The Camps Before Camp

Hello everyone!

I hope this post finds you with a bronze tan and a big smile, because those two nice things are abundant here at Kasota! We’ve officially finished all of the June activities we have planned for campers, and are gearing up for July and August.


(Vespers sunsets: there’s nothing like ‘em)

We first hosted Normandeau on the 8th of June. They brought 32 Grade 5′s that were eager for some fun in the great outdoors, and let me tell you, we delivered. They enjoyed geocaching and making bath bombs in the morning, and had a wonderful hot dog (and marshmallow) roast at our stage and campfire area at lunchtime.  To cap off the day, they headed over to the archery pit and also the Gagaball pit. With a day that jam-packed, we suspect some of the students had a nice snooze on the bus ride home.

Next up were our good pals from Renert School. Some familiar faces and plenty of new ones made the trip up from their school in Calgary to take in as much fun as Kasota could offer in a 3-day span. We have never had an overnight camp in June before, so we had to look outside the box for some reinforcements on our counselling squad. We’d like to thank Abe Crawford, Tyler Gillrie, Jeremy Danderfer, Courtney McFadden, Taylor Fox, and Baillie Rutherford for answering Kasota’s call. All of these lovely people counseled at Kasota at some point in the last 5 years, and proved to us that being a good counselor is something that never fades!.


(2013 Counselor Courtney McFadden returns to her role at camp with a smile and a #selfie while leading the Photo Frames session)

Renert brought us 47 bright and inquiring minds, and we brought them our A game in terms of counselors,  sessions, and programming. Highlights of the week include seeing some AMAZING clay sculptures, which we turned into keychain ornaments in a session called FIMO keychains, archery (as always), Omnikin (pictured below), and our much loved wide games called Survivor Dodgeball and Live-Action Clue. Check out some photos below!


(Orange Oscar, one of 5 suspects in live-action clue)


(A little giant soccer in the afternoon)

And finally, we had Westpark Middle School out for the day! It was smokin’ hot, and the sun was shining, which was perfect for a Kasota classic: canoeing. 65 Grade 7′s also tried their hand at leather bracelet making, Gaga Ball and geocaching. 

With these things in the books, we are now gearing up for training week! This is a time for our staff to gain the skills and knowledge to be exceptional counsellors, to familiarize themselves with camp life, and to bond to form a cohesive team.

From all of us out here at Kasota East Camp, we wish you a safe and fun summer, and we hope to see you at some point this season!

Chris Viczko
KEC Summer Director