April 23, 2104

The ice went off the lake overnight.  There are 2 winners - Belinda Hargreaves who guessed April 22nd and Molly Schnoodle who guessed April 23rd.  Their prizes will  be mailed out shortly.


I have attached a picture of our new boat.  It still needs a motor, but it is pretty nice.  


April 22, 2014 - Happy Earth Day!

Jacques & I are heading out today to pick up our new boat for the sailing program. The rain is coming to an end, so that will make the road trip nicer.  I can't wait to see it.   Our old Zodiac had a nice long life, but  this past year it was off the water more then it was on it. 

Right now Easter Seals is having problems with receiving e-mails from Hot Mail accounts so if you are getting bounce backs, that is why.  they hope to have it fixed later  today. 


April 19, 2014

The water is receding a little. 


April 16, 2014

The water level in  Rideau is rising.  There is still ice on the lake


April 14, 2014

The ice is slowly leaving.....


April 12, 2014

Tomorrow is the Easter Seals Telethon on CBC.  There will be lots of film clips of the camps and interviews with the campers. If you get a chance you can always phone in a donation.  

Thanks to all of the staff who are volunteering their time tomorrow at the various telethons across the province. I will be in Toronto entering all of the pledges that come in. 


April 11, 2014

Here are some pictures of the ice slowly melting on Rideau Lake. 

                                                    The sailing docks stored behind Jacques shop. 

The canoe docks behind the dining hall. Jacques has had a bubblier in tor 2 weeks. This has opened

 up the water around the docks. Hopefully this will limit the damage that the ice causes when it  

begins to move around. 


April 10, 2014

Just a reminder to please send in your signed contracts and paperwork as soon as possible. There have been some contracts outstanding for a couple of months!



April 8, 2014

Pre-camp begins in 70 days! Yikes. So much left to do. 


April 3, 2014

All staff for the 2014 camping season have been hired!  We certainly have an amazing team this summer. Only 75 days until pre-camp starts. 


We are having a contest. E-mail me the date that you think the ice will leave Rideau Lake and you will win a prize. Multiple winners are okay. E-mail me at bgray@easterseals.org with your date or visit the Merrywood Staff Past & Present Facebook site.  Right now the lake is still frozen and the ice is 2.5 meters thick. Good luck!  



April 2, 2014

April is Volunteer Appreciation month.  Our volunteers are a key ingredient to making camp magic possible. Thank you so much!

March 29, 2014

March is Easter Seals Month and it is drawing to an end, lots of great events took place across Ontario during the month. One of our campers from 2013 was part of a Go Train Campaign. 


March 27, 2014

i just wanted to let everyone know that Rick Bowes, one of our drivers from 2012 & 2013, died on Tuesday.  Click here to link to his obituary. Rick will be greatly missed by everyone at Merrywood who knew him.  We could always count on Rick, even when we called at the last minute.  


March 26, 2014

Another snowy day at Merrywood!



March 24, 2014

Just a little reminder to return your signed contracts!  You do not need to send your missing documents in a the same time. 

I wish everyone in university/college who are just finishing up there year all the best on your final essays and exams. I remember what a crazy time of  year it is for you. 

Suzanne, Emily & I had a great time in Atlantic City. We learned so much and are all excited to begin the summer. 

Session #2, #3, #4 Arts Camp and Family Camp are full.  All girls spots are filled in Session #1.  There are a few spots left in Sports Camp, Discovery Camp and 1 girl spot in Out-tripping Adventure Camp.  It will be a busy summer!


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March 22, 2014

It is a big day at Lansdowne Place in Peterborough as campers, their families and staff come together to experience a little bit of Merrywood Camp. Thanks to everyone for coming out to support this great event and helping to send kids to camp.  Thanks Emily for all the work in making this happen.  Have fun!



March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The American Camp Association Tri-State Conference is this week in Atlantic City.  We are heading out today to begin our long drive.  We will be spending the night at Merrywood, then leaving early tomorrow am. It is such a great conference and we get so many ideas for the upcoming summer.  There are usually over 5,000 people there from all over the USA, Mexico and Canada. 




March 13, 2014

Don't forget to send me at picture at bgray@easterseals.org of something that makes you happy for the 100 Happy Days!


March 11, 2014

Are you looking for something to do March 22 & 23?  How about heading to Peterborough for a camp out in the Lansdowne Mall?  This is an amazing fund raiser for Easter Seals Ontario.  Click here for  more information or to make a donation.  


Last weekend there was another fundraiser in Peterborough with the local hockey team.  They raised $1,003.19!  Thanks Emily, Emma and Melanie.




 March  10, 2014

Just booked all the sites for the Out-tripping Adventure Camp!  Five months today the  out-trip heads out to Algonquin Park. 


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March 9, 2014

It is official 100 days until pre-camp starts. The #100 happy days has begun.  Don't forget to send me a picture of something that makes you happy (or you are going to see lots of things that make me happy!). My e-mail is bgray@easterseals.org

I found this quote above on twitter and thought if was so true.  For the new staff, look what you have to look forward to.


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March 6, 2014

This Sunday is not only the day we set our clocks ahead an hour, it also marks 100 days until pre-camp starts. This is when we will be all together at pre-camp training. Some of the staff will be coming in earlier - programmers, cabin leaders and nurses, but on Thursday June 19th, everyone will be together. 


I thought it would be nice to do something to celebrate this count down to pre-camp. Kim, the camp director from Woodeden told me about this and I thought it would be an amazing idea.  100 Happy Days.  I need your help, please send me a picture at bgray@easterseals.org of something that  makes you  happy.  You can provide a description  if you like. I have created a separate  page for the 100 Happy Days countdown.  



February 27, 2014

Tonight is the Conn Smythe Celebrity dinner at the Royal York in Toronto.  I will see some of our campers there I am sure.  The new Provincial Ambassador's were announced today, both have been campers at Merrywood. Tyler Preece has attended the Out-tripping Camp every year since it started and will be coming again this year. Kalea Davies who attended Family Camp and Discovery Camp a few years ago. 


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February 24, 2014

What an exciting game.  So glad we won.  Even Donny got into it.  

We are now almost full. I think we only need an out-tripper and a sailor.  Session #3 is now full, as is LIT and GEAR_Up.  Everything is filling up so quickly this year.  


I am looking for 2 volunteers to provide attendant care at the Easter Seals Ontario Telethon, Sunday April 13, 2014 from 10 am-4 pm at the CBC studio in Toronto.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at bgray@easterseals.org.



February 21, 2014


 GO CANADA GO


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February 19, 2014

Hiring continues, but it is almost done.  We have had so many amazing applicants this year. We also have a terrific team of volunteers who will be coming to spend some time with us this summer at Merrywood.  I am sure there will be a lot of disappoint applicants who were not quick in submitting their application.  For those that don't know, there is a Facebook page for 'Merrywood Camp Staff Past & Present'.  There is also a website 'Summer Camp Professionals'. Both sites have lots of great information on them.   



February 10, 2014


Sometimes Tripod drives me crazy - all my posts seem to have disappeared!  


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I am back from the Association of Camp Nurses conference. What an amazing experience to be with so many camp nurses and  hear about all of the new ideas and research being done in the field of camp nursing. 


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This past weekend was also a big weekend for Belinda from Australia, who worked at Merrywood for 4 summers. She got married!  Congratulations Belinda and Nick!


Hiring is coming along and our camper enrollment is very high this year, with a number of sessions already full. 


Winter at Merrywood Camp


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