Greetings from Kilcoo Camp,
As the province starts to slowly reopen, our thoughts turn very optimistically to the summer of 2021. Registration is very strong and we are excited for our 90th summer on the shores of Gull Lake. After a summer off because of COVID-19, I think we are all ready to go “back to camp”, and I know that goes for all the summer camps across Canada. Our kids need camp.
2021 will mark Kilcoo Camp’s 90th year, and I know I speak for the Kilcoo community when I say that we cannot wait to welcome you. We have been working alongside the Ontario Camping Association (OCA) to develop safety protocols necessary for the safe operation of summer camps. Here at Kilcoo, our medical team is committed to working with the provincial and local government health units to ensure the camp experience this summer, as we always do, will be as safe as possible.
The Kilcoo community has always been supportive, loyal, positive, resilient and a true embodiment of the Kilcoo spirit. This year especially, I owe them an immense thank you. Whether you are an alumnus, camper, staff, leader in training, or parent, you all are a part of Kilcoo and Kilcoo is a part of you. For those of you who are not yet part of this remarkable community, I must mention that the Kilcoo spirit shines brightest in tough times, and this year certainly no exception.
We have all talked a lot about Silver Linings throughout the year, and for us, one of those was to really work hard on our physical property itself. Our small group of 2020 Summer Staff worked hard on the site: cleaning, painting, building and maintaining our property. Our two loyal, full-time maintenance Staff members, Kent & Rick, continue to work every day to prepare for the summer. We have always prided ourselves on our site, and it has never looked better.
So, we now look towards this summer, our 90th year on the shores of Gull Lake, and we are very excited for what the future holds. We hope that 2021 will bring smiling, happy faces back to Kilcoo, where we can all learn and grow together.
I welcome any of you reading this who are new to Kilcoo, if you are a returning veteran, or an Alumnus, to please email me anytime through firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions, make a comment or just say hi! I am more excited than ever for next summer to arrive… and I hope you all have a safe, happy and productive rest of the winter and never give up hope. I am so proud of what we call Kilcoo Magic… and when we sing these words together in the Lodge: “When you walk through a storm hold your head up high”, we know that “you’ll never walk alone” in our community.
All the best from my family and I and cheers from Gull Lake,
David “Lub” Latimer