Camp Oochigeas WInter Programs 2013
Camp-a-thon! Saturday, January 19 & Saturday, March 9
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Have you ever wanted to experience the magic of Summer Camp in one super-duper, jam-packed, action-filled, fun-tastic day? This winter, you can do just that! Introducing Camp-a-thon Day at Ooch Downtown! Whether you’re a junior, intermediate, or senior camper, there’s something for you at a Camp-a-thon Day! Reconnect with old camp friends, or even better – make some new friends too! Play your favourite games! Sing songs! Make crafts! Learn something new! It’s everything you love about Ooch packed into one amazing day. Just like a campfire up at camp, you’ll have the opportunity to perform a skit, song, joke, or animal noise, so come prepared if you choose to share! Parents are more than welcome to join us for the campfire portion of the day.
Family events - all ages Pancake Bluegrass breakfast Saturday, February 9
The first one was such a hit, we had to do it again! Join us with your whole family for our second Bluegrass Breakfast. Relax and enjoy live music, great games and activities, and a fun filled Saturday morning here at Ooch Downtown! From climbing, to crafting, to eating syrup-soaked pancakes and drinking coffee while chatting with great company, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy! Whether your camper is participating in the In-City Sleepover the night before or not, here’s a great way to rendezvous for breakfast before starting your busy day!
3 for 1! Wednesday, March 6
Camp should be fun for everyone! This night will feature three separate programs: one for parents and guardians, one for teens, and one for our younger campers. Parents/Guardians – Building Courage and Facing Your Fears Join Billy Anderson, (Certified Life and Career Coach and Ooch Volunteer) for an evening of exploring the number one ingredient to successful change. Whether it is change that YOU choose or change that life dumps in your lap – that ingredient is courage. The good news is this: the ability to take more risks and become more comfortable with life’s unknowns is 100% in your control. It begins with understanding the fears and limitations that make us human, so you can plan to manage those fears in order to reach your goals. Teens – Pick one of the following workshops: 1. How to Dream Big and then Make Your Dream Come True – Join one of Ooch’s in-house program specialists and learn how to set some realistic yet challenging life goals and then how to make them happen for real! 2. Animation Workshop – Join us in our media lab as we use cameras, stop-motion, and miniature sets to film a short animated movie for the big screen. Kids – Giant Group Games Join us for big games of Capture the Flag, Ultimate Scavenger Hunt, Hide and Go Seek, and more!
2013 Winter Games Night Wednesday, January 16
Get all geared up for a night of challenge games, board games, card games and all-round fun at Ooch Downtown. Whether you’re feeling full of beans, or a little more low-key, we’ve got something for you. We’ll close off the night with a good old fashioned Old Maid Tournament where the winner will take all the marbles!
Around-the-World Ticket Family Winter Getaway
Don’t miss out!
Saturday, March 2 Ladies and gentlemen, please put your seatbacks in the upright position with your chair tables up, as we get ready to take off on an international day of travel. Come to Ooch Downtown with your family to escape the cold and see what the world has to offer. You’ll be flying first class to countries like China and Italy, making tropical stops in the jungle, and dipping your feet in the warm blue ocean. Leave the travel planning to us and you’ll be home in time for dinner! We’ll be world travelers zipping around to amazing destinations of your choice and we’ll take a journey together on Ooch Airlines’ first class flight. If you feel inspired please come dressed representing the country of your choice!
Urban Cafe & Variety Show Wednesday, February 13
Come to Ooch Downtown and get cozy while enjoying a night of music, stories and laughs; A night dedicated to sharing talents, skits, jokes and acts. Have a cup of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee along with some sweet treats, and get ready to be amazed by the talents within our community. If you would like to participate in the variety show with any kind of act, please email Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply let us know you got the itch to perform when you arrive that night. Everyone is welcome to participate, parents too.
Family Film Workshop (ages 8+) Saturday, February 23,
Are you amazed every time you watch a Pixar Animation movie? We certainly are! Come learn some of the basic skills involved in these productions at our Family Film Workshop. In 3 hours your family will learn the basics of stop-motion clay animation, and you’ll have the chance to create a short film that you can take home! *Please note that each program will be limited to 6 families. We ask that you ensure you will be able to join us when you sign up.
