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Greetings Camp Otterdale Kindreds!

Can you say “Hurray for May!” That’s what we are shouting at camp these days as we watch the return flights of the lake birds overhead, as we applaud the appearance of the daffodils and apple blossoms, as we say goodbye to the bits of ice that hung on in the woods and a hearty hello to the colour of spring green all around us!  Hurray for May! 
It’s a fresh air vibrant month that reunites us with nature’s growth all around us. 

We are also so excited to welcome Camp Otterdale’s 2019 Leadership team. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be arriving, settling in and getting straight to the projects and preparation of programs and activities. Our conversations with them over the winter have all been enlightening and energetic as we share ideas and enthusiasm for enhancing activities with fresh ideas, and for generating brand new activities that have come straight from their imaginations and winter visioning. Here are a few of the activities we will be focused on over the next couple of weeks:

Camp Otterdale Open House
Sunday, May 19, 1 - 5 pm

We welcome you, your friends and family to join us at our annual Open House. Come meet our Leadership team, enthusiastic Counsellors, “SLeds and J-Leds,”  the Kitchen staff and our Maintenance team! Take a tour of the camp...check out our cabins, Dining Hall, archery range, climbing tower and all the other activity sites! We invite you down to the waterfront to see the swim area, the sailboats, windsurf boards, canoes and kayaks! Join in on a joyful singsong at the campfire.  It’s going to be a great day of discovery and reunions.  We want you here to be a part of the fun!

Registration for 2019

We are quickly filling up our last spots for campers this summer.  If you intend to register your children or you know of another family considering sending their children to Camp Otterdale, we encourage you to visit our website to sign them up!   If you need any assistance or want to connect with us, drop us an email and we will be happy to help!
Register for Camp

Spring Projects  

We have a lot on the go at camp this spring. Our biggest project is rebuilding The Bridge, our office.  The weather has slowed us down a bit, but not our enthusiasm to get the foundation and the area all ready for the construction. On the flip side, because of the weather, we have done some major upgrades in the Dining Hall kitchen.  Wait until you see the serving area enhancements! We’ve also reconstructed the dish washer area which will provide more efficiency and it will be easier to maintain. Tony, our Kitchen Manager is excited and ready to roll!

Pushing the “Refresh” button!

Along with our Leadership team, we will be tackling a list of some Camp Otterdale traditional activities to add some new polish to it! Part of our “Making a Difference” theme for the summer, “Refresh” is just in time to be a part of our spring cleaning. For example, some of the questions that will generate enhancements and ideas…… How can we enhance the campsites we use for our overnights? What new craft projects can we add to enhance the experience in Tanglewood? Singsongs at Campfires…..let’s add more songs to the repertoire! Is there a way to expand our Farm program?  Oh, we’re full of ideas!  It’s been a long winter!! And we are ready to push that refresh button with our team!  More details to follow! 

Camp Forms

All the camp forms are now available through your account. The keys ones to complete are the Medical form and Getting to Know You forms. Please complete at your earliest convenience.

One Last Thought as we close this newsletter…

Camp Otterdale’s community continues to grow in diversity.  It warms our hearts knowing that everyone belongs, and feels a sense of kinship to this place and to one another. 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. 

Don’t forget to join us at our Open House on May 19th!  There will be maple syrup! We really look forward to seeing you soon to share in that wonderful vibe of belonging.

Yours in Camping,

Captain and Muskie

PS:  Hurray for May!!
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