November Newsletter
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November Newsletter

Greetings from Camp Otterdale!
What a Fall Season! 

The camp program equipment is stored for winter, repairs are ongoing and we are making progress on a few new projects! We’ve had a busy season with a higher number of school groups coming to camp as well as the much anticipated 60th Reunion. It was truly inspiring to see so many people returning to camp to participate in a day of classic camp activities and to reconnect with many friends. It was wonderful that Madeline Harrison, the camp founder, could spend time back at Otterdale with her son and daughter, David and Laurel during the weekend. 
The feedback?  “Let’s do this again next year!"
Standby for the schedule of upcoming alumni events in the new year.


We're Ready

2016 camper registration is OPEN! We have streamlined the registration process.  It will take less time! Your information from last year will be transferred, making it even easier. You can begin your registrations at any time and return to where you left off. At this point, the medical forms are not mandatory (but you can complete and submit with the other forms) so you can reserve your preferred sessions quickly. I have been able to hold the fees at the 2015 rate and the Referral Discount is again available this year. ($150.00 fee reduction for the referred and the referring). See the our website for details.

The Tuc Shop is now open!

The Tuc Shop is Open! If you are interested in camp swag for seasonal gifts or any other occasions, you can order through the camp website

The Super Nova Program

A highlight this summer was the introduction of our "Team Super Nova.”  The program provided extra attention to those campers looking to increase their second language abilities. In addition to being immersed in an English camp environment, they participated in some "fun academics" to improve their reading and writing abilities. The program was spearheaded by Nova and carried on through the summer by Marjie and Atari. You will see on your 2016 registration a spot to indicate if you are interested in your child participating in the program.


The Nature of Otterdale

The camping movement pioneered environmental awareness and stewardship from its early years in the 1930's. Today, with more awareness and acceptance about climate change issues, spending time in the outdoors is as important as it ever was for children and teens. Learning to be comfortable without comforts and to be able to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the outdoors is a principle objective at Otterdale. Next summer, our goal is to promote a deeper commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and to promote sustainability. 

Senior Campers

As you know, the vast majority of our staff is "home grown.”  During their camper years, our staff worked on learning the skills to stern a canoe, to skipper a sailboat and to master many other activities. Like you do at home, we encourage them to enhance their empathy and leadership skills by providing opportunities to make decisions, to be independent, to work in teams.  Otterdale is a place where learning about self and others happens all the time.  This is the key to helping our campers grow into a role of an Otterdale Staff member. 

If you have a senior camper in your home who is interested in becoming a new staff member at Otterdale, have them (or you) contact me via email or phone and I will forward the background information.
In closing, please check your real mailbox  in the next week or so for some additional camp news and a few memories to stir up that summer excitement all over again!  

Jeff "Capt" Brown

PS: So much about the Otterdale community involves helping others. We see it so often at camp with older campers guiding younger campers, incredibly dedicated staff going the extra distance to teach or lend an ear to solve a problem. It’s part of the fabric that makes being at camp a special experience. A sincere thank you to those parents that included a donation during registration to our Send a Kid to Camp program. The funds donated significantly contributed to helping other families bring their kids to Otterdale this year.

For more information:

Telephone: (613) 284-2700



The experience of summer camp for a child can be positively life altering and long lasting.  At Camp Otterdale, we strive to create an environment in which key qualities are nurtured in our campers.  They include: Developing skills and self-esteem, learning to contribute to the camp community, exploring and respecting the natural environment, learning to lead and to follow, forging lasting friendships.  Oh, and did I mention fun?  At Otterdale, fun happens everyday in everything we do!  I invite you to register your child today! 

 Jeff “Capt” Brown
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