On May 23 Camp Tanner took part in Thamesford's Calithumpian Parade. Each year on the Victoria Day weekend Thamesford host's their Calithumpian festivities which includes fireworks, events, carnival rides and a parade. For the last few years Camp Tanner has made this a part of our Victoria Day weekend as well by taking part in the parade.
This year we were lucky enough to have all our CIT's come from their CIT training at camp that weekend to take part in the parade. The CIT's along with some of our other staff built our float the morning of the parade and took part in riding and walking along with it. Our float this year was themed to go along with our Regatta that we have each week at camp. Regatta for us is an all day water day where kids take part in activities in the pool as well as water games in the grass around the pool. Some of these activities include synchronized swimming routines, best cheer competition, biggest splash competition, slip N' slide, sponge games and water balloons. To honour this Regatta our staff built our float to look like a pool and all dressed in poolside attire.
It was great to have so many voices and so much enthusiasm as we walked the parade float singing many of our favourite camp songs. We had a total of 22 people with our float this year which I believe is a new record for us. Thanks to all who helped build the float, drive staff to and from the parade, and walk/ride along with the float. Also, special thanks to Spork and his family for letting us use their trailer and for driving our float.
Can't wait to see what Camp Tanner will come up with for our next parade float? Come out and see us in our next parade this winter. We will be in the Woodstock Christmas parade.
We look forward to seeing you all there,
This May long weekend, Camp Tanner not only had our weekend camp for many excited campers; we also hosted our CIT training. CIT's are "counsellors in training". These are our 16 year old staff members who will work on a volunteer basis this summer alongside a counsellor in hopes of learning all about how to be great staff members. This year we are privileged enough to have 16 amazing CIT's taking part in this program. This weekend was our CIT's first chance to learn about what their role this summer would entail
Our CIT director this year is Peetree. Peetree has been a staff member at Camp Tanner for 8 years and throughout that time has gained lots of experience and expertise which she was able to share with our CIT's. Peetree spent the weekend at camp with our CIT's leading them in a great weekend program that she planned to ensure maximum learning and maximum fun. She also, had some help running sessions throughout the weekend from some of our other experienced staff members including Tondue, Lutz, Slugger and Grrrruff. Thanks, to all who helped plan and run sessions this weekend.
During our CIT training CIT's attended the full weekend so they got to see what a day at Camp Tanner entails. They got to take part in many of our activities throughout the weekend. While at these activities they are able to watch our staff lead sessions and observe how they interact with campers and handle situations. CIT's also took part in special sessions just for them. In these they did activities to learn about teamwork, communication, camp policies, how to best handle problems at camp, how to interact with campers, and how to plan camp activities. Lastly, CIT's got to take part in some fun along the way. This included taking part in activities like playing star spinner and a race to find Smarties in whip cream.
We hope all the CIT's who attended got lots of learning out of the weekend and also enjoyed their time with us. We look forward to having you all with us this summer. Thanks for giving up your long weekend to be with us.
See you this summer,
This past weekend we had our May Long Weekend Camp. This camp ran from Friday May 20 until Monday May 23. We had a full camp with over 50 campers and lots of our enthusiastic staff taking part in all the fun.
During our weekend camp, campers have the chance to experience all the fun of camp packed into a shorter time span. It's a great way for campers who are nervous about being away from home to try out camp. Campers get to take part in many of our regular camp activities such as morning watch, themed meals, games, nature, crafts, Christian Education (C.E.), passport sessions, evening games, campfires and much more.
This year campers got to take part in lots of extra special activities to go along with our weekend theme. The theme of the weekend was "Roo's Clue's" which meant that much of our weekend activities had mystery themes. This included meals such as mystery challenge meal, guess who, clue, and mystery draft. On top of this campers got to work with their cabin throughout the weekend to try and earn clues towards solving a camp mystery. Upon arrival campers were informed of a tragedy that had occurred on Friday at Camp Tanner; Fred the Moose had been stolen! It was up to the campers to try and determine which of our staff had stolen Fred the Moose. To do this they had to earn clues by winning different things throughout the weekend. They then used these clues to eliminate staff from their list until they were left with just one suspect. In the end Sharkbait and his campers in cabin 6 were successful in determining that it was none other than Bubbles who had taken our beloved Fred. Good job cabin 6!
Overall, the weekend went very well. We hope all our campers had as much fun as we did. We also hope many of them will be signing up to come back and see us this summer for more fun. Special thanks to our directors, Lutz and Slugger, for all their hard work planning and running this weekend. Also thank you to all our counsellors who gave up their long weekend to be with us. As well, thank you to our housemothers who do so much for us both at camp as well as planning and cleaning up from camp. To all who made the weekend great, thank you very much!
See you all this summer,