Camp Endobanah 2017 Overview
An Adventure for all boy Timber Wolves,†Explorers and Wayfarer Explorers
Dear FNE Timber Wolves and Explorers from North America and interested boys or leaders from our brother groups in Europe:
We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual Timber Wolf Den Summer Camp at Camp Endobanah! Last year's program was a great success, and we are working hard to make this year's program even more special! †Explorers have their own camp locaton and activities.
Timber Wolves - Friday evening July 7th to Sunday afternoon, July 16th, 2017!
Explorers - Thursday evening August 10 to Sunday afternoon, August 20th, 2017!
LOCATION: On private property near Orangeville for our Explorers and Camp Endobanah for our Timber Wolves. †Camp Endobanah is located near Norland Ontario some 135 km northeast of Thornhill, near the intersection of Monck country road 45 and 35, at the north end of Shadow Lake.
- The Program
- Why Timber Wolves, and Explorers like to go to Summer Camp
- The facilities at Camp Endobanah
- Questions and Answers about Camp
- Download Camp Application
Camp Endobanah (for our timber wolves) and wilderness land in the summer is a great place to run a program focusing on safe enjoyment of the outdoors. We spend a large amount of time in and on the water, swimming, canoeing, or fishing. We have the facilities, and we have found that the boys like it that way.
We emphasize safety on land and near the water. Safety procedures start with the Buddy System, no boy can go anywhere near the water alone. Everyone must wear life jackets while in a boat, in a canoe, or even if he is standing on the shoreline fishing. Leaders along with a qualified team of lifeguards supervise water activities at all times.
We test all boys for swimming proficiency on the first day. Weak swimmers must stay in the shallow end of our swimming area and/or wear a life jacket at any time when they are near or on the water. We offer swimming lessons for non-swimmers or beginners. Your son does not need to be a swimmer to attend camp. We are in the process of developing a more advanced water program for our boys at the Explorer level.
We structure part of the program to encourage the boys to cooperate in teams, to achieve certain goals, whether in a game or sports activity, washing of dishes, or keeping their sleeping quarters clean. We measure success based on individual efforts and not as compared to another boy.
Although we are in the early stages of program planning, here are but a few highlights as to what Summer Camp is all about for ourā Timber Wolves:
- Mud wrestling
- Tuck day
- Hot dog cookouts
- Fireworks display
- A special Banquet for the boys
- Camp fire programs
- Environmental awareness programs
- Playing in and building a fort
- Camp outings
- Community service project
- Great meals and snacks
- Board games
- Animal tracking
- Building shelters, building projects
- Guest speakers
- Sing songs
- Team building activities
- Theme events such as Warrior Day
- Who wants to be a millionaire contest
- Leader "truth" or "consequences"
- Treasure hunt
- Sandcastle building contest
- Advanced outdoor skill sets for Explorers
- Overnight hike on crown land (for older boys)
- Overnight canoe trip (for older boys) Table top games (ping pong, shuffle board, etc.)
- Move-up ceremony from Timber Wolves to Explorers
- Messy Day / body painting (Yes, the paint comes off!)
- Skits, Saturday night live (a collection of skits by the boys and leaders)
- Sport activities, including swimming, canoeing and fishing
- Wide games such as Capture the Flags or Capture the Banderlogs
- Mass on Sundays and Wednesday at camp with confession and daily prayers (Rosary)
- Fun, fun and more fun!
Activities for Explorers, boys ages 12 to 16
Although we are in the early stages of program planning, here are but a few highlights as to what Summer Camp is all about for our Explorers:
- A challenging hike
- Camping as patrols
- Mastering their cooking skills
- Pioneering projects
- A wide range of water based activities and challenges
- Wide games that challenge our Explorers both physically and from an intellectual perspective
- Advanced campfire programs that include singing, musical instruments, and acting
- Daily prayers, with daily Mass and one evening Eucharistic Adoration and confession available daily while at our base camp
- Orienteering challenges
- Survival skills
- Fun, lots and lots of fun!
By living at camp, our Explorers learn how to get along, in limited quarters, with boys from different backgrounds and countries, with different strengths, weakness, and aspirations.
Application Target Dates: Please do not disappoint your son, please turn in your application form as soon as possible... as this will assist the leadership team with program planning.
Mainly because it's a lot of FUN! Safe enjoyment of the water and the outdoors is a large part of our Timber Wolf and Explorer program. In that sense, Summer camp at Endobanah is the ultimate Timber Wolf and unique Explorer program experience. Even today we find that many a father has come back with his Son to show him that he went to Endobanah as a boy some 20 odd years or more ago! If, after all that time, they still hold fond memories of their Timber Wolf or Explorer Summer Camp at Endobanah then so will your Son some 20 or more years from now!
First Year Timber Wolves want to come because they have seen and heard how much fun their Timber Wolf friends had the year before at camp. They like the pictures showing canoeing, swimming, crafts, games, treasure hunts, outings and adventure games of all sorts. Second and third year Timber Wolves come because they want to do it again as well as go on the special overnight 2nd and 3rd year outings.
Explorers come to further develop their outdoor skills, to spend some time to help and have fun with their brother explorers, to emjoy the great outdoors and true wilderness while also developing their skills sets in a safe and controlled manner. It's a great opportunity to develop personal leadership development skills along with construction building projects such as tent platforms!
Part of the attraction is being away from home. Proving to yourself that you can do things by yourself, trying to solve life's little problems on your own knowing that caring leaders and fathers are also close by to help, support and encourage.
Many a parent, particularly at the Timber Wolf level have remarked on the positive effect of camp on their Son's self-confidence and how much they have grown while away at camp.
