A typical day at Ponacka
Daily sign-up activities
Daily hour-long instruction periods
During breakfast, each boy selects his morning activities, provided he is not already enrolled in one of his pre-selected courses. Pre-selected courses include canoeing, sailing and English style horse back riding. Every boy takes a daily swim lesson until he has earned his Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross. After breakfast, a daily morning talk and sing-song are followed by cabin clean up, and then first period starts. The five activity periods each day run from 10:15am-12:15pm in the morning, and 3-6pm in the afternoon.
At 12:15pm, a boy’s “free time” options include: playing in or watching the Ponacka Hockey League (PHL) game, doing a swim across the lake, a mile paddle (across the lake and back), a free swim, tetherball, ping-pong, fishing, and the Ponacka Sphairee Tournament. Of course, free time means exactly that – each boy can choose what he wants to do.
Daily Activities: Waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, archery, basketball, soccer, road hockey, a climbing wall, high aerial ropes course, mountain biking, bushcraft, nature, arts and crafts, woodworking, pottery and fishing.
After three activity periods from 3-6pm, the bell at 6 signals free time for 30 minutes before dinner. Following dinner at 6:30pm, the evening program offers a different camp-wide game, talent show, campfire or special activity night! After singing taps at 8:30pm, the campers sometimes have a bedtime dip before heading back to their tents and cabins.
Thursdays are Cookout days, when the boys choose a day-long adventure activity such as rock climbing, caving, biking, kayaking, sailing, trail rides, paddling to nearby Diving Rock, or hiking to Diamond Lake (two-week campers only). After a hearty breakfast they leave camp for the day, taking along lunch and dinner, returning to camp after dinner.
On Sundays, the wake up bell is at 8:30am, a half-hour sleep in! After sing-song and clean up, everyone gathers in our outdoor chapel for a brief time of reflection, followed by a Free Activity morning. A special camp-wide Sunday program begins at 3pm, which the boys look forward to with great anticipation.