A Day in the Life of a Camper
Our summer staff and directing team put a lot of time and effort into customizing a schedule that fills every day with fun and excitement while allowing for rest and quiet time with friends and leaders. Half way through the week we slow it down to have a Sabbath day: it starts with a sleep-in and chapel in our beautiful outdoor chapel and then in the afternoons we have cabin time and other camp-wide activities.
Each week the schedule is revised and changed by the directing team to suit their particular vision and theme and the age groups of the kids. This is a rough template schedule only.
7:00- Possible early morning water ski
Depending on the age group of the kids and the interest, sometimes we offer water skiing for the keeners in the morning.
8:00- Wake Up Bell
Our main signalling devise is an old CP rail train bell that hangs above the dining hall and is rung manually to signal wake up, meal times and changes in activities.
8:30 - Breakfast
Some camp staples for breakfast are baked oatmeal or scones with fruit and yoghurt and on the Sabbath- cinnamon buns! We always have a cereal and oatmeal bar available.
9:15-10:00- Cabin Clean up
Every week we have a daily cabin clean-up competition in which a staff member judges each cabin based on cleanliness and creativity. Prizes are awarded to the highest scoring cabin of the week!
10:15-11:15- Activity Block 1
To see a list of the activities offered, click here. With the exception of Adventure and Family Camp, individual camper can sign up for their activities of choice, independent of their cabin groups. They sign up for one set of activities Monday-Tuesday and another Thursday- Friday. Sign up is first come first serve, but we reverse the sign-up order for the second half of the week so everyone gets a chance to do what they want!
Afternoon lodge starts with songs and skits. Then our weekly speaker shares stories and food for thought before we move into age-appropriate bible studies in cabin groups. These usually include questions to be answered and discussed.
Lunchtime is always a high-energy event! Some favourite menu items include: grilled cheese tomato soup and veggies, soft-shell tacos and macaroni and cheese. If mail has arrived, campers have to sing silly songs or do dramatic re-enactments to claim it. Staff give announcements and skits to set the tone for the afternoon.
Depending on the camp, campers either go to the tuck shop every day or every second day. It’s always a race from the dining hall to see who will get in line first! We sell a wide variety of tasty treats, also t-shirts, hoodies, hats and sweatpants and also the sundry items you may have forgotten at home: batteries, disposable cameras, shampoo etc.
1:45-2:45- Activity Bock 2
3:00-4:00- Activity Block 3
4:30-5:30- Activity Block 4
Everyone always arrives at dinner ravenous so the kitchen knows to be well stocked! Favourites include: beef dip, pizza, chicken with scalloped potatoes and on special days, BBQ’s outside. Our kitchen works hard to provide well-rounded, nutritious meals that parents would approve of! They also cater to specific dietary needs provided notice it given. You can indicate these on the camper application form under the medical section.
A high-energy camp-wide game is played every night. Our games vary from life-sized dutch-blitz to adventures that have campers and staff alike running through the trees to complete tasks and evade foes. Some favourites include capture the flag and battle of the bays.
8:30- Mug Up
An evening snack.
Evening Lodge is similar to afternoon lodge- singing and music are followed by goofy skits and a talk from our speaker. Announcements are made and the evening is closed with everyone looking over the water and singing Abide with Me and Taps.