Camp Akuna is picturesque and uniquely situated on the banks of the Boyne River.
It is a youth oriented facility that engages local and regional people. It offers them a sense of place; and, engenders community connectivity and cohesion in a safe and recreational environment.
In around 1965, Mr. Pike gifted 10 acres of property on the riverbanks of the Boyne River to the community of Gladstone. The Gladstone and District Recreational Boys and Girls Club Inc. was established to hold and utilise the land to serve Gladstone’s youth.
Opened in 1965 by Councillor Neil Ballantine, the property is still informally known as Camp Akuna. A hall was constructed (possibly in two stages) and a kitchen and toilet block was added sometime later to cater for approximately 65 people.
Trustees of The Gladstone and District Recreational Boys and Girls Club have included National Fitness Camps, the three local Apex Groups, and Curtis Coast Apex 40’s (Apex Life Members).
In January 2013, Training Ship Gladstone (Australian Navy Cadets) was to become the trustee; however, The Australian Defence Force would not accept this role; so, a group of parents of local Navy Cadets reformed the board of trustees and changed the name of the not-for-profit corporation to Camp Akuna Pikes Crossing.
These locals are working to have the facility operational again and extend its capacity as a youth-oriented facility to engage local and regional people. Many locals have a connection with the picturesque and uniquely situated site on the Boyne River through their involvement with various regionally based and youth-oriented organisations. It offers them a sense of place; and, engenders community connectivity and cohesion in a safe and recreational environment.
Camp Akuna has a strong youth and community focus. It offers young people a perfect setting to learn and grow within a recreational venue and it offers the local community a versatile facility that can be used for family gatherings, campouts, workshops, local get-togethers and a wide range of community events.
The most important thing you can do for Camp Akuna is become a member or renew your membership today!
Memberships provide sustainability and clearly show support for this important community project.
“We are very excited that WALZ have come on board as a sponsor and will be assisting us to paint the exterior. It’s probably the first paint job the old dame has had in 50 years.”
For more information contact Donna on 0419939456 or see the Facebook page Camp Akuna Pikes Crossing