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Waupoo’s Nature Fun- August 2022

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The sixth week at Waupoos was where cottagers were allowed to revel in nature. Check out this gorgeous keepsake our host made!

Kitten Update:

Little Petey and Spirit now have a kingdom of their very own! Put together fantastically by our two staff; Rachel and Madison, I’m sure the cats are forever grateful for their perfect little kingdom. These too felines are bustling with life, and enjoy playing on their brand-new cat towers. With that said, they’re still incredibly friendly and enjoy being pat on the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting and Bracelet fun:

With the option of doing bracelets or painting, the group finally decided on doing both! Parents were able to drop their kids to this activity and relax while their children spent some time letting their artistic juices flow.

 

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Waupoos Frenzy!- July 2022

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Many kids gathered at Waupoos Family Farm this week, and we were delighted to have them here! The pool welcomed dozens of guests, and the activities were bustling with smiling children.

Welcome Home Spirit, and Little Pete!

On July 26, 2022, we welcomed two precious kittens to our farm! The kids decided on the name ‘Spirit’ for the black one, and ‘Little Pete’ for the black and white one. While Spirit can be timid at times, she warms up to people eventually and be incredibly cuddly. On the flip side, Little Pete is an energetic bundle of joy that loves to play with everyone! Of course, our animal maintenance staff spoiled these fantastic felines with toys and treats!

Scavenger Paint Time

Instead of the run-of-the-mill paint session, this week’s host family planned a mix of painting and a scavenger hunt. Cottagers were given clues and hints to find the painting supplies before they could start making their masterpieces.

Bonfire Fun

The Bonfires hosted at Waupoos are like none other! With mouth-watering smores, and singing that’ll make you feel like you’re viewing a concert of your very own, what’s not to love? Come on down and cozy up around the fire when you can!

Hats off to another amazing week at Waupoos! We look forward to seeing you next time!

 

Waupoo’s Kids Roundup!- July 2022

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Waupoos was happy to welcome a whole house of families this week. Plenty of eager children were on the edge of their seats to partake in the activities our family farm had to offer!

Chapel Time

We are happy to introduce our lovely host family; Elyse and Ruby, who ran a wonderful chapel every morning. Every chapel was well thought through, anyone could see the amount of effort this duo put into starting every morning off on a positive note. The morning started off strong, with a beautiful prayer being read, followed by some calming meditation. To top it all off, almost every session was tied together with a story, each telling valuable lessons in the name of God.

T-Shirt TieDye

Unsurprisingly so, the host family organized cottages to be given the opportunity to dye their own shirts. Each design came out wonderfully; surely a sight for sore eyes! Look at those funky fresh designs! 

Tournament Galore

Ring toss, rocket throwing, and bowling! Why chose one when you can do all three? An hour seemed to go by within seconds due to how much fun the kids were having. Look at their smiling faces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Update: Brand New Chick Pen!

Our animal maintenance crew has worked vigorously to ensure that the steadily growing chicks have a new home they can frolic and play! Come see these adorable chicks in their prime, and maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to hold them. Come check it out at our Meet the Animals activity at Waupoos Farm!

After yet another successful week at Waupoos, we look forward to seeing you all next time!

A Relaxing Week at Waupoos Farm- July 2022

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This week at Waupoos was quieter than the previous weeks, however many found it to be just as gratifying. Many activities held for the guests were considered more therapeutic, our host family running countless hours of exciting events, one of the most popular being the outdoor coloring where kids were given the opportunity to color and then paste their creations onto fancy paper! Parents could rest easy and catch a break while their children were engulfed in the world of creativity.

Meet the Animals

We’re also incredibly excited to announce that cottagers are now able to feed the sheep during their stay. These wooly four-legged friends love people and will flock toward you to say hi, and maybe even get a special treat out of the palm of your hand if given the opportunity. Our specialized animal keeper provided cottagers with sheep food to feed them, which both parties seemed to enjoy thoroughly.

Bingo Night

Get your Bingo chips and enthusiasm, because Waupoos hosted by far the most lively Bingo nights. With prizes to be won, every single player was on the edge of their seats in hopes of hearing their number. A game of Bingo was a surefire way to get individuals to come out of their cottages and join in on the fun!

Chapel Time

This week’s themes consisted of friendship, gratitude, and resilience. Different activities were planned for each day to give cottagers a chance to be more hands-on with what they’d learned during prayer. Short stories to provide examples, and inventive activities where they were able to show their love towards God through art and creation.

 

 

 

 

 

With that, the second week at Waupoos comes to a close! There are still many activities to look forward to, and we look forward to them!

Opening Week at Waupoos Farm!- July 2022

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The first week of vacation for Waupoos Farm started off with a bang! Packed with fun adventures outside such as nature walks, archery, and swimming, the families at Waupoos are seen enjoying their stay. During the week, our lovely host, Mariam was able to run a morning chapel where families were able to bond over what they were thankful for, listen to fascinating stories, and even read a morning prayer together. Through this, the cottagers could start their mornings with bonding activities and scrumptious homemade muffins.       

Thankful Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, Waupoos farm wouldn’t be a farm without animals. One of our specialized staff, Rachel, walks the families through the many animals that are home to Waupoos. Children were given the opportunity to hold baby chicks and watch the baby turkeys play with each other. The animals at Waupoos are incredibly friendly and adore our cottagers just as much as we do! Most of the farm animals don’t mind being petted as well, which made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. 

 

 

One of the many joys of the family farm is the surrounding environment, a lengthy trail filled with an assortment of flowers and shrubs surrounding the cottagers. This week, everyone was invited to go on a nature walk, where many chose to pick some of the different plants, while others chose to simply enjoy the atmosphere.

