Children with chronic illnesses will soon have a place to play, learn and grow, thanks to a $1.65-million investment from the province. The not-for-profit Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society will receive the funds to help build Brigadoon Village, a camp for chronically ill children at Aylesford Lake, Kings Co. The cost of the project is $5 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, April 25, in Berwick. “This will be an invaluable resource for children and their families facing chronic illness,” said Premier MacDonald. “Creating a safe haven where children can learn, develop and engage in recreation will enhance their lives.” Children will experience a wide range of outdoor camping activities and meet others experiencing similar health challenges. Health-care professionals will also use the facility to research ways to improve the children’s quality of life. “Brigadoon, with its partners, is poised to address a significant need within pediatrics, giving some remarkable young people the chance to explore Nova Scotia’s beauty, outdoor recreation and, most importantly, the potential within themselves,” said Roger Sinclair, chair of Building Brigadoon Capital Campaign Cabinet. “Today’s commitment takes us a huge step closer to giving the children better care, better opportunities and better lives.” Brigadoon is the first facility of its kind in Atlantic Canada. When complete, it will host about 1,000 youth and students each summer. The province’s latest investment comes from its Building Facilities and Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $55 million to 31 major infrastructure projects, generating $165 million in construction. The announcement is part of Nova Scotia’s Building for Growth infrastructure strategy. The program will stimulate the economy by creating a demand for goods and services and creating jobs.