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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Packing Tips for LOC Parents!

Hi Lake Owego Families,

It’s that time of year again! Time to think PACKING! We know the packing list may seem overwhelming at first, especially for our newest LOC families. Here are a few outside-of-the-box tips we thought we’d share.

Packing Tip 1:
Our camp colors are BLUE AND WHITE, and our boys LOVE to wear them proudly. Unlike our sister camp, Timber Tops, you do not need to pack shirts of different colors.   During the 1st half of the summer, we provide them with a shirt for the three days of Olympics that depicts their team color. During the 2nd half of the summer, we don’t have a traditional “Color War”, but our own exciting Frontier Week. The teams are not depicted by color, but by tribe name that is chosen once the teams are formed. We do celebrate the 4th of July in a big way, so make sure to pack something to wear and fun hats or glasses or whatever wacky items your camper likes. During the 2nd session we have OWEGOWEEN for grades 2nd through 6th. Many like to make their costumes at camp but, some like to bring one.

Packing Tip 2:
Speaking of clothing, remember to pack a few WHITE articles of clothing. Can you say Tie–Dye?!

Packing Tip 3:
Your campers are never too old for pre-addressed envelopes or postcards. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and best family friends are definitely not getting that letter you promised unless it’s over-the-top easy for your camper to send. (Pre-address envelopes home too. It’s one less step for your camper to take while he’s running to the mailbox on his way to the basketball court, or the lake, or to adventure!)

Packing Tip 4:
We keep the boys very busy but there is some down time during each day. We have gathering decks with fun activities like knock-hockey, hoop shots and ping pong but Magic Cards and games like that are great to pack. Supervised Free Activity (pronounced S’Fa) is everyone’s favorite time to hang out on the gathering decks, write letters and relax. Most seniors, 7th-11th grade, pack a folding Camp Chair, like what you would bring to a sporting event. They use these at campfires. Some of the juniors do as well but, it is not necessary.

 Packing Tip 5:
Don’t buy expensive clothes, jeans or bathing suits. Don’t pack too many things to throw on the bed. Don’t pack anything you don’t want going in the laundry. Your son will be wearing the same t-shirts on rotation and getting dressed and ready faster than you thought humanly possible. They hate missing a single moment. Just LABEL EVERYTHING clearly. Every boy has a blue raincoat, a blue duffle, a blue sweatshirt, a blue…you get the picture. They are so busy running from one activity to another that it is inevitable that they will leave something somewhere.

Packing Tip 6:
If you’re worried that your son may need more storage space for his athletic equipment, we recommend gear bags that fit under the bed. Once again, label every cleat, shin guard, glove, stick and racquet.

Packing Tip 7:
You’ve probably heard the term “shoe bag” or bunk junk bag thrown around. At camp, shoe bags are often used to hang up on the wall or at the end of the bed and store extra “stuff” in (think flashlight, hair brush, etc). Small shoe box bins are great to keep socks and underwear organized within the cubbies and on top to hold extra stuff like magic cards, etc. You can pack right in them and they place them right into the cubbies from their trunks and duffle bags. You can find them at Target and Walmart for about $2/bin.

Packing Tip 8:
Leave the electronics at home! No matter what you hear from friends about other camps, LOC parents don’t sneak them into their campers’ bags! Our parents are rule-followers, and our kids follow their parents’ lead. At camp it isn’t “cool” to have electronics or phones. In fact, it’s “cool” to leave all that behind. Believe us when we tell you that Lake Owego boys appreciate unplugging. It’s just part of our camp culture.

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Earth Day, Every Day at Camp

Camp is many things, like making new friends, having fun at activities and learning new skills. But at its core, going to camp is a return to nature. It is a simpler life, unplugged but connected to the wonders all around us. Smell the pines! Breathe in fresh mountain air! Listen to the sound of crickets at night! Feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders. Happy Earth Day from Greeley, PA!

Here’s a short Earth Day quiz, Greeley edition!

What is the Pennsylvania state flower that can be found throughout our beautiful camp, just beginning to bud during this time of year?
Answer: The Mountain Laurel

What environmentally important site is located in Milford, Pennsylvania, one of the closest towns to camp?
Answer: Grey Towers in Milford is the original 1900 site of the Yale School of Forestry Summer Camp!

Who lived at Grey Towers, Milford and is known as the “Father of American Conservation”?
Answer: Gifford Pinchot

Every summer, campers canoe the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers. The two rivers converge in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania, a beautiful spot very close to camp. What famous American bird do campers frequently see there, soaring high above them?
Answer: The American Bald Eagle. Lackawaxen is home to 200 bald eagles!

Camp is located in Pike County, named after Zebulon Motgomery Pike. What famous mountain did he discover and where is it located?
Answer: Pike’s Peak, Colorado

Bonus Question!
Our camp was one of the first camps in American to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Award. Which of these things didn’t we do to earn it?
1) Change all light bulbs to LED
2) Cover the pools with special pool covers to preserve heat and lower use of energy
3) Recycle waste
4) Change from disposable dishes to reusable dishware
5) Hang underwear from the flagpole

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