Camp Arowhon

Outdoor Education

July 1, 2019

Sunshine on Tepee!

The summer weather finally decided to show up in Algonquin Park! Day 3 of the session saw campers really getting into the groove at activities and watching them find their confidence was truly inspirational. I took advantage of the perfect conditions and spent 4th period on a windsurfer getting tips from Senior Boys, and as […]

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June 29, 2019

Day One of Program!

Today was the first day of the full on camp activity program. The lake filled with kids skippering sailboats, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. The riding rings were full and kids also rode trail rides. The Junior Play, The Lion King, was announced with a cool costumed skit at breakfast. It was generally a great and […]

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June 21, 2019

Pre Camp staff training is in full swing

It’s 7:30 am. Leon and I are sitting on the porch of our cabin having a cup of tea and talking about the camp day ahead. I look at the lake – and suddenly see about 15 yellow canoes coming round the bend from the Joe Lake channel into our lake. Oh great joy, for […]

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May 6, 2019

Is some anxiety ok?

I’ve been working on letting go of my own feelings of despair when either of my beloved offspring is not ok. This is so hard. Appallingly challenging. My urgent need to fix it is even more compelling.Whether these feelings are built into parental DNA, or just the product of our generation of parents for whom […]

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March 29, 2019

Why don’t boys try harder?

I hear so often from parents of boys that their sons are unmotivated, don’t seem to care about doing well in school and can’t seem to get themselves organized. “Where’s your agenda? Why aren’t you writing in it?” These are good questions. The only problem is that we’re asking the wrong guy. Literally. When we […]

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March 2, 2019

March Break and….boredom.

In a February column in the New York Times, Pamela Paul opined: “Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.” Three cheers! And now let’s bring on March Break, a golden opportunity to hear kids say: “I’m bored.” The two words that strike terror into the […]

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February 1, 2019

Did St. Mike’s have to happen?

I feel awful about what happened at St Mike’s. Awful for the boys and their parents, and sad for our culture where such goings-on can occur – and be tolerated. I have been hearing this from parents, the worried question: Could what happened at St. Mike’s happen elsewhere? Some parents ask this question, some don’t. […]

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October 1, 2018

Why Failure is Good for Kids

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August 18, 2018

Brent is Back!

And Whitney too! The marathon Brent and Back trip just paddled onto Teepee Lake! The entire camp ran – yelling with joy – to greet them. These valiant voyageurs left camp yesterday morning in blinding rain and paddled 170 km to become the first ever co-ed Brent push trip. Earlier today the Point Large and […]

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August 11, 2018

Mini Camp Mania

First off, we hope you’ll accept our apology for our recent radio silence… We’ve had some technical trouble with our website that’s prevented us from posting. But technical trouble’s not a problem for everyone here on Tepee Lake because we depend on each other and NOT screens to have a good time, so nobody here […]

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