After ten months of planning and preparation, the Wenonah staff are excited to welcome hundreds of campers, POLARIS and WCITs from across Canada and around the world (23 countries!) to the shores of Clear Lake beginning Sunday, June 29th. Our Summer staff team is currently participating in a nine day PreCamp staff training program and putting the finishing touches on what will surely be another fantastic year at Wenonah.
As you prepare for Summer Camp, please keep in mind a few last minute notes and reminders:
1) TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM WENONAH
Please make sure to double-check the timing for both arrival to and departure from Wenonah. Please also note, for those traveling to Camp by bus, we ask that you arrive at MINIMUM of 30 minutes in advance of your bus departure time at Vaughan Mills Mall. Buses do NOT wait past our 8:00 am departure time.
As well, we do ask that families dropping off campers at Wenonah arrive between 10:30-11:30 am on arrival day(please not earlier than 10:30 am). Earlier arrivals disrupt our staff greeting and settling our campers, POLARIS and WCITs arriving by bus AND creates great difficulty for highway coach buses to navigate safely and efficiently in and out of Camp.
2) HEALTH CARE NOTES
Associate Director Nancy Vandenbergh and Camp Dr. Phyllis McCord and the stellar Wenonah Health Care team are ready to provide the highest level of care for the entire Wenonah community during Summer Camp.
Please note that any medications being brought to Camp MUST BE checked in by our bus staff at Vaughan Mills OR, if your camper is arriving by car, received by one of our Camp Nurses at the Main Office or Health Centre at check-in. This process is repeated on departure days.
Please ensure ALL medication is in the original bottles with precise and clear instructions on how the Health Care team is to administer. We are UNABLE to accept any medications that are not in the original bottles.
Please contact the Camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child has a fever or is unwell in the weeks before Camp.
3) WENONAH: A NUT FREE SETTING
Just a reminder that Wenonah is a nut free setting and we take this responsibility VERY seriously. Any food items brought or sent to Camp will be vetted accordingly and discarded if there is any danger to any child or staff member (currently we have well over 100 campers, POLARIS, WCITs and staff members with life threating peanut and tree nut allergies).
4) SPECIAL DIETS
Information has been gathered from all of our families in advance of Camp (on the Final Instructions Forms returned in late April) pertaining to menu concerns and special diets. Chef Brad and his team have been preparing accordingly for Summer Camp with this information in mind.
Please note that last minute and onsite special diets or changes are very difficult to accommodate with menu planning and food service delivery dates. If there are any concerns around menu or special diets, please contact Assistant Director Rianne Barette directly (email@example.com).
5) CABINMATE REQUESTS
As always, we honour cabinmate requests when the request is made BOTH WAYS. As well, we work hard to make sure every cabin group is an inclusive combination of old and new friends and to that end, we do limit the number of cabinmates to two per camper.
Camp is full again this year and last minute cabin switches will not be possible. If there is any concern around cabinmate requests, please call our Muskoka Office directly (705-645-6163) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) WENONAH SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Camp Wenonah experience is be once again led by our Senior Management Team. Assistant Directors Rianne Barette and Fraser “Tito” McOuat along with Summer Associate Director Kevin Smith lead the day-to-day experience and are joined by Co-Director Renata Bradshaw during August Camp.
Associate Director Caron Brick remains fulltime at our Burlington Office while Senior Director Jeff Bradshaw divides his time equally between Camp and the Burlington Office over the course of the Summer. Associate Director Nancy Vandenbergh and Camp Doctor Phyllis McCord provide ongoing oversight to our nursing team.
Executive Chef Brad Laidlaw leads the food service team for the 10th consecutive season.
Introductory Period Directors include Celia Saunders (Period 1A), Mieke Barette (Period 1B), Bronwen Tucker (Period 3A), Brit Shelly and Geoff “Rudy” Williamson (Period 3B), Bronwen Tucker (Period 4B), Jason Monteith (Period Five) and Maia Bradshaw and Will Stratton (WEEnonah).
7) WENONAH’S BURLINGTON OFFICE – A NEW ADDRESS BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
Please note, after 16 years, our year-round Main Office in Burlington has a new home (but just a few hundred metres away and still on Commerce Court):
1-3540 Commerce Court
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
8) 2015 PRIORITY REGISTRATION
As always, 2015 Summer Camp registration begins in early July 2014. Registration information is being mailed to each Camp family. Priority registration (confirmed booking and reduced fees) are available over the next few months.