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The Incredible Island Life at Canadian Adventure Camp

Life on Lake Temagami means waking up every day to a new adventure. This summer, campers enjoyed a mix of new and traditional experiences that all add up to an amazing season. As you look back on the past several weeks, we hope that these are just a few of the unique activities that stand out.

MAKING MEMORIES AT CAMPCHELLA

This year’s Campchella event showed off the creativity of our campers and staff members. Together, we hosted one of the best music festivals that we’ve ever seen. And everyone loved showing off their dance moves in the Rave Cave.

Our staff got to show off their skills as DJs. And the kids all got a chance to enjoy an acrobatic performance in the Chill Out Lounge. Between all of the tie-dye, flower headbands and random dancing, this was one of our best events yet.

DANCING DURING MUSICAL LUNCH

At Canadian Adventure Camp, we’ve never understood why camp food has to be boring. In addition to the healthy and delicious food we serve every day, our campers enjoyed musical lunches that got them all in the mood for an awesome afternoon.

From singing around the table to playing instruments, everyone had a chance to join in on the fun. In fact, our staff reports that we heard quite a bit of singing outside of the dining hours as kids ran off to their activities in high spirits. We can’t help that our favorite camp songs are really quite catchy.

HITTING THE WAVES AT SKI POINT

Island life just isn’t…well…island life without some water play. While our lake is rather calm the majority of the summer, our campers still make waves as they pursue their favorite watersports.

Like every year, waterskiing and wakeboarding took center stage, and our campers learned how to perform gravity-defying flips and jumps that left onlookers breathless. Paddle boarding, sailing and tubing are just a few more daily adventures that everyone enjoyed on the gorgeous water.

HAVING BIG FUN AT THE BIG TOP

Sure, clowning around is a normal part of summer camp, but campers took this phrase literally this summer. While the kids at Ski Point were spending the day in their swimsuits, our specialty gymnastics group was literally changing their perspective by hanging upside down.

Our aerial silks and hoops allow campers to learn complicated acrobatic moves that are guaranteed to thrill an audience and even our littlest jumpers loved using our bungee harness to get accustomed to leaving the ground.

TAKING THINGS TO THE EXTREME

When on Lake Temagami, we’ve always taken to heart the concept of go big or go home. Our staff takes the usual summer water activities to extremes that heighten the fun. Our giant lake inflatables give kids the opportunity to bounce and splash in the lake while engaging in spontaneous competitions and we made an epic slip-and-slide this year that rivals any that you could ever see at home.

After a summer on Lake Temagami, the only regret that we have is that the warm season cannot last all year. After all, you just can’t beat waking up to a beautiful lakeside view every morning that inspires you to get up and seek out your next adventure.


 

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Cool Water Sports at Summer Camp

At camp, cooling off from the summer heat is just a dive into the lake away. However, campers often find that competition heats up faster on the water than it ever could on land. Not only does the water create the ideal place to perfect spins and flips on a wakeboard or skis, but the cool air on the lake also means that kids can stay engaged in their favorite sports for as long as they want without getting overheated. This summer get ready to enjoy taking part in one or all these cool water sports that are offered at camp. 

Show Off Your Best Waterskiing Tricks 

For many campers, summer camp is the only place to go to take professional lessons in waterskiing and wakeboarding that help them maintain their edge against the competition back home. During waterskiing lessons, kids start with basic skills such as learning to stand up and maintain their balance on the skis. It doesn’t take long for them to progress to new levels of skill that allow them to participate in competitions. From slalom racing to trick skiing, you can find where your skills shine in competitive waterskiing at camp. 

Reeling in Some Fun at a Fishing Derby
 

Fishing may not look like a sport from the sidelines, but avid fishing fans know that it takes serious skill to bring in the big ones. With a lake stocked full of fish, it’s exciting to compete with your friends to find out who can catch the most or the biggest fish during a session. You can even learn a few new skills from your peers that help you when the next derby rolls around. 

Hit Serious Levels of Speed in Kayak Races

Kayaking requires you to use all the muscles in your body to push the boat through water. And you never know how natural occurrences such as the water currents will affect a competition. Whether you go head-to-head against a competitor or enjoy working with a partner, getting your kayak to go faster gives you a goal to work toward all summer. 

Get an Edge in Competitive Swimming

Camp is where you know you can go to become a stronger swimmer. With certified lifeguards coaching your lessons, you always feel safe in the water. Camp competitions often include swimming races that allow kids to compete against other campers near their age and skill level. Whether you go for speed or a specific stroke, these competitions allow you to develop yourself as a swimmer. 

Compare Distances on the Tarzan Swing

Technically the Tarzan swing may not be recognized as a sport. However, that doesn’t mean that it holds no potential for some spontaneous competitions. From comparing distances that you can swing before you drop to how long you can hold on before letting go, you’d be surprised at just how many ways you can turn swinging into the lake into an exciting game. The best part is that everyone wins as they enjoy splashing in the cool natural water. 

Engaging in water sports is one of the best ways to spend your summer days. Whether you love competitive swimming or just want to goof around on the Tarzan swing, spending time doing what you love the most and avoiding the heat creates a win-win situation that can’t be beaten.
 
 

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Getting Along with Summer Camp Cabin Mates

Your cabin mates are the people that you spend the most time with at camp, and you may just find your future best friend sleeps in the bunk next to yours. While it can seem strange at first to share a cabin with kids that you don’t know, you’ll quickly discover how fast you form friendships when you use these tips to get along with your new group.

Understanding How Cabin Groups Are Picked

The staff at your camp has spent many years getting to know how to make the best cabin groups. Typically, there are about eight kids to a cabin with an adult counselor who helps to make sure that things run smoothly. In most cases, cabin groups are put together based upon age and gender, but you might be able to request having a friend share your cabin if you have someone special in mind.

Getting to Know Your New Cabin Mates

The first few days at camp are spent getting to know your new cabin mates, and you can do your part to get along by just being friendly. If you notice a new camper who looks homesick or shy, then say hello and invite them to take part in an activity. New campers can also make friends faster by introducing themselves right away, and your camp counselor will hold meetings that involve chances to get to know everyone.

Respecting Each Other’s Space

When multiple people share the same space, it’s important to learn how to respect personal boundaries. Since most cabins are just one big open room, a person’s bunk becomes their personal space. As you set up your bunk area, remember that you should avoid doing things that could upset your cabin mate. For instance, you should always ask if you can borrow something instead of taking it, even if the other person is your best friend.

Building a Lasting Bond

The best friendships are the ones that are based upon shared experiences. Your cabin group will host special events and activities such as competitions that give you all a chance to work together as a team. Be sure to take part in these activities, and remember that it’s often those special moments that you spend together in the evenings that help you build lasting friendships.

Learning How to Resolve Conflicts

Anytime multiple people share the same living space, conflicts can arise. While no one likes to get in an argument with their cabin mate, it is possible to quickly resolve the issue without hurting anyone’s feelings. If someone upsets you, avoid things such as name-calling that don’t help the issue. Instead, use your good communication skills to ask them to talk about the situation. For issues that are too hard to fix on your own, your camp counselor is always ready to give you both neutral advice that helps you renew your friendship.

Keeping Friendships Alive Between Camp Sessions

Sleeping in your own room feels weird after a summer at camp. After all, you get used to those late night chats and giggles before you fall asleep. Even though the summer eventually ends, that doesn’t mean that your friendships must wait until the next season. Before you leave camp, make plans to call each other or send texts so that you can keep your friendship going throughout the year.

Cabin life is a classic part of going to camp that gives you a chance to form long lasting friendships. Now that you know how to get along with your cabin mates, you can look forward to making new friends that make your summer the best.

Categories: Summer Camp

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What Makes Lake Swimming Perfect for Summer?

There is no better way to kick off the summer than with a run and jump into the nearest lake. Whether your kid loves flying on the Tarzan swing or slowly easing into the water from the shore, lake swimming provides them with tons of opportunities to strengthen their health and engage in a whole lot of fun. As your kid heads to their favorite swimming hole this summer, you can enjoy knowing that they experience these benefits that come from diving into a natural lake.

The Water is Always Perfect

Whether your youngster loves a morning dip or prefers to soak up the afternoon sun, the water is always perfect. Lake water tends to be slightly cooler than the temperatures used in public swimming pools. This is perfect for stimulating blood circulation. Since lakes are chemical-free, kids also benefit from being exposed to fewer chemicals during their swims. And they never have to wait for the water to be tested and treated.

Strengthen Swimming Skills
 

Even on a calm day, lakes have currents and slight waves that change how swimmers maneuver their bodies through water. While public swimming pools are great for letting kids practice their skills in the other seasons, kids use their muscles in different ways when they swim in the lake. Once they get used to swimming against a current, their swimming times improve when they head to the competition pool at school. Additionally, a swimmer confident swimming in natural bodies of water is a safer swimmer overall.

Experience Other Watersports

Lakes are the primary venue for watersports such as wakeboarding and waterskiing. Activities that simply can’t be enjoyed at the local community pool. Learning how to do these types of sports gives kids a chance to elevate their swimming skills. And their swim sessions are never boring when they know that they have the chance to fly on top of the water on their water skis.

Learn to Appreciate Nature

Kids today often don’t get enough time out in nature. At summer camp, they spend hours outside. And the lake is one of the best places for them to make scientific discoveries. From watching as a bullfrog hops across the shore to catching a glimpse of trout swimming alongside them in the water, kids who take a dip in the lake become one with nature. Their newfound appreciation for nature also stimulates their interest in taking care of the environment. After all, they’d never want to let a piece of trash fly into their favorite swimming hole.

There’s Plenty of Room for Everyone

Public swimming pools get crowded every summer to the point that an active swimmer cannot even practice their favorite strokes. Lakes are expansive and have enough space for large numbers of kids to dive in and swim around. In fact, lake swimming quickly turns into a social activity once a few water toys such as inflatable rafts or surf bikes are thrown into the mix. Over the course of a summer, kids make new friends as they swim in the lake and build social skills that give them more confidence.
 
If your youngster has never gone lake swimming, it is time for them to give it a try. From boosting their immune system to giving them a new way to expand their skills, your kid gains valuable benefits from lake swimming while they just think they are having fun.
 

