Aug
12
2018

Merrywood 2018 (again!)

Jon This summer I had a great second session at Camp Merrywood! On Day 2 my cabin, Moose, was cabin of the day. The theme was music. I was a country star. I went for a mermaid swim in the pool. I also did archery and crafts.

We played “Merrywood Jeopardy” on Day 3. The clues were valued from $100 to $500. I had fun! I quoted Alex Trebek’s line which was “and now the last clue.”

On Day 4 I had Spa Club. I painted my nails purple. They were pretty. I went sailing in a sailboat. There was a zodiac boat which I pretended to defy gravity by having it pull me through the water. I told my camp counsellors about the song.

We continued Spa Club on Day 5 where I got a massage on my shoulders from camp counsellor Zoe. It was very cool. At juice break, I talked about a video of Joy and Sadness from Inside Out at Disney World.

I enjoyed evening meditation on Day 6. It was awesome. I imagined there was a bubble of light in my head. At the end of that program, I talked about the song “Feel The Light” by Jennifer Lopez.

The theme for Day 6 campfire was Disney Pixar. We sang two of my favourite songs “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King and “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” from Mulan.

On Day 8, it was beach day. I talked about the Maui scene in the movie Moana, where he sings the song “You’re Welcome”.

At the talent show on Day 9 I preformed the song “Popular” from the musical Wicked by imitating Glinda. I liked that.

The banquet theme on Day 10 was “Kids Choice Awards”. I had roast beef for dinner before the slideshow. It was fun. We went over to the pool deck for the dance. The session was great. I can’t wait till next year!

Jon

Jul
20
2018

Wicked

Jon On Tuesday July 17, we went to the stage production of Wicked. It was great. I liked the quote “Toss Toss” from Glinda and Elphaba. That was hilarious. I enjoyed the songs, especially “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.” There were bright lights shining as she flew away. That was so cool.

After both acts were done, I got a Wicked T-shirt. We left the theatre and went around to the stage door, and I met the stars of the show. That was amazing!

Jon with Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda)
A beaming Jon with Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda)

Jon with Mary Kate Morrissey (Elphaba)
Jon with Mary Kate Morrissey (Elphaba)

I had a Wicked time, thank goodness!

Jon


The touring cast of Wicked Performs “For Good”

Jul
16
2018

Merrywood 2018

Jon This summer I had a great first session at Camp Merrywood.

Jon and other Moose cabin guys
Moose cabin guys

Day 1 was Canada Day, so I watched the fireworks with my camp counsellors at night time. I liked the bright lights.

Day 3 was fun. We were cabin of the day. The theme was military. We did a chant to the song, We Are The Champions by Queen. I did yoga with Sarah and Mattie. Mano joined in. I liked the pose Downward Dog. I also liked the breathing: that was the part I focused on.

I also did Music & Drama with Susan. She helped me do a jungle-themed charades, where I had to pick out a paper with a word on it then I acted out the animal. It was great. I pretended that I was in pain. I sang the 2017 holiday Local Forecast track from TWN.

Jon on drums at Camp Merrywood 2018

On Day 4 we did a Indiana Jones theme. I enjoyed it.

I also liked the Batman theme on Day 5. The song of the day was the Batman theme.

Day 8 was amazing, The theme was Looney Tunes. The joke was “What do you get when you cross a rabbit with an insect? Bugs Bunny.” The song was the Merry Melodies opening and closing themes.

On day 9 I had a talent show. I was the third actor singing “Try Everything” from the movie Zootopia. I had fun. I survived the clapping noise. I wasn’t afraid.

Day 10 was the banquet. It was Willy Wonka themed. There was a golden ticket on the tables in the dining hall. Sam read it to me. They showed a slideshow in Merrywood Hall of the whole session. Then we had a dance. There was a memory song called “Firework” that everyone liked. I enjoyed my song “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks. I told the camp counsellors it was also used in the game show Beat Shazam as song 4 in season 2 episode 5 with Jamie Fox in the end round and one of the teams got to sing it.

I had lots of fun.

Jon

Jon at camp

Aug
21
2017

Merrywood 2017

This just in: Video of Jon’s whitewater rafting session.

