A World Where Goodness Reigns

These are troubling times for parents and scary times for children. In the big picture of world events, summer camp is easy to trivialize. After all, it’s only about s’mores, Color War, and campfires, right? We believe camp is so much more, and your child undoubtedly feels it too.

Camp has a hidden power that can shine a light through the darkest of times. Across America, there are all kinds of camps that serve children from all different social and economic backgrounds. And for those children lucky enough to go to any well-run camp, the community of camp is a lasting source of strength and comfort. Where else can you be a part of a community that is supportive of every individual, where friendship and caring about others overrides everything else? Campers know, first hand, that a group of people, not just your family, can come together to create a world of goodness and love. If you are a part of one of these communities, you grow to believe in them and know their power. Camp gives children hope and optimism when they need it the most.

There’s an old traditional American  song that has been sung around the campfire at camps from Maine to California, for generations. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” For children who are part of a camp community, they know that their inner light is valued at camp and shines bright all year round. They also recognize the greater good in the world and see goodness in others in a unique and profound way.

The gift of camp brings children happiness and hope in every month of the year.

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He’s Coming home…

Summer 2017 is just about to end. It was, no doubt, one of the most incredible summers we have ever seen. Thank you for entrusting us with your camper and for choosing Lake Owego Camp. We wanted to give you a little advice about what to expect when they get home.

Your campers will either be extremely forthcoming in their excitement to share every detail with you or, they will be very quiet. Don’t ask too many questions. Let them offer the information at their own pace. Don’t be upset if they don’t want to see their home friends for a little while. Don’t be upset if they want to wear Lake Owego shirts for a week, a month, or longer. Don’t be upset if they cry, or laugh, or sleep for 2 days straight, or ask you to change their room decor to Owego Blue and White. We have grabbed onto a piece of their hearts and we will never let go. THEY will never let Owego go.

Hug them tight and feed them their favorite meal and get ready to begin the countdown to SUMMER 2018!

“Memories Engraved in White and Blue, WHITE & BLUE! Memories Engraved in White and Blue, WHITE & BLUE! Memories Engraved in White and Blue, WHITE & BLUE!” Tents ’17

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We’ve Only Just Begun…

Camp is flying by! Its already time to say goodbye to our 1st session campers but the fun never stops. Tomorrow our whole camp will be headed to the movies and the water park while we look forward to the 2nd session campers arriving on Wednesday.

So far we have created everlasting memories including the big GRAND SLAM home run on July 4th, HUGE wins in inter-camp sports, countless trips on the Delaware River, bike trips through the mountains, unforgettable climbing adventures, laughing our faces off at evening activities and we are Just. Getting. Started! Second session is jam packed, visiting day, senior trips and junior switch day, FRONTIER WEEK!, and so much more!

We have created a fun 1st Session Video Yearbook for you to watch and see what we have been up to. we’ve only just begun… https://vimeo.com/225766797

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Olympics Update!

Good Morning from LOC and all around the world as we begin day 2 of OLYMPICS!

The breakout was unexpected as the campers went back to their bunks after the play on Saturday night. They were told to put away all of their clean laundry and SURPRISE!!!, when they opened their laundry bags, their Olympics shirt was sitting right at the top! “OLYMPICS!!!!!” everyone shouted as they ran to the field to group together as teams.
Navy: American Samoa, Red: Nepal, Orange: Sri Lanka, Yellow: Democratic Republic of Congo, White: Kuwait, Light Blue: Rwanda are the 6 countries represented. Captains, Jr. Captains and Head coaches were named after the initial lighting of the Olympic torch by our Triathlon winners from 2016, Matt Thomas and Justin Whitney.
On Day 1, the countries competed in 1st rounds of team basketball, bombardment, kickball, soccer and water polo. Day 1 evening the teams rotated through stations called Olympic Rings, that challenges the mind and team cooperation.
Today, Day 2, is the final rounds from yesterday’s sporting events as well as individual events at the lake, pool, tennis, adventure and more!
No scores yet but by tonight we will know the team to beat.

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First Week?

View From the Top

Best. Summer. Ever. And its only the 1st week! We are loving every second of each and every day. So far the campers have tried things they have never tried before. They have played Fox and Hound and dressed their best for Senior Bombardment, went on a couple of canoe trips and screamed their faces off in the Dining Hall chanting and banging on tables. They have played hard in the perfect mountain weather, and slept hard in the chilly mountain nights. Today is another gorgeous day and MORE ADVENTURE AWAITS!

 

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Reminders from Camp!

It’s that time of the year! You forget what your living room floor looks like under all of that camp gear, you’re constantly hearing the most up-to-date countdown to camp (15 days!), and you miss them already. Take a deep breath. We are here for you as always! Below are some last minute tips as you make your final preparations for LOC 2017!

