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August 3, 2021

Perseverance and teamwork

A funny story… This afternoon a group of Inter Boys needed an activity at the last minute, so as a joke Max told them to go try to dump the Voyageur (our 50-person canoe). He should have known better than to propose a challenge to Arowhon campers! Although the task was comical, the perseverance, teamwork, […]

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August 2, 2021

Camp Arowhon Vaccination Numbers… and Pop Up Vax Clinic August 6

We’ve been vaxing staff and campers (of course only with parental permission for campers) and we have camp vax stats: Of our 192 staff, 186 have had 1 vax and 181 have had both shots. Which means that 97% of our staff have one shot and 94% are double vaxed. Of the 328 campers now here […]

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July 31, 2021

It’s Camp!

Like many things this summer, changeover was less relaxing but more rewarding than ever before. At both pick up and drop off we were touched by all the parents literally crying tears of joy and relief in seeing their kids be able to finally be kids again. There is nothing quite so special after so […]

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July 24, 2021

Today’s Vax Bus

Huntsville Shoppers Drug Mart got Pfizer vaccine, so we arranged for camper vax. They’re vaxed! We’re so happy for them and for the community at large. Our vax bus with 25 campers and 7 under-18 staff left camp this morning right after breakfast, it went smooth as silk in Huntsville, and the kids were back […]

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July 20, 2021

Tepee Lake: A place of healing

I awoke this morning at 6:30 to the sound of paddles thwacking on canoe gunwhales, and the happy shouts of kids exhorting each other: “Let’s go. Paddle… We got this!” And they do. It was the sound of 15-year-old campers and their counsellors training for the marathon Brent and Back canoe trip in mid August. […]

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July 19, 2021

Some things about camp make me cry with joy

A few years ago, when Prime Minster Trudeau welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, it occurred to me that as the grand-daughter of four refugees, it was my turn to take some responsibility for the refugees of today.  So in summer 2018 we started our Syrian refugee bursary programme and welcomed 11 Syrian campers to […]

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July 17, 2021

Planet Arowhon: Vaccination Nation!

Here at Arowhon we believe passionately in the importance of vaccination. And we desperately want to keep our camp community safe from COVID. So at the beginning of the PreCamp training period, we collected info on the vax status of all our staff. We knew that everyone 18+ was eligible to receive the Moderna vax; […]

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July 15, 2021

Another letter from a child at camp to a parent

Dear Mommy and Daddy, I didn’t have time to write this to you yesterday so I’m writing it now because I wanted to tell you about my awesome day!!! Ok, so, my good day started with windsurf. Last time I went to surf, I didn’t enjoy it because I got stuck at the swim dock […]

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July 14, 2021

Letter from the mom of a two-week camper

Our two-week campers went home this morning, and I just received the following email from one of the moms: It’s been 7 hours since I picked up my daughter from Arowhon. I know it sounds weird to hear this but my daughter is inconsolable. Since leaving camp, she’s been crying “I want to go back […]

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July 13, 2021

OK, so testing isn’t glamorous, but it’s sure helping keep camp safe

We’re proud to be near the top of the “leaderboard” of CDL (Creative Destruction Labs, the University of Toronto consortium that’s supporting companies across Canada to antigen screen their entire populations twice weekly, in order to keep COVID out of our communities. We’re ranked pretty close to the top of the CDL  cross-Canada list of […]

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