September 24, 2015

Memories of Family Camp

This summer we were blessed with many alumni coming though camp to visit their old summer home. We also hosted over 40 families at our Labour Day family weekend, most of them alumni bringing their families back to show them the place that affected them so much. It blew us away to see how much camp lives on through our alumni over the years. 2 former canoe instructors hopped in boats and led a torch paddle as if they had gotten their firsts yesterday. A woman who hadn’t been on a horse in over 10 years jumped on and cantered around. 40 year old men and women were demonstrating perfect dock dives! At first many people expressed sadness about missing the old Main Lodge, but by the end of the weekend people were coming up to me saying that despite the aesthetic changes (which many eventually admitted were for the better), the spirit of camp feels just the same as when they left 10, 20, or 50 years ago. Stephen Anspach, a former riding instructor, who was there with his dad, a former canoe tripper, put together this incredible album which sums up not just that fabulous weekend, but also the spirit of Arowhon.

See the album HERE

By Mara Kates, Assistant Director

Despite the differences in age everything fits together smoothly. Both past and present seem part of one and the same, as if it’s always been this way and always will be.
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