THUNDER BAY – Day 3 was a Herculean day at Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario! Visitors this morning included Kim of Kim Chase Fitness leading the group in kick boxing and Jason of Vigor Fitness Studio giving us a good callisthenic workout. To fuel our energy we enjoyed a hearty breakfast, mid morning smoothies and a great mac & cheese and hotdog lunch.
Everyone tucked into their cabins for a one hour toes up time before the strongest camper-team competition. A little competition goes a long way to creating team spirit. There was the strongest bridge made from marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti, the crazy frizbee and football toss, the canoe race, the moving water relay, mask making, and the dreaded pudding drop.
Camp Quality Northwest Smile Factory
Last year, campers were the victims of the pudding drop and this year the companions had to lay prone for the pudding feeding. The results were hilarious and I thought that Kyee deserves the picture of the year!
It was perfect timing for a swim in the lake and some biodegradable shampoo. Everyone got all cleaned up!Members of Northern Ontario Classic Cruisers, Rene, Shirley, Pat and Karen joined us for dinner and as a thank you for their efforts over the past three years to raise money through an annual poker derby.
This past year , they encouraged all the car clubs in Thunder Bay to get involved and the total raised was over $14,000!
Our evening was spent in free time for the campers and volunteers. Several chose to gather in our place of solitude to remember our past campers who are no longer with us. Many went to the East Loon Lake tennis courts for some instruction form our friend Jerry Stitt in preparation for Thursday’s tennis tourney.
A fun campfire was led by Brendan Turner, our National Manager of Programs, from Toronto and some great fireside snacks.
Now the Herculean day has come to an end and while I could reflect on the efforts the organizers go to create this special camp.
I can’t help but remember that it was one women, Vera Entwistle, who’s passion created Camp Quality and you can read more about her story at www.celebrityspeakers.com.au.
Our director, Gladys Berringer, has also thoughtfully lead our team to a successful camp and she enjoys the fun at camp as well.
Stay tuned for Day 4.
The Pirates of the Caribbean is sure to be a fun day!
About the author.
Clara Butikofer moved to Thunder Bay in1998, leaving behind a dedicated teaching career and spending her life volunteering with various community organizations and encouraged her students to follow her example. While seeking something more meaningful after moving to Thunder Bay, she stumbled upon an ad for the first organization meeting for Camp Quality NW Ontario and here she is today, still loving the organization with a passion. Clara was recently nominated as Vice-President of the Camp Quality National Board and leads the fundraising and marketing for CQNWO. She also enjoys a good belly laugh several times daily during camp week!