Happy October!

Good luck Megan.  Today Megan writes her RN exams! 

It is also World Cerebral Palsy Day today.  




















September 29th

Today Drop Zone for Easter Seals Ontario is taking place in Toronto.  Tyler, one of the Algonquin Park Out-trippers did the drop, very brave of him. 


September 29, 2014

Happy International Coffee Day!  One of my favourite days.  

Thanks to everyone who have completed the staff survey.  Your feedback has been great. There are lots of great ideas for 2015.  If you didn't receive the survey, click here to do the  2014 Staff Survey. 

I have put up a lot of the pictures from this summer on Flickr.  If you are interested in accessing them, please send me an e-mail and I will send you out an invite.  




September 25, 2014

The Wish List has been updated, thanks to all of the programmers who provided suggestions on their EOSR!




September 23, 2014

Today is the first day of Fall. Strange that this week they are calling for a lovely week of warm weather. 

The 2014 wrap up is almost done, I just have to go through all of the Accident/Unusual occurrence forms. I think I am procrastinating on this task.


If you would like to see the pictures from the drone that was used during the We Care lunch, click here. 


This week I will be sending out the staff survey. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback about your summer experience at Merrywood. I use this feedback in planning for the 2015 camping season. Last year some of the suggestions from  that came out of the 2013 survey, such as; receiving more information about the different disabilities and the opportunity to get to know more staff during pre-camp training were implemented this year. So please take the time to complete the survey and provide any suggestions that would  make Merrywood even better.  



September 10, 2014

A very successful summer has come and gone and by now everyone will be busy starting classes, looking for jobs or travelling to far away places.  I wanted to thank everyone for all of the amazing summer we had. The success of this summer is due to all of the time and effort everyone put into making sure all of the campers had an amazing camp experience.  

This summer wasn't without it sad moments.  Ken Young one of our driver's passed away in August 23rd due to a stroke.  We will all remember what a kind and very patient person he was.  Also one of our campers Matt M. died on August 30th.  Matt had been a long time camper who was a very enthusiastic participant in all of the camp programs.  Both will be missed by everyone at Merrywood. 












July 19, 2014









July 19, 2014

It has been a busy summer. Lots of fun and amazing thing happening at Merrywood.  We can't believe how fast the summer is going!


On Wednesday Merrywood was very lucky to host the Friends of WeCare. They brought out tons of food for us - soft ice cream, a pizza truck and the traditional BBQ.  They also brought Build a Bear. Every camper received a bear that they could personalize.  The staff were not forgotten as they gave all the staff a gift bag.


If anyone is looking to volunteer, we could use a few volunteers over the long weekend in August. 


June 17, 2014

The 2014 Program Staff enjoyed a fun overnight at Murphy's Point last night.  After some fun activities, everyone fell asleep to the sounds of nature - owls, coyotes etc. 


June 16, 2014

Training is in full swing at Merrywood.  The cabin leaders arrive tonight. By tomorrow morning there will be 2 more nurses here.  They will begin to do the paperwork for the first session. There are lots of very excited campers waiting to arrive on June 29th. It is a full session. 

 



June 15, 2014

The programmers are all here and training is well underway.  Hopefully the weather warms up for our waterfront.  It was pretty cold in the water yesterday, although they did have wet suits that helped. 


June 13, 2014

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the waterfront staff - some are coming tonight, the rest will be here for 9 am tomorrow ready to begin.  The weatherperson has been listening to us and is calling for some nice weather over the next week. We have had a lot of rain the last few days. 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2014

 

Just a reminder to all staff, except Counsellors. Training begins at 9 am on the start date of your contract. If you are unable to make it in time for the 9am start, you are more then welcome to come the day before. Dinner is at 5 pm!

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June 9, 2014  We now have Merrywood back to ourselves again.  The sound of barking dogs has stopped. Only 2 more days until the Trippers arrive to begin their training. Can't wait.

 

Here is a very good article from the American Camps Association on risk management and your role at camp in providing a safe camping experience for the campers.  Click here to link to the article.

 

 


 

June 7, 2014

 

It is a quiet weekend at Merrywood.  Most of the L-Team is off for the weekend. Merrywoof is here, so we have to keep out of their way.  Nick & Emily went on a road trip to Quebec to check out Eco-Odessey to see if it would be a fun trip for the MS campers.  They had a nice time.