Spring is in the Air at Camp Otterdale!
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Salutations Camp Otterdale Friends and Family!

The countdown is ON!  Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner!  We may be surrounded by icicles, frozen lakes and bare trees, but nature is stirring all around us.  The sap has finally begun to drip, drip, drip.  The snowmelt has slowly begun.  We’ve even switched footwear from those heavy winter boots to our puddle jumping, slush sloshing waterproof boots.  Now, that’s a sign of spring!
In the meantime, we hope our Ontario campers are enjoying March Break.  It’s such a timely respite before the last big push towards finishing school and joining us at camp.  We are working hard preparing Camp O for a summer of new experiences, fun times, making new friends and reuniting with old friends.  Before we know it, our Leadership Team will return to kickstart the Spring sessions of school groups, and to design and prepare our camp activities. Oh, and so much more!  

Spring is a time when ideas are refreshed, plans are made, and action happens!  

The Bridge is no more! But wait! 

Another one is in the works!!  It took a whole bunch of hours and a lot of help, but Camp O’s office and staff hub was disassembled piece by piece with reusing and recycling in mind.  As soon as possible, an extended cement foundation will be poured.  Then, with “Bob the Builder” as our lead, the new Bridge will begin its resurrection using a timber frame of big beams and a high ceiling. 

Registration Information

  • It’s so exciting for us to see on this end, new and returning campers’ names registered for this summer!  We are quickly filling up, especially our middle two-week sessions (July B, August A). In fact, we have only a few spots left in July B and AUG A camps. We encourage everyone to sign up as soon as possible to get their preferred session. It is a good idea to email before registering to check the availability (even if our registration system says full) as there are often changes and we do have a waiting list. 

    If you know of any family that is planning to register their children and may not realize this, please pass on the information.

  • Our SuperStarters programs are geared for 7 and 8-year-olds. These week-long sessions are designed for children to experience the adventures and the routine of overnight camp. We welcome you to sign your young campers up, and to let others in your family and friends network know as well!  
  • Otter Dailies, our day camp is now OPEN for registration.  We are offering 2 one-week sessions:  August 12-16 and August 19-23.  There is limited space available, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can! 
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Are you aware of the SuperNova program?  

Our beloved alumni and teacher, Nova introduced this activity to support our campers where English is a second language by offering a “touchbase” time to gather as a group. So that they didn’t feel isolated while learning English, Nova was the smiling face to greet them!  It was another integral feeling of belonging. And it worked well! She then passed the baton onto other staff over the past few summers who invited ESL campers to meet regularly and to share their stories……and to practice English in an environment that felt cozier and safe.
With the leadership of another teacher, Kelowna, we are expanding the program. The SuperNova program will continue on as it unfolds for the first three sessions. 
THEN>>>>>In August B, we are “beefing it up! The SuperNova’s will focus on school and reading readiness for ANY child who wants to be a member! Kelowna will be here with her family to take the lead.  We are really looking forward to blending all of our camp activities with a school readiness component.  It will be a sign up activity.  The campers will be provided with an introduction and overview of the types of activities that will be included in the ZOOPED up SuperNova Program
It’s all about “Making a Difference,” which just happens to be our overarching theme for the summer of 2019!

Camp Otterdale Open House

Everyone is welcome to join us at Camp on Sunday, May 19th, between 1 - 5 pm for our annual Open House. Bring a new family! Invite some friends!  Meet the Staff, take a Tour, pick up some fresh maple syrup, learn how we roll in the summer! We are planning on a few new activities too, including some live music!  More to come!  

Camp Otterdale’s Referral Program: 

Like you, we are strong believers that every child benefits from attending camp.  Our goal is to ensure that we provide this opportunity to all children to join us!  It is through our network of Camp Otterdale families that we spread the word of the benefits and highlights of an overnight camp experience.  We are grateful to have such a hearty group of supporters and families who refer new families to journey down the camp road!! If you do refer a family who registers for an overnight camp session, we will offer you $75.00 per camper discount on your account. There is no limit on this referral discount! The more the merrier!
The other morning while we were out for a walk.  It had snowed the night before. The wind had died down to a peaceful silence, but temperatures were still quite chilly. Parkas, hats and mittens were still the norm. As we quietly walked down the laneway, our boots crunching in the snow, a familiar sound greeted us from the tall trees.  The birds.  Sparrows, Blue Jays, Cardinals, those busy Chickadees……the resilient feathered friends who manage to survive a Canadian winter made their presence known to us. Ah!  The morning sound of birds!!! The message we received was one of assurance….that life renews, that taking a big breath of fresh air and turning our faces to the sun’s rays revives our hope and that Mother Nature knows what it’s doing. Flocks of migrating birds will soon hear Her call to return. Days will continue to stretch out longer……..and before we know it? We will be marvelling at the fireflies, the flowers, and the full choir of birdsong.  Ready?  WE are!!
We hope to hear from you soon!  Yours in camping AND in the song of the birds.
Captain and Muskie.
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