Camp Dates 2024!
For those of you who need to plan ahead, here are the camp dates for 2024: First Session: June 27 – July 23 (2 weekers leave July 10) Second Session: July 25 – Aug 19 (2 weekers leave Aug 7) Mini Camp: Aug 10-11 Registration for 2024 will open Sept 1, 2023.Continue
8 Ways to Prepare your First Time Camper for a Successful Summer
Figure Out What Your Child Needs to Know Some parents think it will make their kids feel better to know everything possible about what camp will be like. And while knowing a bit goes a long way, too much info can be detrimental. If your kid has pictures of their cabin, knows everyone who’s going […]Continue
(Lack of) Updates from Camp
6 years ago, I posted THIS blog about an article that Joanne wrote in The Globe and Mail explaining why Arowhon chooses not to post pictures of kids during the summer. Today, after a week of reading post-camp parent surveys, it rings just as true. Being a new daycare mom I have a newfound appreciation […]Continue
When They Come Home
It is probably difficult to imagine, as you scan the “packing list,” count socks, get the trunk out, and make sure your child’s name is on everything they are taking, what your son or daughter might be like when they come home from the summer adventure at camp—the adventure for which you are working so […]Continue
I participated in a ceremony tonight where all past members of the Curve (where the 15 year old girls live) speak about what the Curve means to them. Curve alumni of all ages talked about how being at camp taught them to be their best selves – to embrace diversity, to not take themselves too […]Continue
Moving to The Point
Yesterday was special for me. OK, it’s true – every day at camp is special to me, and if it weren’t, being a camp director would have been a bad career choice. But yesterday was really special! Leon and I moved into our new cabin 4 days ago, and yesterday we christened it with the […]Continue
Reflections from a Visiting Alum
We had 10 alumni join us to help run Mini Camp this weekend and it was such a treat to see how their love of camp (and ours of them) has only grown with each year apart. Here’s what one of them had to say: After 8 years of being a camper, 1 as an […]Continue
Mini Camp is finally here!
Mini camp is one of my favourite times in Algonquin because it’s a chance to see the next generation of our big Arowhon family discover the magic of camp. I was lucky enough to grow up with my family at Arowhon, but for many young kids, spending time away from home – especially two weeks […]Continue
the fear of leaving and the joy of returning
The night before campers leave, we always have a special ceremony where we honour people who have dedicated a significant part of their life to Arowhon. They sometimes involve those people speaking about what camp means to them – one of the most inspiring things for nervous neophytes to hear. One of them this month […]Continue
What a Day!
It started with our epic Sunday Sleep-in Brunch featuring bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, chocolate croissants, tropical fruit, and eggs-to-order, and ended with raucous Sadie Notkins dance where everyone chased everyone, went on hay rides, ate barbecued corn and danced til they were drenched. In between we had a super general (where kids […]Continue