November 4, 2015
As a Summer Camp Director, it is my goal and mission to help campers discover the joys of overnight camp, grow as responsible individuals and have the best experience possible. This is deeply rooted in my own experiences as an overnight camper for 8 years and as a staff member at over a half dozen camps. Camp is an environment to develop your skills, grow your emotional intelligence, discover what you love and raise your expectations for life.
Camp Kawartha is a special place as it’s a child-focused, caring community that is committed to your child’s growth and individual needs. It is staffed by life-long campers who grew up at Camp Kawartha and infused with staff from other camps and workplaces bringing their positive attitudes and winning ways to our team. We value our partnerships with parents and families and the opportunities to help your children grow through risk-taking in a safe and supportive environment.
2016 promises to be incredible and I cannot remember being more excited for an upcoming summer. An experienced returning staff offers opportunities to grow and build on the successes from last summer. Exciting new program offerings include our Intermediates program, a new 3-week program for 11-12 year olds and an Overnight program that allow campers from 6-9 years old to “try-out” camp. We have added an additional session to Kinder Camp, our 3.5-5 year old day camp for Kindergarten and pre-Kindergarten campers, and are bring back our PLC-extension program as a 4th week option for PLC campers who crave a final week of adrenaline themed activities.
We also invite you all to our 2nd Annual Winter Showcase in Toronto in February featuring our staff and alumni. This reunion/meet & greet/variety show event gives families a taste of Camp Kawartha programming and the unique spirit that it captures. Tickets and further information is available on our website.
Thank you for choosing Camp Kawartha and giving us the awesome responsibility of looking after your child(ren). One of our favourite parts of the job is talking with families, helping them with choosing a program and answering questions on anything to do with camp. Paige Mahoney-Nagle is our Camp Registrar, former camper, staff member and “camp ambassador”. She can answer any questions you may have and is available year round in the office (Mon-Fri 9-5pm) and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also always feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
We look forward to an unforgettable summer!!
Adam “Wham” Strasberg (B.A., B. Ed.)
Summer Camp Director
Labels: Director's Message
September 11, 2015
You heard it here first: Camp Kawartha 2015 was the BEST SUMMER YET!!! Whether you were new or old, camper, staff or parent, you played a role in creating a wonderful summer!
We hope all of our campers had an excellent time at camp and are looking forward to building on their experiences for 2016!
At Camp Kawartha, we keep striving to improve the experience we offer to our families. This includes new ideas and innovations that come from reflecting on the summer before and planning early for the summer ahead. In late fall, I gather my Senior Staff together for a post-summer meeting and discuss our successes and areas for improvement and innovation. Ideas like the Winter Showcase and Parent Manual became new additions for 2015 and we plan to continue building on them for the year ahead. Here are some ideas that are being developed for the 2016 Registration process for mid-October:
- The Winter Showcase, featuring Maple Jack, became the unofficial launch of Summer 2015 back in February. Staff and leadership campers brought together their creativity for the first time this year to showcase the Camp Kawartha experience of high energy and fun. It gave families a taste of Camp Kawartha programming and the unique spirit that it captures. The official date for the 2nd annual Winter Showcase will be announced when our registration launches next month.
- NEW! 3-week program for 11-12 year olds will run from July 3-22 (dates correspond to our July PLC program). This program will be a more immersive experience through off-site trips and on-camp skills development. More details will follow with our registration launch in October.
- NEW! Sleep-Over Get-Away for ages 7-10 will run from July 1-2. This is an opportunity for new and younger campers to get a taste of overnight camp. Drop-off is at 9:30am on July 1st and pick-up at 5:30pm on July 2nd. Parents are invited to return to join us for dinner and one of our traditional campfires. With registration, we’ll recommend some great accommodations and activities in the area for parents to enjoy in between drop-off and pick-up!
- Early Registration for returning families. We value the commitment and appreciation of our returning families. In recognition of this, we are looking into opening up registration for returning families for a set number of days prior to the official registration launch.