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Preparing Your Child Emotionally for Summer Camp

Summer camp represents independence and freedom for kids who embrace the opportunity to spend several weeks away from home. Yet, new and younger campers sometimes need a little help getting over those jitters that accompany trying something new. Now that the opening date for summer camp is just around the corner, you can use these strategies to help your child prepare emotionally for a fun-filled season.
 

Plan a Practice Session
 

While you might not be able to send your child to camp until the season opens, you can still find ways for them to practice spending the night away from home. For younger children, ask a family member or a close friend if your child can stay at their house for a night or two. This gives both you and your child a chance to get used to spending time apart overnight. And you can ask for a report from your loved one that helps you gauge your child’s readiness.
 

Get Them Excited About the Activities
 

Camp is the one place where kids can try out tons of new activities they would never be able to do at home. After all, most families just don’t have aerial hoops hanging in a state-of-the-art gym. And your kid would never be able to go waterskiing in the backyard pool. Talk to your children about a few of the amazing things they will get to try this summer. Then, watch some videos online of people performing tricks in your child’s favorite sport. You might also help them practice a few skills that they can do at home to increase the excitement. For instance, your little gymnast could practice stretching to prepare for their trampoline training.
 

Let Them Know They Can Reach Out
 

Up until this point, your son or daughter has always known that they could reach you easily any time they needed help. While you know that you are still just a short trip away, your little camper may worry about how they will handle things on their own. Typically, summer camp programs encourage parents to limit phone calls. This allows kids to have a chance to develop their independence. However, you can still set it up so that your kid can send special messages to you online using their summer camp’s email service. Once that is set up, help them pick out some awesome stationary and stock them up on stamps so that they know it’s possible to let you know how things are going.
 

Take Technology Breaks
 

While homesickness is always a concern, kids today also worry about leaving behind their online social life. If your child is used to turning to their smartphone to relieve boredom or catch up with an old friend, then help them start to break the habit now by implementing technology breaks at home. Grab some board games, books and art supplies to keep your kid busy, or encourage them to get out of the house and go for a bike ride. Either way, he or she will be better able to walk away from their electronic devices without suffering from feelings of withdrawal.
 
Whether your kid is going to camp for the first time or just seems a little nervous this year, keep in mind that they are also looking to you to figure out how to feel. As you talk to them about their upcoming season, remember to reflect confidence and excitement about the many adventures offered at their new home away from home.

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Hosting Your Own Campfire at Home

Campfires ignite a sense of camaraderie among family and friends that fills the heart with warmth and there is just something amazing that happens when everyone gathers around the fire pit for a sing-a-long. Kids often request a campfire at home during the months when summer camp is NOT in session, and it’s easy to host your own when you use these strategies.

PREP YOUR FIRE PIT

At summer camp, a campfire often takes place in a natural ring that has been used for many seasons. However, you need to plan your campfire to take place in an area that won’t harm the ground. 

Fire pits are a great option for home campfires that help keep them contained, or you could host yours inside if you prefer to use the fireplace. Whichever one you choose, make sure that you have logs on hand along with your preferred method for starting the campfire.

PLAN A FEW SNACKS

One of the reasons why kids love campfires so much is that they are the ideal place to roast a few marshmallows or hot dogs. Make sure to have some roasting sticks on hand along with the ingredients for snacks that you know everyone will love. 

For example, you can never go wrong with some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate so that everyone can make s’mores. You can also plan beverages such as hot apple cider or cocoa to give everyone something to sip on if the evening is chilly.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

You can host or your campfire with just your family, but they are always more fun when more people gather. Send out invitations to your friends to let them know about your plans to host a campfire. Then, encourage them to dress up like campers and be ready to reenact one of their favorite camp experiences.

To increase the excitement, consider snail mailing the invites just like you would a letter from summer camp.

ENCOURAGE SINGING

As you invite your friends, let them know to bring their favorite campfire instruments. A few guitars, harmonicas or even homemade kazoos all add a special touch to the ambiance. Once everyone is gathered, start off a few classic campfire songs, or you can teach your friends the favorite songs that you love to sing at summer camp.

KEEP SAFETY IN MIND

Although campfires are fun, you must remember to make safety a priority. Remember the rules that you learned at camp, and always make sure that an adult helps to start the fire. Then, encourage everyone to stay a safe distance away as they roast marshmallows and sing songs around the fire.

At home, you should also keep a fire extinguisher and water hose ready in case an errant spark escapes the pit. When you have an itch to head back to camp, hosting your own campfire at home can help you stay calm while you wait for the next session to open, and it gives you a chance to show off what you have learned in summer camp. 

In fact, you may even discover that the friends you invite to your campfire get excited about the prospect of joining you at summer camp this season.


 

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How Important is 'Unplugging' to Children?

Kids today are inundated with technology, and parents often find it difficult to know how to determine when it has all become too much.
 
While smartphones and laptops have definite benefits for helping kids stay in touch with their loved ones and complete homework, there are also downsides to spending too much time staring at a screen.
 
As your child reaches the age when they begin to use electronics with greater independence, keep this information in mind about the importance of helping your kid learn how to unplug.

Understand the Benefits of Unplugging


At first glance, a kid who is engaged with their computer or smartphone looks like they are doing fine. You may even enjoy knowing that they are able to talk to their friends after school or look up new information.
 
Yet, spending too much time on the Internet or phone can hinder kids from developing other skills such as their athletic abilities. Kids who spend a lot of time on social media can also experience stress from constantly trying to live up to expectations of others.
 
Unplugging gives your child the space they need to grow as individuals without feeling judged.

Set Limits on Your Child’s Electronic Usage


Electronics should be treated like any other privilege in your household. Sit down with your kids and explain to them the limits that you have placed regarding how long they can spend on their phone or computer.
 
While your kid’s time limit may vary according to their age, emotional maturity and behavior, most experts recommend keeping screen time below one to two hours a day.

Designate Time to Spend as a Family


At home, you can model the importance of unplugging to your children. Set aside a special time each evening when everyone’s phones go on the chargers.
 
You could plan this to happen during dinnertime so that you can all fully engage in a conversation, or you could plan a special homework or game time each night.
 
Either way, spending time together unplugged shows your kids the benefits of interacting face-to-face with the people they love.

Counteract Summer Temptation with Summer Camp


While school rules and sports activities make it easier to limit your kid’s screen time during the academic year, parents often run into trouble once the summer begins. Older kids may turn to their video games and smartphones as a way to deal with summer boredom.
 
This summer, have a plan in place to counteract temptation by sending your kid to summer camp. At camp, kids are encouraged not to bring their electronics so that they can focus on spending time in nature.
 
Since everyone else there is engaged in exciting activities such as wilderness hiking and waterskiing, unplugging becomes second nature to kids.

Nurture Your Child’s Hobbies and Interests


A kid who clings to their electronic devices may be doing so out of boredom. Help your child find activities such as gymnastics or archery that gives them challenges to conquer.
 
Once your child finds activities that give them a thrill in real life, they will be less likely to want to spend their time online.
 
Learning how to unplug is essential for kids to grow up to be happy and healthy adults. While you will likely hear a groan or two at the suggestion that your kid put their devices away, the truth is that kids enjoy spending time engaged in real world activities.
 
This year, set an example by planning electronic-free family events, and provide your child with alternatives such as summer camp to stimulate their development.

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Is Summer Camp Counselor a Job for You?

Summer camp counselors play a vital role at camp by helping each kid in their cabin get the most out of each day’s experiences.
 
While many young campers aspire to be a counselor, the truth is that it takes a special kind of person to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of working at camp.
 
As you explore job opportunities for the summer, consider these signs that you might be the ideal camp counselor this year.

You Are Known as a Leader


At camp, counselors bunk with the younger campers and are expected to lead the activities.
 
From rallying your group up to play a game of soccer to getting everyone to do their evening chores, you must be capable of inspiring others to reach their full potential.
 
While you don’t necessarily have to be an extrovert, you should be comfortable talking in front of a group of kids to do things such as explain the rules of a new game.

You Love Being Outdoors


Most of your time as a camp counselor is spent outside. This means that you must be comfortable both in and out of the water.
 
You should also be ready to go on a hike, sing songs around the campfire or get splashed during a kayaking race on the lake.
 
In fact, you can’t help but think that being outside at camp beats any type of indoor job you could find for the summer.

You Are Awesome with Kids


You’ve got a knack for making a little kid smile, and your zany personality helps you keep younger campers from thinking too much about being homesick.
 
Whether you have younger siblings or have always enjoyed working with kids, you have a way of connecting with people of any age.
 
You may even be thinking of a career as a coach or teacher once you complete your education.

You Think on Your Feet


Things happen fast at summer camp, where every moment is packed full of fun.
 
As a camp counselor, you must think fast to make sure that everyone stays safe and has a good time.
 
From recognizing potential danger such as lightning on the lake and moving the group to an indoor activity, to changing strategies when something goes wrong such as rain on your cookout, you must be capable of rapidly adjusting to new situations.

You Are Self-Motivated


Campers rely on their counselor to help them get through each part of their daily routine.
 
This means that there is no sleeping in when you have a group of kids looking to you to make sure that they wake up on time and get to breakfast.
 
The good news is that your self-motivation is always rewarded when you watch the campers thrive under your care.

You Can’t Imagine Summer Without Camp


Although going to summer camp as a kid is not required to become a counselor, many people find that they are the perfect fit for the role after years of spending their summers at camp.
 
After all, you may not be able to imagine a summer season without a dive into the lake or a chance to get silly in the camp play for family day.
 
The best camp counselors love what they do, and they would never consider doing anything else.
 
A summer spent as a camp counselor is bound to lead to many wonderful memories.
 
You’ll also find that working as a counselor prepares you for other careers down the road by teaching you valuable leadership skills that you will use for the rest of your life.
 
When you know that a camp counselor job is right for you, go out and seize the opportunity to have an amazing summer that brings out your best qualities!

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The Importance of Camper-to-Staff Ratio

The search for the perfect camp for your child involves researching factors such as the programs that are offered as well as the location.
 
While outdoor activities and sports programs are what make summer camp so exciting, you should also keep in mind that the camper-to-staff ratio plays a big role in your child’s enjoyment of their time at camp.
 
