October 31, 2012

Summer Camp Registration 2013


Message from our Summer Camp Director,

“Who want to be staff at Camp Kawartha?” I ask to a group of 50 leadership and pre-leadership campers in our Rotary Hall during one changeover. All of them raised their hands.

It’s a camp phenomenon – campers realizing they want to one day become camp staff. There are many stories of parents telling me about their child’s camp aspirations, and campers of all ages saying they want to be staff one day. 

Seeing a goal so clearly defined is a great instrument for learning and growth that I don’t see nearly as often as a teacher in the classroom (my other life). Having a life goal is one of the many contributions of camp that allow children to aim high and expect more of themselves. It breeds self-motivation, and is great practice for future goals and challenges that we all face in our lives.

August 10, 2012

In Memory of Abby MacNaughton

In memory of Abby MacNaughton.

The last week has been a challenging one for Camp Kawartha as we try to make sense of the tragic loss of one of our close staff members, Abby MacNaughton.

We’ve grieved, supported one another; while still maintaining a positive and nurturing atmosphere for our campers. Abby would want us to celebrate her life and to share her enthusiasm for the natural world. And that is exactly what we’ve pledged to do. Her legacy will continue on in the programming we run, in our commitment to teach children about environment and nature,

At the moment, we are compiling ideas on how best to remember Abby. We’ve named our garden in her honour (Abby’s Garden), And there are many other suggestions on how to help keep her memory alive.

I’ve compiled a slide show called a “smile box” to give you a bit of sense of Abby and her tremendous impact on all of us here at Camp. Please take the time to view this.

Yours in camping,


Jacob Rodenburg
Executive Director
Camp Kawartha &
The Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre

Donations In memory of Abby

Donations made to Camp Kawartha in Abby MacNaughton's memory are welcome.  All funds raised will be allocated to environmental education programming for children.  For more information on how to donate, please visit www.campkawartha.ca/support-us/ways-you-can-help/

August 9, 2012

Wrapping-up Session D


Yesterday our dear friend, Abby MacNaughton, aka Quatzy, was laid to rest. A large group of our staff were able to attend. It was a beautiful ceremony that allowed us to say goodbye to our inspiring, special friend.

We want to thank the day camp parents for allowing us to shut down day camp this afternoon so all of that staff could attend Abby’s service.

Back at camp, the games continued. Led by camp alumni Purity (Cam Horack, at camp 2009-2011), Squeeze (Dave Lewis, at camp 2007-2011), Evac (Ryan Adams, at camp 1995-2001), Krash (Jodi Adams, at camp 2000-2001), and Trent Summer Sports Camp Alumni Mulch (Natalie Dempsey), as well as select members of our programming team, campers continued to go to the Archery range, signup for Interest Choices, and enjoy the waterfront during General Boat and Swim!

Twenty-two campers also went to Haliburton yesterday to attend the Haliburton Cottage Association Regatta. Our junior girls came in second in the canoe races!

The campers are having a great time. We have watched them run and laugh and play. Last night they were in a state of sheer camper delight as the infamous game of Zing Tong was played.

Over the last two nights we have had a special fire circle for Abby. Staff and three and four week campers were asked to participate. We will be having a special ceremony for any interested campers to attend before the weeks end. 

Tonight we wrap-up the session with Candle-lighting, and tomorrow we finish off with sleep-in, a slideshow, and heart-felt goodbyes.

We want to thank you for all of your emails and calls of support. We as a staff are moving forward as Abby would have wanted.

The camp world is a great big family. To support our staff at camp, others jumped to the plate to help out. Thanks so much to Purity, Squeeze, Evac, Krash and Mulch. Your help was invaluable and greatly appreciated yesterday. We would also like to thank DipperChomski, Yogi, Smartie, Igpay, Jet, Leahy, and Bouton for coming back this week to lend their helping hands.

August 6, 2012

Service for Abby MacNaughton

A service for our dear friend, Abby MacNaughton has been announced. For those of you who knew her, visitation is Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Highland Park Funeral Centre on Bensfort Rd., followed by a service at 2 p.m. and reception for family and friends.

