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July 3, 2021

Dear Mom and Dad

“Camp has been so much fun! I’ve been around people! My counsellors are amazing – I’m getting them to like me!  Tomorrow’s the first day of activities and I’m so excited. I’ve been laughing and playing all day. At dinner it was like Covid had ended. The food was amazing! I miss you so much.” […]

July 2, 2021

Back in Action

In 2019 when I sat down to write the blogs I thought about the most notable things in the day to highlight. Today, however, it wasn’t anything special or unusual that made the day – it was the opposite: how NORMAL it was. Seeing the lake full of boats, kids walking around outside smiling and […]

July 1, 2021

The campers are here!!!!!!!!

This blog is a shoutout of gratitude to our 200 camp staff We had been told by bunches of very smart camp leaders and consultants that everyone – campers and staff – would arrive at camps fragile and somewhat anxious due to the stresses of COVID.  We saw this. The first few days of PreCamp […]

May 11, 2021

The National Post Comes Out Cheering for Summer Camps!

Check out the National Post article on camps here:

May 3, 2021

The Third Wave … and Camp

It is not a good week to be a camp director. Come to think of it, it’s not been a good year to be a camp director. I cry rarely. Last May after camps were closed for 2020, driving to camp, I started crying the moment I passed the Algonquin Park entrance. I cried hard […]

March 8, 2021

Camp 2021 Update

Life has been so hard for so many people, especially kids. We rejoice at the prospect of kids getting to be together playing outside at camp, and we have concrete plans for COVID safety this summer. I wish we had info about what Ontario Public Health will require. The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) COVID guidelines […]

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 […]