Remember this information regarding ratios at camp in mind so you can ask questions that will help you find the ideal program for your child’s next summer adventure.

Understand the Different Staff Roles

There are many different adult roles at summer camp that all work together to create the ideal environment for your child to learn and thrive.
 
The camp directors oversee all the camp programs, and they are directly responsible for making sure that every element of your child’s session is implemented with safety and age-appropriateness in mind.
 
Your child’s camp may also have directors of the different sports programs along with coaches who work on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed in their favorite athletic pursuits.
 
Finally, camp counselors spend most of the day with the campers in their group, and they even share cabins and meals together.
 

Know the Recommendations for Ratios

The ideal ratio for campers and staff members varies according to the type of camp programs that are offered as well as any special needs that exist among the campers.
 
However, you should expect that a quality summer camp has approximately one staff member for every six campers that are between the ages of six to eight, or for every 9 campers that are between nine and 14 years old.
 
Keep in mind that these are the minimum best practices for ratios, and high-quality summer camps aim to keep their ratios even lower, since more adult involvement helps nurture children’s development.

 

Improve Safety Standards

Camp programs and the equipment that kids use should always be designed with safety in mind. Yet, adult supervision is one of the best ways to ensure that campers stay safe while they are away from home.
 
In addition to keeping a low staff to camper ratio, your child’s camp should make sure that every adult on duty is trained in first aid and CPR.
Coaches and other staff members that teach sports or adventure programs should have further training regarding their specialty area.

 

Promote Positive Role Modeling

While your kid is at camp, they are not just learning skills such as acrobatics for their gymnastics competitions. They are also developing character traits that stay with them for life.
 
A smaller camp to staff ratio allows for coaches and counselors to pay more attention to the emotional needs of each camper.
 
For instance, a counselor with only a few kids in their group will quickly notice a conflict and help show the campers how to work it out using positive communication skills.
 
Small ratios also help kids to feel closer to their cabin counselors so that they know they have someone they can trust to talk to if they feel homesick.

Summer camp is such a flurry of activity and excitement that it is easy to overlook all the serious work that the adults put into making the programs safe and enjoyable for the kids.
 
This year, make sure that your child’s camp makes keeping a low ratio a priority so that you can know they will get the most out of the program.
 

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10 Things You'll Miss About Summer Camp

Every moment at camp is so packed full of fun that those first few minutes of homesickness quickly fade away.
 
Yet, you may not really expect to miss so much about camp once you return home. Here’s just a few of the things that you’ll find yourself missing about summer camp as you wait for the next season to finally come around again.

  • You’ll Crave the Food

There is just something amazing about how good a hot dog tastes when it’s been grilled outside and you are hungry after swimming.
 
Summer camps have all the basics such as fresh fruit and vegetables, but you’ll also find that your camp has a few specialty recipes that you just can’t get anywhere else.

  • You’ll Want to Wear Tie-Dye

Regular clothes seem so boring after you’ve been to camp. After all, your tie-dye clothes are full of bright colors that make even gloomy days seem special.
 
Don’t worry, though. You can still wear tie-dye, but you may have to explain it to your non-camp friends!

  • You’ll Try to Get People to Use Your Nickname

Those little inside jokes at camp are hard to get other people to understand. Whether your nickname came from your athletic prowess or that silly thing you did during a skit, you just sometimes forget to respond to the name your parents gave you.

  • You’ll Miss Your Swimsuit

At camp, you spent more time in your swimsuit than you did your regular outfits.
 
After all, you pretty much spent all of your time swimming, water skiing and playing games with your friends in the lake. Now, it feels weird to wake up and put on school clothes.

  • You’ll Wake Up Wanting an Adventure

Your school days are filled with opportunities to expand your mind, but you often wish that you were outside hiking through the wilderness.
 
While you might not be able to go whitewater rafting away from camp, the good news is that you can still practice your skills by working hard in your school sports programs.

  • You’ll Find It Weird to Spend So Much Time on Solid Ground

You never thought you could spend so much time flying through the air until you went to camp.
 
Between gymnastics classes, acrobatic lessons and all that time spent on the climbing wall, you forgot what it was like to walk on normal ground! 

  • You’ll Be Messaging Your Bunkmates

During your time at camp, you make awesome friends that seem like you’ve known them forever. Once you get home, you’ll be messaging and calling each other like crazy.
 
You might even find yourself sending care packages to each other to remind you of how much fun it was to craft and share stories at camp.

  • You’ll Wonder What Your Camp Counselor Would Say

Your camp counselor was the perfect combination of friend and adult authority figure.
 
In fact, you leaned on them for support when you felt homesick or felt unsure about taking on a new challenge.
 
Now, you wonder how they’d help you handle your challenges at school, and you often find yourself following the advice that you’re pretty sure they would give if they were there.

  • You’ll Wish You Could Sleep Outside

It felt so strange to sleep in a cabin on your first night at camp, and then you found out how cool it was to sleep outdoors on your first overnight trip.
 
While you love your bedroom, you’re seriously considering asking your parents if you can set up a tent in the backyard for a night.

  • You’ll Look Forward to Next Year’s Hijinks

Sometimes, you catch yourself daydreaming about what you will do at the next camp season.
 
Whether you’re dreaming up a funny costume to wear at the play or making up new lyrics to the camp song, you’re constantly getting ready to head back to camp.

While it’s hard to be away from camp, it helps to remember that the next season is just a few months away.
 
Plus, you’ll be older, smarter and stronger your next round at camp, and that means that you’ll make even more awesome memories.
 

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Most Loved Kids' Crafts at Summer Camp

Crafts are a favorite activity for kids at camp. Crafts allow them to develop new skills and show off their creativity. While kids at camp spend a lot of time on physical activities such as gymnastics and watersports, they also enjoy the mental relaxation that crafting provides. Summer campers are exposed to open-ended arts and crafts activities along with guided lessons that spark their interest in creative works. While these kids’ crafts are a few of the most loved at camp, the sky truly is the limit regarding what types of projects your child will complete over the course of a summer.

Tie-Dye Everything

At summer camp, tie-dye practically becomes a uniform. Youngsters love showing off their favorite colors and designs on their t-shirts. Tie-dye is so popular at camp that older campers begin to experiment with advanced techniques These add even more excitement to this favorite activity. Dying fabric is also not confined to t-shirts. You may discover that your child has a sudden interest in tie-dying everything from bed sheets to bandanas and socks to use at camp.

Get Creative with Costumes


Some of the best kids’ crafts are wearable. Campers love making costumes to enhance the rest of their activities. From making floral wreaths to wear on their heads during a play, to crafting silly costumes to wear during a competition, with some fabric, paper and glue, kids can make just about anything they want to wear. It is not uncommon to see campers wearing their favorite handmade costumes as they go up a climbing wall or hike through the forest.

Make Beautiful Pottery

Young campers still enjoy making clay vases and mugs to bring home to their parents. While these introductory lessons teach kids the basics of learning how to make forms using clay, many campers continue with their classes to gain advanced skills that lead to a lifetime love of making pottery. Kids of every age seem to be attracted to making pottery since it allows almost complete freedom for self-expression. And the nature of clay allows room for them to experiment and alter their projects along the way.

Create Unique Jewelry

Kids love creating jewelry that allows them to express their unique personalities. The classic friendship bracelet never goes out of style. Whether your child loves braiding threads or stringing beads, you can bet that they will come home wearing at least a few pieces of their handcrafted jewelry. For many campers, making jewelry is a social activity that they enjoy doing in their cabins in the evenings with their bunkmates.

Paint Scenic Views

Outdoor wilderness camp provides ample opportunities for budding artists to get inspired by the changing landscape. During the summer, all it takes is a sparkling lake or gorgeous sunrise to get kids itching to apply paint to a canvas. They can also experiment with a variety of different mediums, such as oil paints or watercolors, to find the ones they love to work with the most. All campers love showing off their work in galleries at camp or during special events such as family days.

The time spent at camp is all about helping kids develop self-confidence along with interests that will spark a lifetime love for learning. From informal activities such as sketching in a notebook to formal lessons in painting and pottery, kids at camp enjoy a new craft experience each day.
 

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Memories for a Lifetime - Summer Camp Journals

Going to camp gives kids the opportunity to create beautiful memories of summers spent making new friends and enjoying new adventures. Among the many popular activities, journaling is a favorite. It’s one they can enjoy doing both in their cabins and out in the wilderness. Before your youngster leaves for camp, make sure they have a journal and pen ready to preserve their favorite memories.

Create a Personalized Journal

Whether they are decorating their cabin or wearing their favorite tie-dyed t-shirt, kids at camp feel free to let their personalities shine. When it comes to journals, this same concept of individuality applies. Encourage your kid to decorate their journal with drawings, stickers and quotes that help remind them of their favorite things. Every time they look at their personalized journal, they will be encouraged to spend some time engaging in self-expression as they write about their adventures.

Record Goals and Achievements

Over the course of a single summer, your son or daughter could learn how to waterski, master an acrobatic flip and help lead a hiking expedition through the forest. These types of achievements should always be celebrated. And they can use their camp journal to set new goals and track their progress. Whether your child is eager to perfect their horseback riding skills or has a goal of finally sticking their back flip, a journal is the ideal place to keep a permanent record of everything they accomplish during the summer.

Start a New Hobby

During the academic year, some kids may decide that writing is not too much fun if all that they do is write essays. Journaling, however, is a completely different type of activity. It allows them to control how often they write and what they write about. After journaling at camp, many kids discover that they enjoy writing. It helps them to relax and reflect upon their day. In fact, keeping a journal sometimes inspires kids to turn their hobby into new adventures such as short story writing that allows them to continue to build upon their new skills.

Do More Than Just Write

A journal can include just about anything kids can imagine. For some, journaling includes doodles and drawings, along with their written words, to further express their experiences. Alternatively, your child may love attaching photos of summer adventures and adding notations as they would in a scrapbook. Either way, each new page represents another opportunity for them to express their creativity.