We run our camp as one big family. We try to treat and care for each boy as we would for our own sons. We try to show that, as in our family, we care about each boy as an individual. And as in our own family, anyone can come to the adults for help on any issue at any time.
By living at camp, our Timber Wolves and Explorers learn to get along, in limited quarters, with boys from different backgrounds, with different strengths, weakness, and aspirations.
From a faith perspective we offer daily Mass along with regular prayers, confession and our one Eucharistic Adoration session at the mid point of camp.
Youth groups have used Camp Endobanah since 1921. The 1st Four Arrows FNE Explorer Group uses Endobanah on a regular basis, fall, winter, spring and summer. Situated on a peninsula of about 4ha (10 acres), Endobanah is bounded by Highway 503, Gull river, and Shadow Lake. The privacy and size of the camp makes it the best camp for Timber Wolves in the province of Ontario.
The physical layout of the camp consists of a group of cabins used for sleeping and small group activities, a main lodge which serves as a meeting place and dining hall, and a fully equipped kitchen, capable of serving varied, high quality meals in quantities that our camp requires. We have our own baseball, soccer and playing field and water front, complete with adequate trees to explore around while at camp. Endobanah has running water, showers, a sauna, a hot tub along with the standard (newly renovated) sanitary facilities. The boys sleep in their own sleeping bags, on bunk beds furnished with mattresses. Explorers sellp in pup tents with their fellow Explorers in their "Patrol" units while preparing their own meals over an open fire! Adults sleep in similar type cabins, or in their own tents.
Endobanah's location on a beautiful lake makes it an ideal base for water activities. The camp has a sandy beach and separate well-marked swimming areas for beginners and proficient swimmers. A diving board is mounted on a low-rise diving platform.
From the camp's location it is easy to supervise canoeing on the narrow, northern end of the lake. There are lots of fish, and some good spots to catch them. Under direct supervision of leaders and professional lifeguards, we have the use of canoes, paddle boats, rowboats, and a motor boat.
What kind of supervision will there be?
At any given time, we have as many as 14 adults (leaders, fathers and full time life guards) in camp. About 12 will be directly involved in the program, the remainder run the kitchen and takes care of camp administrative matters.
With the exception of our professional lifeguards, our entire staff consists of volunteers. Sahi and Eagle√É‚Äö√ā¬†leaders along with friends of the group form the leadership team along with a team of fathers who look after meal preparation and other related support activities.
How do we arrange for transportation?
Families car pool to and from camp. Families are encouraged to join us for lunch and closing ceremonies on the last day of camp - for timber wolves on Sunday July 16th and for Explorers on Sunday August 20th 2017.
How do you handle dietary or medical restrictions?
A leader will be assigned to monitor campers with allergies, dietary restrictions, medication requirements or medical challenges. Please ensure that your Son's vaccinations are up to date.
Why Does Camp Last as long as it does?
Experience has shown us that this time period is just right, both for our boys and leaders. There are so many things to do, so it takes all of the available time to undertake the many varies activities that we have scheduled for our Timber Wolves or Explorers while at summer camp!
Is My Son Too Young For This Camp?
For many years now, our experience has shown that our Timber Wolves of all ages are more than ready to enjoy and benefit from the Summer Camp experience! We take special care to anticipate the needs unique to each age range to ensure that your Son, along with all of the other boys enjoy their summer camp experience to the fullest degree possible. †our Explorers are well ready for any adventure that we offer them.
Will you supervise health and personal hygiene?
We stress general health by serving nutritious meals, and making sure that everyone gets enough rest. At Camp endobanah the boys will shower every evening before bed in our modern facilities, we will see to it that they even use soap and shampoo too. To make the evening shower a little more fun, the sauna and our√É‚Äö√ā¬†permanent 12 person sized hot tub under adult supervision, will be available for interested boys. Boys will brush their teeth daily and change their clothing - at least on a regular basis. Some boys would wear the same clothes for 10 days if we let them. We don't. Please label all clothes; it makes it much easier to get belongings back to their rightful owner.
For some timber wolves - What about Bed Wetting?
This is not an uncommon challenge amongst boys of Timber Wolf age. No one makes a big deal over it. We check sleeping bags daily, and leave them out to dry, if necessary. If we know that there is a problem, we will restrict fluids, encourage the boy to use the facilities before going to bed, and if need be send some boys for a last minute bathroom visit after lights out.
Will you provide first aid and medical care?
We assign one leader to be responsible for dispensing medication as instructed by parents or a physician. A medical doctor is only a 15-minute drive away. We have never had a serious injury at camp - we intend to keep it that way. Various leaders are fully trained in First Aid.
Can we visit our son at Camp?
Please, please don't. If you do, your son will feel obligated to get homesick, and some poor leader must convince him that life is still enjoyable and that he should continue to have a good time. Other boys may feel bad that their parent(s) did not come. It's only a relatively short period of time to be at camp. He will be fine. We encourage you to join us for lunch on the last day of camp, that's a great time for your Son to show you his gathered treasures (some have been known to include live frogs) , the cabin that he stayed in, who his best friend is and more!
What do we pack bring to camp?
You will receive a detailed check list of what to bring, and how to pack it well before camp departure date arrives.
Do fathers have to pay a fee to attend camp?
Fathers giving their time to help at camp do not pay.
Are discounts of financial assistance available?
No boy should have to miss Summer Camp for financial reasons. † Your Son's adult leader, if you wish, can arrange for whatever financial assistance may be required. †Camp fee for a second member from the same family is reduced ¬†by $50.00. †discount is offered for applications submitted and paid before March 1st, 2016.
Information pertaining to all programs can be found below.