contacting winning families.
  • For the purposes of this Nomination Form and the Re-Wild program, a family consists of two adult caregivers plus minor dependents or a single adult caregiver plus minor dependents (dependents/children must be less than 18 years of age).
  • Families chosen to be Re-Wild will be required to sign a camping permit at Dalewood Conservation Area and will be held to the campgrounds rules and regulations at all times.
  • Families chosen to be Re-Wild will be required to sign a Waiver.
  • Successful families will be provided a  free night of camping on a 15 amp camp site. Offer is not transferable to a different family than the one nominated. 
  • Any equipment provided to the families is not refundable and has no cash value.
  • Kettle Creek Environmental Trust and Kettle Creek Conservation Authority are not responsible for the safety of the participants or their belongings.

 

Your Nominee (must have an address within Elgin County)

First Name (Caretaker)

Last Name (Caretaker)

Address

City

Postal Code

Email

Phone

Number of family members

Age of child 1 (must be less than 18 years old)

Age of child 2 (must be less than 18 years old)

Age of child 3 (must be less than 18 years old)

Age of child 4 (must be less than 18 years old)

About you

Your First Name

Your Last Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Why does this family need to be re-wild?

In 250 words or less please describe why you feel this family needs to experience the joy of camping. Seven families will be chosen based on the demonstrated need to reconnect with nature. Nominations will be evaluated on the family’s nature deficit as a result of financial need, social hardship or other unique circumstance. In each case the families must be new to camping.

Contest Rules

How to Enter/Eligibility: There is no purchase necessary to enter this contest. All families nominated must live within Elgin County to be eligible for this competition and subsequent prizes. Nomination forms can be dropped off or emailed to the specified address prior to the contest closure.

Contest Deadline: Nominations will be accepted and evaluated until all available spots are awarded in a given year.

Winner Selection/Notification/Disqualification: Contest winners will be selected by the Kettle Creek Environmental Trust. Prize winner will be notified via email or phone. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, contest winners will forfeit their prize and the prize will be re-allocated to the next most qualified nominee. The decisions of the Kettle Creek Environmental Trust are final. The Kettle Creek Environmental Trust reserves the right to accept and/or reject any and all nominations, including a decision not to name a prize winner. The prize is not transferable to another family. All families selected will be required to sign a waiver.

Privacy: Kettle Creek Environmental Trust will not sell or share your personal address and information. Contact information is required and collected only for the purposes of communicating with nominators, nominees and prize winners.

 I have read and understand the above rules and contest criteria.

 I have read and understand the accompanying “Rules & Instructions” page.