Open House- a true success!

Eric Forti here up at camp. The last family left a little over an hour ago and what a day it was! The weather was absolutely perfect and the families who came up to enjoy the corn man, a BBQ lunch, and participate in some activities appeared to have a blast. Yes, the corn man was here today and we went through over 500 ears of corn, as well as tons of toppings- parmesan cheese, hot sauce, garlic powder, and my personal favorite Canadian Steak Seasoning (sounds odd, doesn’t it?) to name just a few.

The lake was full of boats, the pool had swimmers (after all it is heated and it was a gorgeous day), and all four ropes were setup at the wall. Adam Center, a second year camper and his brother (Matthew- a new camper) seemed to have a ball as well. Adam climbed one of the walls that he wasn’t able to last year- way to go Adam!

It’s time for me to head to the dining hall for dinner with the staff. Speaking of the staff- about 40 counselors were here today and did such a great job at assisting in all of the activity areas. A few new counselors- Lauren McGuire and Vanessa Johnson drove here to assist us and we truly appreciate their efforts. Thanks to Glen Mackey for taking photos, Jaycal for videotaping throughout the day, and everyone else who worked so hard to make today such a huge success. As I said when I introduced our head staff during the “lineup today at the amphitheatre” there are three people who are working so hard behind the scenes to prepare camp for June 27th. Justin Winch, who is now in his fifth year and is a groupleader during the summer, has been in charge of our precamp staff. Not an easy task when you think about how much has to be done in such a short period of time! In my office during the summer is Sam Ginsburg, who arrived a little over a week ago. He has been a huge asset to both the camp and to me, ensuring that all of the small details are taken care of and helping out wherever he is needed. And last but not least, Matt Unger who has been here forever, but started full-time this past winter, has been overseeing the kitchen and food orders, working with all of our precamp groups, and working alongside me and Sam to take care of everything that needs to be purchased, setup, cleaned up, etc.

These are a few of the “behind the scenes” people who are doing everything they can to make this the best summer ever! Thanks to all of the families who came up today and shared in our Open House.


P.S.- Will Armon and I shot our first official Canadensis Today show together earlier today. We will post it, along with an Open House 411 and photos from the day, in our website media room ( and click on media room in the next couple of hours/days. Check back often!