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!

Fourth Week at Waupoos

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Another fun week at Waupoos as we welcomed even more families to the farm! Campers enjoyed riding bikes around the farm and meeting new animal friends. With the sun shining, visitors were able to play and do plenty of activities outside.

The campers were once again involved in the talent show, showing off skills such as singing, dancing, and even magic tricks. There was so much talent at Waupoos.  It was wonderful to have so many people, staff and campers, involved in making the show memorable.

With the Paris themed cabin finally up and running, more campers were able to stay and enjoy the farm’s activities. This is just one of the many themed cabins at Waupoos that staff has put together for the farm’s visitors. With colourful artwork and beautiful furniture, the city of Paris comes to life at Waupoos.

                                     

Now reaching mid-summer, Waupoos is pleased to continue a season of fun!

Third Week at Waupoos

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Once again at Waupoos families were here to enjoy a week filled with excitement and adventure. Our staff came up with tons of new activities and games to engage our campers, from morning crafts to exciting nature walks. The campers had fun exploring the farm and taking in the peaceful scenery and fresh air.

The pool was a blast with our campers this week. The water is a perfect way to cool off after a hot day under the summer sun. Families enjoyed scheduled breaks by the pool and fun swimming lessons planned by the lifeguard. Along with the pool, councillors at Waupoos planned a fun water fight between campers as another fun way the beat the heat.

A new and exciting activity on the farm this week was the Waupoos Talent Show. Campers and staff were able to show off their many talents, from singing and dancing to variety shows! Waupoos sure has a lot of talented people coming through its doors. The event was a huge success with campers, and so many people shared their talents with us. This talent show was definitely a highlight of the week, bringing smiles and laughter to everyone.

It was certainly an exciting and entertaining week at Waupoos Farm!

Second Week at Waupoos

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After a promising first week, Waupoos Farm once again opened its doors to families, continuing a summer of fun and memories. With ecstatic new faces, the farm provided interesting new experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

In its second week, Waupoos Farm provided many new activities to take part in and enjoy. From painting signs to meeting new animal friends, there was something in store for everyone.

As always, the bunnies were a huge hit with the campers. These little guys are certainly cute and really popular here on the farm. The kids just love them. Along with the bunnies, campers also enjoyed meeting the goats and lambs that call Waupoos their home. The animals are adorable and the campers had so much fun making friends with these barnyard pals.

Along with animals and crafts, families are now able to cool off at the pool. It’s easy to enjoy splashing around in the water, especially in the summer heat. It was definitely a refreshing break from the heat! Campers were able to enjoy plenty of fun water activities, including swimming lessons provided by our lifeguard.

We’re continuing the summer with another exciting week, and look forward to all the fun ahead!

Summer 2021 Begins

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After a long hiatus due to the COVID_19 pandemic, Waupoos was so excited to 
welcome three families to stay at the farm this week. It's been over a year 
since we have been able to recieve visitors, and so we were all thrilled!


We have plenty of fun activities for campers this year, and week one was no exception. 
As a great start to the day, every morning we got together as a group to enjoy coffee 
and muffins after Chapel. This week, we painted rocks, had a waterfight, made popcorn 
holders, held a scavenger hunt, took a tractor ride, and more. With new activities 
every day, it's impossible to be bored here.
  
Although things here at the farm are quickly progressing back to normal, we've 
had to put a lot of new measures in place to ensure that our facilities remain 
clean and safe. This includes disinfecting commonly touched areas, hosting all of 
our activities and masses outdoors, and doing a thorough cleaning of each cabin 
after campers pack up. These precautions make sure we're able to stay open 
throughout the summer.
We've also been focusing a lot of our attention on preparing cottages for the campers' arrival. 
We've moved around furniture, hung paintings, gotten new sheets, fixed some plumbing issues, and 
at the moment we're installing new cabinets in cabin 5 (our Paris themed cabin). With campers 
finally coming back to Waupoos, we want to make sure that everything is beautiful.

This year we have quite a few baby animals around the farm, which the kids love. 
One of our rabbits gave birth to ten adorable bunnies. We also have two lambs that are 
only four months old. Even though they're so young, the lambs are already huge, and 
growing more every day. As the summer goes on, our goal is to continue to have families 
come stay with us in a fun, safe environment where both parents and kids can relax. With 
our first week almost finished, we feel great about the rest of our year!

2020 at Waupoos Farm

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The interesting year that 2020 brought to Waupoos Family Farm!

Summer staff worked on cottage renovations and outdoor maintenance. Check out the cottage renovations!

Safari-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

 

 

Nautical-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

 

 

Paris-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

Animals in the Spring:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Pig Tractor” or a movable pigpen to help till the earth. Those pigs do a great job of preparing the ground for a future garden plot!

 

 

 

 

Extra vegetables were planted this spring, yielding a bountiful harvest that was donated to the Food Bank:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Lodge Deck Demolition: 

 

 

 

 

 

An Unexpected Bump on the Road – Farmhouse Septic Tank Replacement:

 

 

 

 

 

A Rainbow over Waupoos Farm, a Symbol of HOPE