Family Day Breakfast Recipe

Baked Oatmeal

Let me start by saying you are going to want to double this recipe. Or possibly triple it. The original version that I adapted said that this serves 6 people. I don’t know what size these people are, but all I know is that one batch of this stuff only just barely feeds the four of us because my kids (despite the fact that they are still tiny) EAT IT ALL. They scarf down the first helping and then beg for seconds. And thirds. Basically they eat until there’s nothing left and my husband has to have cold cereal.
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnut or almond pieces (or just leave them out)
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen fruit {any mix of berries or peaches work well}
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Notes / Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nuts, fruit, and chocolate. (You can save some of the fruit to put on the top if you like).

In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract. (If you’re like me and only make things that use one bowl, dump the oat mixture into the dish and then mix your wet ingredients in the same bowl.)

Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar or drizzle with maple syrup. Serve alone or with a dollop of greek yogurt.


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One week is fun, but two weeks lasts forever

How did you plan your child’s summer calendar last year?

What most parents do when they plan summer camp is book a different program for each week of the summer. Booking lots of different programs is the best way to keep your kid busy and happy for the whole summer, right?

Maybe… maybe not.

The truth is, bouncing your child from place to place may provide much in the way of novelty, but doesn’t allow the most important, lasting benefits of summer camp to take root. Social connection takes time. Self-confidence is not built in a week. For most kids, it takes a good portion of the first week just to become accustomed to the people, surroundings, and the routine of a new place. For children who have more difficulty adapting to new situations, changing camp every week can be downright stressful.

According to studies completed by the Canadian Camping Association, a camper’s self-confidence and emotional intelligence increase in relation to the length of time they spend at a single camp – whether that is from session to session, or from summer to summer.

It’s not until your child has gotten settled, and has made connections with their cabinmates and counsellors, that they feel comfortable enough to try new things and take healthy risks. Would you like them to continue in this comfortable environment long enough to increase their confidence? Of course you would. The alternative is to immediately bounce off to the next thing, and start over somewhere else.

Of course I understand that not everyone is able to send their kids to camp for the entire summer. But if you are being strategic about when and where your kids will attend, you can maximize the benefits of their experience.

In a world full of social media and instant gratification, summer camp is a place where deep, lasting connections are still possible. The best way to foster those connections is to give them ample time to grow.


Major: Adventures in Buccaneering

Avast, ye land lubbers! It’s time to get yer sealegs.

In this crazy final major of summer 2018, ye will learn skills such as navigation, “gunnery”, swordplay, tactics, & teamwork – and discover the difference b’tween a pirate and a buccaneer. Perhaps we’ll find some buried booty? Grab yer parrot and yer eyepatch, it be a week t’remember.

Click here for more majors offered this summer.


Family Day 2018 Roundup

Family-Day-1Monday, February 19th is Family Day! We’ve put together some links & ideas to activities happening in and around Lanark County. Whatever you choose to do, have a great day with your kidlets!

Go Ice Fishing For Free – Ontarians can fish without buying a licence this Family Day weekend, February 17-19, as part of Family Fishing Weekend.

Pond Hockey Challenge – 1-3pm @ Glen Tay Outdoor Rink (Ball hockey, sleigh rides, bonfire, hot chocolate & more!)

Winterlude – Family Day is the last day!

Go Swimming

  • Carleton Place Pool: Public Swims 1:00-2:30 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Perth Pool: Public Swim 1:00-3:00pm (Family Day Beach Party)

Visit a Sugar Bush

  • Wheeler’s – go for a hike or snowshoe on one of their lovely trails; then you’ve really earned your pancakes! (And don’t forget to visit the animals, too)
  • Fulton’s Pancake House – Horse drawn rides, face painting, musical entertainment and much more!

Skating / Take in a game

  • FREE Family Day skate with Blue Wings Players! 1:00 pm at the Perth Arena
  • At 3 pm the PERTH BLUE WINGS take on the ATHENS AEROS at the Perth & District Community Centre, 2 Beckwith St. East, Perth.
  • Public Skate at the Smiths Falls Community Centre, 11am – 2pm

Looking for more ideas for family outings?
Check out the Perth/SF/CP Family Activity Map


Major: Cirque de Maple

It’s a week full of juggling, balancing, clowning, and magic. If you’ve ever wanted to be an entertainer or just the life of the party, our guest instructor will help you get there! We’ll round out the week with a mini circus performance for the other campers on Friday.

(Disclaimer: No, we’re not doing it in French! It was just a cool name.)

Instructor: Adam Zimmerman has been a featured entertainer at the Puppets Up! festival since it’s inception. With a degree in Theatre from the University of Ottawa as well as Certification in the Art of Clown from Advanced Studies – USA Virginia, he is a talented and versatile performance artist with skills in clowning, circus, balloon sculpting, puppeteering, music, and more. Adam is currently working on a new puppet production featuring giant mechanical dinosaurs.


Click here for more majors offered this summer.


Major: 1st Responders

First Responders combines elements of fire fighting, police work, and paramedicine for a action-packed week at camp. Campers will undergo physical and tactical training, learn some basic child-appropriate first aid, practice safe fire-building and extinguishing, and complete some exciting surprise scenarios.

Click here for more majors offered this summer.


Major: Outdoor Adventure

For campers who love nature and being out on the water, this major is the perfect fit. OA majors will learn new paddling techniques and then combine them with other skills such as outdoor cooking and trip planning, and then use these new skills to take small excursions to destinations on Otty Lake.

Note: Due to the nature of this major, campers should be comfortable on the water and prepared for sustained physical activity – but no prior skill level is necessary.

Click here for more majors offered this summer.


Major: #wearableart

This Instagram-worthy major will give campers the opportunity to create their own fashionable pieces using a variety of mediums. Campers will work with metal, leather, fabric, and fibre to create true one-of-a-kind pieces they can be proud to wear. Wearable art is all about expressing your creativity and individuality.

Click here for more majors offered this summer.


Photography (Week 4)

Anyone can snap a pic with their phone, but wouldn’t it be exciting to take photographs that are more than just snapshots? Photography majors will learn basic techniques such as rule of thirds, and understand how focal length, light, and shutter speed work together to create a photograph. You’ll use your new skills to document life at camp from a camper’s perspective and prepare an exhibition of your work.

Includes guest instruction by our camp photographer, Kristen! (aka MKDC’s director)

Click here for more majors offered this summer.