Enjoy a Walk Down Memory Lane

Once the summer is done, kids love keeping their journals to look back at their favorite memories. Whether they share an entry with their family about their favorite day at camp or use the journal to boost their confidence before a big competition, the journal becomes more meaningful over time. Often, summer camp alumni have an entire row of journals lining their shelves. They know that reading a new page will bring a smile to their face every time.

Kids create so many wonderful memories over the summer. It’s important to get them all down on paper. This year help your camper set up a schedule for journaling so they can record their favorite memories to look back on when the season is finished.

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Awesome Wakeboarding Tricks for Kids

Wakeboarding lessons are one of the most popular activities at Canadian Adventure Camp.

Kids are eager to learn how to stand up and start performing tricks.

However, wakeboarding lessons start on land. This is where they are taught safety rules such as hand signaling.

They quickly move into the water where they begin challenging themselves to learn new skills.

During a summer at camp, your son or daughter can learn these awesome wakeboarding tips that will have them smiling with confidence as they glide across the water.

Crossing the Wake

This is one of the first tricks kids learn. They build upon this skill to begin learning new ones.

This trick begins with the wakeboarder crossing the wake at a slight angle. By bending their knees to absorb the shock, kids practice until they can glide right over the wake without catching air.

Once kids can cross one wake, they then get to increase the challenge by trying to cross both wakes smoothly.

Doing a Surface 180

Surface spins are another fun trick that kids love because it shows off the control that they have on the line.

To perform this trick, kids shift their weight to their heels to turn the board with their hip until they are facing the opposite direction.

This trick can be called a frontside or a backside depending upon which part of the body is facing the boat.

Taking Spins From 180 to 360

Once the half-spin is mastered, it’s only a matter of time before kids start doing a full circle spin. This requires kids to string a frontside and backside spin together until they have created a complete turn. While it looks easy from the shore, this trick requires careful maneuvering to shift the feet correctly while also managing to grab the handle throughout the spin.

Mastering the Ollie

The ollie is one of the most basic jumps. Mastering this skill gives kids the fundamental movement to begin working on other tricks.

The ollie also allows them to be able to perform jumps on all the elements in the water.

To pull the board out of the water, a rider must be able to perform each step fluidly and without hesitation. As the trick becomes automatic, riders are then ready to begin working on increasingly difficult jumps.

Bringing It Together with a Tail Grab

Tail grabs are learned after a novice wakeboarder has been catching air with increasing skill.

This is because kids first begin this trick by performing an ollie or wake jump.

As they begin to soar through the air, they bring the board up to their body by bending their knees up to their chest.

Once the board is close enough, kids then reach down to grab it before releasing it as they fall back to the water.

The Sky's the Limit

Once these awesome first tricks are mastered, the sky is the limit with where a kid may take their wakeboarding lessons.

From flips to awe-inspiring jumps over elements on the wakeboarding park, parents are always amazed at how skillful their kids are in the water.

Since wakeboarding instructors at summer camp know how to carefully stair step each lesson until a kid is comfortable on the board, everyone gets a chance to reach their full potential as a wakeboarder.

 



 

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Developing Teamwork at Summer Camp

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The power of teamwork is evident throughout each day at summer camp as kids discover how working with other campers enhances their experience.

Today, cultivating a team mindset in your child is increasingly important since they will be expected to work with others on group projects at school and later in their career.

Playing sports during the school year goes a long way toward helping your child develop the ability to work as part of a team.

Canadian Adventure Camp offers a unique set of opportunities for your child to develop an appreciation for the beauty of teamwork.

Recognizing and Learning to Use Individual Differences

Kids come to summer camp with unique personalities and skill sets that all contribute to the team.

However, it takes time and experience for kids to learn how to view individual differences as a benefit for their team activities.

As kids practice and play sports together, they learn how to identify each person’s individual strengths.

Then, they begin to practice applying what they learned by encouraging each person to use their strengths to help meet team goals.

Since every kid has something special to contribute, everyone can stand out while still maintaining a team mindset.

Providing Opportunities to Develop Confidence and Leadership

Being part of a team means working with others. Yet, it takes true confidence to know how to stand back and let someone else shine for the sake of the team.

Every team also needs a leader who can help draw out each person’s abilities.

Summer camp programs allow every child to have an opportunity to lead the group, whether they are hiking or planning a strategy to reach the top of a rope course.

As kids participate in these types of team challenges, they also develop the confidence to continue striving toward improving their ability to reach goals with the other campers.

Practicing Teamwork in Challenging Situations

It is not easy being on a team. At times, conflicts arise that younger campers may not know how to handle.

This is the reason every team activity at camp includes support from a staff member or older camper. They can help kids develop problem-solving skills.

Whether two members of a team disagree about how to proceed during a soccer game, or the whole group is confused about how to navigate around a difficult whitewater rafting course, it is only through working out these challenges that kids can develop even stronger abilities to work with other kids.

Enjoying the Benefits of Learning to Work as a Team

Working as a team means sharing the load of responsibility. It also allows kids to learn from each other.

For instance, playing on a basketball team can help a kid refine their individual skills at shooting a basket by watching what the other members of their group do.

Teamwork also teaches kids positive communication skills, and having the support of their teammates encourages kids to strive toward higher achievements.

At Canadian Adventure Camp, kids are always encouraged to adopt a team mindset. This allows them to thrive as individuals while also learning how to work together with others.

Whether competing in a sports competition with a rival camp or gathering around the campfire to sing songs, learning how to work with others in their group is just another perk of spending the summer at camp.

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Aerial Acrobatics - Soar Through the Air at Summer Camp

Kids love aerial acrobatics and it is easy to see why. While most sports require kids to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, this one allows them to soar through the air while performing tricks that leave their friends and family members amazed.

Today, aerial acrobatics is becoming one of the fastest growing sports, yet it is sometimes hard for parents to find a safe place for their kid to train.

Fortunately, summer camps are now offering aerial acrobatics classes to kids who are serious about enhancing their skills.

Use this guide to help plan for your child to take part in this exciting sport that is known for building confidence.

Train with Highly Qualified Coaches

The first thing you should know is that aerial acrobatics lessons should only be done by a qualified coach who understands the importance of keeping kids safe.

Ideally, your child’s coach should have many years of experience performing and coaching in this field along with specialized training in first aid and working with children.

Coaches who have trained professional acrobats are ideal because they will know how to take your child from beginner to advanced levels if their desire is to compete or perform professionally.

Learn Tricks on State-of-the-Art Equipment

Before your child can fly through-the-air, they will need to learn how to do many of their tricks using specialized equipment. This will protect their safety during the learning period when falls are inevitable.

Talk to your preferred aerial acrobatics program about the training facility where your child will practice. During your tour, you should expect to see things such as state-of-the-art foam pits and harnesses. These will give you peace of mind during your child’s practice sessions.

Learning how to perform on the silk ropes with thick safety mats or a foam pit beneath them allows your child to feel more comfortable tackling new challenges as well.

Enjoy Mastering Challenging Skills

Your little star performer loves showing off their skills, and you know that it takes a lot of work to keep them challenged. Summer camp specialty programs allow kids to focus on developing their aerial acrobatics skills for at least half the day. This extended amount of time allows them to practice their current skills while seeking out new challenges.

As your child manages to master that complicated flip and twist on the trampoline or finally gets the courage up to go upside down on the silk ropes, they enjoy a sense of accomplishment that goes further than mastering many other sports skills.

Discover a Sport That Flies Above All Others

Once a child learns several tricks, they can allow their body memory and muscles to do most of the work as they fly through-the-air. Overcoming their fear of heights is just another benefit of this sport.

It is easy to see how much kids love aerial acrobatics when you watch them smile throughout an entire routine. While this area of specialization is a favorite among kids, you can also enjoy knowing that the things your child is learning helps them in other sports since balance and poise go a long way in every type of field.

Whether you are excited or a little nervous about the thought of watching your kid fly through-the-air, it is important to give them a safe place to hone their skills. From qualified coaches to gyms equipped with the highest-rated safety equipment, summer camp programs are the ideal space for your child to master the skills needed to soar effortlessly through the air.


 

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Archery - A New Sport for Your Kids

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Archery is one sport that is currently surging in popularity!

While bows and arrows have always fascinated kids, your child can also take their interest to a new level by engaging in archery competitions. They might just be curious about the sport or actually interested in becoming a competitive archer.

There are some things you need to know about getting them involved in one of the most inclusive sports around the world.

It’s Safer Than Other Sports

Parents sometimes worry about their child’s safety when bows and arrows are involved. However, archery equipment and ranges are all designed with safety in mind.

New archers are taught the safety rules first such as always making sure that their shooting range is clear before releasing their arrow.

They are also encouraged to wear protective gear such as wrist guards. The guards are to prevent getting burned by the bow.

Since archery is a no-contact sport, archers enjoy a lower chance of getting hurt than if they played other group sports such as football.

Any Kid Can Play

Today, many sports are capable of being modified to fit the needs of a child with disabilities. However, archery is well-suited for kids with a wide range of abilities.

Whether your kid learns to pull their bow from a wheelchair or simply needs a less strenuous sport to avoid triggering their asthma, your child can benefit from taking part in an archery class.

In fact, this is one sport that allows each child to stand out based upon their individual achievements while still playing as part of a team.

Develop Greater Self-Discipline

Kids tend to have a natural sense of exuberance that is hard to contain. Archery classes at summer camp aim to help kids learn how to slow down and think before they act. As your child gains the ability to focus their mind completely on the task at hand, this newfound sense of self-discipline also translates to their other sports and academic studies.

Work Towards Goals

At first, learning to hold the bow correctly and maintain proper form takes work. Yet, kids quickly progress in their classes.

And, before they know it, they are beginning to set serious archery goals.

For example, your kid may choose to focus on hitting their target as they stand further distances away. Or they may set a goal to hit smaller targets.

Either way, learning to set and work toward goals gives your youngster skills that they will use for the rest of their life.

Strengthen Coordination

Successfully hitting a target requires a child to use their entire body to maintain proper form and draw back on the bow.

Kids will also improve their eye-hand coordination as they strive to hit the target.

And the core muscle workout helps them develop better posture and balance.

The best part is that they will hardly view this sport as exercise since they are so busy focusing on hitting the targets.

