Season's Greetings from Camp Otterdale!
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Season’s Greetings to Camp Otterdale Family and  Friends!

The other night under the big full moon, Muskie, and I enjoyed a big bonfire in the area we call “Circle of Love and Friendship.”  It was quite amazing to be comfortable and warm in December, though we certainly missed the staff and campers who always turn a campfire night into a big happy gathering! 
The weather has been so conducive to working outside and doing things that normally we are only able to do during the other three seasons.  As you know, conversations and songs thrive when the campfire burns brightly.  It opened up a great discussion about new ideas for camp, specifically this area, which is underutilized in the summer and has a great “feel” to it.  We also sang a few tunes too and agreed that our favourite campfire song is:  “This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it Shine…..”  We sang that one at every campfire last summer.  

Lots happening here. The number of projects and the “to do” list never seems to get smaller!  Simba and Pops are helping winterize the camp, splitting firewood, clearing out deadfall from the woods, and finishing up tasks on various buildings.  K0GIL0 has a new roof.  Our Tripping Centre is coming along. In the new year, we will be adding a “reverse osmosis” machine to the maple syrup operation that will reduce the fuel needed and time to boil sap by about 50%…wow! It won't be long until the early spring when we tap those lovely camp maples.

Registration, Summer 2018

Camper Registration is open!!  Take advantage of our Early Bird fees!  Register with a down payment of $300.00 before January 15th, and you will be able to pay last year’s fees.  After January 15, there will be a small increase (2%). As in other years, the balance of fees are due on or before May 1, 2018.
Register Now!

Summer Sessions 2018

Pathfinders:  Leadership for Life (Ages 15-16)
July Camp:       Sat June 30 - Fri July 27
August Camp:  Tues July 31 - Mon Aug 27
Classic Camp  2 Weeks (Ages 7-15)
July A:   Sat June 30 - Fri July 13
July B:   Sat July 14 - Fri July 27
Aug A:   Tues July 31 - Mon Aug 13
Aug B:   Tues Aug 14 - Mon Aug 27
Super Starter Camp (1 Week for Ages 7-9)
JUL A Super Week 1: Sat June 30 - Sat July 7
JUL A Super Week 2: Sat July 7 - Fri July 13
JUL B Super Week 1: Sat July 14 - Sat July 21
JUL B Super Week 2: Sat July 21 - Fri July 27
AUG A Super Week 1: Tues July 31 - Tues Aug 7
AUG A Super Week 2: Tues Aug 7 - Mon Aug 13
AUG B Super Week 1: Tues Aug 14 - Tues Aug 21
AUG B Super Week 2: Tues Aug 21 - Mon Aug 27

 OtterDailies Day Camp: (Ages 6-10)
Week 1: Mon Aug 13 - Fri Aug 17
Week 2: Mon Aug 20 - Fri Aug 24

"Otterdale Under the Tree"

Register your child before December 15, and you can request Our Christmas gift package containing some sweet Otterdale swag! A headband, a bracelet and a wooden necklace, some yummy Otterdale maple syrup, a gift bag, tissue and ribbon!  
Interested? Please contact the camp office by email before December 15th!

Camp O Staff and Leadership Team

We have started the process of building our Otterdale staff team for 2018.  We’re very excited about how our team is shaping up!  If you have a Senior Camper in your family who wants to apply to be a Junior Leader next summer, please let them know to contact me before December 15th.  Muskie and I will be contacting all applicants and staff who have shown interest in returning over the next couple of months. 

Family Referral Program

 As in past years, we are promoting our Referral program.  Word of mouth has always been the most effective way that the Otterdale community has been introduced to new families. When a referral results in a new camper attending camp, both families will receive a $75.00 rebate per camper as our way of saying Thank you. Rebates will be credited at the end of the summer after camp. Or, you can choose to contribute your rebate to our “Send a Kid to Camp” program. Here is the link to the referral form.

What to expect in the New Year!

 Maple Sessions!  If you are Camp Otterdale Alumni, or a family member is, we will be hosting a Maple Session in Ottawa early February. More details will follow!
Themes! Stay tuned for our Summer, 2018 theme contest in January on our Facebook site!
Our Environment! Recycling, Upcycling, and Sustainability have always been promoted at Camp Otterdale.  This year, we will continue to focus on learning and teaching effective environmental practices to our campers and younger staff. Our Leadership team is already looking into environmental projects to be implemented next summer.  We are looking forward to sharing more of their initiatives with you throughout the winter.  Our shift continues to be an environmental one!  
It is the time of year where campfire songs are set aside for Christmas Carols and meaningful hymns.  As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, that little song we sang last summer with all the kids continues to hold meaning.  One little light can be shared to create more brightness. In a world that may be a bit more weary than usual, we see Camp as a place secure in promoting and living the core values we all embrace…… friendship, family, curiosity, kindness and love.  We all make a difference. We wish you a happy holiday season, however you celebrate it. May you enjoy many moments that allow you to share your ‘little light,” as well as receive it from another! 
 Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to you and yours from us and ours.
Yours in Camping and Kinship,
Captain and Muskie
PS. We welcome you to ask your camper if they remember the words to “This Little Light of Mine.”  
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