To be honest… I didn’t know how my daughter would do at camp. Not because she would be homesick, it actually had nothing to do with her emotional state, she’s 12 and pretty independent! We were just totally bummed that right after we booked her week at camp, she broke her left arm (she broke her right arm before Christmas break).
Going to summer camp with a broken arm sucks… or so we thought. 
True to my amazing daughter’s form, she managed to not only “get by” while at Ontario Pioneer Camp but to excel! Her first challenge… the swim test! She passed with flying colours and with only ONE ARM people!

She wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way from having some serious fun!

Without further ado, please welcome my daughter Emma to her first guest post on Shasher’s Life.

The Girl’s New Dining Hall

This was my first time going to camp so I thought we would be having
“camp food” (chicken fingers, fries, and soggy pizza). At OPC we had lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, eggs, waffles and much more! All of the food was
amazing, and almost better than the food I get at home, “almost”!
We didn’t just eat in the Dining Hall, we had Program/theme in the Dining Hall, Worship and Bible Study, and SaySo (leaders shared their stories on how they came to the Lord).

Iceberg Water Fun

At the waterfront they had the high dive tower (3 different level
diving platforms), the Iceberg, the water tramp, the blob attached to the
tramp, the deep tank (deep swimming area), the lanes, and the fun
shallow end. All very fun.
With one arm to climb the
Iceberg, I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I did it! I was also looking
forward to the highest diving platform but I didn’t do it for the sake
of my arm, but I did do the smallest one and the medium one! The Blob, soo
much fun!!
This photo I took in Photography class! Photography was one of
the many activities you could choose from. They had archery, mountain
boarding, high ropes, wind sailing, canoeing, kayaking, crafts, swim
team, swimming lessons, improvisational, singing, wacky water, sports, and
everything in between.
I chose improv., photography, and
wacky water. Wacky water was just doing activities in the waterfront
like the diving tower Iceberg, the water tramp, swimming, and water
We also had CYOAs (choose your own activities) one
night and the activity I did was the “Secret Mission”. We learned a dance
for a flash mob that we preformed at dinner.
There was also FSBO (free swim boats out) and you could do anything in the water.

My Chalet

I shared the Pine chalet with 3 other amazing girls along with our 2
incredible leaders. I “lived in” the Pathfinder’s section, which is the
second youngest group. When I first saw that the chalets didn’t have any
walls I thought, “Oh great! This is going to be a fun week!!” Thankfully I
had a bug net!! But it really was a neat experience! Everyday we’d open
up the flaps and let the sun shine in!

1st Night Bonfire
During the week I was there Girl’s Camp turned 80 years old so we had a big celebration!
all I had a blast at Ontario Pioneer Camp!! All the staff are so kind
and made sure we had the time of our lives!! I would definitely
recommend this camp to all girls!!! And I definitely will go back!!!
Thanks Emma for sharing a bit about your first time at Summer Kid’s Camp! A special thank you to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship & the Ontario Pioneer Camp for your spirit of excellence and for taking good care of my little girl!


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  1. Great post,Emma! Looks like writing talent runs in the family!

  2. I'm glad you had so much fun Emma!!

  3. Great post! I'm glad you had fun, and you sound like a very determined girl…good for you!

  4. Nanook wants to see what Quinton writes!

  5. What a great experience! Sounds like a fun time!

    I want to go there now. hehe!

  6. Great post Emma. Sounds like you had a great time.

  7. Oh, Emma, what a great post! It's been a loooong time since I was at OPC GC during the summer, but your enthusiasm brought it all back fresh. I wish you many happy years of camp fun!!

  8. Thanks for sharing Emma. It sounds and looks like you had a great time!

    I'm hoping it didn't rain or if it did, you put the cover down on our Chalet!

    My parents met at a summer camp. My brother and I went there as kids and now, my kids have started going (with us at the end of kids camp). If they choose, they too will go one day.

    Camping is such a great experience!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

  9. Thanks for letting me relive my camp experience via YOU, Emma! Wonderful post girl! Looks and sounds like so much fun.

  10. Great post, Emma. I love reading about camp through your eyes. I am glad your broken arm didn't stop you from having loads of fun.

  11. What a great post, Emma! Love it! I used to go to summer camp when I was younger and then went on to be a camp counsellor, then section head, then arts director! Camp is such a great experience.

  12. Anne Cossar Vautour (IALAC)

    I always had a great time at Pioneer both as a camper and as staff. But it sounds like Camp is even more fun nowadays!

  13. Fabulous post, Emma! It was amazing to view the camp based on her experiences. It seems like a phenomenal place.

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