Camp Quality Blog – Day 4 – July 18, 2018

Campers Lucas and Denver with volunteers Ben and Adrian, setting out for a sail at the Marina.
Campers Lucas and Denver with volunteers Ben and Adrian, setting out for a sail at the Marina.

By: Neave Badanai

CAMP QUALITY – Day 4 here at CQ was action-packed starting bright and early this morning. I can speak for most of our campers when I say that the early mornings are hard, but when you have as much fun as we do in a day they are worth it! Our 7:00 am start began with a light breakfast before our busy day in town. 8:15 rolled around pretty quickly and we were off to the races. First stop: Prince Arthur’s Landing (the Thunder Bay Marina) for some sailing with our friends at the Thunder Bay Yacht Club. Many of our campers and volunteers had never been sailing before today, so this was an activity to remember. Not only were all the boat captains and crews awesome, but the weather was beautiful too. While some of our group was out on the boats, the rest of us enjoyed a scavenger hunt on the mainland.

Campers Lucas and Denver with volunteers Ben and Adrian, setting out for a sail at the Marina.
Campers Lucas and Denver with volunteers Ben and Adrian, setting out for a sail at the Marina.
Campers Braeden and Connor out sailing with volunteer Kaitlyn.
Campers Braeden and Connor out sailing with volunteer Kaitlyn.

Nothing makes our campers happier than a great meal which was exactly what we had at our next stop, Boston Pizza! You can’t go wrong with some pizza and salad paired with awesome service from their team. Thanks, Boston Pizza on Memorial Avenue for all your hard work at making sure we got fed in no time.

As many readers may know, it can be rare to find some of us showering at Camp Duncan. That is exactly why a trip to the Canada Games Complex is a great place to fit in a quick swim, dive, hot tub and of course, shower. We have been going to the Complex for many years now and it never disappoints us. Thanks to all the lifeguards and staff for the great time.

 

Camper Kaija was excited to shower and get squeaky clean.
Camper Kaija was excited to shower and get squeaky clean.

While some of CQ was swimming and showering, a couple of CQ volunteers stopped in to see camper Luke who is spending his week at the hospital instead of camp. Ashleigh, Colleen, and Joe brought CQ to him, alongside some CQ swag and some smiles. Together with Luke, they made a MESS of sparkles doing crafts, tackled some Gordos in Kirbyland and set off some balloon rockets (all aimed at mom it seemed…hmm). They also brought a card signed by everyone at CQ so Luke knows we are all thinking about him and missing him at camp. We will look forward to seeing him at our next event!!

Camper Luke shows off his mad video game skills to Companion Joe.
Camper Luke shows off his mad video game skills to Companion Joe.
Ashleigh, Joe, and Colleen brought camp to Luke, putting smiles on everyone’s faces
Ashleigh, Joe, and Colleen brought camp to Luke, putting smiles on everyone’s faces

Some of you might be tired just thinking about all the action we had going on today, but our trip to town was just the beginning of an incredible day. Nothing can fix some tired eyes like a quick toes-up time to keep our energy up. Right after that, we had a fantastic dinner of fish, beans, and potatoes. As I am sure you can tell, we never go hungry here at CQ.

Just when we thought our day couldn’t get any better, off to the park we went to meet members of the Harley Owners Group for some coveted motorcycle rides. Year after year these bikers come all the way out to Loon Lake to give our campers and volunteers the chance to feel the wind in their hair, and for our campers, some cool Harley swag to sport. But that’s not all, they also gave us a donation from their group to ours. Thank you HOGs for your continuous support and the fun that you always give us!

Camper Alyx getting ready to hit the road on a Harley.
Camper Alyx getting ready to hit the road on a Harley.
Companion Joe with camper Brendan waiting for the Harleys to arrive at Loon Lake. According to Brendan’s face, they couldn’t arrive soon enough!
Companion Joe with camper Brendan waiting for the Harleys to arrive at Loon Lake. According to Brendan’s face, they couldn’t arrive soon enough!

Our night rounded off the some cool science experiments, consisting of exploding pop bottles (mentos) and erupting volcanos (baking soda and vinegar). As always, our night wrapped up with a campfire and this time s’mores. There will be s’more fun coming for day 5 so stay tuned!