Recent Updates

Sunshine and Fun

Today was our first full day of glorious sunshine and boy do we deserve it!  The wettest pre camp training and also arrival day EVER on the back of an incredible wet spring led us to enjoy this day more than ever.  Lake Temagami is high – the beach between the Chateau and Chapel Point…

When It Snows In May

“It’s snowing,” Asa whispered from a top bunk yesterday morning. Several of the VII leaders and spring staff, including myself, had opted to spend the night in Maki House with the woodstove going. The forecast had been calling for below freezing temperatures overnight and no one was really interested in sleeping in the unheated cabins. We’re…

May Day! May Day!

It’s May.  I can’t believe it.  Where did April go?  For that matter, where did the whole winter go?  Yesterday, on May 1st, I woke with a mixture of excitement and pure stress.  “It’s May already!  We’ve got so much to do!  Mayday!” Take a breath.  Let it out.  Do that again. May is an…

Amazing Activity Centre

Our new activity centre is a dream come true.  This building is BEAUTIFUL.  From a functional standpoint, it’s use is exactly what we had hoped it to be.  We’ve had RAIN and STORMY weather.  And everyone has been able to stay active with games.  Floor hockey is alive at Wanapitei.  Square dance at the end…

Co-Ed Rocks!

I was speaking to an alumnus the other day who told me that he learned that females could “do everything” – carry canoes, food packs and wanagans – scout and paddle huge sets of white water – cook over an open fire – by attending Wanapitei.  This, he said extended into all of his life…

Our Littlest Trippers

We all find it heartwarming when the smallest people in our community are celebrated for being  resilient canoe tripping campers.  Today our first group of Juniors paddled under the bridge from their 3- day canoe trip to an incredible hero’s welcome.  They are so proud of themselves.  The energy they bring to the camp is…

Gathering

Today is our second full day of camp.  As I sit and write this it really feels like we’ve all been here  together for longer.  Last evening I checked in with every group of trip leaders and the way they  described their campers to me sounded like they had known them all for days.  Camp…

Summer 2015: Look Who’s Back! (Volume 3)

Meet our 2015 Program Directors! Doing the dish skit in the first two weeks of July will be Megan Buchkowski.  Megan is currently studying Music and Classical Studies at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, QC.  For the rest of the summer, you’ll find Megan cooking up a storm in the kitchen and paddling towards the Bay…

Summer 2015: Look’s Who Back (Volume 2)

More staff announcements!  Here are more of the faces you’ll be seeing around camp (and on lakes and rivers across Ontario and Quebec) this summer.  Meet our 2015 WLIT and VI leaders!               In July, Tori Miller and Angus MacPhail will lead our WLIT program.  Tori is currently finishing…

2014 Alumni Trip: Hart River, Yukon Territory

For the last few years, a growing group of Wanapitei alumni has been heading North each summer to recapture some of the “VII experience.”  Our Board Chair and CEO, Ted Moores, shares memories of this summer’s trip on the Hart River.  A group of twelve Wanapitei alums, (nine former campers and staff from throughout the…