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January 11, 2022

Post-COVID screen issues for kids

I am an addict. It has been 7 minutes since I last checked my email and texts. I no longer get pings when texts come in because the noise was driving my husband crazy. So now I have to check for them. Sometimes I tell myself not to check for emails and texts,  or the […]

November 1, 2021

Be Careful!

If I had a toonie for every time I said “Be Careful!” to my kids, it could add up to a long weekend in Paris. And I haven’t stopped. With two adult offspring who both have their own kids and have so far neither set fires nor crashed cars, I still harass them to be […]

October 4, 2021

What I learned about kids at camp this past summer

BY JOANNE KATES, CAMP DIRECTOR It never pays off to under estimate a child. That was my first… and second… and third lesson about kids this past summer. They taught me that they’re more flexible, open to change and resourceful than we ever knew. My first tutorial on that subject was Day One of camp. […]

August 22, 2021

Where Did the Summer Go?

The past week at camp has been a whirlwind of activity; it feels like we took all of the energy that’s been pent up inside for the past 20 months and used it to really make the most out of our last days here. What I believe really happened though is that at this point […]

August 21, 2021

Brent is back!

Oh great joy. The whole camp just ran to the trip dock to welcome the Brent champions home safe and sound! These brave 15 year old voyageurs paddled and portaged 170 km in just over 36 hours. We are overwhelmed with joy that they succeeded at their enormous challenge and are home safe. They’ve been […]


Great news about camps and COVID: The “Camp Bubble” works!

It’s been a fabulous summer for camps on so many levels. We’re excited that we’ve done literally thousands of COVID tests of staff and campers this summer, and not had one case of COVID. And nor did most of our colleagues. We know of an outbreak at only one camp in Ontario, and that was […]

August 20, 2021

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!

Our penultimate day of programming felt like summer should: hot, sunny and carefree. Campers are really taking advantage of their last days here by getting awards left, right, and centre, and checking things off their bucket lists, from stargazing to sitting at the Head Table. The lake was full of campers and staff refreshing themselves […]

August 19, 2021

Our Algonquin Haven

We have a new camp doctor this week who commented on how wonderfully “normal” being camp feels. With the news of the 4th wave of Covid hitting, I’ve been reflecting on how lucky we are to be in this unique sanctuary where we (and especially at the kids) can just BE. We worked so hard […]

August 18, 2021

Coming Together

Camp is going to sleep tonight exhausted and elated after 2 intense days of Colour War. The weather was perfect today for the Land and Sea game – a full camp extravaganza involving campers on land hunting for treasure (painted blocks) that they passed to their team mates in a plethora of watercraft to sail, […]

August 17, 2021

Pirates of Tepee Lake

There were many amazing moments on this first day of Colour War, from the classic tug of war battle to the blue team Inter Boy who was carried into the Main Lodge on his team mates’ shoulders for finding to top-scoring director (yours truly) hiding in a drainage culvert during the counsellor hunt. But I’ve […]