Jon This summer I had another great session at Camp Merrywood.

On Day 2 the evening program was Disney Villains. One person was dressed up as Scar from The Lion King. A counsellor was dressed as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. I had lots of fun.

On Day 3, we did a Star Wars-themed flag pole and campfire. The joke of the day was “What do Jedi use to open files? Adobe One Kenobi!” I played a game called British Bulldog, where you run really fast after Sam yelled it out. That was fun.

Day 4 was so amazing. Maple cabin did a chant to the Maui tune “You’re Welcome”. I liked that. We played Battleship archery where we had to shoot the ships and not the target.

Jon taking aim in archery
Deadeye Jon takes aim.

On Day 5 I went rafting on the Ottawa River. I was so happy. I wasn’t scared of the whitewater. As we voyaged in the boat, I sang the songs “How Far I’ll Go” and “We Know The Way” from Moana. Batman was the theme of the day and I imitated him.

Jon whitewater rafting
Jon enjoying himself on the Ottawa River.

More whitewater rafting on Ottawa River
Jon at extreme right.

Raft nearly covered by whitewater
Jon is second blue helmet to right.

Another favourite day was Day 6. Moose cabin did a chant to “Nomanisone Island / National Movers” from Inside Out. I told my campers that it was also used at Bloorview.

On Day 9 at the talent show, I was dressed up as the demigod Maui again for the song. I tricked the audience as the intro. After that I said “Boat snack!” I had a good time.

Jon as Maui
Jon as Maui. You’re welcome!

On Day 10, the theme for the banquet was The Great Gatsby. It was good.

I’m looking forward to next year already!

Jon

Jan
03
2017

CN Tower 2016

Jon On Sunday December 18, we went to the CN Tower at night. We waited in line for the glass elevator. We were the last ones in. As we went up, I gazed through the glass door. The lights were flashing on my hands as they past by. It was so cool. Due to strong winds, the elevators were running slowly so I had a lot more time to enjoy the view.
Family at 360&#deg; restaurant at CN Tower
We joined the family for dinner. I had salad, chicken and lemon raspberry pudding. It was yummy and tasted good.

I liked the way the glass floor vibrated with the wind.
Jon on the CN Tower's glass floor
A great time was had by all.

Jon

Nov
13
2016

Halloween 2016

Jon This year I had a great Halloween. My costume was Flash, who is a character of the movie Zootopia.

Flash from Zootopia
Flash Slothmore from Zootopia.

This costume involved make-up and fake fur. Dad went downtown and bought the fake fur and mom sewed it together to make a furry hood and arms. She also made props like, DMV signs, the Zootopia licence plate and Flash’s coffee cup.

The day before Halloween, we did a make-up test to make sure it looked good. As dad painted my face, we listened to the Zootopia soundtrack.

Makeup test
Dad painting Jon’s face.

Everything was good, so we did it again for Halloween.

Final slothface
Jon goes full sloth!

On Halloween night, I gave out candy slowly and talked slowly. My Halloween was fun.

Jon

Sloth at the wicket
With candy and props.

Sloooow Jon

Sep
16
2016

Merrywood 2016

Jon at camp 2016-08

Jon I had another great session at Camp Merrywood this year.

At Arts and Crafts, I did Wish Upon A Star, where I coloured a paper star and wrote a wish on the back.

I also liked music and drama with Beth. She didn’t know how to imitate the Taylor Swift song “Love Story.”

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I enjoyed Zen Zones, where I got to relax in my blue wheelchair for 20 seconds.

I did archery with Nicole. It was a good time.

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At Life Skills, I made brookies, which are half cookie and half brownie. They were tasty.

On Day 3 I got my face painted as Disgust from Inside Out. I quoted her line which was “If my hair gets messed up, someone will pay.”

I had a Dr. Seuss-themed talent show on Day 9, where I did SpongeBob impersonations. After that, there was a special event.

The theme for the banquet on Day 10 was Harry Potter. During the awards, I won the Jeopardy award. I had banquet dinner, which was roast beef. It was yummy. After dinner, we watched a slideshow. I enjoyed it. After the slideshow we had a dance.

Jon at camp2 2016-08

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