To be honest... I didn't know how my daughter would do at camp. Not because she would be homesick, it actually had nothing to do with her emotional state, she's 12 and pretty independent! We were just totally bummed that right after we booked her week at camp, she broke her left arm (she broke her right arm before Christmas break).
Going to summer camp with a broken arm sucks... or so we thought.
True to my amazing daughter's form, she managed to not only "get by" while at Ontario Pioneer Camp but to excel! Her first challenge... the swim test! She passed with flying colours and with only ONE ARM people! She wasn't going to let anything stand in her way from having some serious fun!
Without further ado, please welcome my daughter Emma to her first guest post on Shasher's Life.
|The Girl's New Dining Hall|
This was my first time going to camp so I thought we would be having "camp food" (chicken fingers, fries, and soggy pizza). At OPC we had lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, eggs, waffles and much more! All of the food was amazing, and almost better than the food I get at home, "almost"!
We didn't just eat in the Dining Hall, we had Program/theme in the Dining Hall, Worship and Bible Study, and SaySo (leaders shared their stories on how they came to the Lord).
|Iceberg Water Fun|
At the waterfront they had the high dive tower (3 different level diving platforms), the Iceberg, the water tramp, the blob attached to the tramp, the deep tank (deep swimming area), the lanes, and the fun shallow end. All very fun.
With one arm to climb the Iceberg, I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I did it! I was also looking forward to the highest diving platform but I didn't do it for the sake of my arm, but I did do the smallest one and the medium one! The Blob, soo much fun!!
This photo I took in Photography class! Photography was one of the many activities you could choose from. They had archery, mountain boarding, high ropes, wind sailing, canoeing, kayaking, crafts, swim team, swimming lessons, improvisational, singing, wacky water, sports, and everything in between.
I chose improv., photography, and wacky water. Wacky water was just doing activities in the waterfront like the diving tower Iceberg, the water tramp, swimming, and water games.
We also had CYOAs (choose your own activities) one night and the activity I did was the "Secret Mission". We learned a dance for a flash mob that we preformed at dinner.
There was also FSBO (free swim boats out) and you could do anything in the water.
I shared the Pine chalet with 3 other amazing girls along with our 2 incredible leaders. I "lived in" the Pathfinder's section, which is the second youngest group. When I first saw that the chalets didn't have any walls I thought, "Oh great! This is going to be a fun week!!" Thankfully I had a bug net!! But it really was a neat experience! Everyday we'd open up the flaps and let the sun shine in!
|1st Night Bonfire|
During the week I was there Girl's Camp turned 80 years old so we had a big celebration!
Over all I had a blast at Ontario Pioneer Camp!! All the staff are so kind and made sure we had the time of our lives!! I would definitely recommend this camp to all girls!!! And I definitely will go back!!!
Thanks Emma for sharing a bit about your first time at Summer Kid's Camp! A special thank you to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship & the Ontario Pioneer Camp for your spirit of excellence and for taking good care of my little girl!