THUNDER BAY – Campers woke up on Day 3 to the peaceful sound of the loons here at East Loon Lake. We’re sure the sun is shining but it has been playing hide and seek behind the clouds.
After a delicious breakfast of french toast (with all the fixings! YUM!), our campers took part in an Amazing Race. Teams raced around the Camp Duncan property completing challenges that tested their knowledge of the camp and their ability to work as a team. Some of these challenges included creating a team cheer and untying themselves from a human knot!
Today, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the President of Camp Quality Canada’s Board of Directors, Clara Butikofer, someone who is no stranger to our family as she was one of the founding members of our Northwestern Ontario camp. Along with taking part in all of our camp activities for the day, Clara was here to present the 2014 Volunteer Extraordinaire Award to Sylvie Mayo- a woman who has been part of our camp for twelve years and not only volunteers at almost every fundraising event we run, but also organizes all the amazing crafts in our Craft Shack. To express our thanks, Sylvie received a beautiful plaque and was serenaded with the loving cheers of “Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie!!!” from all our campers and volunteers.
In the early afternoon, Mannon, Jessica and Brittany from Let’s Talk Science guided our campers through a series of different science experiments. The campers were able to make flubber and goop- yes, these two experiments were as fun as they sound. The campers also thoroughly enjoyed making and setting off some Alka-Seltzer Rockets. The Let’s Talk Science team helped us learn new things in fun, creative ways!
A camp-wide tennis tournament was scheduled for after dinner, but the clouds decided to rain on us, so instead, we watched a movie about how we felt- Frozen! If you can believe it, we can see our breath!! Even though it’s quite chilly, the campers are bundled up enjoying spider dogs and other snacks while playing board games and hanging out together under the gazebo. Just hours before, we were slathering on sunscreen and soaking up the sun while swimming and playing catch, tag and bocce ball!
On a different note, we’d like to take a moment to thank our amazing kitchen team for all that they do for us- which is A LOT! Organizing a breakfast, lunch, dinner and three snacks for all our campers and volunteers is a lot of work, but they do it so well and without complaint! We’ve been treated to so many delicious meals and we are so excited to see what’s to come!
We are heading to bed early tonight as our bus is coming first thing tomorrow to escort us to our next adventure! Sleep tight, don’t let the black flies bite!!
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