We are excited about our Spring Open House on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
You are invited to visit camp on Sunday 18 May from 1:00-5:00 pm and find out why all kids and teens can benefit from a residential camp experience. During the afternoon you can tour camp, meet many of our counsellors and try your hand at some of the fun and challenging camp activities.
The following Questions and Answers will give you a good idea what to expect. Hope to see you at the Open House and we look forward to seeing you this summer:
Who is the Open House designed for?
If you are a Family thinking about sending your children to camp for the first time, this is a fantastic chance to see what summer camp is all about. Bring all your questions and concerns and we will do our best to show you why Camp Otterdale has been such an important partner with thousands of families since 1955.
Visiting camp during the Open House is a great way for First Year Campers to get familiar with camp. If you have enrolled in your first camp session you can confront your butterflies head on by coming to the Open House. Discover where all the activities take place, check-out your cabin, dip your toe in beautiful Otter Lake (the water will be a bit too chilly to swim) meet some other kids and start to learn some of the staff nick names. You’ll be a pro before camp even starts!
The Open House is also a great way to spend the afternoon if you are a Returning Camper. Come and see what’s new around camp and reconnect with your friends and the staff. There will be lots of things to do rain or shine. We encourage you to bring a friend or two and show them why you keep coming back to camp. It’s more than the cinnamon butter isn’t it?
Hey Alumni Staff and Campers! This event is for you too. Take the opportunity to share your stories and reconnect with old friends. Enjoy a walk through the maple forest and revisit the shores of Otter Lake. We would love to see you again.
Who will be at camp?
Most of the 2014 staff will be at camp participating in our Staff Skills Weekend. They will be involved in training courses (Lifeguarding, Canoeing and First Aid) preparing program areas and developing their counselling/leadership skills. During the Open House we expect many new and returning campers to participate.
Will there be activities we can try?
There sure will be! Take the “weekend challenge” to get your visitors passport signed at all the activities: archery, climbing, bouldering, ramble-on, Fraser ball, Frisbee games, canoeing (for some), a dip (for the brave), chess, checkers, ping pong and more.
How will we tour the camp?
Upon arrival you will receive a name tag, visitor passport and a self-guiding tour map. Don’t worry, there will be lots of staff stationed around the property to answer your questions and get you to the next check point.
With all this activity, I know I will be getting hungry! Is there a food stop?
One of the newest novelties at camp is our wood-fired oven. It will be flashed up for you to build your custom pizza during your tour. There will also be coffee, juice and snacks in the Lodge.
Is there a cost?
You are our guest when you visit camp and there is no cost to attend. There will be items you can purchase through the tuc shop (camp clothing, water bottles, sunglasses). We will be accepting donations for our “Send a Kid to Camp” program at the Sugar Shack/Tuc Shop.
How do we sign the kids up?
You can enroll your children through the Otterdale website any time. During your tour during the Open House there will be a stop at the camp office where you can check availability and sign-up on the spot! We offer one, two and four week overnight sessions for children 7 to 15 years. There is also day camp during the last two weeks of August for kids 6 to 12 years.
For more information:
Telephone: (613) 284-2700