Nova Scotia

Scout camp in Pictou County trashed by vandals

Vandals struck a Scouts camp in Pictou County last week leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Windows at Camp Roderick were broken by axe-wielding vandals.
Vandals struck a Scouts camp in Pictou County last week leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Camp Roderick, on McKinnon Lake near the town of Pictou, is a mess — broken windows, cut locks, trashed cabins and graffiti sprayed on every surface.

For Scott Murdoch and his two longtime friends, who have more than a 100 years of volunteer service with Scouts Canada, years of sweat and tears were destroyed.

"Do you wake up one morning and say, 'OK, let's go smash Camp Roderick?'  I mean, who does this stuff? This was probably a planned act, I think it was," Murdoch said.

Scout leader Scott Murdoch is heartbroken by the mess vandals made of Camp Roderick. ((CBC))
He said vandals ransacked Camp Roderick some time last week setting fire in some building and breaking dozens of windows with paddles and axes.

It's left Murdoch and his friends at a loss for words.

"Was it vengeance against Scouting, or they had nothing else to do?" Dennis Reniowski, Scout commander, asked. "All I can say is maybe they should walk on water. They might get more enjoyment out of that."

Police are trying to track down who is responsible for the vandalism.

Camp Roderick was trashed by vandals last week.
Damage is estimated to be likely in the thousands of dollars. It will take weeks for the camp to be cleaned, and in the meantime those who have booked the site will have to go elsewhere.

Local Scout troops had hoped to come here for fall camping, but that will have to be cancelled.

"Twelve straight years now we had a Cub meeting, and that's cancelled because of the damage and we had Cubs coming all the way from Halifax, Hatchet Lake," Murdoch said.

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