Greetings from Camp Otterdale!
March Maple Syrup madness began early this year, and we are totally chuffed about it! Especially Trigger the wonder dog! It’s his first maple season and while we empty the sap buckets, Trigger continues what he does best……run through the woods to chase the squirrels with enthusiasm! I hope you too are enthusiastic about spring as it awakens all around us! And you know what happens after spring? Summer camp!!!
Captain with Master Shifu and Camper Arden tapping the trees
Here’s an update on a few of the things I am enthusiastic about:
The 2016 Camp Otterdale staff team is complete and ready for action! I have a great group of new Junior Leaders, who will be joining some old familiar faces. I am looking forward to the first time we all gather together, to feel that Otterdale collective energy.
Recently, we held a contest on Facebook to choose the themes for this summer’s sessions. I was very pleased with the amount of feedback from the Otterdale community! Here are the results in case you missed it:
JUL A (Jul 2-Jul 15) Ticky Tacky Tourists
JUL B (Jul 16-Jul 29) Camp O, the Musical
AUG A (Aug 1-Aug 14) Otterdale Olympics
AUG B (Aug 15-Aug 28) 60’s Hippies and Folkies
Our Annual Spring Open House is taking place Sunday 22 May from 1:00-5:30 pm. Mark the date on your calendar. It’s a great chance to meet many camp staff, tour the site and try a few camp activities.
Some of you may have met Dana McDade, “Muskie” last summer when she was working and visiting during the camp sessions. I am happy to report that Dana has joined the Otterdale team full-time as a Counselling Mentor and brings 30 years experience as a frontline Counsellor/Facilitator, most recently with the New Brunswick Community College. Her ties to the Children’s camp community began at 9 years old, and continued for 12 summers as a camper then as a staff member at Camp Kawabi. Muskie completed her Master’s Degree in Assessment and Counselling from the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. Her leadership skills and enthusiasm for camp is a wonderful asset to Camp Otterdale. Welcome Muskie!
There are lots of chores to complete at this time of year…..from cutting wood for the Sugar Shack to making new swim docks, to fixing a few old cedar strip canoes. Some of it is straightforward work. Some of it however, has a tinge of mystery to it. How much sap will run? How much maple syrup will be boiled and bottled this year? Only Mother Nature knows! What I know for sure is that the days are getting longer. Soon, Camp Otterdale will be a destination for YOU and your friends to join the staff for some sweet Otterdale summer fun.
Jeff "Capt" Brown
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