At the end of September, Leadership Applications will be e-mailed out to all families with campers turning 15-17 years old in 2016 . The deadline to submit leadership applications is the end of October. More detailed information on dates and the process will follow within the e-mailed package.
Again, thank you for making 2015 such a wonderful summer. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to summer 2016! Your feedback and contribution is always appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you whether it’s by survey, e-mail or phone call to help make your family’s experience the best it can be for the summer ahead.
On behalf of the Staff of 2015,
Adam Strasberg, Summer Camp Director
August 24, 2015
Hey parents, Toro here. With hundreds of campers coming in through the CK gates over the course of the summer, many a water bottle and rain boot are lost. Lost and Found items that are left behind at the end of a session are cleaned, sorted then stored in boxes, waiting for their rightful owner to reclaim them. In order to speed up this process, we have taken photographs of the lost items in the hopes that we can track down the owner.
"Marco" brand Sleeping Bag
Skull and Crossbones Bag (containing a camouflage sweater)
Accessories - Water Bottles, Sunglasses, Goggles, Hats
Sweaters & Jackets
Hudson's Bay Sweater
Hamilton City Spitfires
Grey Lululemon Sweater
Mountain Hardware Jacket
Lakefield Chiefs Sweater
I hope that these clothes can find their rightful owners! If you see anything that belongs to you, feel free to give the Camp a call or an email to reclaim your lost items.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (705) 652-3860
The last week of July and the first week of August have proven to be nothing short of wonderful. August sessions always have a different vibe to them in comparison to July sessions since they are broken into both one and two week sessions.
Session D arrival day was our biggest arrival day this summer, with around 130 campers showing up. Our leadership campers, the LITs, CSDs and PLCs arrived on this day along with our two week and one week campers. The day kicked off with camp-wide games such as the famed Gaga Ball and concluded with a rowdy campfire down in our campitheatre overlooking the well-photographed Clear Lake sunset.
The weather, despite a few rainy days, pulled through with temperatures in the high twenties for the majority of the week. Solar Dip was a hit this week due to the heat – during rest hour, campers had the opportunity to jump in the lake to cool off.
Memorable evening programs included Wizard of Oz, a new program invented by the CSDs, Newscasters, the Hunger Games and Bamboozled. Lots of theme days were run these two weeks such as Campstock, a music festival day featuring a bouncy castle, a slip-n-slide and nachos cooked by the power of the sun in the solar oven. Medieval Zing Tong this session was particularly majestic. Coach, Peatri, Sanders and a team of costume designers spent weeks slaving away at the various outfits and accessories sported by counselors in this evening program, which concluded with an intense dock skit.
During General Boat and Swim the place to be was the waterfront, with many campers spending their hour cooling off by sailing, playing games on windsurf boards or simply going for a slide down the barge. Court of Dreams proved to be as intense as ever, with campers and counselors proving they can indeed ball very hard. The final game was a tough loss by the Bulls, losing 48-16 against the Raptors.
Introduced this session was another post-dinner tournament game – Desire to Disc. Campers and counselors passionate about ultimate Frisbee banded together to share their love of the disc, participating in after dinner games.
The session concluded with a candle lighting ceremony by the beach with cabins singing low key songs, reflecting upon their time spent here at Camp Kawartha.
August 13, 2015
Media Specialist Toro sat down with 2 week returning camper Anna to chat about Camp & a few of her favourite things!
Video shot and edited by Justin Hung
Music - Birchview (Anton Markus Edit) - Phlex
Toro: How long have you been coming to camp for?
Anna: I have been coming for four years now. I was 7 when I first started. I did the 3 night camp session, Session N. My first counselor was Breezy, but that was back when she was a LIT (Leader-in-Training, a leadership program for 16 & 17 year olds), so she wasn’t named. Session N was a good transition to camp but I wanted to come for a longer time than three nights.
Toro: What is your favorite class at camp?
Anna: My favorite class is Arts and Crafts because we do really cool things that you don’t have the opportunity to do at school, or don’t have the supplies to do at home. Some interesting crafts we have done this session are making paper maché hands and masks along with our own candles. My mom is really into arts so I have always been interested in expressing myself creatively.
