Welcome to Fall from Camp Otterdale
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Greetings Camp Otterdale Friends and Families!

The days are sunny and shorter, the falling leaves are turning colour, much to Trigger’s entertainment and delight! He loves to chase them!  Otter Lake has cooled off enough that the morning Polar Dip is over until next spring, though that doesn’t stop us from taking the Mystic for a sail or enjoy a paddle on a very quiet lake!  The fall work crew, including Flik, Simba, Cassidy, and “alumni” Dr. Biftek and Duke, along with my sons, Elwood and Ludwig joined Muskie and I to work on a few projects and to meet and greet the Fall groups.  
 We hosted our first Family Camp, partnering with Camp 10 Oaks, welcomed the Grade 7 Ashbury College classes for their annual team building activities, enjoyed a full-on day and evening with the University of Ottawa Medical residents, and worked up to the crescendo of hosting the Carleton Place High School Band for their annual fall weekend gathering!  It's been a fun-filled busy time since we said goodbye to our staff and campers!  It was a pleasure to welcome them all, and to introduce them to our camp community! 

Blessed with fantastic weather, Camp Otterdale was the place to be! But as we said goodbye to the last fall group of campers, we suddenly found Camp Otterdale quiet except for the busy woodland animals preparing for the winter.  Like all transitions, it takes a while to get used to. As we shift into Autumn gear, we welcome the opportunity to reflect on a fabulous Summer of 2017 and are left with so many beautiful memories!  The accumulated growth in all of us, including a broadened awareness of nature, new development of friendships, new and strengthened lifelong skills……..from the spontaneous dance fest after Air Bands, to the joyful singsongs in the Dining Hall …… from the awesome starry nights we stopped to appreciate,  to a crazy Mudfest in the middle of rainy day…… Overnights, canoe trips, swimming before breakfast, campfires, creating plays, art, and skits….. Our collective memories amount to more than the number of falling leaves at Camp Otterdale.  We thank you all for taking part in our Summer 2017 adventures! 

Camp Otterdale Website

Thank you for your patience this year as we worked at fixing access to our website and sorting out the “bugs” with our email correspondence.  Recently, we switched “hosts” and are reviewing the site to update information and forms.  We will keep you posted on the additions and changes as they happen! 

Registration, Summer 2018

We are planning to have registration open by November 15st, 2017!  This will allow us to ensure all dates and changes to the information forms are inputted and its all working!  An email will be sent when we get closer to the date! 

Summer Sessions 2018

Pathfinders:  4 Week Leadership Program (Ages 15-16)
July Camp:       Sat June 30-Fri July 27
August Camp:  Tues July 31-Mon August 27
Classic Camp  2 Weeks (Ages 7-16)
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)
Dates will be forthcoming
OtterDailies Day Camp: (Ages 6-9)
Mon Aug 20- Fri Aug 24

Junior Counsellors 2018

Is one of your senior campers showing a keen interest in being part of
the Otterdale Staff Team 2018? If the answer is "yes yes yes" then their
first step is to send a short email (not a resume) to expressing their interest to Capt and Muskie.
That will get the ball rolling. Note that new staff candidates must be
16 years by 1 July, have completed a Bronze Cross swim qualification and
Standard First Aid before the start of camp. The deadline is Thursday 30
November for sending the initial email of interest. 

Upcoming News

  • We will be sharing information SOON on our Early Registration promotion, our “Family Referral” initiative as well as our 2nd Annual “Camp Otterdale under the Tree” opportunity!  
  • Our “Eh Team” Ambassadors will appear this fall on our Camp Otterdale website with their insights on the traditions and benefits of camp life! Their “Thanks to Camp” videos will offer families, new and seasoned with fresh insights from their perspectives.
  • We will be organizing our “Maple Sessions” again to meet up with our Camp Otterdale Alumni.  Stay tuned for dates and venues!  
We wish you a happy fall season!  May your harvest of food, family, friends, and reflection be plentiful. 
Yours in Camping, 
Captain and Muskie.

PS:  We welcome you to check out our Camp Otterdale website for dates and answers to some of your questions!
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