April 26, 2013

Our Childhood Summer Camp Experience and The Awaiting Fun At Muskoka Woods

When I was growing up, I always look forward to spending my summer at summer camp. While in high school, I spent my summers as a camp counsellor making some cash while having lots of fun and seeing many attractions in Ontario. My memories of camp are mostly stored in my memory drive, as none of us at that time had digital cameras or camera-phones to capture all the wonderful memories. I remember as a camp counsellor we had lots of fun carrying out our approved planned activities such as sports, crafts, cooking, and trips. I learned a lot going to camp, as it helped me grow my confidence and allowed me to take on new challenges. Here are some of the little things I saved over the years in my treasure/ shoebox :)
Playing with gimp, which I don't remember how to do
Going to overnight camp was the most memorable for me, as I was away from my parents, slept in a bag, cooked and helped make food, hiked till my legs hurt, swam in cold water, made s'mores, and listened to scary stories. These are some of the memories that will not be easily forgotten, so I enjoy telling the details of everything that happened to my children and my husband every chance I get. 
My stories inspired and got my daughter excited to go to summer camp last year for the first time. She loved it so much and asked me to enroll her again this year. I know she is counting the days to meet up with her friends and enjoy the sunshine and the fun filled days. 
My daughter loves talking about her experience too, this post has pictures of some of the things she made at her pioneer themed summer camp, which I wanted to cherish and took pictures of. 
Strawberry Jam made at camp
I think everyone needs to experience the fun of summer camp, as it is a place where friendships flourish and confidence grows.
Muskoka Woods with 1000+ acres of property, 2800 feet of shoreline on the beautiful Lake Rosseau offers over 50 programs and activities for children age 7 to 17 years old. It is a safe place where children can grow mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. 
I think the perfect mix of untouched nature, modern buildings, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities will make it even more memorable. 
In addition to cabins, dining halls and meeting rooms, Muskoka Woods has a Leadership Studio, a concert hall, guest lounge and boathouse. They also have 12 tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts, a 15,000 square foot indoor gym, 50 foot climbing wall, an 80,000 square foot indoor and outdoor action sports park, gymnastics facility, the largest and highest ropes course in Canada, three playing fields and a golf training centre. 
Since 1979, Muskoka Woods was marked with adventure and excellence, as it attracts about 5000 guests every summer. Guests at Muskoka Woods stay in clean, fully enclosed cabins with bunk bed-style sleeping arrangements. The WILD (7-9 years old) and J1 (10 -11 years old) groups stay in cabins with up to 10 guests and two counsellors. These cabins are a short distance from washroom facilities with hot water and showers. J2 and Senior High (12-17 years old) stay with 11 others and a counsellor in cabins with washroom facilities. Meals are served buffet-style three times a day, with additional snack times. They are a nut free zone and have a daily vegetarian option, as well as a salad bar. They also accommodate other special dietary needs. 
They offer a safe place to take on new challenges and have fun experiences that create lifetime memories in a resort like summer camp. Registration for Summer 2013 is now open for us to choose from a list of programs such as water sports and athletics, media and arts, leadership and team building programs.

This video will surely bring some wonderful memories of camping, so check it out.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Muskoka Woods Blogger Campaign by MC Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. All rights reserved on photographs and written content Createwithmom © 2011 - 2013. Please Ask First


  1. Camp is such a great place for kids and I love how Muskoka Woods embraces so many different types of sports and activities that will appeal to kid's preferences, but also encourage them to try new things. I LOVE that you have keepsakes from camp! I've been hunting down some pictures but haven't been able to find them. Great memories for sure!

  2. Love that you have kept your 'treasures' from summer camp. And, I've heard such great things about Muskoka Woods - sounds like a fantastic camp!

  3. Oh my gosh!!! GIMP!!! Now, THAT totally brings back camp memories! This post made me feel nostalgic. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I never went to summer camp; I was always afraid of being home sick. My parents tried to convince me, but it just wasn't something I was comfortable with. Not sure if my kids will want to go or not - I definitely think they would have a good time (most of my friends have amazing memories from their time away)

  5. I always wished that I could have been a camp counsellor - what fun!!! And those bracelets, boy do they ever bring back memories!


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