Toro: What is your favourite evening program?
Anna: My favorite evening program is CK Harmony, a program where we pair up kooky characters. I also like Zingtong but that is everyone’s favorite evening program. The medieval theme this year kept Zingtong interesting for all of the campers, old and new. I love evening programs because it’s easy for all campers to get involved. [My friend] Molly and I pulled a prank and stole the king’s lunch during the medieval luncheon, we sure caught him off guard!
Toro: If you could run a program what would you do?
Anna: An interest choice that I would run as a counselor would be making pets out of plants and other renewable materials to create new friends.
Toro: How did you first hear about camp?
Anna: I first heard about camp through my neighbours in Lakefield, Pablo and Feye.
Toro: What is your favourite camp meal?
Anna: Chicken burgers are the best, we actually just had them for lunch!
Toro: Do you go to camp alone or do you bring friends?
Anna: My two friends from home also come to camp but I have made great friends here that I see year after year. The majority of my friends I’ve made here have been my cabin mates, such as Molly. We have been in the same cabin for 3 years together! I try to keep in touch as much as possible with my friends from camp but I have a pretty busy schedule throughout the school year.
Toro: Do you ever get homesick?
Anna: No, not really. I try to write letters back to my parents but I always forget!
Toro: What is your dream position on staff?
Anna: I want to be the head of tuck because then you could eat candy while you’re giving it out. I would also want to be the head of land sports. I wish I could just grow overnight and be on staff already.
Thank you Anna! and what a great interview to pair with the new Summer Camp 2015 Video! Enjoy!
Thank you Anna! and what a great interview to pair with the new Summer Camp 2015 Video! Enjoy!
Video shot and edited by Justin Hung
Music - Birchview (Anton Markus Edit) - Phlex
August 12, 2015
Unto all and singular to whom these words shall come.
King Rowan and his court extend warmest greetings; you are cordially invited to the hundredth anniversary of the kingdoms uniting.
On Tuesday Camp Kawartha was transformed into a medieval kingdom! The day began with campers being assigned to one of six houses; Hevoth, Crucio, Dawnshore, Maxima, Shotter and Alderman, each led by a lord or lady of King Rowan`s court. The entire camp ate outside, enjoying a festive atmosphere as jesters and minstrels performed for the court.
It was a busy morning of classes for the Kingdom, whether it was creating house banners in Arts and Crafts, collecting herbs and flowers in Eco, noodle jousting in Windsurfing, setting off to explore in Sailing, or, of course, honing their skills in Archery.
At lunch the King announced he would select an heir from one of the six houses, based on how prosperous their provinces were. In the afternoon the camp divided into their six provinces and tried to build the most successful group by gathering materials, building farms, and establishing businesses. Despite bandits who plagued the kingdom, the houses were successful in creating a thriving land of prosperity and peace.
At dinner that evening, just as the king was about to announce his successor he was assassinated – and Lord Crucio claimed the throne for himself! The Evening Program which followed, Zing Tong, is a Camp Kawartha classic and camper favourite. The campers collected magical rocks while evading the evil bandits in order to save the kingdom, culminating in a dramatic dock battle between the counselors. In the end good triumphed and the evil king was defeated – all in a day's work!
August 5, 2015
My name is Scheuster and I’m the Waterfront Director at CK this summer!
We’ve been having tonnes of fun on the Waterfront every day during GBS using the inner tubes and the barge. Campers have also become quite the experts at using our giant green ‘lily pad’. Other favourite activities include sand castle building and hunting for crayfish.
Here at Camp Kawartha, campers are reminded daily to practice sun safety, applying sunscreen before and after each activity. We work hard to keep sunburns at bay!
During classes, we have had some high winds, making for some fun times for our sailors and windsurfers. These first class pirates enjoy taking command of the high seas. Now, our canoeists did not want to be left out of the fun. They paddled around the bay singing the ‘Hard Work’ song, bringing a smile to all of the lifeguard’s faces. Kayakers continue enjoy intense games of paddle soccer and noodle tag.
