Winter Blues and Camp Countdowns

Hi all, It’s been a long time! I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season with their loved ones! I know I sure did. Now that the tree is gone and the decorations are packed away, it’s sometimes hard to see an end to the cold, dark days of winter. Here in BC that means rain, rain and more rain (we’ve had one day of snow in the last two winters combined!) and according to the weather report snow is currently falling in Ottawa.…

Christmas Fundraiser

Hi all, Kalalla is having a fundraiser this Thursday in conjunction with Ten Thousand Villages. If you are looking for some fun, unique presents to give this Christmas, go check it out at 371 Richmond Road in Westboro! A percentage of each purchase goes towards Kalalla and you get to give an awesome present to someone you love! See the poster below for more information.

Staff Story 2015

One of my favourite camp moments is the staff story, because it’s a great way to get to know all the new names. On top of that, I always enjoy the various ways the names get used and then how the staff have to try to act that out. Calypso pretty much has two options – the name of one of the characters, or music playing. Just try to imagine for a minute how you act out either of those two things. 😉 This year,…

3 Weeks Until Camp

I am sorry ladies, I have been remiss in my blogging duties. My brother has been going through some health issues and he was just released from the hospital, after what we hope will be the last surgery he has to have! When I am sad and stressed like this past week (year), I drift back to camp memories more than ever. I sing Taps to myself when I go to bed, feeling surrounded by all the Kalalla ladies that have been there for me…

The Best Job at Camp (According to Schultz)

Some people may say I am biased. They would be right. Some people may say that I should try other jobs at camp. I have, it wasn’t for me. Some people may say that being waterfront staff is the best job at camp. I agree. Why? Lake! Need I say more? Who wouldn’t want to spend their day on the lake? Sure, the water is a little murky, and I definitely have “lake suits” and “non-lake suits,” but when the sun comes around that corner…

Camper Registration is Open!

{{unknown}}Hi Kalalla friends, This is just a reminder that registration is open! All you need to do is go here to find all the forms and information you need to sign up for another great year at camp! I so wish I was going to be heading to camp this year. I was watching a TV show and the episode was called “Boom De Yah Da”. It made me so camp sick. For those of you that don’t have a plane ride between you and the…

Salutations

Hi all, Sorry for the lack of posting! The last three weekends have been crazy with family birthdays/Mother’s day celebrations, and I haven’t been able to take the time to sit down to write in much too long. Such is the case today as well, but I just wanted to share the Salutation of the Dawn with everyone. Listen to the Salutation of the Dawn Look to this day, for it is life. The very life of life. In its brief course lie all the…

Treble’s Unusually Sentimental Post

Warning: unusually sentimental post My name is Treble – although my real name is rarely a secret – and I started attending camp when I was eight and haven’t missed a year yet. That makes eight years as a camper, and soon to be six years on staff. Two thirds of my twenty one years have involved spending time at Kalalla. It is a truly heartbreaking feeling to know that this year may be one of my last years of camp, at least for a…

Sharing Kalalla

One of the reasons that I am so happy to write this blog is that I am always looking for new ways to share Kalalla with my friends and family who don’t get to personally experience it. It is so difficult to put into words the joy in the first round of “Ungawas”, the beauty of sunset on Vesper Hill or the contentedness of talking about life around a fire with a group of fantastic women. Of course it doesn’t help when I’m too busy…

I Am Kalalla

I am years, upon years, upon years of tradition, and history, and learning, and love. Hey all, Calypso here. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a third generation Kalalla girl. My grandmother, Gribbet was camp nurse for many years. My aunts Jellybean and Yogi were campers and then staff. My mom, Stitch, was a counselor and a craft resource person. My cousin Yoshi worked in the kitchen. For me, Kalalla has always been a family affair. But I’m still surprised how…