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June 15, 2011

Rideau-Ottawa Bahá'í Schools Initiative:
Creating Memories for 25 Years
by Sandy Brown

For the last twenty-five summers, the Rideau Ottawa Bahá'í Schools Initiative (ROBSI) has organized fun-filled, Bahá'í-inspired summer camps in the Ottawa area. Each July up to five different week-long programs are offered to children and youth. Campers come from near and far - some even return each year from Africa and Europe to attend! Why? Because kids love ROBSI!

This year's theme, Learning in God's Creation, will provide many exciting opportunities for campers to explore their place as spiritual beings living in the world of nature. Prayers, songs, games, bugs and canoeing all contribute to an overall amazing and rewarding experience for all ages.

At the Junior and Senior camps (ages 8-12), which are held in a woodland setting a short drive north of Ottawa in beautiful, historic Ladysmith Quebec, children aged eight to twelve live in a supportive community, canoeing, swimming, hiking, engaging in arts activities as well as attending classes on this year's theme.

Young teens (ages 13 - 14) love attending Murphy's Point Canoe Camp, near Perth Ontario. Here they practice camping and canoeing skills while building a strong camp community and engaging in study of the Baha'i Writings. 

Slightly older teens (ages 15 and older) are always excited to take on the challenge of the overnight canoe trip, where participants spend a week camping, canoeing and portaging on the Mississippi Lakes system near Perth.

The counsellor-in-training program is run in conjunction with Junior and Senior camp, in Ladysmith, and allows young counsellors the opportunity to take on increasing levels of responsibility. Counsellors-in-training spend time caring for and directing younger campers and studying Bahá'í teachings in a camp-style classroom setting, as well as practicing their camping and canoeing skills. 

This year, as part of it's 25th anniversary celebration, ROBSI has added a special four-day family camp with renowned story-teller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc. You are invited to come, join the fun and explore nature from a spiritual perspective through stories, art and guided woodland activities. All ages are welcome.

For more information on any of the above camps, you are encouraged to visit the ROBSI website at:
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