Camp Kekoka Oyster Reef Project

Please help fund construction of the 
Madison Boyd Memorial Pier at Camp Kekoka

If you would like to donate, the button below may be used to pay through PayPal. PayPal account is not necessary; you may pay via credit card. Thank you for supporting.
 
Or mail a check to
TOGA, P. O. Box 2463
Gloucester, VA 23061
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Please note Pier Fund)

Please Help TOGA Fund the Madison Boyd Memorial Pier at Camp Kekoka

TOGA has cherished its partnership with Camp Kekoka for many years. Now we look forward to improvements allowing us to continue teaching a younger generation about the very important stewardship of the oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

In 2019, it became obvious that the dock used by TOGA at Camp Kekoka to manage the educational oyster reef and teaching oyster garden had to be replaced. This is necessary to add restoration oysters, spat and shell; to educate youngsters on Bay stewardship; and to facilitate research by professionals, educators, students and TOGA.

Thanks to the hard work by Ken Hammond (Board member and MOG), the building permit has been approved. We have a cost estimate and an agreement to start building in spring 2022. At  https://www.oystergardener.org/camp-kekoka you can learn more about the pier design and the history of TOGA at Camp Kekoka.

This new pier will be named for Madison Boyd, who passed away April 12, 2020. Madison is greatly missed by TOGA and the Boys and Girls Club and Camp Kekoka folks. He began TOGA's involvement with the camp, and, for five years he spent many hours teaching young people about oysters and their importance to the Bay. His legacy as a youth champion will be long remembered and honored.

 

A pivotal building block for any such endeavor by TOGA is the support of its members and the public. None of the oyster- related accomplishments to date at Camp Kekoka would have happened without the considerable time and care given by volunteers. Now we ask for that generous spirit to continue with everyone taking part in the donation drive underway to support the much needed improvements.

Donations can be provided through PayPal (do not need a PayPal account, only credit card)) on the TOGA website (https://www.oystergardener.org/camp-kekoka), or checks sent to TOGA at P.O. Box 2463, Gloucester, VA 23061 (with note on check that it is for the Camp Kekoka pier). In addition, we can accept donations of boats, motors or other such items. Any gift will be greatly appreciated. Updates on this project will be in future TOGA newsletters. If you have any questions, please contact the TOGA President Emeritus for Education, Brian Wood at email: awood45858@aol.com.

Brian Wood, MOG

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Aerial view showing old pier
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Future pier
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Old pier in disrepair

Camp Kekoka Kiosk Educational Display

The kiosk display panels were completed in the fall of 2019.

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Oyster Gardening Panels

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About Kekoka Oyster Reef

Thanks to Kent Eanes for the aerial photos

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Oyster History Panels

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Last 3 photos show Karen Hudson (VIMS) preparing and pouring in the larvae on August 27, 2016. The work is not over, but this is a big milestone.