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Welcome to Spring from Camp Otterdale
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Greetings Camp Otterdale Friends and Family!

 
“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees”
Henry David Thoreau
 
You know when it’s almost the start of spring, the trees are tapped and we are waiting for those perfect conditions for maple sap. Can’t wait to draw off the first batch of Camp Otterdale maple syrup! We are hopeful that this year’s batch will be as plentiful as last year’s.
 
 
It’s has been a gorgeous day today at camp and it’s wonderful to hear the birds singing up in the trees. They are happily returning and enjoying the feeders outside the Bridge and Infirmary. It was surprising to see Blue Jays though, I thought they were all down in Florida at Spring Training!
 
We are thrilled to see so many returning campers being registered and just as excited to see that many new families are jumping on board too!  Thank you to all who have shared their Camp Otterdale stories with others. Your referrals, emails, comments and ideas are warmly welcomed. 

Some Updates:


The Camper Medical Form, the Parent Goals Form and the camper, Getting to Know Me form will all be available to complete by the middle of this month. A specific future email will guide you through the process. The information you and your Camper provides is needed in helping us provide a safe, exciting and challenging camp experience!  

Summer Session Themes  


Thank you to everyone who offered up their great suggestions for our Canada 150 Summer.  Throughout all of the sessions, we will be celebrating Canada’s diversity, learn more about our land and our eco-systems, sing a bunch of Canadian songs, crack a lot of Canadiana jokes and wave a few flags!
 
The themes are:
July A:              Oh Canada, The Musical (Maple Leaf Music)
July B:              Down on the Farm, Eh?
Aug A:              Crazy Canuck Comedy
Aug B:              Heritage Moments - Hinterland Who’s Who?
 

Wooden Canoes Restoration


We have been making solid progress with great help from our local expert, Dave Alguire. It is time-consuming work that includes stripping the canoe to bare ribs, often replacing rotted ribs and planks and even replacing the gunwales. Then there is the “skin”, the filling and painting, about 11 coats in all. Many hours per boat but worth every second!

The “Eh” Team


As you know, camp is a very special place to a part of. This spring, we are introducing a few initiatives to help us get the word out about the merits and benefits of attending Camp. Our Ambassador “Eh Team” (Staff Alumni) is coming together nicely.  We have members of the team living right across the country!  Soon, their profiles and information will be on the website.  We will keep you posted.
 

Staff Alumni Maple Sessions


 Muskie and I are hosting our first “Maple Session” with a group of enthusiastic Otterdale Alumni Staff in Ottawa this month. We are planning to focus plans and discussions about future events as we lead up to Otterdale’s 65th summer in 2020. This definitely will not be the last!  A Toronto based Maple Session will be forthcoming……perhaps at a Jays game?
 
Our Alumni are very special to us. Their love of “all things Otterdale” and most importantly of the friends that they made as campers and staff is inspiring. “You can take the kid out of camp, but you cannot take the camp out of the kid!”
 

Would you consider helping us host
a Parent Maple Session?  


Small gatherings, sharing camp stories, discussing the many benefits of summer camp and celebrating community is the best way to provide awareness and information on the many ways camp is beneficial in our lives!  We would like to invite any families who have friends and/or family members that are thinking about sending their children to camp to consider hosting a Maple Session too!  Whether it is arranged in a community locale, here at camp, or in your home, Muskie and I are ready to work with you to make it happen!  We will provide the goodies and the maple syrup! 
 

Bandaid Receives Recognition   


Our very own Bandaid was honoured at the Ontario Camps Association Annual Awards Dinner with a Milestone Award.  Bandaid (aka Lori Scott) has been a friend and colleague at Camp Otterdale for 17 summers as the resident nurse.  Her dedication to coordinating the medical teams, attending workshops on our behalf, and providing care and compassion to our campers and staff seems to know no bounds. We are very grateful to Bandaid’s efforts and friendship over the years.  Thank you Lori! See you this summer! 



 

Camp Otterdale Open House   


Mark the afternoon of Sunday 21 May on your calendar and plan to JOIN us for our Annual Open House!  Bring a Friend! Meet our staff! Meet up with Friends! Take in the fresh air! Hang out in Tanglewood.  And if you’re brand new to the Camp Otterdale community, WE want to meet you and show you around!  More details on our activities will follow!  We hope you can join us!  

Registration for 2017 Camp Sessions


Registration is well underway! It is our goal to achieve full capacity for every session! We encourage you to register your child or children at your earliest convenience. If you have any issues in the process, please don’t hesitate to email me at info@campotterdale.com
Register Now!
On a personal note, it is my pleasure to inform you that Dana “Muskie” has moved here permanently with me. I couldn’t be happier. Many of you met her last summer. Dana and I have known each other since our Camp Kawabi days as Camp Counsellors, and have worked together on many projects here at Otterdale over the course of the last two years. As a team, we will be leading the staff and campers this summer.  A  lifelong Counsellor and Facilitator providing guidance, coaching, and therapy to people of all ages in her work in New Brunswick, Dana is a great fit to Camp Otterdale. Her skills in programming, as well as her compassionate approach to life, is contagious!  She will work directly with the staff by supporting them in their own learning and pursuits of becoming excellent Camp Counsellors. 
 
As this Spring continues to lift us out of hibernation and into a place of active growth, take a walk in the woods, breathe in the refreshing air, stand along the shoreline to watch the ice melt away, take note of the returning Canada Geese, say hi to your neighbours, sing an old camp song, look up into the night sky, spread kindness wherever you go. We will be doing the same here! 
 
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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