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Jane Rioux and Melvin Hibbs are pictured inside Camp 22 Melvin's Dream lodge, the main hub of the future camping development.
Jane Rioux and Melvin Hibbs are pictured inside Camp 22 Melvin's Dream lodge, the main hub of the future camping development.

From the ceiling hangs four model airplanes. One, the last completed by Melvin Hibbs Jr. before his death in 2002.

He is the reason for the dream, and Melvin Hibbs Sr. is now one step closer to seeing those dreams turn into reality.

The name of the camp, the model planes and the fact Melvin Jr. was killed in an airplane accident tie together, the significance outstanding.

Just over a year ago, Melvin started his dream project, then with a vision of creating a retirement plan and a future for his daughter.

Land in St. Andrew’s has been cleared and a dirt road has been put in, leading to the main building, which has been built and named “Camp 22 – Melvin’s Dream.”

The main structure houses an antique shop and washroom facilities for future campers.

Melvin intends for the park to feature camping areas for both tents and RVs, a floating dock for boats, a swimming area, picnic area, playgrounds and more.

The park is dedicated to his son, with his presence vibrant and never far away from him.

“His main goal in life was to help other people and to give back to people,” said Melvin. “This is a visual and material way to remember him and keep his memory alive. “

Melvin Hibbs Jr. died on Feb. 14, 2002 as a result of an accident while flying. His obituary read “Flying was his passion until the end.”

"He used to tell me to slow down and take it easy," said Melvin.
"That won't happen until all of this is finished."

With the main building completed, Melvin suspects he will be ready to taking campers by the summer.

He is the reason for the dream, and Melvin Hibbs Sr. is now one step closer to seeing those dreams turn into reality.

The name of the camp, the model planes and the fact Melvin Jr. was killed in an airplane accident tie together, the significance outstanding.

Just over a year ago, Melvin started his dream project, then with a vision of creating a retirement plan and a future for his daughter.

Land in St. Andrew’s has been cleared and a dirt road has been put in, leading to the main building, which has been built and named “Camp 22 – Melvin’s Dream.”

The main structure houses an antique shop and washroom facilities for future campers.

Melvin intends for the park to feature camping areas for both tents and RVs, a floating dock for boats, a swimming area, picnic area, playgrounds and more.

The park is dedicated to his son, with his presence vibrant and never far away from him.

“His main goal in life was to help other people and to give back to people,” said Melvin. “This is a visual and material way to remember him and keep his memory alive. “

Melvin Hibbs Jr. died on Feb. 14, 2002 as a result of an accident while flying. His obituary read “Flying was his passion until the end.”

"He used to tell me to slow down and take it easy," said Melvin.
"That won't happen until all of this is finished."

With the main building completed, Melvin suspects he will be ready to taking campers by the summer.

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