Women’s Christmas Gala December 6, 2019

By | Fundraising

On December 6th, the 5th Annual Women’s Christmas Gala returned to Waupoos Farm where it began.

As in previous years, women were invited to host a table of their friends, providing table decorations and light snacks for their guests and a dessert for the entire group to sample. The cost to participants; just $20.

Although this event was a bit smaller than the last couple of years, there was no less enthusiasm and the sound of conversations and laughter filled the room.

 

This event is really about building and sustaining our Waupoos community! Participants included past and present farm residents, host families, volunteers and Waupoos supporters as well as some new friends.

The silent auction table was busy all evening and we are grateful to the individuals and businesses who provided silent auction items. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $1600 was raised to support the Farm!

A huge “Thank You to Melina, Laura and friends who organized this gala. Lori and Patsy returned to reprise their role as “elves”, selling tickets and helping with silent auction closing. We could not manage without them!

Melina has announced her retirement from Women’s Gala planning after 6 successful events. Our sincere thanks for all her work to create these popular fundraising events over the past five years!

 

Volunteers at Waupoos Farm Fall 2019

By | Community Event

When Father Fred Magee envisioned a place where families could find respite, he also looked to volunteers to help make that dream a reality. Today. volunteers continue to support our mission and assist our Farm residents to maintain and improve the facilities! What a gift they are to us!

 

Individuals, high school students, corporate groups all contribute their time and talents. This fall, in addition to our scheduled Fall Cleanup Day on October 26th, several individuals, two large student groups from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell, and three corporate groups spent time volunteering at Waupoos.

 

They cleaned, raked, washed, painted, decorated, shovelled, gardened, cooked, weeded, moved furniture, put away summer items and completed every task on our lists – and more! In doing so, they helped us tidy up after summer and get ready for winter. Sometimes they help with big jobs, other times they just take a bunch of small tasks off the lengthy “To-Do List”. In any case, it is like a breath of fresh air for the farm residents. And this helps us promote Waupoos and share our mission, build connections and build community.

Father Fred reportedly used to say, “If it is of God, it will fly”. His vision for Waupoos continues to fly on the wings of volunteers, just as it began.

Summer 2019: Week 8

By | Cottage Sessions

Week 8 zipped by so fast! The week was kicked off with cottagers meeting our farm animals.

In the evening, families had fun roasting marshmallows at the campfire.

Bingo Night was the big hit of the week. Winning cottagers got to choose a reward from a big prize bin.

On Thursday, a hike was offered to explore the beautiful Waupoos terrain.

Friday, Salt and Light Television visited the farm to film and interview cottagers as well as the farm team for an upcoming segment of theirs.

Sadly, this is the last week of the summer session. But don’t forget to join us at our Thanksgiving Open House. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 7

By | Cottage Sessions

Week 7 was a quiet, relaxing week with lots of sunshine. The week started off with a big water sponge fight with the cottagers. Kids loved throwing wet sponges at the lifeguards.

With our many bikes at our bike rack, kids were eager to learn how to ride. So our program coordinator Brooke spent some time teaching them the skill.

At chapel, cottagers put straw in a basket during the week when they did a nice gesture to someone else. At the end of the week, baby Jesus was placed in it for Mass.

Cottagers in week 7 were big fans of Spider-man, so he surprised them with a visit! He interacted with the cottagers and taught them tuck and rolls.

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 6

By | Cottage Sessions

Week 6 had rainy and overcast days. So cottagers relaxed with indoor activities such as crafts with Perler beads. Kids, parents, everyone was getting in on the fun. The lodge was filled with unique beaded designs all week.

For the talent show, children performed many skills, such as a skit called the ‘Invisible Bench’.

At the end of the week, the host family ran a craft that got kids involved in making a special Waupoos bunny collage for the lodge.

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 5

By | Cottage Sessions

This week was laid back for cottagers, as they enjoyed the simplicity of farm life. Some even pitched in around camp by making snacks to share and doing chores around camp. Cottagers loved to interact with our farm animals, so much so that they opted out of Slip n’ Slide time to pet chickens.

Instead of a hockey elective this week, we offered a variety of outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, blowing bubbles, and water sponge fights.

At our photography elective, cottagers once again enjoyed spending time with the animals and taking a variety of photos around camp.

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 4

By | Cottage Sessions

This week, children were soaking up the sun playing in the park, swinging on our many swings, and pulling each other around in toy wagons.

Play-doh was a popular activity as kids were having endless fun playing make-believe with the doh. Such as, pretending to live in volcanos with their doh dinos and making huge feasts with their doh pasta.

We ended off the week by bringing out the slip n’ slide once again to beat the heat.

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 3

By | Cottage Sessions

This week, with record high temperatures, everyone has been relaxing at the pool. We’ve offered water games, such as the slip n’ slide as well. Kids loved to sud up with dish soap and slide down the hill. Even some parents joined in on the fun!

We offered some new electives this week such as hockey and photography. Kids had fun learning about hobbies and working together as a team.

The bible came alive this week with skits and demonstrations. Cottagers were able to see bible stories in a new light and do fun crafts for each lesson.

Summer 2019: Week 2

By | Cottage Sessions

Week 2 is here!

It’s been a hot week, with the sun brightly shining. Cottagers have been able to enjoy water games to cool down.

The Ottawa Public Library summer staff came by once again and held a reading time and crafts.

 

The amazing race this week was a scavenger hunt of locations around the camp.

We are also in the process of restoring our old ‘”Waupoos” rabbit sign into a fun ringtoss game.

 

 

 

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday in July from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2019: Week 1

By | Cottage Sessions

School is OUT and Waupoos summer vacation time is here at last!

Our first week at Waupoos began on Canada Day and we celebrated Canada’s birthday with a bonfire and sparklers!

We are happy to welcome back Ottawa Public Library summer staff to Waupoos Farm for their weekly Story Time and Craft. For the past few summers, they have made Waupoos a regular stop on their library circuit to offer their program for our children and families!

 

This week saw hot and humid temperatures and the pool has provided much-needed relief!

The highlight of the week was definitely the Waupoos Amazing Race with indoor activities including musical chairs. Outdoor fun followed including crazy actions on the slip and slide and a dip in the pool! Our summer staff had everyone busy having FUN, FUN, FUN!

 

 

 

Of course, everyone enjoyed the Talent Show on Thursday evening – It’s a Waupoos Family Farm tradition! What a great start to the summer!

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday in July from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!