Lake of Bays is throwing its support behind local events for kids. Council agreed this week to spend just over $6,500 to support and develop youth programming, and to help youth organizations become self sufficient in the future.

The four organizations benefiting from the funding include the Baysville Community Group, for the Baysville Family Day WinterFest, which is going to receive $2,000. It’s happening on February 19th, and will include entertainment, outdoor games and a free public skate. There will also be an ice rescue demonstration by firefighters and a chili cook-off among local businesses. There’s no admission fee or donation required to get in.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka is getting $1,000 for a Lake of Bays community meeting, which is a new applicant for the funding. There’s no date yet for when that meeting will happen, but it’s expected sometime in early 2018. The money will go towards advertisements, food and refreshments, staff and printed materials.

The Lake of Bays skating club will receive $1,676, as well as $324 in-kind for use of the Baysville Community Centre for the Interclub competition. The money will go into expenses for the competition, travel costs for judges, and to set up a competition bursary fund for local skaters. The competition runs on January 20th.

Finally, the Dwight Winter Carnival will get $2,000. It will give kids an opportunity to take part in winter activities and sports they may not otherwise be able to try out. The carnival is on February 9th and 10th.

Council created the annual fund during the 2015 budget process, which is to provide financial assistance for youth events and activities in the township. In the past, money raised from the annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament were used for the fund. There is now a balance of around $4,600 left in the fund for youth programming, which will go into 2019 events.