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Summer 2015

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Individuality, Inclusiveness and Pink

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Camp Wahanowin has always celebrated the individuality of each camper that attends camp. We take pride in creating an atmosphere of inclusivity in each cabin, unit and the entire camp. Everyone belongs at Wahanowin and has the opportunity to be the best of who they are. That’s why we always want to allow every camper to “Lead and Shine”. Campers Lead by being who they are; displaying their unique talents that make them special. They Shine by doing so in front of their peers and friends in a supportive and encouraging environment.

 

This safety net of support gives campers the courage to maximize their potential, expand their comfort zone and achieve new heights. This truly is the definition of a successful camp experience. At Wahanowin, we breed this culture where campers and staff feel safe to be themselves and know they will be accepted and belong.

 

This message which has always been a fundamental aspect of our camping philosophy will be officially recognized and celebrated with a brand new tradition this summer. Individuality, inclusiveness, tolerance, acceptance and belonging will be the theme of Pink Day. This day will see the entire camp wearing pink in solidarity of the important idea of working together to make Wahanowin even better and then taking this message back home to schools and throughout the community. Ve’ahavta, the Jewish humanitarian organization, is partnering with Wahanowin for this full day program by providing a tikkun olum (repairing the world) Dugmah grant.  This grant has enabled us to purchase pink t-shirts for all campers and provide a guest storyteller for the event.

 

Special activities throughout the day will focus on individuality, inclusiveness and allow every camper the chance to Lead and Shine! Every activity area will run “Pink” themed programs; reminding campers of the importance to cooperate, support each other and recognize the unique contributions of everyone in their cabin and unit. The culmination of the day will occur that evening in the theatre with a special “Pink” EP with a surprise guest speaker.

 

We are very excited to offer another Wahanowin 1st; celebrating the true essence of what camp is all about, the values we instil and a day full of meaningful fun. As you prepare for camp and all the fabulous and exciting adventures to come, remember to take a moment to consider what you really want to accomplish this summer and Think Pink!

See you at the buses!

Bruce

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Happy Passover From WahaTV!

Passover is a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and relive the exodus from Egypt. It’s a beautiful tradition that has continued for over 3500 years. Although Wahanowin is just 61 years old, we too believe strongly in family, friends and tradition. We hope you enjoy your Seder as much as we enjoyed our Wahanowin Seder. On behalf of everyone in the Wahanowin family, we want to wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Meaningful Passover! Continue reading »

Bruce’s Blog: 2015 Update #2

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Spring has officially arrived and there are less than 100 days until camp. It is always an exciting time of year when the snow melts, the weather warms up and camp is finally on the immediate horizon. We are busily preparing for the summer and very confident it will be our finest. Work up north on site continues at a feverish pace as the landscape has changed more dramatically this offseason than ever before.

There will be a significantly different and brand new look to Wahanowin: from when you drive in to camp on our new upgraded and widened roads to our beautiful new cabins to the amazing and complete theatre prominently displayed on entry to camp. And of course, let’s not forget the newly landscaped expanded beach beside ski. It’s all new, cutting edge, fresh and ahead of the camping curve.

And there is much more in store this summer, so here are a few highlights from our new programs, protocols and cool happenings at Wahanowin in 2015.

Safety, Security and Supervision are front and centre at Wahanowin. We are very proud of our safety and supervision record throughout our history but we are taking it up a notch to a new level this summer.  Policy adjustments for 2015 with regards to safety, security and supervision include:

• Night Duty (O.D.) will be a rotation with each cabin’s staff and the staff will remain inside the cabin all night.
• Camper curfew will be strictly enforced and thoroughly monitored to prevent late night wandering.
• Our no cell phone, no screens policy will be strictly enforced and will include CITS.
• All LTP and CIT money brought to camp must be kept in the office. Campers in Alumni and younger will not be allowed to have money at camp.

Details of all 2015 policy adjustments will be sent to all families closer to camp but please feel free to contact us at the office if you have any questions. Be assured that every change made is with the safety and supervision of every camper in mind.

The Dining Hall will have a new look this summer on several fronts. We are doing a minor renovation plus beginning the process of moving theatre plaques to the new theatre. Very exciting!

The Kitchen will be very busy as well. We are working on a new menu with a few new items, focussing on healthier options, a nice variety at the salad bar and not as much fried food. There is a tremendous tradition of excellence in food at Wahanowin dating back to Bubby Nash and then Yetta, and that commitment to providing the best nutritious and delicious food continues with Tan. We know every camper and staff will be well fed and enjoy the food this summer.