The waterfront is a happening place this summer. We are keeping our fingers (and toes) crossed for more sun and fun during August.
July 14, 2015
All of our cabins have gotten the opportunity to go on a camping trip this session. The cabins under 10 years old camped on the Range, roasted marshmallows and got a taste of tripping! Campers over 10 years old went on a canoe trip in either the Kawartha or Haliburton Highlands. Tripping is always a highlight of the two-week sessions, and luckily the weather was wonderful for most of B!
Where do we start?! Dinosaurs roamed the camp on Thursday as campers learned facts and chased them down, Wednesday’s theme day was on the Range and involved learning survival skills and working as a team to build different sustainable camps, and of course there was SUNDAY FUNDAY! Sunday started off with a sleep-in, followed by Bunk Time, an opportunity for cabins to do any activity of their choosing that they haven’t tried or that they want to do again. Highlights were sailing, archery and high ropes. In the afternoon the camp turned hippie for Campstock; there was a live band, homemade flower crowns, face paint, a slip n slide and nachos cooked with a solar oven. It was a lovely afternoon followed by a crazy energetic outdoor dance. These programs are just a sample of the many transformations camp underwent this session.
Session B is a huge session for our leadership campers. The LIT program began shadowing this week, each LIT was assigned to help out a cabin and learn from the counsellors. LITs bring great energy and enthusiasm into the cabins and they’ve done an amazing job so far!
The WLITs left for their 9 day camping trip this session. They’ve been checking in regularly with our trip director, and it sounds like quite the adventure. They shadowed in Session A and also did a terrific job.
The CSD program has been working hard this session on their Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross swimming skills. Their exam is at the end of this week, and we wish them good luck! Shout-out to the CSDs for all their hard work this session, I’m sure it will pay off.
So, there is your snapshot of Session B! For all the parents of Session B campers, I’m sure your campers will fill in the blanks with their unique camp experience. For future campers, we look forward to seeing you and have you join the Camp Kawartha adventure!
July 6, 2015
participated in all sorts of classes, got to play a variety of amazing camp-wide
programs and celebrated Canada Day by dressing up and playing Canada-themed
The session started with an indoor campfire where our staff and campers
showcased their singing and acting abilities! Huron got creative by making their
own original cabin song, Nuts the Elephant made an appearance, and the whole
camp participated in classic repeat-after-me-songs like “A tree in the hole” and
“Penguin Song”. Despite the rain, the campers shone bright within the four walls of
A definite highlight of our programming this week was the appearance of a new
program designed by superstar counsellors Vego and Nettie. It was based off of
Mario Party and utilized our camp radio! The whole camp was set up like a Mario
racetrack, and campers did a series of activities in order to gain coins while the
radio broadcasted the moves each team took. The kids loved it and we hope to see it
played again this summer!
Our Head Counsellors, Stanza and Feye, brought back Kawartha Cup this summer
and it was a hit! After breakfast, the camp was divided into teams and everyone
participated in a variety of stations like bump, backwards spelling bee and freeze
dance –all great ways to start the day. The culminating program of Kawartha Cup
was a giant relay race on Saturday. Congratulations to team Typhoon on your big
Another new program created by our Wilderness Leadership campers (age 16-18)
sprang up this session. Camp Kawartha was transformed for the afternoon into a
giant monopoly board, with different sections of camp separated into properties.
Campers worked together within the rules of monopoly to buy back the camp and
luckily they were successful! A big thanks to the WLIT’s for all their hard work.
In the mornings, every cabin this session got the opportunity to do sailing,
windsurfing, archery, land sports, eco skills, arts and crafts, kayaking, canoeing and
ropes! These classes give campers a chance to sample a wide variety of classic camp
activities as well as bond as a cabin.
All in all, Session A(mazing) was a great start to Camp Kawartha’s summer. Thanks
to all the crazy-fun campers, we hope to see you next summer!