Our 2019 Thanks to Camp Ouareau...

In 2017, Ouareau participated in the #ThanksToCamp campaign which was lead by one of our directors: Gabz. The campaign aimed to show people who have never been to camp what impact camp has had on their lives. In a way, it also helped us by showing us what camp is all about for our campers and our staff, and still today, two years later, people still tell us about why they loved the campaign and most importantly, they keep sharing their #ThanksToCamp stories.

As the summer approaches, we asked a couple of our staff members to share with us a bit about why they come back to camp year after year and what Camp Ouareau has brought them. 

Here's what they had to say…

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Last year, was my first year at camp EVER! I had never been a camper at any type of camp, but the idea really intrigued me. It seemed like people always walked away from the summer with tons of inside jokes, crazy memories and the greatest of friends. When I was given the opportunity to be the Head of Language I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to spend the entire summer at camp while gaining experience for my dream job: a teacher. Over the course of the summer, I had an amazing time swimming in the lake, roasting marshmallows, singing songs by the campfire, meeting staff from around the world, and connecting with so many different campers. However, the job also required a whole lot of work, patience and spontaneity! Needless to say, I left Ouareau with more than just some experience; I left with the best friends I’ve ever had, a better understanding of who I am, enough memories to last a lifetime, oh, and a whole lot of sand in places I never thought possible. I am so excited to return to camp this year and continue to grow as an educator, friend, leader, and most of all, as an independent woman.

-Melissa T-L is our 2019 co-head of language


9 years ago I discovered a book series about an all-girls summer camp and told my mom I wanted to go there. Unfortunately, the camp didn't exist, but she found something better: Camp Ouareau.

Thanks to Ouareau I am the person I am today. I find my personal growth cannot be measured in school years, but rather in summers spent at camp. Each new summer is filled with challenges and opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone, and as a result I continue to learn new things about myself which guide me throughout the year.

I return every summer because of the friendships I’ve made, the land, lake, and sky, and the promise of personal exploration that awaits me. At camp I feel entirely free to fully discover all that I am capable of, and this makes Ouareau so special to me.

- Zoe is our 2019 Media co-coordinator.

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It as at camp, where I found my second home.

I had been to summer camps before but knew that after my first summer at camp, that I had found my special place. Camp quickly became part of my life and I never questioned whether I would return the following year. Throughout my years at camp, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the coolest and smartest girls and women. Although I’m going on to my 10th year (woot woot) I still make new friends every year and enjoy camp just as much. I’m lucky enough to have experienced camp as a camper, C.I.T. and staff member. I strongly believe that Ouareau is the ‘best kept secret’ as I like to call it, since no one who goes can explain just how special it is to them. By not being able to find the words to explain what camp is, it remains a love and joy felt only by Ouareau girls across the world. That’s pretty special if you ask me. I cannot and do not want to imagine my life without Ouareau and I know that it will always be responsible for shaping the woman I am today.

- Laurence T. is our 2019 Media co-coordinator.


Thanks to Camp Ouareau...

In October 2017, Ouareau participated in the #ThanksToCamp campaign which was lead by one of our directors: Gabz. The campaign aimed to show people who have never been to camp what impact camp has had on their lives.

As the summer approaches, we asked our co-heads of tripping to share with us a bit about why they come back to camp year after year and what Camp Ouareau has brought them. 

Here's what they had to say. 

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Camp is definitely part of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had the chance to live in my life. It is at camp, more than at school or at home, that I’ve made the greatest learning about myself and the way I can have an impact on the world and the people around me. I grew up in a camp that focuses mainly on tripping and outdoor expeditions. I strongly believe, having done a lot of those outdoor trips, in the power of nature and its effects on building personality and individuality. The transition between Camp Minogami and Camp Ouareau was made in the most beautiful way I could ever imagine: it allowed me to shift from being a camper and benefiting from these trips to leading those trips at Ouareau and transmitting this passion to younger passionate girls. Today, as staff, I think that camp allows me to continue to develop my sense of leadership and initiative, my abilities to form constructive and strong relationships, but most importantly it helps me keep the flame of youth and passion alive.

Myriam R. is our 2018 co-head of tripping.


Four years ago, I had never set foot in a canoe, and I was quite nervous at the thought of doing so. And yet, here I am today; head of tripping for a second summer! I have so many examples like this one that I could share with you.

Every summer, sometimes in the most surprising ways, camp has helped me discover new things. It made me discover tripping, a place where I feel like my best self. It made me, a shy person, perform on stage. It made me bond more deeply with people, some who share the same passions as me, some who don’t and some who are today my closest friends.

Thanks to Ouareau, I now have the opportunity to share all of this with campers through tripping, and THAT, ultimately, is why I come back to camp year after year.

Charlotte T.-B. is our 2018 co-head of tripping. 

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