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“Kids in the Kitchen” the latest Bryerswood Youth Camp event

Updated: Jan 9

January 9, 2024 -

Children from around Windsor-Essex County had an opportunity to learn some basic cooking skills during their holiday break.

“Kids in the Kitchen” was held Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 at the Bryerswood Youth Camp with volunteers and board members with the Bryerswood Youth Camp Optimist Club (BYCOC) helping to administer the programming. 

Caitlin Gonneau, the secretary with the board and a volunteer, was one of a group of people presenting the camp. She said children learned to make such food as French toast, pizza, taco rolls, and turkey wraps among other items.

There were 28 children at the Jan. 3 camp and 24 the next day, numbers that organizers were pleased with.

“We offered programs throughout the holiday break,” said Gonneau.

That is common at the Bryerswood Youth Camp, she added, noting they regularly have camps on school professional activity (PA) days, holidays and for six weeks in the summer.

Upcoming camps include “Art Attack!” Jan. 19 and “Beach Bash!” Feb. 16. Both run from 8:30-4 p.m.

Gonneau stated the camps offered at the Bryerswood Youth Camp have usually been well attended.

“We’ve been selling out our camps,” she said.

Students at the “Kids in the Kitchen” camp learned everything from how to crack an egg to how to make basic food dishes, Gonneau explained. 

They were taught on appliances around the kitchen and got to enjoy the food they prepared.

Not only were students from Amherstburg, children came from across Windsor-Essex County with Gonneau stating they had kids from as far as Belle River come in.

“We’re getting some repeat customers but we’re getting new faces as well,” said Gonneau.

BYCOC president Kathi Poupard added they were looking to cap admission to the “Kids in the Kitchen” camp to 20 children per day, but increased the number of spots based on interest.

Poupard added other work is being done around the Texas Road campground, including ongoing work to the cabins. She said interior work has to be completed and they are welcoming volunteers to help get the cabins ready for occupancy in the spring and summer.

The BYCOC is also hosting a rib or chicken fundraiser Jan. 27 at the River Canard Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. with in-person and take-out options available. The cost is $27. Contact Marie Wilder 519-565-1252 or for tickets or Mary Ann Mertens 519-988-6420 or

For more information on the Bryerswood Youth Camp and its events and programs or to volunteer, visit, e-mail or call 519-726-6266.

PHOTO: Children at the “Kids in the Kitchen” camp line up for syrup on the French toast they made last Thursday. It was the second day of the two-day camp presented at the Bryerswood Youth Camp.

By RTT Staff

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