In a word, the Muskoka Woods Experience AMAZING! Grade Eights and staff members create great shared memories, and hopefully lots of lasting friendships.
Please complete, sign and return this form ASAP!
In order to plan this trip, and arrive at a cost-per-student, we need to know who’s coming. The form below was sent home on December 1, 2017. Please read it, sign, and return the bottom portion to school. This will allow us to plan groups, busing, etc.
(Optional) Parent Information Night
December 5, 2017 at 6:00pm
This annual meeting is our first chance to share with parents our plans for the Grade 8 Muskoka Woods trip. The staff and students all get excited about this long awaited adventure!
Whether you attended the meeting or not, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. D., Mr. D., Mr. P., Mrs. W., Mrs. P. or the school office. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns.
Want To Know What Life At Camp Is Like?
LKDSB are preparing to populate Muskoka Woods! Staff, grade eight students from many local elementary schools, and high school leadership students are taking over the camp. Muskoka Woods staff, secondary leadership students, and LKDSB staff will supervise and run 16 daytime program activities designed to challenge each camper to reach his/her personal potential. Games, physical challenges, and strategy games will fill our days, while mealtimes and evening activities are focused on team-building and relationship-building. Plan on lots of time outdoors, lots of walking between events, and lots of time with friends and people who will become friends.
Cabin groups are same-gender groups, made up of students from our school. Each cabin will have 1-2 high school students too. Day groups will be larger groups (a mix of boys and girls) resembling this list from a past year. Day groups occasionally blend students from more than one local school.
The LKDSB Muskoka Woods Experience happens on the beautiful shore of Lake Rosseau. Here are some maps for you to get a feel for the Muskoka Woods site. You can also visit the Muskoka Woods web site at http://www.muskokawoods.com/
We leave early on the morning of Wednesday, April 25, 2018
We return the afternoon of Friday, April 27, 2018
One great thing about going in April is that (hopefully) we can avoid the black flies and mosquitoes. It also gives students and staff an opportunity (if they wish) to be part of a “Polar Bear Dip”. Check that one off your bucket list!
Payment #1 is due by February 1, 2018, and is $ 125.00 (If you prefer, you may pay $250 in February to cover both the first and second payments.)
Payment #2 is due March 1, 2018, and is $ 125.00
Payment #3 is due by April 1, 2018.
The amount owed will depend on each student’s individual participation in our fundraising events. Students from past years who participated in the fundraisers paid very little for the third payment. A significant portion of the cost of the trip is paid for by school funds. Thanks, Mrs. P.!!!
Travel and Contact Information
Many parents are surprised that their children get so wrapped up in camp life that they forget to “miss” home. We know though, that parents feel more secure knowing how to reach us, should an emergency arise at home. See below for details:
Sample Schedule and Menu
Many students consider being a “picky eater” the biggest concern they have about camp life. Others, with allergies or dietary restrictions, express concerns about finding enough food they can safely eat.
Each meal is served “buffet style”. Diners choose only what they want to eat from the wide selection of foods available. For students who are vegetarians, or who eat kosher or halal only, a vegetarian option is available. We need to know of any dietary issues BEFORE camp. Please let us know as soon as you can, for your child’s safety and comfort.
Letters From Home
The Creek has a wonderful tradition. Parents or loved ones wrote a letter to their eighth grader. The letters told students how proud their families are of them, and the hopes and dreams they have for their futures. We go one evening to a quiet spot (such as the beach around sunset) and each student has time to read their letter and to think about their loved ones, their past, and the future that lay ahead of them.
We ask that each family prepare such a letter, seal it in an envelope with the student’s name on it, and send it to school. We will keep them and distribute them on night 2 at camp.
Students Bringing Medications
If you need daily medications, puffers, or medications that you only take “as needed”, this information is for you!
Bring your prescription medication in the original container, which has your name and the dosing instructions printed on it. Leave only as many doses as you need in the container, and leave the extras in another container safely at home.
Puffers also need to be labelled with your name. If you take it only at certain times, it will be stored with the other medications. If you need to carry it with you, Mrs. D. needs to be made aware of this. It will then be YOUR responsibility to keep it in a safe place, and with you at all times.
If bringing Over-The-Counter (OTC) medication, mark the package with your name. If the dosing instructions are different from the instructions on the package, mom or dad must include a note describing how much and when you take it. Like prescription medications, leave only as many doses as you need in the container, and leave the extras in another container safely at home.
Common medications (like Tylenol, Advil, Polysporin, Benedryl or Gravol) are stored in the first aid box, and will be available to any students whose parents have given consent. If you take these medications only on rare occasions, it is not necessary to bring your own supply to camp.
If possible, please bring your medications to school THE WEEK BEFORE CAMP. We will keep them safely locked up, and it will eliminate the need for you to remember it on Wednesday morning.
Let’s hope for a safe, healthy, fun time at Muskoka Woods!
Remember, even though April can feel like July, it can also feel like January. Muskoka Woods is NORTH of Chatham, and often colder, especially at night. There is often still ice on the lakes in early April! When you pack, remember to pack clothes that you can layer to keep you warm and dry, then remove layers as needed.
Waivers and Medical Forms
These three notes will be sent home with students. Parents and students need to fill out and sign all three forms. Camp Muskoka Woods requires signed waivers for all participants, including staff members. The medical information helps staff and our medical staff to meet the individual needs of each student attending. Thank you in advance for turning in these forms in on time. It makes our job so much easier!
Dance Night at Muskoka Woods
Each school attending camp will prepare and perform a dance / cheer / flash mob. We will rehearse the performance in the weeks before camp.
Muskoka LKDSB Shirts
“Muskoka 2018” trip participants will hopefully have the opportunity to order awesome LKDSB Muskoka Woods hoodies. In past years, these have had the Muskoka Woods logo as well as the LKDSB logo, and have been a big hit! The shirts came in “heather grey” or “navy blue”, and were available in adult sizes sm, med, lg, XL and 2XL. Hoodies were only $ 30.00 each for the 2017 trip (or $35.00 for 2XL). Information will be distributed once we have the details for this year’s shirts.