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!
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.
Red Cross / Life Saving Society Swimming
Extreme Leisure Sports (XLS)
Arts & Crafts
Stand up Paddleboarding
Fix-it with Captain
Suzuki Environmental Program
Camping Survival Skills
Ramble On! Hiking
A typical day at camp
7:30 am - Wakey Wakey!
Start your day with a morning swim or exercise.
8:30am - Breakfast
Your first delicious and nutritious meal of the day.
9:30am - Activity 1
Choose how to spend your activity periods throughout the day.
10:30am - Activity 2
Another activity period! To the waterfront for canoeing or kayaking!
11:30am - Activity 3
If you haven’t done your swimming lesson yet, maybe now’s the time!
12:30pm - Lunch
Meal #2! Back to the dining hall for nourishment and meal-time fun.
1:30pm - Rest Hour
Take a breather and prepare for your next activity period.
2:30pm - Activity 4
First activity period of the afternoon. Try some arts & crafts!
3:30pm - Activity 5
Still feeling artistic? Maybe try drama or pottery!
4:30pm - Activity 6
Get your environment on with the Suzuki Environmental Program
5:30pm - Dinner
And after dinner, time to sign up for your next day’s activities!
6:30pm - Evening Program
Camp games, camp fires, sing-alongs & theme nights fill the evening.
8:30pm - Jr. Lights out
Lights out for the younger campers. Rest up for your day tomorrow!
9:30pm - Sr. Lights out
A little bonus for our older campers is an extra hour of camp fun every day!