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Camp Stories: Ways to Share your Outdoor Summer Camp Experience

May 01, 2019
Team building is part of the Camp Woods outdoor summer camp experience.

Team building is part of the Camp Woods outdoor summer camp experience.

Lifelong friendship through camaraderie and trust is something that is promoted through Scouting, and there’s no better place to experience those bonding moments than at Camp Woods on Sylvan Lake, one of the overnight camps that Scouts Canada owns and operates in Alberta. Not only are there ways that campers can share their first outdoor summer camp experience, they can also share it with their parents and guardians, thanks to a unique photo sharing app called Waldo.

Where’s Waldo?

Share in your camper’s experience. Camp Woods is one of the camps for kids now connected to a unique photo delivery service. Powered by Waldo, the service uses facial recognition software so that parents who register receive text notifications when a photo appears of their camper to the online camp album. Your child’s privacy and yours is protected via a consent form provided by Camp Woods so that you can choose to not have a picture of your child shared.

The Ties that Bond

Anyone who has ever been to summer camp knows that the friends you make at camp become friends for life. That's because the skill and team-building moments you share at camp are unlike anything else that takes place in a learning environment such as school. At Camp Woods, we know what it is like to share those experiences. It's one of the reasons why some of our campers return year after year — to see their friends and make memories that will last a lifetime.

What’s Going to Work? Teamwork

Not only do kids get to have first-time experiences they won't experience anywhere else, but they can also acquire team-building skills that facilitate a unique bond.

Some of these outdoor camp activities include the low-ropes course and the 35-foot Aspire Challenge Tower, which is designed for up to eight campers to work together in reaching the top, with different skill levels available on all sides of the tower.

We Will Survive

While Scouts’ summer camps for kids - such as Camp Woods which is open to non-Scouts and Scouts - provide all the fun activities such as archery, canoeing and kayaking, and sleeping in rustic bunkhouses with all your friends, they also teach important team survival skills such as fire building, compass and orienteering, as well as shelter building. After all, there’s nothing like camping in a lean-to that you built with your fellow campers to get you working together.

While Camp Woods offers a schedule of its summer camp outdoor activities, they can be adjusted if a group of children wants to learn new skills.

Campfire Tales

One of our campers’ favourite moments is when they get to perform in front of the campfire every night, just before they “mug-up” with their late-night snack before bed. Every cabin can learn a song, skit or cheer provided by the camp to share with their fellow campers or they can make up their own. The glee is palpable.

Get the whole camp experience and learn about our new CANSail 1 sailing adventure for 11-to-14-year-olds by reading What’s New at Camp Woods for Summer, 2019.

Set on the shores of beautiful Sylvan Lake, Camp Woods is one of the overnight summer camps in Alberta open to both Scouts and non-Scouts ages 8 to 14. Our weekly camps run from July 1 to Aug. 5. Download our Camp Brochure to learn more.