October 31, 2016

Summer Camp Registration 2017

Message From The Summer Camp Director

The calling of each new day at camp brims with potential, hope and excitement. Back when I was a cabin counselor, this calling was the sound of my alarm with 8-10 sleepy campers waking, greeting each other as we stretch, dress and walk to breakfast. We might reminisce about last night’s evening program or look ahead to today’s activities.

“Tonight’s Zingtong, right?”

Ahh.., that walk to breakfast where the air might even be a bit cool, walking in twos, threes and as a cabin group, joining other as we merge on paths leading to the dining hall for our first camp-wide experience of the day.

We will shout, “Hurry up, campers!” to those cabins that are lagging behind and sing as a camp before entering the dining hall one cabin at a time. Then there’s the buzz at breakfast of campers and staff talking, moving around to pick up trays of eggs, pancakes or hash browns. There’s the steam coming off the oatmeal or hot chocolate as the CODs (Counsellors of the Day) make announcements or return lost and found. In the day ahead, some cabins will be going on canoe trips, others will be doing high ropes, sailing or working toward swim levels.

The day will promise to be a hot one with blue skies. Campers will be reminded to wear hats, sunscreen and drinking lots of water, but no one needs the reminder to carpe diem - seize the day. It just what we do at camp! Counselors ensure that their campers’ needs are looked after and they are busy building physical, social and life skills from wake-up in the morning to check-in at night. No television, screen time, or internet fillers. It’s all authentic and tangible activity.

In 2017, we are “seizing the day,” by adding an extra day to many of our sessions including PLC, Intermediates, Session B, Session D, and our Senior Tripping programs. An extra day gives greater opportunities to enhance our programming whether it’s skills-based classes, session-long projects, wilderness trips, camp-wide programming or cabin initiatives. It offers both our staff and campers an extra day of opportunities to build on one’s summer’s successes. It gives us more space to grow, to think “outside the box,” and create new traditions. In addition, it makes the camp experience easier for our families and their schedules with a Saturday departure date.

As a summer camp director, it’s the next step forward for Camp Kawartha where our priority is excellence, high quality programming and a commitment to the safe growth of your child.

Thank you for choosing Camp Kawartha and giving us the awesome responsibility of looking after your child(ren). One of my favourite parts of the job is talking with families, helping them with choosing a program and answering questions on anything to do with camp. If you have questions at any time, always feel free to e-mail me at adam@campkawartha.ca. We look forward to an unforgettable summer!!

Adam Strasberg aka Wham
Summer Camp Director

July 18, 2016

Q & A with Leadership Director Baloo

Q:  What are you most excited for this summer?
A: Going on trip to Killarney with the LITs (Leaders in Training).

Q: If you could have dinner with someone dead or alive, who would it be?
A: JRR Tolkien. Someone who has created such a fantastic world is incredibly interesting to me.

Q: What is your favourite camp meal?
A: My favorite meal is taco salad, with all the toppings aside from those that contain dairy (Editor’s Note: he is allergic to casein, a protein in dairy).

Q: If you had to choose between Frank’s Red Hot and Sriracha, what would you choose?
A: If I had to pick one type of hot sauce, I would pick Frank’s.

Q: What is your favourite place at camp?

A: There is a big flat rock near the high ropes area that is special to me. I remember sitting there on my first year on staff and all the staff were doing high ropes. I sat there, watching the staff joke around and it hit me that I was finally on staff.

Q&A with PLC Director Bulma

Q: What were you like in high school?
A: I always worked on the musical! I was fairly involved in school activities but I was pretty introverted, and spent most of my time with my three best friends.

Q: We finish this interview and you step outside the summer camp office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
A: I would ask at staff meeting if anyone lost a lottery ticket. If anyone said yes, I would give it back to them and ask for a portion of their winnings.

Q: What would you do with your portion of the winnings?
A: I would go on a trip to Iceland. Right off the bat, I would want to check in, take a nap, then go to the hot springs.

Q: What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
A: Stop Right Now by the Spice Girls. I made up a dance to it and I always ended with a high jump kick.

Q: What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
A: Besides driving, I normally sing along to music. I like to listen to Top 40 as long as it goes with the windows down. But when I pull up to red lights I roll the windows up.

Q: What’s your favourite camp meal?

A: Taco salad, but the soups have been amazing.

July 13, 2016

More from media class!

This week in media class, PLC campers and Intermediates were given the opportunity to write posts for the camp blog! This is a fictional post by Sam, about the legend of the Zingettes.

By Sam

October 3rd, 1921

What I saw wasn’t human. I saw a creature running around camp and nobody believes me! It’s a huge lizard. Its spine is lined with spikes, it runs on four legs and glides as gracefully as a black ribbon, fluttering through the woods.
I know for a fact that it is real. It has to be.

October 4th, 1921

I need to give it a name, something graceful, chilling and powerful.
They are dangerous.
If you ever happen to come across a zingette… Run!
Run until you can’t breathe.
Don’t under any circumstances let them catch you, especially if they are showing aggressive behaviour.
They WILL catch you.

October 5th, 1921

I keep seeing zingettes running around.
I have recently been able to get close to one that was sleeping.
I ran my hand down its cold, slick back and I froze. My chest tightened with every breath I took.
I thought this was the end of me.
But it wasn’t.
I wouldn’t be writing this entry if I wasn’t for a person who was strong and important. His voice was powerful as he said “My name is Jeiegelovyew.” He saved me and I hope to see him again.

October 16th, 1921

Today was a day to celebrate! I am finally free from the nightmarish creatures known as zingettes. They have been chased into the lake by Jeiegelovyew and his accomplices! I AM FREE!

July 7th, 2016

Today, I woke up.

July 11, 2016

A short story from our new media class!

Media class has been taking pictures, making videos, writing stories and more. Check out one of our campers short stories!

Tuck Lord Channing:

A short story by Javier Bedford

Midge was guarding the tuck shop one night. Suddenly, he heard a lot of knocking on the door, “bang”. He heard it again- “bang”. The door started opening slowly and it finally opened. It was just Barnacle trying to spook him.  Barnacle told Midge to come with him to the staff meeting. 

The two went off to the staff meeting. But then out of the bushes came Channing. He saw that the key to the tuck shop was on the ground near the door and grabbed it. He grabbed the key and inserted it into the door. He heard a pretty loud creeping noise as he turned the key to open the door.

He heard someone coming down the hill. He heard “Forgot my key somewhere” he knew it must of been Midge. He grabbed everything as fast as he could, from dried mangos to banana chips. Then he jumped through the opening and ran and hid in the bushes.  He heard Midge shout “Oh My” and then saw him running up the hill towards the classroom where the staff meeting was being held. 

Channing quickly escaped with the all the candies. He knew what he had to do. The other staff had been getting extra tuck for too long. He put all of the tuck in separate bags and rushed to put them outside every single camper cabin.  Finally he was done and went back to his cabin.

The End

June 20, 2016

Message from our Health Care Coordinator

If your camper will be bringing medication to camp, is anaphylactic, has any medical concerns this summer please read the message below from our Health Care Coordinator.