A special thanks to all parents who joined us to hear internationally renowned parenting expert Alyson Schafer present “Camp, The Secret Recipe For Confident Kids” on April 30th. Camp Wahanowin hosted this event along with 11 other camps. We are also parents and feel strongly in not only creating the best environment for children to reach their potential while at camp but to learn new ways to carry it forward at home and at school. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can view the presentation above.
One of the bedtime traditions at camp each summer is Roses and Thorns. This is an opportunity for each camper in their cabin to talk about one or two really good things that occurred during the day and one or two things that did not go well or could have been improved. It’s not only a great feedback session but a chance to give every camper a voice and be able to express their feelings without judgement. Over the past few weeks, while looking forward towards camp, I’ve noticed a lot of roses going on around the Wahanowin world that I thought I’d like to share them with everyone. In fact, I’ve got a beautiful bouquet of a dozen roses to give:
1.The Wahanowin Leadership Group: Our group of dedicated and committed campers met for the second time last week to strategise on ways to minimize negative interactions at camp and facilitate great cabin dynamics to foster better problem solving and stronger friendships. This group will meet one more time prior to camp and will lead a staff training session and camper evening program in the first week of camp so that everyone this summer will be able to work together to achieve minimal problems and great solutions. I am very proud of all the campers in this group.
2.Camp Imagine: April just wrote a short blog about this but it’s a rose worthy of another mention. Another small but mighty group of campers volunteered at the “Camp Imagine” event raising money and awareness for Leukemia research. Another reason for pride in our camper community and a very successful, fun and important event.
3.Grads Go Global: This is a major philanthropic event raising money to be donated to Amani Children’s Home for subsidizing school, living and medical costs for Tanzania’s most vulnerable children. Camp Wahanowin is once again a major sponsor of this fund raising effort. Many of our staff will be attending this event to support this important cause. Continue reading »
I couldn’t imagine a more worthwhile, fun event to be a part of than Camp Imagine! This past Sunday Wahanowin participated in a multi-camp fundraiser helping find a cure for Leukemia! The event was great on so many levels!
First, we are so proud of Carly Grant for bringing us on board and taking on an such an instrumental role in the committee putting on the event! We love to hear about our campers who do such amazing things throughout the year!
Second, our Wahanowin Candy Floss booth was a big hit thanks to an incredible team. Thanks to Farco for the floss, Carly and cabin mates Rachel Leblanc, Jenna Saltsman, Layla Bender, Alexa Gold, Joey Yancovitch, Gillian Silver, and Mya de Cruz for giving of their time to spin and serve all day showing what Wahanowin Spirit is all about! Thanks also to super mom, Lani Epstein who never left her post! Continue reading »
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A Little bit about Daniel
Wahanowin Career: 1996 – 2006
Camper: 1996 – 2002
Staff: 2003 – 2006
Favourite Meal: Dinner on the Green
Favourite Activities: Baseball, Baseball, Baseball
Most Memorable Summer: 2002 CIT Summer
Favourite Camp Moment: Winning treasure hunt during ALUMNI/LTP colour war
What I’ll never forget: The heart-pounding anticipation when your bus finally arrives at camp – everyone knows the feeling.
About the Cause
As kids living in North America, we are fortunate enough to have unlimited access to sports. As a camper, Wahanowin provided me with a platform to take part in various sporting activities. Whether it was Intercamp, Colourwar, or daily routines there was never a shortage of opportunities…. Continue reading »
Katie Maalouf - Head Counsellor
As a kid all of my ideas about camp came from the movies, especially The Parent Trap. I always imagined when I did finally get the chance to go, it would be the coolest experience of my life. I’d make friends with people from across the country, who would become my pen pals (yup, in my imagination people still write letters). My cabin mates and I would play funny pranks on one another (I never questioned the logistics of putting a bed on the cabin roof). I’d learn to fence. I’d occasionally write home about being home sick, I’d hate the food, my counsellor’s would be the coolest people in camp, and I’d leave at the end of the season (which would only be two weeks, because I didn’t even know you could go to camp for two months) the happiest girl ever!
As I got a little older my interest in music and performance outgrew my interest in the Hailey Mills/ Lisday Lohan camp experience, so when I finally chose a camp it was a performing arts one… Yes, I Katie Maalouf attended BAND CAMP! Before you judge, let me explain, I went for music theatre, so it’s a little different… a little cooler! Now I don’t talk much about that part of my life, I call those the dark days, but truth be told I loved it, I loved everything about it, but it wasn’t that camp experience I’d imagined. So after a few seasons I retired my microphone and tap shoes and found Wahanowin. Continue reading »
Miriam Balsam - Head Counsellor
During the Wahanowin off season, the up and coming summer is always on my mind. The countdown of days until camp is often accompanied by enthuastic discussions with other Wahanowin staff about new ideas, future program possibilites and a whole bunch of other Waha related topics that often get expressed at rapid speed via text, twitter, instagram, facebook and many times even in person! We talk about the summer on repeat until that magnificant day when the countdown reaches zero and we finally get to be at camp! But what I haven’t told many people is that, during those 10 months spent away from camp, I often experience a variety of reoccuring Wahanowin dreams. I have dreams of singing on the Phyllis Weisfeld stage (and sometimes forgetting my lines), I have that dream where I’m flying over camp and wave down to everyone as they look at me with puzzled expressions because they were unaware that I could fly! I have that classic dream where I show up at camp and realize that I forgot my pillow. I even had a dream that camp replaced the guest washrooms with a Starbucks! Wahanowin is a great passion in my life, so much that I am constantly dreaming about being back there. So naturally, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning to Wahanowin for my 16th summer in the role of Head Counselor. Continue reading »
Mark Balsom – CIT Coordinator
To the CITs of 2013
At the end of last summer, I couldn’t have been happier. LTP 2012 was honestly the best summer of my life and it was the LTP campers and staff who made it all possible, so THANK YOU!!!
Now that our CIT summer is upon us, and I am officially the CIT coordinator, I have never been so pumped for a summer in my life. As a soon to be 22 year old and graduate of university, it is because of this unit, that I simply can’t depart from Waha just yet. I’m sure you guys already know how strong my passion for this unit is and how much fun I have had with you guys over the past seven summers.
As your CIT coordinator, it will be my goal, to help each and every one of you find your passion at camp, which is truly the key to your future successes as staff members. The best part of being a Wahanowin staff member, is, that in order to be good at your job, you must always be having fun! If you are not enjoying yourself as a staff member, than your campers certainly will not be happy either! Continue reading »
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