When you are looking for a new sport for your kids, it is important to carefully weigh factors such as the safety level and ease for a beginner to quickly begin to play.

Archery hits every point when it comes to making sure that your child can be successful in mastering their goals.

Enrolling them in archery classes gives them the best opportunities to exceed their wildest expectations.

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The Lifetime Value of Summer Camp

The lessons learned at summer camp last far longer than a single season.

After all, the activities kids engage in at camp are designed to stimulate learning and character development that influences the rest of their life.

Kids also build upon the skills that they learned the previous summer when they return for the new session.

This year, consider these valuable lessons that your kids will learn at camp that last a lifetime.

Make Lifelong Friends

On opening day at camp, there is always excitement in the air as kids meet up with old friends and instantly form new friendships.

After a summer of bonding, many kids even continue their friendships throughout the school year through phone calls and texts.

Then, kids who return to camp each year get to grow up with their friends, and these friendships often continue long after the kids mature into adults.

Cultivate Healthy Habits

The days at summer camp are filled with physical activity. Kids also enjoy a healthy menu that begins with a full breakfast to help jumpstart their energy levels.

During the course of a summer, kids are exposed to activities such as wakeboarding, hiking and whitewater rafting. This teaches kids that exercise does not have to mean spending hours on a boring treadmill.

Instead, kids learn to move their bodies while having fun. Since the majority of sports that kids engage in at camp can be continued once they become adults, this type of training leads to a lifetime commitment to better health.

Discover a Love for Nature

Kids today are exposed to vast amounts of technology that can lead to them spending hours stuck to a screen.

At summer camp, kids are encouraged to unplug, and they quickly discover that there is a world just waiting to be explored.

Learning to love the outdoors gives kids a unique view of nature that inspires them to continue to care for the environment.

Spending time in green spaces also helps to decrease depression and anxiety so that kids learn healthy ways to promote better mental health throughout their life.

Develop Inner Strength

It takes courage to try to stand up on water skis for the first time or perform a new trick on the silk ropes hanging high above the gymnastics mat.

Yet, this is the type of thing that kids do at camp every single day.

Somehow, tackling a challenge is just easier at camp where kids rely upon the encouragement of their coaches and fellow campers.

With every challenge met, kids develop their confidence, and this brave mindset is exactly what they need to be successful in the adult world where taking safe risks is sometimes necessary to advance in their career.

Hone Leadership Skills

One of the biggest goals parents have is to raise kids who are independent adults.

After a few summers at camp, heading off to college or applying for that first job just doesn’t seem so scary.

Campers are also provided with opportunities to step into leader roles. Whether they head up a hike or perform captain duties on their sports team, every kid has the chance to learn how to manage a group of their peers.

Once their camp days are finished, these kids can transfer their leadership skills to the workplace.

Summer camp only lasts for a few weeks each year, but your kids experience personal growth that influences their personality.

This year, send your kids to Canadian Adventure Camp and watch as they come back transformed by the experiences they have that teach them skills they will use for the rest of their life.


 

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Choosing a Gymnastics Program for Your Child

Kids love the challenges presented by gymnastics, and you can enjoy knowing that the gymnast in your family is strengthening their confidence as well as their body in every lesson.

However, you also know that gymnastic programs can vary greatly regarding the things that they offer, and your child deserves to be in a class that allows them to try out new skills while feeling safe.

Use these strategies to choose the right gymnastics program to fit your kid’s learning style and goals.

Consider Your Child’s Abilities

Gymnastics classes can range from simple tumbling classes to impressive acrobatics that reach competition levels.

The ideal program should be able to take a beginner and help them progress to advanced levels.

The coaches should also be capable of working with kids of all ages so that your child can benefit from continuity in their training.

Ask your child about their goals for training, and find a program that offers recreational and competitive levels of lessons so that your child can benefit from lessons that are tailored to fit their aspirations.

Assess the Training Facility

When you walk into a gymnastics training facility, you should see state-of-the-art equipment that is expertly designed with safety in mind.

For instance, beginner acrobats can practice their ability to fly through the air with belts and bungee systems that gently glide them back to the ground when they are done.

Additionally, you should see systems such as foam pits in place that give gymnasts extra cushioning while they are still learning how to stick a flip.

Look for Expert Gymnastics Coaches

A gymnastics coach plays a big role in maintaining safety during lessons, and they should possess the unique ability to both push a child to tackle a challenge and provide comfort if they get frustrated trying to master a new trick.

If your child has an interest in competitive gymnastics, then you will also want to search for programs that recruit some of the top international and national coaches so that your gymnast benefits from their experience.

Questions to Ask

Naturally, you should spend time talking to the gymnastics program staff to get to know more about how they teach new skills and reinforce your child’s learning.

For instance, you will want to find out if the program supports special niche areas such as trampolining or silk ropes. You may also want to find out how long the lessons are. While some children prefer shorter lessons, others may prefer to train for half a day or longer.

Create a list of questions to bring along with you on your tour so that you are prepared to find out the answers that make you feel sure about the program that you choose.

The sport of gymnastics is unique among other special activities because it requires a serious training facility that is equipped with everything necessary to keep a kid safe.

While it does take time to explore potential programs and check out where your kid will train, the effort is worth it the first time that you stop in and watch your kid show off the amazing skills that they are learning in their lessons.

Contact us if you are interested in getting your child involved in gymnastics, or want them to improve their skills. We'd love to show you how much fun we have and how much your child would learn in the gymnastics program at our summer camp.


 

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You know you’re obsessed with camp life when…

We’re now in the very last session of our summer camp this year and even though we’re extremely sad that it’s almost over, we’re looking back over the summer with big smiles and a whole lot of love. Every year we feel the same bittersweet feelings as camp comes to a close but so many of us are already looking forward to next year and the return to Canadian Adventure Camp. Those of us obsessed with camp are always longing for the return. But have you ever stopped to consider what makes you the camp addict you are? There are many symptoms of a camp obsessive. So, how do you know when you’re obsessed with camp life?

Fun in The Sun

Well, first of all – summer is your favourite time of year and your favourite season EVER because you get to come back to Adventure Island. And even though you love autumn, spring and winter too, none of them quite match up to the fun and laughter summer brings when you arrive at CAC.

Camp needs to see what I can do

When you learn a new trick back home, whether it be in gymnastics, silks, water-ski or anything else, you cannot wait to get back to camp to show it off. Learning skills in something you love is always amazing, but camp obsessives always feel ridiculously excited to demonstrate, at camp, how much they’ve improved since last summer.

More camp food

Being home is great and cooking for yourself is always nice but you know you’re obsessed with camp life when you try to re-create camp food. As established in our last blog, camp food is incredible. But there are those of us who, even at home, try to recreate the cakes, pastas, soups, salads and much more from the CAC kitchen, just because we love it so much.

Camp life is better than real life

Camp obsessives also find themselves comparing their day-to-day lives the rest of the year, to life at camp. (We know we do!) And when things at school or work are not going the way you wanted it to, you just find yourself thinking ‘well, it’s not like this at camp’. But, let’s be honest, what is?

We <3 the lake

Our favourite view in the world, is the view from Adventure Island out to Lake Temagami. Whatever the time of day, bathed in sunlight, aglow from a burned orange sunset or filled with silver stars, it always takes our breath away. That view will always be the best view in the world, according to us anyway. And you just know you’re obsessed with camp when you feel the same.

Tears, tears and more tears

Some people will never understand the tears you shed when you leave camp. But that’s simply because they’re not a camp addict. And when you cry tears of sadness (that you’re leaving) mingled with tears of joy (that you came at all), you know you’ve got the camp bug. And who wouldn’t cry when they’re about to leave the best place in the world? And the best friends for that matter!

Summer is never enough

And finally, the most important ways to distinguish whether or not you’re a camp obsessive is when one session, two sessions and even three or four sessions are just not enough. You’re always hungry for more camp life and would love to stay there all year around.

If you’re obsessed with camp life, don’t forget to comment on our website or Facebook page and tell us all about it!

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The Best Summery Food for Summer Camp

We’re now in the final month of our summer camp on Adventure Island, which means we’re savouring every moment. And this session we’re thinking about savouring the delicious food we have here and debating which ones are the most perfect for the summer season.

We love all the foods and dishes at Canadian Adventure Camp, of course, but there are a select few that are our favourites and that we relish on a hot day.

And the first food we mention should definitely be popsicles. Other than a delicious dip in the lake, nothing quite cools you down like a sweet and ice-cold popsicle. In all of their fabulous, fruity flavours we never get bored of this sugary snack.

Another food that is simply exquisite on a summer’s day is … wait for it … pizza! Pizza is one of the tastiest treat foods ever. And after a day of activities in the sun, a treat is certainly in order. With deliciously gooey cheese – or without – and whatever topping you like (from veggies to pepperoni) there’s pizza here tailored to everyone. And, let’s face it, everyone deserves a treat sometimes.

Moving onto a healthier option (but still equally yummy) we adore rainbow salad. The bright and colourful mix of leaves and crunchy vegetables matches our lively mood and tastes amazing – despite being so healthy. On a hot and humid day, this is the perfect accompaniment to any meal and the vibrant colours always adds fun to dinnertime.

Sticking with foods that are good for you, the sun always makes us crave fruit. And the fruit at Canadian Adventure Camp is just delicious. From juicy peaches and pears to crunchy apples, zesty oranges, smooth bananas and refreshing melons and watermelons – we’ve got the best mix of everything fruit-wise. As part of breakfast, as a snack or for dessert, fruit is always a good choice here.

Still fruit-related but slightly naughtier, one of our favourite foods ever to have at our fabulous Canadian Summer Camp is banana cake. Our banana cake is absolutely divine, the perfect texture and a flawless blend of banana and sponge, with a sweet buttercream topping. It’s so good, we want the recipe for winter.

So, what else makes our taste buds sing throughout the summer? Well, we love picnic-style food and the BLT’s are a wonderful lunch here on Adventure Island. With freshly baked bread, crispy bacon and crisp lettuce and tomato, these sandwiches are super tasty.

And which other sandwiches are our favourites, you ask? Ice-cream sandwiches, of course. A yummy dessert and a fabulous way to cool down, ice-cream sandwiches definitely make our list of best summer foods for summer camp.

