At Camp Otterdale, our activities are organized with two key goals in mind for kids to have fun and to learn skills. Staff are trained to instruct all levels of skill, from beginner to expert, and to provide individual and group attention in order to help every camper engage in the activity and increase their skill level.
Days are active at Camp Otterdale, and we LOVE it that way! Being active and engaged promotes happiness and inspiration for everyone to give it your all! Learning to stick with it, and to accept the valuable lessons in the pursuit provides opportunities to experience perseverance, patience, and success. Nothing is sweeter than seeing a camper walking with more confidence and feeling proud of an accomplishment!
We offer a variety of activities for each camper to choose from:
|Red Cross/Life Saving Society Swimming||Canoeing||Voyager Peace Canoeing|
|Stand Up Paddleboarding||Kayaking||Sailing|
|Windsurfing||Snorkeling||Arts and Crafts|
|Camp Farm||Suzuki Environmental program||Nature Lore|
|Biking||Extreme Leisure Sports (XLS)||Fix-it with Captain
|Nature Photography, in conjunction with the Roberta Bondar Foundation||Ping Pong||Reading|
|Pathfinders Leadership Training||Camping Survival Skills||Ramble On! Hiking|
Here is what a typical day looks like (approximate timing):
7:30 am Wakey Wakey, (morning swim or exercise)
8:30 am Breakfast
1st activity period
2nd activity period
3rd activity period
12:30 pm Lunch followed by rest hour
4th activity period
5th activity period
6th activity period
5:30 pm Supper, tag up for next days activities
Junior lights out
Senior lights out
There are six major activity periods each day. Every evening after dinner, campers tag up for their activity choices, one of which is reserved for their swimming lesson. We offer Red Cross swimming lessons from levels 1 to 10 and for more advanced swimmers Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.
After lunch, there is a quiet hour where all campers return to their cabins to rest, read, write a letter or plan an upcoming event with their counsellors.
After dinner, sometimes the entire camp gathers to take part in a traditional game like Capture the Flag, or a staff led event created specifically for a session theme. At Otterdale, we have generated many evening programs that have become part of our camp lore. On a hot summer night, for example, we have been known to float the whole camp in camper groups and play games to cool off! Skits and Air Bands, carnivals, races, dances, as well as a good old campfire sing-along are all a part of our evenings together.
Classic Camp Campers will have the opportunity to experience an overnight camp out with their group during their time at Otterdale. This may include hiking, canoeing, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping in a tent. Pathfinder campers will experience a 4-day canoe trip.