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March 3, 2021

Good Enough Parents

I am spoiled. I have never operated a vacuum cleaner, and seldom touched an iron. 43 years ago when I moved in with my beloved, I left for a month to help my friend Martha care for her newborn in Vermont. My beloved was supposed to get started on a small reno. One night I […]

February 1, 2021

What Will Camp Look Like in Summer 2021?

By the time camp starts in late June, kids will have spent more than a year mostly at home with their parents. They’re suffering isolation, loneliness, and lack of independent time away form their parents. School is harder than usual. Where is the fun in their life, the connection? Kids need camp. Now more than […]

January 6, 2021

“I Don’t Like it!” (And Why We Do it Anyways)

Assistant Director Mara co-hosted a podcast on rules we have at camp that kids don’t like (and how and why we enforce them). Check it out HERE and let us know if there are any rules or policies we have that YOU don’t like and we’ll explain to you why we have them.

January 4, 2021

COVID Rules Were Made to Be….. 

“What you gonna do, report on me to the government?” Do we have a snitch line? If we had one, I’d be tempted. Why? Because the family politics of the COVID precautions are making the parenting of adolescents look like a walk in the park. A tea party with the queen at Buckingham Palace. A […]

December 1, 2020

We’re Hiring!

Are you Canadian, between 18 and 30, and wanna make some extra $$$? Camp is looking to for passionate, self-motivated people to do remote marketing and social media work for us. Must have proficiency in various forms of media (e.g. photography, videography, social media, etc). Work time and dates are flexible but must be able […]

November 21, 2020

Helping Kids Cope in Tough Times

Wise words from Una Malcolm, teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers who runs Bright Light Learners. Read more about how camps build self-regulation skills HERE. Current research indicates that “kids who can cope with changes to their environment and can manage cognitive flexibility and self-regulate are overwhelmingly kids who are more able to do […]

October 8, 2020

Parenting a la Francaise

Looking for silver linings in the summer of COVID, I found the French style of parenting. I had read about it (Bringing Up Bebe etc.) and been unimpressed. I had experienced it when, years ago, we decamped with our then six-week-old daughter to the south of France for a year. We got a French doctor. […]

September 9, 2020

Friendship in the time of COVID

I felt lonely all summer. Sure I missed the camp kids, and yes, I found joy in my beloved family, my fabulous spouse, and the delightful new grandchild. Not to mention nature, the lake, yoga, blah blah blah. But I didn’t see my friends. Like most folks I know, my pod is my family. When […]

September 4, 2020

2021 Registration is Now Open for Everyone

Our online registration went live today for ALL applicants. Go to and click on Parents –> Not Yet Registered –> Camper and Family Application or click HERE. We are grateful that our families are our advocates. To thank you, if you refer a new camper who comes to camp, we credit your 2021 camp account […]

August 12, 2020

Roses and Thorns

It’s been a summer full of emotions, challenges, silver linings, and learning, and today I experienced the rose of my summer. As I was in the office working on updating the 2021 camp application I was roused out of my screen-induced stupor by the kind of high-pitched emotional cacophony that could only come from one […]