Arguably our favourite food ever to eat on a hot summer’s day is barbeque. Eating outside, in sun or shade, is always lovely on a warm day and our barbequed sausages and burgers (meat or veggie) are delicious. With salads, vegetables and chips too – I’m sure you can tell why we adore barbeque days.

But, obviously, not everyday at camp is brilliantly sunny – although the weather has been awesome so far this year. And therefore, we have many delicious dishes suited to rainy days too. From grilled cheese to Chinese, breakfast burritos to pasta and garlic bread, our summer camp has food worthy of all the little princes and princesses that come here, whatever the weather.

We love the food here and even though these are our favourites, we simply can’t think of a dish we don’t like at Canadian Adventure Camp. So, let’s celebrate the deliciousness and dig in.

If you have a favourite meal on Adventure Island, feel free to comment on our website or Facebook page!

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Activities For All

With our second session already well on its way, we’ve been thinking about the incredible variety of activities here on Adventure Island. Our camp is renowned for its awesome programmes and the plethora of different activities we have to offer. But many people seem to wonder which ones, exactly, are the best?

Well, water-skiing is one of our most popular programmes and it’s not hard to see why. With a boom for beginners and some amazing tricks for the more advanced skiers, it’s always exhilarating for anyone of any level. And this session is no exception.

In addition to water-skiing we also offer wakeboarding which is equally enjoyable and exciting.

And if you fancy some speed and huge amounts of laughter without actually doing (much) work yourself – how about tubing? Tubing is an absolute hoot and all you have to do is hold on while the boat does all the work. It’s kind of a dream come true.

We also have a riot out on the water trampoline and water floats. We’ve had so much fun on them recently that hanging out at swim bay is a fabulous activity in itself.

Those who prefer calmer activities may be thinking that they won’t be able to spend much time out on the lake. But worry not, there are a great number of things for you to do. Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are all great fun and have a cool, laidback atmosphere. Whether you want to become a pro rower, catch some sun out on the lake or just take in the beautiful surroundings from many different angles, going out in one of those is the perfect way to do it.

Moving off the lake and onto the shore, we have tonnes of activities in the gym that could also be considered our best activities.

Trampoline is an incredibly popular activity, of course. I mean, who doesn’t love springing and leaping into the air? Our trampoline staff teach beginners, advanced and everything in between. You’ll be learning awesome new tricks in no time.

As well as tramp, our gym offers a fantastic variety of other things to do. Silks and aerial hoop (a special addition for session 2) are super cool and a great way to build strength. You’ll be ready to join the circus when you realise how amazing it feels to achieve aerial tricks. So roll up, roll up and feel the magic up close.

If you’re not too keen on being up high then we do offer gymnastics which is the perfect way to keep fit and have a blast, without having to propel yourself too high off the ground.

In addition to all of this, whether you’re a team player or more of a solo gamer, there are many things for you to get involved in. With soccer and basketball for the sporty types, all the way through to board games and card games for those who prefer quiet, thinking games. And even drama games for those who prefer performing and fancy themselves onstage one day. There’s something for everyone at Canadian Adventure Camp.

And last, but certainly not least, we have the gyro. A kind of ride you get strapped into and spun and whirled around in all different directions. It’s great fun and gives you amazing butterflies.

So, which one of these fabulous activities is the best EVER?

We’ve pondered and deliberated and we’re sorry to disappoint but we honestly don’t think there is one. With all of our activities at Canadian Adventure Camp being so diverse and so amazing, we think all of our summer camp activities are the best. Some of you may indeed have favourites but, over here on Adventure Island, we simply can’t choose.

If you disagree, then feel free to comment below and on our Facebook page to let us know which of our activities you think is the best ever. Or if you, like us, think they’re all incredible then we’d love to hear your thoughts too. Summer camp on Adventure Island is a topic we never get tired of – we daydream about it all year long.

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Our Camp Top 10

Summer camp. The best part of summer vacation. The thing we spend all year looking forward to.

There are so many amazing things about camp, especially Canadian Adventure Camp. And, of course, we love every second, minute and hour of the day here. But, just for our fantastic campers and past campers, we put our heads together and chose our top 10 favourite things.

10. The lake

How could we not include the serene and beautiful location in which our camp lies? Lake Temagami is stunning. An incredible view to look out at each day and what’s more – it gives us a ton of exhilarating water activities to get involved with.

From canoeing to water-skiing, kayaking to tubing, paddle boarding to wakeboarding or just swimming and jumping with joy on the water trampoline – there’s something for everyone. Even if you simply want to admire the crystal clear water from the dryness of the shore.

9. No Technology

The lack of technology on Adventure Island may seem like a con rather than a pro, but it is very much the opposite. The lack of internet, phone service and all other technologies here, allows us to feel a deeper connection to nature, to each other and to our own minds. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to switch off all the outside buzzing and enjoy the bliss of just being you in your wonderful surroundings.

8. The Gym

The gym is one of our favourite places to be here on Adventure Island (and you don’t hear that sentence everyday)! Whether it’s gymnastics, trampoline, ropes, silks or even aerial hoop that you fancy, we’ve got you covered. Working out and getting fit has never been so much fun.

7. Games

Games are always super fun. But camp games are, of course, the best kind of games! From dinner table singing and clapping games to dominos and board games. We also play a lot of soccer, basketball and various other sports. Playing (competitively or just for fun) is a great way to spend the afternoon, and games are always crazy fun on Adventure Island.

6. Whatever the weather

Camp goes on no matter what the sky has to offer. The afternoon can be perfect whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring. With many indoor activities and a good raincoat, the drizzle never stops us having the best time. And in the scorching hot sunshine, the lake never looked so tempting – for water activities, swimming, sitting on the edge with your toes in or even plunging straight in for that quick cool down.

5. Food Glorious Food

The food here certainly is glorious, all campers and staff will vouch for that. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a carnivore, the meals served up will be so delicious you’ll be running back for seconds … and thirds.

And if you’re more of a sweet tooth, the desserts will send you to heaven. The banana cakes, chocolate chip cookies, cherry pies, fudge brownies and many other sweet treats will get your mouth watering. (Ours already are)!

4. Cabin Life

Living in a cabin is one of the main aspects of camp, and it’s also one of the best. Being in a wooden cabin beside a lake and amongst the trees is like something out of a fairy-tale. Surrounded by wooden walls and all of your friends, cabin life is super cozy and it really is a wonderful way of living.

3. Campfires

Campfires are an important part of camp, especially here at Canadian Adventure Camp, and they’re a lovely evening for absolutely everyone involved. Sitting beneath the silver stars, with orange flames flickering up to the sky is just magic. And everyone has so much fun singing, rhyming, chanting and watching others perform by the firelight.

2. Friends for life

Camp is a wonderful experience for so many reasons but one of the main things is the friends you make here. Many of our campers return year after year, and make friends with many different people from all over the world who they will remain friends with for life. Long-lasting friendships are formed at camp because there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it.

1. Memories

And (drum roll please) our number 1 all-time favourite thing about camp is the memories we make and take with us when we leave. The sparkle of camp stays in our minds and hearts forever. Even when we move on, there’s a piece of us that will always stay on Adventure Island because being here is truly magical.

So, that’s that – our top 10 favourite things about camp. It was difficult to narrow down because we love EVERYTHING about it here. But now it’s over to you – share your best memories and favourite things about camp in a comment or on our Facebook page – we can’t wait to see what you think!

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The Advantages of Healthy Risk Taking

Summer Camp Grows Confident, Capable Children

The Advantages of Healthy Risk Taking

As a teacher, summer camp professional and parent, I am always on the look out for interesting topics regarding the healthy development of children.   A topic that has recently grabbed my attention is the concept of the “risk-takers advantage”; the idea that allowing children and teens to take appropriate risks is important to their development.  It is a subject currently being explored by the TV series Bubble Wrap Kids, and was also examined by one of the keynote speakers at the recent Ontario Camps Association Conference.  Dr. Michael Ungar , a professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, argues that the right amount of risk and responsibility helps children and teenagers to thrive, and that so-called bubble-wrapping children denies them important opportunities to develop belonging, trust, responsibility, and confidence in their capabilities. 

The world is a safer place for children and teens in Canada than it has ever been, yet the media often seems to portray the world as a minefield with dangers at every turn for our children.  This has left a misleading impression of the actual dangers facing children now.  As parents, keeping our children safe is extremely important, but I wonder if there is such a thing as keeping children too safe and I worry about what children may be missing out on in an attempt to eliminate all risk. 

Camp is an ideal place to foster the healthy risk taking that helps build belonging, trust, responsibility and feeling capable – all of which are extremely important to a child’s biopsychosocial development.  I believe that camp is such a great place because I know that the safety of the campers is of utmost importance to everyone working at camp, yet there is still space for risk-taking.  Just going to overnight camp and spending time away from parents and friends is a healthy risk.  It may be daunting for your child to go somewhere by themselves, but luckily at camp they will be surrounded by staff who are trained to help children successfully build friendships and learn to live with other people.  Camp, particularly overnight camp, certainly develops a sense of belonging and the friendships that are established help children gain confidence in their ability to enter a situation without knowing anyone and come away with friends. 

I believe that the Panasmugglican Games, the day of team activities that take place in the middle of the session, is a brilliant opportunity for risk taking at C.A.C.  The older campers have an opportunity to be team captains which gives them a sense of responsibility, and following the day a sense of achievement that they were able to successfully lead a team, whether they won or not.  The vast majority of the ‘games’ are team challenges, such as getting everyone over the challenge wall, which builds trust and helps team members get to know each other by working together.  Sometimes the activities push campers out of their comfort zone, but with the encouragement of staff and their peers, it is amazing what children can accomplish.  Teaching children that taking informed risks can enable them to achieve something they did not think was possible is a very valuable lesson for their education and future success.  Always ‘playing it safe’ can stifle creativity and the realization of potential.

This is definitely a topic I will continue to explore so I am able to provide beneficial opportunities for risk-taking at summer camp for our campers, in my classroom for my students and at home for my daughter.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Advantages of Longer Camp Stays

Thinking of Staying Longer?