We appreciate feedback in all aspects of camp, we listen and make appropriate changes.

Finally, Master Chef is coming to Wahanowin. Lead by our Red Seal accredited super Chef, Roch Beaudrey, campers will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare gourmet food and compete against one another in teams to win the chance to prepare a meal for the entire camp. The Dining Hall will be cooking on all cylinders this summer!

Big news in the CIT program. Every CIT will have the opportunity to receive a Grade 11 high school credit just by participating in our newly upgraded, leadership CIT program. Camp Wahanowin is partnering with Torah High to bring this unique and exciting new opportunity to Wahanowin CITs. Like so many things, Wahanowin is the ONLY private cutting edge camp to offer such a program. Early acceptance to university, here we come!

As usual, there is tremendous anticipation about the theme of the summer as it sets the tone and flavour of theme days, special programs, staff training and gives everyone a focus of what we are trying to achieve. This year’s theme challenges every camper and staff to embody the goals and philosophy of Wahanowin, to lead and shine, maximize your potential and be a true champion with your behaviour, attitude and example you set for others. In this spirit, this year’s camp theme is “Be a Camp Champ!”

More exciting news on the way as camp approaches, so keep checking into Wahanowin.com for all the latest and greatest happenings at Wahanowin. Spring has sprung and summer is waiting close behind! And lastly, on behalf of Patti, Hannah, Rachel and Sam, I want to wish your family a very happy, healthy and meaningful Passover.

See you in 87 days,
Bruce

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Bruce’s Blog: 2015 Update #1

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After a long and very cold winter, spring is finally on the horizon as the temperature starts to warm up and the snow begins to melt. I, myself am finally coming out of blog hibernation and will start communicating on a more regular basis as the summer approaches. It’s been quite a productive winter with a lot going on in the Wahanowin office and at camp. Lots of exciting things to report with many great new additions to our facility and program as we count down the time to opening day. I know the Wahanowin social media machine has been in high gear with daily posts, pictures, exciting news and most recently, the big reveal of our 2015 Head Staff line-up. So let me bring you up to date on some of the other things we’ve been working on.

The spectacular new cabins in the grove are coming along very nicely. Six have been framed with the roofs on and interior walls built. We are now concentrating on some of the finishings and details that will make these state of the art cabins the finest in the camping world. We are very excited for the first group of campers to live in our beautiful new summer dwellings.

The expanded beach where the old Phyllis Weisfeld Theatre used to be has been cleared and prepared for landscaping, new sand, beach volleyball posts, etc….. We are just waiting for the snow to melt so we can get going on our waterfront beautification project. That includes the new sunset firepit, boardwalks, brand new sand and larger beach area of our existing waterfront. It’s going to look, feel and be amazing!

We’ve been talking about the brand new Phyllis Weisfeld Theatre for two years now so I am particularly thrilled that it is complete and ready to go to open the 2015 season. This new facility is so far ahead of any camp’s theatre and we are very lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful venue. The famous Wahanowin theatre program will flourish but so will many other new programs as the theatre will be incorporated into evening programs, camp wide events, meetings, movie nights, theme days, intercamp competitions and even a brand new fitness program making use of the new technology wired into the theatre. There is no doubt that this new facility will be utilized daily and set the standard of excellence in the camping world.

There’s been a great response and lots of interest in Parasailing as Wahanowin continues its creative and cutting edge programming. This one-of-a-kind activity will be an exhilarating addition to our adventure programming line-up and will be the ride of a lifetime for all participants. Things are definitely looking up at this activity. Another new addition to the 2015 summer season is Unlimited Potential (UP) Dance Camp headed up by the talented and dynamic Justin Barkie. This one week intensive dance experience taking place during the August session will be an awesome opportunity for any level dancer to improve their skills, learn new techniques and have the chance to perform a brand new routine for their parents at camp. All the details to get involved in these programs are located on the best website in camping, wahanowin.com.

Update number two will focus on new program ideas, exciting CIT news, food and menu changes, new levels of safety, security and supervision as well as the sensational summer theme for 2015. We are all excited to get going and the way time has flown by since last summer, the buses will be rolling before we know it. Stay tuned for more exciting information later this month and start getting excited for the best summer in Wahanowin history in 2015!!!

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Happy Hanukkah!

May the miracle of Hanukkah remind us of all the small miracles in our lives to be thankful for.  Happy Hanukkah!

Song of The Week: Disney Medley

Enjoy this musical treat from some talented campers and staff! Continue reading »

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