July 14, 2015

Session B: Bouncing, Bumping & Beautiful!

Session B has had bouncy castles, beautiful weather and a bumping dance. This session has been jam-packed with activities and our staff and campers have definitely enjoyed the ride. Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights:

All of our cabins have gotten the opportunity to go on a camping trip this session. The cabins under 10 years old camped on the Range, roasted marshmallows and got a taste of tripping! Campers over 10 years old went on a canoe trip in either the Kawartha or Haliburton Highlands. Tripping is always a highlight of the two-week sessions, and luckily the weather was wonderful for most of B!

Where do we start?! Dinosaurs roamed the camp on Thursday as campers learned facts and chased them down, Wednesday’s theme day was on the Range and involved learning survival skills and working as a team to build different sustainable camps, and of course there was SUNDAY FUNDAY! Sunday started off with a sleep-in, followed by Bunk Time, an opportunity for cabins to do any activity of their choosing that they haven’t tried or that they want to do again. Highlights were sailing, archery and high ropes. In the afternoon the camp turned hippie for Campstock; there was a live band, homemade flower crowns, face paint, a slip n slide and nachos cooked with a solar oven. It was a lovely afternoon followed by a crazy energetic outdoor dance. These programs are just a sample of the many transformations camp underwent this session.


Leadership Campers!

Session B is a huge session for our leadership campers. The LIT program began shadowing this week, each LIT was assigned to help out a cabin and learn from the counsellors. LITs bring great energy and enthusiasm into the cabins and they’ve done an amazing job so far!

The WLITs left for their 9 day camping trip this session. They’ve been checking in regularly with our trip director, and it sounds like quite the adventure. They shadowed in Session A and also did a terrific job.
The CSD program has been working hard this session on their Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross swimming skills. Their exam is at the end of this week, and we wish them good luck! Shout-out to the CSDs for all their hard work this session, I’m sure it will pay off.

So, there is your snapshot of Session B! For all the parents of Session B campers, I’m sure your campers will fill in the blanks with their unique camp experience. For future campers, we look forward to seeing you and have you join the Camp Kawartha adventure!

July 6, 2015

Session A Recap!

Camp Kawartha kicked off summer with an incredible Session A! Campers
participated in all sorts of classes, got to play a variety of amazing camp-wide
programs and celebrated Canada Day by dressing up and playing Canada-themed

The session started with an indoor campfire where our staff and campers
showcased their singing and acting abilities! Huron got creative by making their
own original cabin song, Nuts the Elephant made an appearance, and the whole
camp participated in classic repeat-after-me-songs like “A tree in the hole” and
“Penguin Song”. Despite the rain, the campers shone bright within the four walls of
our extension!

A definite highlight of our programming this week was the appearance of a new
program designed by superstar counsellors Vego and Nettie. It was based off of
Mario Party and utilized our camp radio! The whole camp was set up like a Mario
racetrack, and campers did a series of activities in order to gain coins while the
radio broadcasted the moves each team took. The kids loved it and we hope to see it
played again this summer!

Our Head Counsellors, Stanza and Feye, brought back Kawartha Cup this summer
and it was a hit! After breakfast, the camp was divided into teams and everyone
participated in a variety of stations like bump, backwards spelling bee and freeze
dance –all great ways to start the day. The culminating program of Kawartha Cup
was a giant relay race on Saturday. Congratulations to team Typhoon on your big

Another new program created by our Wilderness Leadership campers (age 16-18)
sprang up this session. Camp Kawartha was transformed for the afternoon into a
giant monopoly board, with different sections of camp separated into properties.
Campers worked together within the rules of monopoly to buy back the camp and
luckily they were successful! A big thanks to the WLIT’s for all their hard work.

In the mornings, every cabin this session got the opportunity to do sailing,
windsurfing, archery, land sports, eco skills, arts and crafts, kayaking, canoeing and
ropes! These classes give campers a chance to sample a wide variety of classic camp
activities as well as bond as a cabin.

All in all, Session A(mazing) was a great start to Camp Kawartha’s summer. Thanks 
to all the crazy-fun campers, we hope to see you next summer!

*NEW* Parents' Guide to Camp Kawartha

Welcome Campers & Families to Summer 2015 at Camp Kawartha!

An idea that was generated last summer, based on feedback from parents, was the concept of a Parent Manual to help guide parents and inform them about the nuances of Camp Kawartha.

Click on the image below to see our first version of the Parent Manual. We consider this a "living document." There is editing that still needs to happen and we will continue updating the document as we get more feedback from parents. 

We feel the document will give you a better understanding of what happens at camp on a regular basis and a background into our procedures to ensure campers have a safe and nurturing camp experience.

We look forward to seeing you all this summer!

Adam Strasberg (Wham)
Summer Camp Director