My great time at Camp Merrywood

(Jon wrote this post only a couple of days after he got back from Merrywood, but the camp forgot to pack his camera and had to mail it out! We just got it developed yesterday. —L)

Jon Aug. 10 2012

Arts and crafts
Doing arts & crafts

This summer I had another great session at Camp Merrywood. I did archery and crafts. I also went on an overnight camping trip through two locks. The overnight camp has a sandy beach called Miami Beach, which reminded me of two Looney Tunes cartoons. We never had a campfire because it was too dry. I also went to the pool and tried scuba* for the first time.

Jon doing scuba!

One day I went white-water rafting with Cassandra, one of my camp counsellors. I got wet! I liked the rapids very much. During the trip I heard two songs from my camp counsellor, Katherine. The two songs were “Both of Us”, featuring Taylor Swift, and “There She Goes”. I had so much fun!

Rafting on the Ottawa River
White-water rafting on the Ottawa River. Jon’s the 4th blue helmet from the left

I saw a rainbow on day 8. It was very nice. I told the camp counsellors that there’s a Sid the Science Kid episode about rainbows. I named all seven colours that a rainbow has.

I had a talent show on day 9, where I told five funny jokes. On our last night we had our good-bye banquet. It was fun. Katelin, who does media, put on an amazing slideshow with lots of camp photos. Afterwards, there was a dance. I danced with Rebecca. She said her favourite song was, “What makes you so beautiful?” That was it for camp for this session.


Last day’s dance

* When Jon first told us he did scuba, I’m ashamed to admit that we didn’t believe him, assuming that it was just the camp counsellors’ colloquial way of saying he went snorkelling. It wasn’t until we got the pics back from the photofinisher that we realized that it was honest-to-goodness scuba! Sorry, Jon!

This just in: video of the rafting! I’ve cut it down to feature just Jon’s raft (there were two) and one Ottawa rapid (Hair), but wow! What great times they were having!


  1. Alayne says:

    What a fantastic camp session, Jon! Long live Merrywood!

  2. David Barker says:

    Awesome, Jon. I’ve never had the chance to try that.

  3. Tamiko says:

    Scuba diving and white water rafting??? I bet in September your teacher will not believe what you did this summer!

  4. Bev says:


    Glad you had such an amazing time.

  5. Paul Mason says:

    hey jon, i don’t think your dad ran hair upright.. or in his boat. you can now tell him how he is supposed to do it.
    i think you could also tell him how to scuba since he does a lot of that when we’re kayaking:)
    ps. good thing TO is a ways from Ottawa so peter can’t come and pound on me:)

  6. Louise says:


    I just wanted to let you know that there’s a picture of Jon on this website: [Link removed; see L’s comment below.]

    It’s a bunch of pictures of great ways to integrate wheelchairs into costumes on an LDS church associated blog. I don’t know if you gave permission for the pictures to be used or if you even care or if you know already but I just wanted to let you know in case because they certainly don’t reference where they got the pictures from.

    I got the link from Epbot (the personal blog of Jen from the wonderful blog Cake wrecks). I thought the boy in the wall-e costume looked familiar and I somehow remembered that it was from your blog which I stumbled on a couple years ago.

    You may not care of course but I just wanted to let you know just in case.

  7. Laura says:

    Hi Louise, thanks for the heads up! I suggested to Jen Yates of Epbot that she change the link to the original Buzzfeed article at http://www.buzzfeed.com/babymantis/20-creative-wheelchair-costume-ideas-for-halloween-1opu, which she very happily did (she actually meant to link it to Buzzfeed, but got her links mixed up). The Buzzfeed article predates the LDS page (suggesting that it was the original), and also includes picture credits. I’ve also taken the LDS link out of your comment above—why give them more traffic?
    Thanks again!

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