The Advantages of a Longer Camp Stay

At Canadian Adventure Camp, we like to keep up-to-date with summer camp discourse – it keeps us sharp!  A recent article in Camping Magazine about the advantages of a full-season camp stay got us talking.  We have campers who make C.A.C. their home for the full 8 weeks every summer; however, this is not as common as it once was.  Interestingly, the Camping Magazine article highlighted the increasingly positive feedback from prospective camp families regarding extended camp stays for their children after developing an understanding of the advantages a longer camp stay can have. 

Building Relationships at Camp

I am always amazed by the friendships that can develop over a two week session at Canadian Adventure Camp due to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere cultivated by the adult counsellors who live in the cabins with the children.  I have always believed that smaller, overnight camps have a huge advantage when it comes to enabling children to bond with their peers.  As great as two weeks are to begin building friendships, it always takes a while to settle into camp whether it is your first time at camp or your tenth.  Longer camp stays allow time for friendships to develop at their own pace, and relationships built over longer periods tend to be more enduring and based on who people genuinely are, rather than the image they may initially project.  Children and teens are under increasing pressure to be viewed in a certain way by their peers, and for this reason I believe that the authentic relationships that can develop at camp are incredibly valuable.  I believe that becoming comfortable and confident with who you are is one of the most important things a child can learn at camp. 

Skill Development

Skill acquisition is (or should be) a critical part of any camp stay, whether the skills in question are learning to stern a canoe or learning to solve a minor conflict.  Longer camp stays certainly have an advantage when it comes to giving campers a chance to build their skills.  Two weeks goes surprisingly quickly, especially with the number of different activities offered at Canadian Adventure Camp.  A longer camp stay enables campers to try lots of different activities, but also find activities they particularly enjoy and have time to work on their skill set.  A longer camp stay also give staffs members a better chance to get to know individual campers, and work with them towards their goals using approaches that best match their abilities and learning style.  This principle also applies to working with children to develop their social skills or leadership skills, and gives time to try various approaches to help children determine what works best for them in various situations.

I hope that this article has given you some food for thought and may become a topic of discussion as it did for us.

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Homesickness: Prevention is Better than a Cure

There is a lot of information out there about homesickness and how it relates to the summer camp experience.  I’ve spent some time researching what the experts, such as Dr. Chris Thurber whose research focuses on homesickness at camp and how to prevent it, have to say on the subject.  I have summarised his wisdom in the following article (in addition to adding some tips of my own!) for your convenience.

First off, homesickness is defined as distress or impairment caused by actual or anticipated separation from home.  It is characterised by acute longing and preoccupying thoughts of home and other beloved objects.  Now, before you start to worry, here are some important points to bear in mind concerning homesickness:

  •  Mild homesickness is normal and many children have some homesickness feelings during their time away from home.
  • It is very rare for children to feel severely homesick.
  • Talking about homesickness will not cause homesickness, nor will it make it worse.
  • There are many things that you can do before your child leaves for camp to lessen their feelings of homesickness, and to help your child feel more prepared to deal with homesickness if it happens.
  • Remember that homesickness, and getting over it, is a normal and important process that helps children to develop independence and self-confidence.

Our staff at Canadian Adventure Camp are well trained to recognise and deal with the signs of homesickness, but it is much better to prevent your child feeling homesick, or at least help them feel more prepared to deal with it.  Here are some hints and tips:

  •  Educate your child – help them understand that homesickness is normal and there are many things that they can do to feel better. 
  • Practice some coping strategies such as writing a letter home, talking to their counsellor or sibling or friend, reminding themselves of all the exciting things they were looking forward to doing at camp, etc.
  • Practice being away from home (such as staying overnight at a friend or relative’s house) and discuss with your child how it went for them and things they need help working on.
  • Don’t make a pick-up plan – it undermines a child’s confidence in their ability to cope and enjoy their camp experience.
  • Discuss with your child what camp will be like before hand – consider role-playing such as using a flashlight to get ready for bed, and what living in a cabin might be like. 
  • Send a letter to camp ahead of time so that your child will receive it at the start of their stay.  Make sure it is positive and full of encouragement.
  • If your child becomes anxious leading up to their camp stay, talk about it and help them put their anxiety in perspective – everyone gets nervous when they go to camp for the first time.  Talk about their specific concerns – once you know what exactly they are nervous about you can help them come up with strategies to deal with it.
  • Encourage them to talk to friends who have been at camp – hearing encouragement and having questions answered by a peer may help them feel more at ease.
  • Help your child put the amount of time they will be spending at camp into perspective by making a camp calendar with them.

Being concerned about how your child will deal with being away from home is natural, but it is important to make sure that they don’t take on these anxieties as well.  Here are some tips to help:

  • Don’t express concerns to your child – “I hope you will be OK…” or “What will I do without you?” can make your child feel guilty about being away from home or could undermine their confidence that they will be OK during their time at camp.  Better things to say may include, “I know that you’ll love camp.  I’m so excited to hear about your big adventure!” or “I loved going to camp when I was your age.  I missed home a bit, but that is normal.”.
  • Share your feelings about missing your child with another adult – never with your child.  Many parents will be dealing with similar feelings and speaking about it may help you feel better.

 I know that this is a lot of information to absorb!  I hope that you feel better equipped to help your child deal with any feelings of homesickness they may have, and get the most out of their camp experience. 

Our staff have a very important role in preventing homesickness at camp and all receive training and support to enable them to fill this role successfully.  Here are some of the things that our counsellors, coaches, senior staff and directors do to prevent homesickness at camp:

  •  Know and use campers names from the moment that they arrive on the island.
  • Go on a camp tour as a cabin group so that children know where everything is and can see the activity areas and gymnasium.
  • Play games to fill any down-time on arrival day with fun, to make sure that everyone in the cabin knows each others names, and to help campers develop relationships with each other.
  • Work on cabin rules as a group so that everyone is aware of expectations.
  • Help children to unpack and organise themselves.
  • Get to know individual children’s interests, talents, goals and personality so that they can be celebrated and encouraged.
  • Make sure that children know what to expect during their camp stay – activities, special days, how scheduling works, when they will be going on their overnight...  A schedule will be posted in their cabin so that they can check it whenever they want.
  • Address any fears that they may have such as darkness, meeting new people, sleeping in a new place…
  • Help children set goals for their stay at camp.

I hope that this article has made you feel more informed about homesickness.  I hope you feel secure in the knowledge that our staff at camp are trained to prevent and deal with homesickness, and that there are many things that you can do prior to your child’s summer adventure that will help them feel more prepared.  Summer camp has so much to offer children and our goal is to make sure that they make the most of it.

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Biodegradable Toiletries for Camp

Safeguard Our Environment

Personal care products that are natural, organic and biodegradable are becoming much more commonly used and thus easier to find as people are becoming more knowledgeable about the damage that chemical laden toiletries can have on the environment, and on our bodies. 

Well-formulated natural products can actually be more effective than the alternatives that are full of potentially harmful chemicals. 

Plant extracts have amazing qualities that help us look and smell great!  

Using natural ingredients instead of cheaper synthetic ingredients eliminates the release of hazardous bi-products by laboratories and factories around the globe. By buying environmentally friendly products, you are not only looking after our Lake Temagami, but also the global environment.

Environmentally Safe Products for Summer Camp

I’ve done some of the research for you and listed the environmentally safe products I came across. They are available in most stores that stock fairly large selections of personal care products, or you could try organic/environmentally friendly shops such as “Planet Organic Market”.  Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) has a small selection of biodegradable products (which can be ordered online). You also can order a wide range of products online from www.kissmyface.com .

Shower Gels and Body Washes:

  • Kiss My Face Shower Gel and Sudz Foaming Soap
  • Live Clean Body Wash
  • Down Under Naturals Body Washes
  • Alba Botanica French Lavender Shower Gel
  • Sierra Dawn CampSuds
  • Druide Citronella Soap (will also help keep the bugs away!)

Shampoos and Conditioners

Environmentally friendly Shampoos and Conditioners are available for many different hair types (including 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for the efficient washers!!) and can actually leave your hair in better condition than the chemical-ridden alternatives. Making environmentally friendly decisions need not be a beauty sacrifice!! Here are some examples of companies that make 100% biodegradable shampoos and conditioners:

  • Live Clean
  • Kiss My Face
  • Aussie
  • Down Under Naturals

Shaving Foam

Shaving Foam is a bit more difficult to track down, but definitely worth the extra effort – residual shaving foam in the lake is not pleasant for anyone! Here is what I found:

  • Kiss My Face Moisture Shave (for men and women in many different scents).
  • I’ve heard that conditioner (biodegradable of course!) can also be a good alternative to shaving foam.

Natural Bug Repellent

For those of you who want to steer clear of DEET, but still wish to deter bugs, I also came across a natural Bug Repellent:

  • Natrapel – citronella repellent

At Canadian Adventure Camp we ask that campers and staff bring only biodegradable toiletries with them. 

We are lucky enough to be situated on beautiful, clean, unpolluted Lake Temagami and I believe that we have a responsibility to keep it that way. I hope that this article will provide some interesting information about environmentally friendly personal care products, and will make your camp-shopping a breeze!! !

If you have any suggestions of products that I may have missed out, or good places to find them, please send a comment…

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The Contents of Your Duffel Bag...

As a first time camper (and sometimes as a weathered veteran) it is sometimes difficult to decide what you should pack in your camp duffel bag and what you should put aside until you get home.  Here are some hints and tips that will hopefully help you solve any packing dilemmas you are facing!

 Great Items to Bring to Camp:

  • Full rain gear – remember that the fun at camp doesn’t stop if some rain comes our way (or liquid sunshine as we like to refer to it!).
  • A cheap and cheerful “camp” watch – having a watch is the best way to make sure that you are on time for activities and mealtimes.
  • Mini games and activities are fun to play with your cabin group – a book and a teddy are also nice for bedtime.

 Items to Leave at Home:

  • Leave portable music players and games at home – camp is all about building relationships with others and living communally. Not only are electronic devices not suited to the outdoor living style of camp, but, more importantly, these devices isolate campers and take away from the full camp experience.
  •  Leave make-up and perfume at home.  Mosquitoes love the smell and you definitely don’t want to be attracting them!  Furthermore, we have way more fun and important things to be doing at camp than worrying about make-up.
  • Forget the bag of candy and junk food – we have plenty of food at camp and you don’t want squirrels searching through your stuff to find the food, take my word for it!
  • Remember that camp is not a fashion show – it is a place to have fun and get dirty, so leave those designer clothes at home.