To those who did not know her, thank you for all your kind words in this terrible time. Directly or indirectly, Abby has touched so many lives and it is in part thanks to her that Camp Kawartha is truly such a strong and supportive community.

August 5, 2012

Camp Kawartha is saddened by the loss of Abby MacNaughton

Camp Kawartha is saddened by the sudden death of one of our staff members. While travelling from camp to home, Abigail MacNaughton was involved in a tragic car accident. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Abby (camp nickname "Quatzy") worked as an outdoor educator and as an environmental coordinator during the summer, helping to teach children about conservation, sustainability and nature awareness. She was a dynamic, enthusiastic and treasured member of our staff.


At this time, we continue with our regular programming while providing extra support for both staff and campers who have been affected by Abby’s passing. Arrangements will be made for campers to contact their parents should they wish to do so.

Based on consultations with other camps and support organizations, we have made the campers aware of the situation, in an age-appropriate manner.

 We would like to assure parents that campers are OK, we are checking in with them regularly and have professional support services in place. Leading this team is Adam Strasberg, Summer Camp Director; Jacob Rodenberg, Executive Director; Cathy Romano RN, Health Care Coordinator and President of the Camp Board of Directors; Lil Hirdes RN, Camp Nurse for Session D; and Dr. Michael Motyer and Dr. David Rutledge, our support physicians. We are also using outside support services to support the camp as a whole.

We will be updating our blog, website, and Facebook pages on a regular basis:

Abby was a positive person, and camp will continue on as she would have wanted. 

Updated: August 5, 5:20pm

Related: Service for Abby MacNaughton

August 2, 2012

Our Eco Skills Programming


Quatzy and Zumba here! We’re the Eco-skills staff for the summer camp, responsible for delivering environmental and nature based programming for residential and day campers. Quatzy’s been here for a couple of years since she graduated from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She took Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Concurrent Education, along with some geography and natural science. Throughout the year she teaches outdoor education at Camp Kawartha while filling her spare time with travel, hikes and exploring nature. Zumba is entering the final year of her undergraduate degree at Trent University in Peterborough, taking courses in Environmental Studies, Biology and Indigenous Studies. She has previously worked for the YMCA Wanakita summer camp as the Wilderness and Environmental Educator, and the Petroglyphs Provincial Park as the Natural Heritage Educator. She’s very excited about her summer working at Camp Kawartha in the eco-skills program, and when she’s not at camp, she can be found travelling, hiking, gardening, and canoeing in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

July 25, 2012

Meet Your Head Counsellors


Well hello there!

This is Keanu and Rhombus, your head counsellors for the summer! It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the summer! Both Rhombus and I have been on staff for a quite a few years now and every season seems to get better and better, but also seems to fly by faster and faster. Today we said goodbye to our July leadership campers who we will miss dearly, though we are excited for the next batch of leadership campers who will be arriving on Sunday.

'Keanu'
'Rhombus'

July 14, 2012

Report from the Kitchen


By "Glow," Kitchen Manager
The kitchen staff at Camp Kawartha has been working hard throughout the year, anticipating the arrival of summer camp. Our head cook, Dawn Mckenzie, has put together a talented and friendly team of staff to cook delicious meals for campers. Favourites so far have included buffalo chicken wraps, pierogies and macaroni and cheese!
This summer, the kitchen is helping to foster environmental awareness by adding locally grown produce and locally raised, free range meat to the menu. We regularly purchase produce from the Peterborough Farmer’s Market and use it to make salads, side dishes and fruit trays. Lettuce and tomatoes come from our own garden! Our beef is also supplied by a local farmer and is used to make delicious hamburgers, pasta bakes and much more.
We offer dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan alternative versions of every meal. If you have any questions regarding our menu, please feel free to contact the main office at 705-652-3860 or Dawn Mckenzie at dawn@campkawartha.ca.

Here's a sneak peek at next week's menu!




Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Breakfast Scrambled Eggs
Bacon, Hashbrowns
fruit, Oatmeal 
Banana Pancakes,
Sausage, fruit tray 
Bagels,
Fruit, Oatmeal
French Toast, 
BaconFruit, Oatmeal
Lunch Turkey Pesto Wraps
with veggie trays
Sausage on a bun,
Potato Salad, Green
Salad 
Mini Pizza,
Caesar salad 
Pierogies with Sausage,
caramelized onions,
apples, cabbage and caraway
Dinner Chicken Fajitas with 
sautéed peppers, rice, 
sour cream, and salsa
Beef Stroganoff with 
Broccoli and baby carrots 
Pulled Pork 
sandwiches,
Baked Potatoes 
Beefy Pasta Bake


Check out the kitchen staff's profiles, too!

July 13, 2012

From Where We Hail

In addition to staff from Australia and Kenya, our campers and staff come from all around Ontario and all across the world!


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Session B Programs


We are nearing the half-way point of session B and the camp is buzzing with energy! We have been filling these hot summer days with both new as well as old classic programs. The campers have been having an amazing session but have only just gotten a small taste of what is in store.
This session began in classic camp fashion with all cabins coming together as a community around the campfire to perform various skits, talents, skills and join in on both new and old camp songs. 
The following night we ran a recently created program called Joe Schmoes. During this game each cabin plays as a team; their primary objective is to build and expand their resume by completing tasks and facing challenges. Groups travel around camp looking for interviews at job sites, examples include working as: EMS, babysitting, telemarketing, door to door sales, swimming lessons, personal training and working at the burger shack. Once they complete an interview and are hired, they must work to receive letters of recommendation and a salary. At first glance it may be difficult to see what this program has to offer, however once the counsellors get into character it is clear to see why campers enjoy the game so much.
This evening’s program, Newscasters has become a favorite among campers for its high energy and nonstop action. During this program, each cabin travels together and works as a news team gathering interviews and reporting on various events that are staged throughout the game such as earthquakes, injuries, royal processions, sports, protests, and live performances.
In addition to these evening programs, we are also hosting nearby Camp Moshava on Thursday, July 19 for an inter-camp. During this day we will be competing in activities such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, handball and canoe races. This is the second year we have hosted Moshava. Last year was an absolute blast and we know that this year will be no different.
Also be sure to ask your children about such programs as: Risk, Campstock, Bamboozled, Walt’s Vault and Stork!

Our next post is coming soon... stay tuned for an update from the Kitchen Manager.

July 10, 2012

Our Sailing Program


The Willie returning from her first voyage with campers aboard.

Sailing is one of the most popular activities at Camp Kawartha; it is consistently among the most requested by two-week campers and a highlight in day campers' weeks. Two-week campers can include sailing in their Activity Choice Form, and campers in most sessions will be given the opportunity to sail during afternoon Interest Choices.

This year Camp Kawartha was the recipient of a generous gift: two beautiful hand crafted sailboats. The Willie, the smaller of the two, utilizes a gaff sail, something new to the sailing program. This addition provides an excellent opportunity to develop our waterfront programming, and offer better instructing capabilities for campers.

The Willie departing camp
Pictured above are two older campers and our Waterfront Activity Director, Twist out for a sail during a free period one leisurely afternoon where they put the new boat through its paces.

In addition to the two new boats, Camp Kawartha has four smaller boats, two Spera and two Invitation boats. These form the foundation of the program in which staff and campers learn the fundamentals of sailing.

During your time here at Camp Kawartha, our sailing staff would be happy to take the time to get you out in a boat, teach you the basics, or bring your skills up to spec! Twist has been working on the Camp Kawartha waterfront for five years, including time as a Tripper and Sails Specialist. Poe is a CYA Bronze 5 sailor and a Camp Kawartha lifer. This year's Sailing staff also includes Counsellors Baytes and Zuko!


Waterfront Activity Director "Twist"
Sails Specialist "Poe"


"Baytes" and "Zuko"