What to pack:
Plenty of underwear
A raincoat
A good flashlight
Lots of socks
Bug spray
Sunscreen
Stationary and stamps
White shirt or pillowcase to tie-dye
Hopes and dreams

What not to pack:
Electronic devices (Kindle, iPod Touch, screens that play games or shows, cell phones)

Important dates:
Full season: Saturday, June 24-Saturday, August 12
First session: Saturday, June 24-Tuesday, July 18
First extended session: Saturday, June 24-Tuesday, August 1
Second session: Wednesday, July 19-Saturday, August 12
Second extended session: Wednesday, July 5-Saturday, August 12
Visiting Day: Sunday, July 23 @ 11:30AM

Important contact information:
LOC Summer Office: (570) 226-3636
Mountain Baggage: (570) 775-0556
R&B Baggage (for Florida families): (603) 536-2197
PersonalRx: (877) 302-3881

LOC mailing address:
1687 Route 6
Greeley, PA 18425

Policy reminders:
-Phone calls are not necessary, but one can be scheduled before Visiting Day and one after Visiting Day. You can schedule your first call once your camper arrives at camp.
-NO packages, please! If a necessity is inadvertently left behind, please call the camp office for a pre-approval code so that your package will be accepted and delivered to your camper. We do allow birthday packages, so please clearly label these as birthday packages with your child’s birth date. Remember: NO food is allowed!

Photos:
Photos from the day will be uploaded to CampInTouch almost every night. You can access them using the same login you use to fill out forms.
http://www.lakeowego.com/lake-owego-families/login.php

Expert tip: Mail a letter to your camper a few days before camp starts so that there’s one waiting for him on the first day of camp.

Follow us! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram using @LakeOwego and Twitter and Snapchat using @LakeOwegoCamp.

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New Camper Weekend Re-Cap: Best.Day.Ever!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day this past Saturday. Blue skies, the greenest trees and a shimmering lake were the backdrop to an incredibly fun time. We gathered the best of the best staff to welcome our New Campers and their families to Lake Owego, and start them on a journey that will become one of the most important phases of their lives.
We started off with a yummy lunch and a welcome gathering with Kyle, Freedo and Johnny. Bill, Mike S, Micah, Harry, LJ, Jed, Dylan, Jordan, Adam and Simon got the campers together for a round of ice-breaker introductions, then everyone took off to enjoy adventure, sports, lake activities and more throughout the afternoon. After dinner we went right into Wacky Races followed by a traditional LOC campfire and s’mores. A chilly, star-filled Pocono night lulled everyone to sleep in the completely full cabins.
Now the REAL fun begins! Bring on Summer 2017!

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New Camper Weekend 2017!

It’s finally here! New Camper Weekend 2017! Did you know that each June we invite all new campers and their families to spend the whole weekend at camp a few short weeks before opening day? It’s a unique opportunity for campers and their families to connect with staff, meet future bunk mates and really start to feel at home in Greeley, PA. We don’t know any other camp that opens its doors the way we do, and we’re proud of it!

Attending New Camper Weekend? Here’s what you need to know!
Please arrive at camp between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM on Saturday, June 3rd to experience your first camp lunch!  Introductions begin around 1:00 PM.  As a reminder, nights in the mountains can be quite chilly, so bring warm and comfortable clothing for the campfire and warm PJs, too! Don’t forget warm bedding or sleeping bags, and remember toiletries and towels as well. There will be free time to explore, so if you’d like to play, boat or swim as a family, bring tennis racquets, softball gloves, and bathing suits.

Stay tuned for live updates and photos from what will surely be a weekend of lifelong memories in the making! WELCOME NEW CAMPERS!

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6 Benefits (of MANY!) of Overnight Camp

Westchester Family Magazine’s summer guide just published an article entitled “6 Reasons to Try Camp This Summer.” Passed along to us by a camp parent, the article reminded her, and it reminds us, of the lasting impact of Lake Owego Camp. Enjoy our summary, and get ready for the best summer ever where your child will learn so much more than the backstroke (though he’ll learn that too)!

Independence
Campers connect with counselors in a different way than they connect with school teachers and other adult role models. Under the guidance and support of counselors, camp becomes a safe place to try new things and become more self-assured. Developing new skills of all kinds increases independence.

Social Skills
Our campers come from all over the world, so children learn how to live and play with people with very different backgrounds and perspectives, helping them to develop social skills that they will use throughout life. They also learn resilience as it’s ok to fail at camp – it’s all about trying new things.

A Break from Screens
Unplugging is everything at camp! Children need a break from feeling like their online followers are defining their worth. Campers develop face-to-face, peer-to-peer and cross-age relationships.

New Skills
At camp, you are encouraged to participate in things you love while also trying new things, probably things you’d never try at home! There’s no safer space to develop new skills and interests!

Individuality & Peer Acceptance
At camp you find out who you really are and, over time, become who you want to be. Each individual is integral to our camp community. At camp, we focus on valuing, accepting and celebrating one another.

Building Self-Confidence
Trying new things, developing new friendships, learning to be yourself breeds confidence, confidence that spills out into the real world long after summer.

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Nurse Appreciation Week

To all the camp nurses out there, Lake Owego Camp would like to wish you a Happy Nurse Appreciation Week!

LOC would like to thank all of the camp nurses from the past, present and future.

To the past camp nurses: Thank you for paving the way of camp nursing!

To the present camp nurses:  Thank you for keeping camp safe and healthy!

To the future camp nurses:  We can’t wait to welcome you to Greeley this summer!

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