I am writing a quick post to tell of a wonderful opportunity I had in October 2013; I shared a fun filled day with the staff, and families of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) in London, Ontario.
“On October 19, 2013, TVCC NM Clinic Team held our first One Day Fun Day at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden. We had ten campers attend,” says Occupational Therapist Cheryl Scholtes. “We played games in the gym, made chocolate chip cookies – YUM! – had a scavenger hunt, dressed up – we looked pretty silly – and finished with a campfire with skits and songs. Moms and Dads, Grandparents, and siblings joined in the fun at the campfire too. I especially liked the campfire songs! The day and the venue were terrific.”
It was a pleasure to attending this wonderful day which aimed to give young people an opportunity to attend ‘summer’ camp for a day. The event was held at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden, which allowed the campers to experience a true summer camp, as the ten campers were able to see the sleeping cabins, access the kitchen and craft area, and do many activities in the gym.
Wonderful games and activities were provided: from games to break the ice so the staff and young people could get to know each other a little better, a relay course, interactive games, and a basketball game.
Parker Tessier is 11 years old, and made the trip from Windsor, Ontario. Parker’s favourite activity of the day was the scavenger hunt! He also enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends. Parker was lucky enough to have visited this Easter Seals Camp during the summer, and the One Day Fun Day brought back all those amazing memories! Parker said, “I had a great time and hope that this happens again next year!”
As Cheryl mentioned, we also had the opportunity to bake some yummy cookies! This was a perfect opportunity for everyone to experience moving around a kitchen and working together to bake something – the cookies were truly some of the best I have ever tasted!
The camp ran from 10am to 3pm, but parents, grandparents and siblings were invited back for 2pm to participate in the campfire activities. This was a perfect opportunity for the young campers to show off the crafts they had made, lead their families in a sing-along, and of course demonstrate their keen imaginations by offering a glimpse into their many varied talents which included: skits, story telling, and of course joke telling. The camp fire was enjoyed by all, and everyone was quite impressed with the level of talent. The cookies paired particularly well with our pizza lunch and other snacks – don’t worry though, amongst all the yumminess we did manage to serve some fruit as well.
I think the highlight of the day for me, truly, was the scavenger hunt. The staff from TVCC dressed up and hid in various places of the camp. When each group came upon them, they were given a rhyme, riddle or clue that allowed the campers as a team to solve it, and then move on to the next area, where hopefully – if you had solved the riddle or clue – it landed you with the next person and another clue. It was wonderful fun, and a great opportunity for everyone to work together, and share their many wonderful skills and talents.
It was a wonderful opportunity for Muscular Dystrophy Canada to partner with Thames Valley Children’s Centre, neuromuscular clinic and provide support. As Rhonda, the Social Worker of the neuromuscular clinic says:
“I just wanted to sincerely thank you and Muscular Dystrophy Canada again for your support to our One Day Fun Day. The day went very well and not a bad turnout for the first time of doing it! Karen it was a blast having you join us for the activities – thanks for making the drive in the rain – it meant a lot.”
Because of the huge success of this “One Day Fun Day” the staff are planning to have their Neuromuscular Education Day for Families and Children with neuromuscular conditions at the same location this spring. So mark your calendars for May 3rd, 2014! For more information contact Cheryl.Scholtes@tvcc.on.ca. Of course Muscular Dystrophy Canada will be a part of this wonderful day.
Karen Dunbar is the Services Specialist for the Ontario and Nunavut for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.