After venturing further down the trail, cottagers were introduced to the ‘Fairy Village’ hidden in the depths of the forest, which looked to be an exhilarating surprise for many. With trees with faces and homes for fairies, Fairy Village is a sight to behold. 

 We are looking forward to all the fun events that are to come.

A Love Letter From the Waupoos Summer Staff 2021

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As we wrap up the summer, the staff look back on all the fun, friends, new skills, and challenges we faced this summer. This year we had five staff, and we’ve written a small summary about our favourite parts of the summer!

“I have a long history of volunteering with Waupoos, and the mission is really important to me. I’m really glad I was able to spend this summer running activities, baking muffins, and even learning how to operate our tractor. The most important part of the summer for me was being able to put smiles on all the kids’ faces!”  Abbey, Camp Counsellor

“With my original summer plans cancelled due to the pandemic, I found an unexpected opportunity to work at Waupoos. Looking back, I don’t regret it whatsoever. I have sincerely enjoyed being part of this community; contributing through planning activities, running our Chapel Time, and most especially, meeting all the lovely families who came to stay this year. The mission and values of the Farm and its’ team, made my time here extremely meaningful. I hope to continue to stay in touch with these wonderful people, and I pray that their work continues to bless so many.”  Jasmine, Program Supervisor

What a fun summer we had! Waupoos is such a great spot and full of so many amazing people. Working at Waupoos this summer taught me how to adapt to new situations and learn some really helpful lifeguard skills. One of my favourite things was seeing the kids who were a little nervous in the shallow end on the first day, but by the end of their stay, they were jumping into the deep end with no fear!  We made it through the hot, humid days and barely had any cold or rainy ones. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to work at such a fun spot and meet the resident families. I will definitely miss this summer’s awesome staff!”  Annie, Lifeguard

 

This is a parody song written by some of the staff, a Waupoos version of “When Will My Life Begin” from Disney’s Tangled (2010). It was prepared and sung for the weekly talent show.

We Will Have Fun This Week

8 AM, the usual morning lineup:

Start on the cottage and sweep ’til the floor’s all clean,

Wipe and scrub, do laundry, and mop and shine up

Sweep again

And by then

It’s like 11:15

And so I’ll clean the lodge or maybe pick some weeds

I’ll muck the barn and water the goats and sheep

I’ll plan an activity, maybe a craft or three

And wonder what will we do this week?

 

Then on Thursday, the cottagers are finally here

Chapel time and then muffins with friends

Meet all of the animals, with no fear

Then I’ll grin

Maybe swim,

Take a walk, meet a friend!

 

And then I’ll mow the lawn if I have time to spare

I’ll pick the weeds some more, I’m sure there’s some somewhere

And then we’ll pray and work and play because we care

And that’s why Waupoos is so unique!

 

And we’ll keep hopin’ and hopin’, and hopin’, and hopin’

We will have fun this week!

 

Tomorrow night, we’ll say goodbye

We hope to see you next year, there’s no need for you to cry

We’ve had so much fun, this past week with you

Now that it’s over, we’re not sure what to do…

 

Eighth Week At Waupoos

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Aaaand that’s a wrap! Waupoos welcomed four families for the final week of the summer. It was a quieter week than most, but there was still lots of fun on the farm! “Meet the Animals” was a highlight. It’s an opportunity for the families to meet the animals that we have and learn how to care for them. Another highlight was “Make Your Own Pizzas” when they got to make their own family pizzas and cook them in their cottage.

Lots of fun songs were played and sung at the bonfire, with s’mores as well! Participation was high at the talent show this week with gymnastics, comedy, and a special act by the FMT adults!

The residents and staff are all sad to wrap up the summer, but it was definitely one for the books. We all look forward to the school-year sessions, as well as welcoming even more families next summer!

Seventh Week at Waupoos

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This week Waupoos had another great week of fun as we welcomed a new set of families! We began the week with a bouncy castle and ice cream sandwiches to celebrate a birthday! Cottagers had the chance to make crafts, play some water games to escape the hot weather, and of course, swim in the pool!

The families enjoyed a tractor ride with a visit to the magic tree, followed by a bonfire with s’mores!

The talent show was a hit once again! This week, there was no lack of talent; we had singing, joke-telling, a magic show, and much more! The night was wrapped up with a barbecue and movie under the stars.

After another amazing week at Waupoos, we prepare for our last week of families for the summer!

 

Sixth Week At Waupoos

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This was another amazing week at Waupoos! Campers enjoyed making tasty snacks with fruits and marshmallows. This was the perfect treat for a summer’s day!

Cottagers enjoyed swimming in the pool and playing water games to cool off from the heat. Families also painted and planted some wildflowers in their own personal pots that they were able to bring home.

The talent show was lots of fun with some new talent and lots of people cheering everyone else on! After another week of fun, we wrap up and prepare for another awesome week!

Fifth Week at Waupoos

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It’s hard to believe that summer is halfway through already! Over the past weeks, Waupoos has hosted families from all over Ottawa to give them a summer full of fun memories.

Once again, Waupoos enjoyed hosting many new families at the farm this week as the staff provided many interesting games and activities.

It was a quiet week on the farm as families enjoyed the peaceful scenery. The week was much cooler than usual summer days, but families were still able to participate in activities and swim at the pool. One of the popular activities was meeting the animals where campers were able to interact with our barnyard pals.  The goats were very friendly with the guests.

 

We’ve also made some changes to the farm this week. Staff painted the chapel and sides of the barn with a fresh coat of white paint to match the lodge and our cottages. This new paint helps brighten up the farm and brings new life back to the beloved chapel!

 

 

With July finished up, Waupoos Farm looks forwards to a fun-filled August!