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July 2, 2022

Back in Business

It was such a pleasure to experience a nice normal Tour Day! No COVID testing, cabins could come into Versailles (the Director’s cabin) for hot chocolate, and so many hugs were given! Things we’re loving having back: Singing in the Main Lodge (tonight the Senior Bears led us in a beautiful Friday night sing-a-long), the […]

June 30, 2022

Safe and sound on Tepee Lake!

The first day of camp could not have gone more smoothly. The weather was perfect (not too hot, not too cold), all luggage made its way to its owners, and everyone enjoyed the traditional first night pasta dinner topped off with baker Arturo’s famous chocolate brownies. Evening activities were icebreaker games for all of the […]

June 6, 2022

Do our graduating high schoolers need a victory lap?

Remember the old joke about the guy who finishes last in his med school class. What do people call him? Doctor! Tell that one to your Grade 11 or 12 child. Cause they weren’t listening a  few weeks ago when Steven Del Duca (who??) suggested that because high school students have suffered so many academic […]

June 1, 2022

Camp 2023 Dates Are Here!

Now that it’s June, we’re already thinking ahead to next summer… and we know some families need to plan ahead, so we’re excited to announce our 2023 session dates: First Session: June 29 – July 25, 2023 (2 week session ends July 12) Second Session: July 27 – August 21, 2023 (2 week session ends […]

May 2, 2022

Freelance COVID parenting spring 2022

It’s so wonderful to know for sure – and finally – that old women get ignored. By pretty much everybody. I like knowing for two reasons: One, I’m not paranoid, it’s real. Two, you hear interesting things when you’re being ignored. I was sauntering through the Village the other day and decided on a bagel […]

April 14, 2022

DIY therapy for your child’s anxiety…. cause the therapists have too long a waitlist

Remember sourdough? Early in the pandemic, legions of previously non-bakers started baking their own bread, cultivating sourdough starter with religious fervour – a DIY revelation. And now it’s time for DIY Act Two. Post pandemic, as legions of experts – and our own experience – tell us, way too many kids are suffering from anxiety. […]

March 9, 2022

Teenage Life after COVID…..

When COVID switches from pandemic to endemic. When it’s like the flu. Normal will feel like a walk in the Garden of Eden. But what about the teenagers? What will happen to them after COVID? Are they going to need to bust out big time, to play their Get-Out-of-Jail card like it’s the last card […]

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. […]