Finally, remember to label all of your clothes.  Things invariably get left around camp and the cabin, but having you name on them helps them find their way back to you – with help from the lost and found show of course!

A more detailed packing list can be found on the website so check that out too.  I hope these hints and tips have been useful, and have helped you understand why some items are just better left at home!

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Summer Camp

The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation of camp professionals which is at the forefront of the province’s camping community.  Founded in 1932, the OCA is made up of like-minded individuals and organisations who are dedicated to ensuring that the camp environment is as safe and enriching as possible.  In order to accomplish this, the OCA facilitates the sharing of information and ideas, and sets standards that all OCA accredited camps must meet.  The OCA is also dedicated to informing the public about the benefits of the camp experience, and helping families to choose the best camp for their children.  In the OCA Summer Camps Guide 2009, the OCA recommends questions that parents should ask to help them choose the right summer camp.  This article answers those questions regarding Canadian Adventure Camp.  If you would like to discuss anything further, or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call Justin at (905) 886-1406 or email him at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. He would love to hear from you!      

Is the camp I am choosing OCA accredited?

Yes, Canadian Adventure Camp has been OCA accredited for over 30 years.  This means that the operation of Canadian Adventure Camp follows over 400 standards that are constantly being redefined to ensure that campers are provided with a safe and enriching environment.  If you are interested in finding out more about the standards, or the OCA, you can find this information on their website at www.ontariocamps.ca  

What is the camp’s staff-to-camper ratio?

Canadian Adventure Camp’s staff-to-camper ratio is better than three to one.   This is a good indication of the excellent level of supervision we pride ourselves on at CAC.

What measures does the camp take to ensure the safety of the campers?

The safety of our campers, both physical and emotional, is of utmost importance.   It is for this reason that we only hire mature, well-qualified staff.  Our staff must be at least 19 years old, but the vast majority of our staff are well into their twenties.  Our staff must have a minimum of Bronze Cross lifesaving certification, but most of our staff have their NLS Life Guarding qualification and Standard First Aid.  Campers are always supervised by a qualified lifeguard whenever they are participating in a water-based activity, and we use a buddy system with larger swimming groups as an added safety measure.  The daily structure of camp including activity periods, mealtimes, and cabin time ensures that individual campers are always accounted for.  All of our counsellors live and sleep in the cabin with their cabin group, so campers are cared for and supervised around the clock.  We believe that by providing this level of supervision we can ensure camper safety by recognising and resolving situations that have the potential to become risky before they reach that stage.  We also believe that having counsellors living in the cabins with the campers provides a safe, nurturing environment where campers can be guided towards developing important life skills through everyday experiences.  During our extended staff training, our staff members are taught to work with the guidelines and policies we have in place to protect campers, and to pass on an understanding of these expectations to the campers.  In this way our staff are consistent enforcers of policies, and our campers are active participants in making healthy, safe decisions.        

What programs does the camp offer?

Canadian Adventure Camp offers a choice of general camping, or one of three speciality programs: gymnastics, trampoline or water-skiing.  The camper’s schedule is determined by their choice of program, with the speciality program choice taking up a part of every day.  Campers have a choice of over 40 activities to fill their day, including old favourites and new additions being added all the time!  Highlights include our exciting waterslides, our great climbing wall, our fun water-trampoline and our European-style  sauna.  During their stay at CAC, every camper will also have the opportunity to go tubing with their cabin group, and try water-skiing, gymnastics and trampoline, even if it is not their chosen specialty.  In addition, every cabin goes on an overnight canoe trip which is a fantastic cabin-bonding experience, a great chance to see some more of beautiful Lake Temagami, and a brilliant opportunity to learn some basic outdoor skills.  Our themed lunches, day of camp-wide games (the Panasmugglican Games) and fun evening programs also bring variety and excitement to their camp stay. 

How do the campers choose their programs at camp?

Speciality programs have to be registered for in advance, and places fill up quickly so be sure to register early!  Once at camp, campers choose and sign up for their activities in “sign-up” books that are passed in rotation from table to table during meals.  In this way campers have a choice about what they would like to do while at camp, and also make friends from out with their cabin group.  Some activities such as cabin tubing and water-skiing are organised ahead of time to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate.  The younger campers are given a bit more guidance and structure when choosing their activities to ensure that they try a wide variety of activities while at camp, and also so that they receive instruction at the correct level.        

What does the Camp Director/staff want the campers to take away with them at the end of their camping experience?

Our goal is to help young people grow into responsible, well-rounded citizens by expanding their skills and knowledge within the fun and friendship of a warm camp atmosphere.  At the end of their camp experience we want campers to leave with fond memories and friends, but also a variety of life skills that will help them succeed in life.  We want children to leave with an increased sense of confidence and a ‘can-do’ attitude, improved social skills and the ability to live successfully with others, the capacity to set and work towards personal goals, and a greater appreciation for the wonder of nature, to name a few!

How does the camp and staff deal with issues like homesickness, bullying, and campers with special needs?

An important part of our staff training and professional development throughout the summer is focused on making sure that our staff are well prepared to effectively deal with the multitude of issues that arise at camp.  At Canadian Adventure Camp we have a number of strategies in place to make children feel comfortable and at home as soon as they arrive at camp, which significantly reduces the likelihood of children becoming homesick.  You can read more about this in the article entitled, “Homesickness: Prevention is Better than a Cure”.  It is a reality that some children will feel a little homesick from time to time, so we make sure that our staff are able to recognise the diverse signs of homesickness and help the child to successfully overcome it.  Bullying has no place at summer camp.  The existence of bullying has the potential to destroy the safe, nurturing community that we work so hard to create.  At CAC we are quick to respond to any signs of bullying – being disrespectful to another camper is absolutely unacceptable.  The level of supervision made possible by having counsellors living in the cabins with the children means that even very subtle “hidden” bullying can be detected and dealt with.  We recognise that all children have individual needs, and we always strive to identify and meet those needs.  Through working with parents we are able to cater to the needs of children with mild learning, behavioural or physical needs.  Our camp environment is not set up to meet the specialised needs of children who face large challenges in their everyday lives, so if your child requires one-on-one attention there are other camps that may be better suited to meet their needs.

What is the Camp Director’s background and what are his/her qualifications?

Justin Gerson, the Director, has been involved in camp since he was a child.  It was his background in gymnastics that originally brought him to CAC as a camper and then as a coach.  Alongside his university degree, Justin enjoyed running a program for under-privileged youth in New Mexico; his first taste at running a camp!  After years of working as Head Gymnastics Coach at Canadian Adventure Camp, Justin began to work full-time for the camp in 2005 and has since worked his way up to become the Director.  He leads by example and fosters mutual respect which results in a motivated and engaged staff team.  His love for working with children drew him into the camping industry, and the children remain his first priority.  He remains committed to building a relationship with each camper despite being pulled in a million directions during the course of a summer!

Skip Connett, the Senior Director, is the founder of Canadian Adventure Camp and started building the camp from the ground back in 1972.  Skip’s involvement in the Boy Scout Association originally brought him into camping.  Alongside creating and developing Canadian Adventure Camp, Skip became increasingly involved in the Ontario Camps Association and is now an Honorary Life Member.  Skip is committed to playing a part in the constant improvement of the camp experience for children and the camp industry as a whole.  He is continually involved in various projects and schemes to meet this commitment.   

What kind of health care facility/staff is available to the campers?

At Canadian Adventure Camp we have a fully equipped medical facility with a doctor and nurse always on site.  The medical staff store children’s meds for them and ensure that they take them at the appropriate time.  Having a facility and medical staff on site enables us to respond quickly and decisively to emergency situations as well as issues relating to everyday wellness. 

Does the camp have a system to transport campers to and from the camp?

Yes, we provide transportation to Canadian Adventure Camp from Toronto with additional pick-ups in Gravenhurst, Orillia and Barrie.  Our camp bus is great fun – we watch movies, stop for lunch and the journey is a brilliant opportunity to start making friends!  For our campers arriving from further away we can also organise a meeting service at Toronto International (Pearson) Airport including fully-supervised overnights at either end of a camper’s stay as needed.  The bus transports the campers to the access dock to Adventure Island where they are met by Canadian Adventure Camp water-taxis – what an exciting way to arrive at camp! 

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Summer Camp Provides the Building Blocks for Life!

Giving your child the opportunity to attend summer camp is one of the best things you can do for their future.  Parents report, and research confirms, that children return from camp with more confidence and improved life skills.  The benefits of the camp experience include the development of social skills (leadership, friendship, independence, communication and participation), self-respect and character building (responsibility, resilience and resourcefulness) and community living skills (caring, fairness, citizenship and trustworthiness).  Research has shown that camp offers a place of experiential and contextual learning where children develop skills and gain knowledge that can help them in the classroom when the summer comes to an end.  The fantastic part is that, in a camp setting, this process is fun!

The goals of summer camp are to:

  • Have fun!
  • Improve athletic, artistic and intellectual skills
  • Develop important life skills
  • Make new friends and develop social skills
  • Nurture independence and self-confidence
  • Learn the value of teamwork and cooperation
  • Experience living in a new environment
  • Develop greater respect for nature
  • Learn from a positive adult role model
  • Improve communication skills
  • Awaken children to their abilities, talents, strengths, weaknesses and potential.

 Our counsellors are trained to take every opportunity to work on life skills with your child, even when they don’t know it!  For example; a kayak lesson is a chance for your child to develop their self-confidence in the water, learn to work well with their peers, and if walking over the bow of their friends’ kayaks while they hold them together isn’t a lesson in teamwork and trust, then I don’t know what is!  Even a cabin conflict is an opportunity – what better way to learn how to resolve conflicts and live together happily as a group than being guided by your counsellor to this final result.

The personal objective of our staff members is to work with children to help them gain the important skills that will carry them successfully through life, and we know that camp is a great place for this process to occur.

Categories: Parents

Tags: Summer Camp Life

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