Dinner and a Movie Pyjama Party! Friday, March 22
Looking for a fun family outing for Friday night? Look no further than the Ooch Downtown Cinemas! Join us with your family for dinner and a movie at Ooch Downtown. We will have four movies set up on the big screen, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show with a bowl of popcorn or some liquorice, of course! For you little ones, why not come in your best pair of PJs? Movies are as follows: 1. Puss in Boots – Voiced by Antonio Banderas, the bold and brave kitty of legend goes on an animal adventure to steal a priceless golden-egg-laying goose. (ages 4-7/Family) 2. The Secret of Nimh – This animated classic adventure tells the tale of a brave, widowed field mouse who must move her entire family to escape from a farmer’s plow. (ages 8-12/Family) 3. Tintin – This 3D motion capture vividly follows the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin and his trusty dog, Snowy. (ages 8 and up) 4. Food, Inc. – Director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and the environment. (PG – Parent’s Movie)
programs for campers AGES 4-7 March Break Day Camp Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15
Ring in the spring with March Break Day Camp at Ooch Downtown! Each day we’ll have special visitors, like magicians, animal friends and professional artists. We’ll also have music a plenty! From playing with the parachute on the roof, to dressing up as superheroes and saving the world, to making tons of new friends and singing all your favourite camp songs, this will be a week you don’t want to miss. Come one, come all!!!
In-City Sleepover Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9
Hey kids! Let’s have a slumber party with all your Ooch friends. First, we’ll have a delicious dinner, followed by sing songs and making s’mores. Then we’ll sleep inside in tents at Ooch Downtown overnight! When we wake up, we’ll have a pyjama breakfast and your whole family can join! It’s a chance to try sleeping away at camp without having to ever leave the city! Bring your flashlight and a cozy blanket, it’s going be an awesome night!
programs for campers ages 8-18 That’s Showbiz – TIFF Workshop Saturday, January 26 X-Men Master: Gordon Smith Toronto special-effects wizard Gordon Smith is an innovator in his field. His career as a master makeup artist and creator of prosthetic effects spans 30 years of work with leading directors such as Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK) and David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers). Smith is perhaps best known for his ground-breaking contributions to X-Men and X2. Tour the exhibition and participate in a hands-on workshop in which campers experience the science behind specialeffects makeup and prosthetics. Campers will experiment with various makeup techniques.
teen Programs - ages 13+ Pathfinder Saturday March 23
Explore Toronto’s underground PATH network in a way that has never been done before. Be prepared for a day of adventure as we bob and weave through the PATH, navigating the downtown core, using maps and compasses. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to complete the tasks set forth in the shortest time possible. An adventure you won’t want to miss!
Leadership Programs (ages 14-18) Duke of Ed. Workshops Thursday, January 17 & Thursday, March 21
The Duke of Edinburgh program is an internationally recognized leadership award that can help build your post-secondary applications and resume. This program is the standard of leadership excellence and Camp Oochigeas wants you to be a part of it. Whether you are already enrolled in the program or are interested in committing to this leadership experience, the Duke of Ed Workshops will help you reach your goals and work on your award levels. Our bi-monthly workshops will ensure that you are on the right path to success and will help keep you committed to your goals.
Dog Sledding Weekend (ages 16-18) Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18
The Dog Sledding Leadership Expedition is an exciting and challenging trip for leaders ages 16-18. On Friday morning, participants will head up to camp for a one day leadership training experience. On Saturday, participants will head to Chocpaw Headquarters to begin their threeday, two-night dogsled trip. By day you’ll be on sleds, trekking with the dogs in beautiful Algonquin Park. In the evenings you’ll enjoy home-cooked meals around the snowy campfire and get a good night’s sleep in heated tents. Participants will build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills through challenging, engaging, fun-filled days. Due to space limitations, all applicants will go through an interview process for this experience.
Leaders in Training (LITs) in the City Tuesday, February 19 & Thursday, February 28 Additional Event Days (see below)
Would you like to help out at Ooch Downtown and gain experience working with younger campers? Whether you’ve been an LIT up at camp before, or you’re new to the LIT program, this is an opportunity for you to shine! You’ll join your LIT friends for two evenings of skillbuilding and event preparation on Thursday February 19 and 28. You’ll learn how to plan and organize a large-scale event, come up with your own activities, and have the opportunity to see your ideas come to life! From the planning stages to event day, you’ll play a key role in developing and running Ooch’s Family Day (March 2) and/or a day at March Break Day Camp (March 11-15).
Standard First Aid Training (ages 16-18) February 9 & 10
Join us for a weekend of professional Standard First Aid training that you’ll find useful at work, school and home. Employers in every field view First Aid training as an essential qualification, and now you have the opportunity to get certified with your peers at Ooch Downtown. Provincially recognized certificates will be issued upon completion of the weekend course.
Winter Weekends at Camp A Weekend at Camp is just that - a 48-hour booster of Ooch at our camp site in Muskoka. Campers from the summer are invited to rekindle their friendships and meet new campers. It is also a great way for new campers to get a taste of what a summer session at Ooch is all about. Expect to jump into some of your favourite indoor and outdoor camp activities like snowshoeing, arts and crafts, indoor campfires, sports in the barn and, of course, a few surprises! WAC A Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27 WAC B Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3 WAC Teomul Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10
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