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Q&A Performing at Camp Edition: Erika Munz

Q&A Performing at Camp Edition: Erika Munz

Meet Erika Munz! Erika was a Semi in 2016 and has found a home performing songs on the Oconto stage with camp friends and now with her own campers as well. We’ve asked Erika a few questions below about her experience at Oconto and advice for anyone looking to perform.

How long have you been going to Oconto and what keeps you coming back?
This year I will be spending my 8th summer at Oconto. Oconto has truly become my second home. Each year I am drawn back to the incredibly welcoming, fun, positive and caring environment that is Oconto. At camp, I have met some of the most genuine, goofy and compassionate people, who I am so thankful to call my bestfriends. Each year that I return is an opportunity to meet more amazing people, try new things, learn about myself and positively influence others.
Which all camp evening is your favourite: Sunday evening concert or Thursday night Campfire? why?
 Sunday Evening Concert! I love watching all of the fun and creative acts – especially if there are costumes involved.  It’s so fun to see campers on stage just being themselves and having a great time!
Do you enjoy performing at Sunday Evening Concert  and campfire? why?
I love performing at camp! I have never found a more supportive and caring audience then at Oconto. I first began performing at camp as an Int and remember feeling overwhelmed by all of the love and support I received from both campers and staff. No matter where I perform, Oconto always cheers the loudest!
Erika, Charlotte and Lucie singing and chapel

Erika, Charlotte and Lucie singing and chapel

If you could sing any song on the “Oconto Stage” what would it be and why?
I would sing Travelin’ Soldier by the Dixie Chicks. The first time I sang it at camp was in Seniors 2013, since then it has become my signature song and makes an appearance each summer!
Any words of advise to campers who want to perform at Sunday Evening Concert or campfire but may be shy?
You can do it!! Everyone at camp wants you to be yourself and succeed! Camp is the perfect place to try new things and build your confidence. You will do great no matter what!
Anything to add?
Camp has definitely had the biggest influence on my confidence and allowed me to become more outgoing and comfortable performing! Thank you Oconto for the constant encouragement and support!
Enjoy Erika’s cover of ‘Travelin’ Soldier’ below performed on the porch of The Four Seasons!

 

Work Camp: Making Camp Beautiful One Leaf At A Time

Work Camp: Making Camp Beautiful One Leaf At A Time

If you thought camp looks like it does in the summer all year round, you are in for a surprise! A group of staff members arrive up at Oconto the first weekend of May every year for 2 months of hard work in order for camp to look like camp. This is what we call WORK CAMP.

What does work camp entail? I’ll let this year’s work camp staff tell you! Take a look at the video below for a short peek at what work camp is all about!

There is LOTS to be done during the springtime! From raking all the leaves and staining buildings to taking the tin off zebos and cleaning every cabin; the work camp staff are always busy and working hard!

            Big thanks to our work camp staff every year for making camp what it is in the summer! You gals ROCK! This summers staff included: Emily Pepper, Katie Scott, Emma Kinsella, Maddy Horne, Gill Bevan, Brooklyn Colborne, Lani Macdonald, Tess Sutherland, Emily Lobb, Emily Mihalcin, Kate Lahaie, Ali Wyatt, Shannon Stride, Hales Carter, Ella Foss, Jenna Janiac, Danny-Mae Toon, and Michaela Bray.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

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Q&A Staff Edition: Maddy Horne

Maddy standing on canoe dock getting ready to put a canoe in the water

Q&A Staff Edition

Meet Maddy Horne

Maddy standing on canoe dock getting ready to put a canoe in the water

Maddy is one of our current staff members at Oconto. This will be her 8th summer at Oconto and her 2nd summer as a full staff member. Like many of our other staff member, Maddy was also a camper at Oconto and became a full staff through our QC and Semi programs!  

What made you start going to camp?

Maddy: I started going to camp as an Eagle in July of 2009. I’m the youngest of three siblings and I really wanted to spend some time with people my own age. My friend had been to Oconto before and had loved it so that summer I tagged along with her and I’ve been coming back ever since.

What’s your strongest memory of your first year?

M: My strongest memory from that first year is probably from the last night of my Eagle Lake canoe trip. It was a Thursday night and we were staying on Blueberry Island. That evening my counsellor suggested we take a sunset paddle and as we canoed around Blueberry we could see the entire camp on main beach and hear their voices singing along to songs from across the water.

What place at camp makes you feel most at home?

M: While I’m at camp I feel the most at home whenever near or on the water. I grew up on an island in the St. Laurence River so hearing the waves crash on the shores of Eagle Lake really reminds me of home.

What has changed in you because of your camp experiences?

M: I think the thing that has changed the most about me because of my camp experience is either my positivity or my leadership capabilities. Over my time at camp I have realized that you always have the most fun when you are staying positive. Even if things don’t go as planned a positive attitude can always help make the situation better! During my time as a camper, QC, Semi, and full staff member I have had so many opportunities to grow as a leader. These leadership skills have carried over into my city life and have helped me in many school and job related situations. I know that I will continue to use these skills in the future especially next year in my role of House President for one of the residences at my school, Saint Francis Xavier University.

What do you want to happen for the campers this summer?

M: The thing I want most for my campers this summer is for them to really witness the magic of Camp Oconto and for them to take advantage all the unique experiences camp has to offer. Above all I want them to fall in love with this special place and make friends that will last them a lifetime!

Maddy in the stern of a canoe paddling away while giving the peace sign

We are so excited for this summer to start! Work camp crew arrives in less than 3 weeks to start getting camp ready!

See you on Eagle Lake!

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