Camp Stay At Home - Ten Oaks Project

We know how hard it is to be stuck inside, even though it’s for the good of our communities and healthcare systems. We’re getting pretty antsy too.

So, starting on March 23, 2020, we are running Camp Stay At Home on our Instagram! Every weekday there will be a new craft or activity, inspired by our favourite spot on earth: CAMP! And they’ll be created and demoed by some of your fav camp friends!

We’d love to see what you do and encourage you to share your Camp Stay At Home creations and tag us on social media (@tenoaksproject), and we’ll repost them for all to admire.

Day 31, May 6

Joan has designed this beautiful Camp Ten Oaks maze for us! It’s so gorgeous you could also use it as a colouring page, maybe with little acorns leading the way to the centre?


Maze solution

Day 30, May 5

We’re jumping on the Instagram Stories bandwagon here at Camp Stay At Home, and have created CTO bingo for you! 

Day 29, May 4

Cache is a familiar fixture at Camp Ten Oaks, and joins us today at Camp Stay At Home! In addition to playing fetch, jumping in the lake, and babysitting, growing rainbows is one of his favourite activities. Check out our Instagram for his tutorial on how to make your own!

Day 28, May 1

We’re getting sun showers here in Ottawa today, which is prime weather for rainbows!!! To celebrate, we’re making this rainbow pop-up card on our Stories today. Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or a “just because” card!

Day 27, April 30

We loved the origami fish we made yesterday so much that we decided to make some leaping frogs! Check out our Instagram Stories for a tutorial and make a couple of these so you (and the folks you live with!) can have jumping contests!

Day 26, April 29

We’re not alone in feeling a bit cooped up at home, right? We decided to change up our space by transforming part of it into an underwater scene with these origami fish! Check out our Instagram Stories for a tutorial about how to make your own.

Day 25, April 28

Joan is back with another gorgeous Camp Ten Oaks colouring page! Is this you? Your best friend from camp? Your future camper?

Camp Ten Oaks colouring page

Day 24, April 27

Did you know that our wonderful Assistant Director of Programming, Riley, is also an incredible baker? Check out our Instagram for an ingredient list and video tutorial where they teach us how to make the world’s best Camp Stay At Home cookies!

Day 23, April 24

Today we’re revisiting a childhood drawing game that is best with other people but totally doable on your own! Visit our Instagram for a video tutorial and step-by-step photos of our example. You can do this game with no theme and the object is just to create a person or creature! Or you could theme it: a Camp Stay At Home camper, someone found under the sea, etc.!

Day 22, April 23

Kole is back with another tutorial about how to make your very own zine on any topic your heart desires! Check out our Instagram for a video tutorial, and follow these printing instructions if you want to create Kole’s “How to make a zine” Zine!

  1. Open PDF file
  2. Print single page
  3. Fold in half length wise, open up
  4. Fold in half width wise, open up
  5. Fold each side to middle line (see diagram in Zine)
  6. Fold in half width wise and cut a slit in middle
  7. Fold into plus-shape and flatten into booklet

Day 21, April 22

Today, SAC Counsellor Extraordinaire Kole is joining us at Camp Stay At Home to teach us how to make a self-care zine! Check out our Instagram for a video tutorial, and follow these printing instructions to make your own from the template they created:

  1. Open document in Word; click “Enable Editing”
  2. Go to File –> Print
  3. Click on “Print on Both Sides” (flip along short edge) (this is important otherwise your zine will be upside down)
  4. Hit Print 
  5. Fold pages in half to form booklet
  6. Read, fill out and enjoy!

Day 20, April 21

Sandy is back at Camp Stay At Home, this time with some of their favourite garden discoveries in our Instagram Stories! It’s hard to imagine that spring (and eventually summer) are coming given the snow many of us are getting today, but Sandy knows the sprouts and bugs are hiding and just about to appear! What signs of spring have you seen lately?

Day 19, April 20

We are back with another Camp Ten Oaks themed word search (thanks, David!). This one is all about CAMP FOOD!!! We miss it so much and could really go for s’mores right now…

Word search: PDF // Word

Answer key: PDF

Day 18, April 17

We’d still loving our watercolour pencil crayons, and they’re perfect for this acorn and oak leaf wreath colour page Joan designed for us! You can use it to make a sign for your bedroom door or front window, cut it out to use as a picture frame, and add colour to it in whatever ways inspire you.

Acorn and oak wreath colouring sheet

Day 17, April 16

We’ve been craving some comfort these days, and are finding it in classic books for children of all ages. This also means we need more bookmarks! Check out these cute woodland creature bookmarks Joan has made. You can download the template below, colour and embellish them however you like, cut them out, and bam! You’re ready to read all the books!

Woodland creature bookmarks

Day 16, April 15

Wednesdays at Camp Ten Oaks are always Backwards Days. It’s a sleep-in day, we wear our clothes backwards and inside out, we eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, and we embrace silliness!

Check out our “Camp Stay At Home” highlighted stories for ideas and challenges to celebrate Backwards Day. We bookend the day with ourAD Staffing Extraordinaire Phoebe reading us a bedtime story, and incredible SAC Counsellor Tay leading us through some wake-up camp songs.

Day 15, April 14

Phoebe is back with another clapping game! Check it out on our Instagram “Camp Stay At Home” highlighted stories.

Day 14, April 9

Meet our new pal, Sandy, on Instagram! They will be a regular guest at Camp Stay At Home, giving us garden tours and teaching us about growing things from seed! If you want to create your own sock puppet pal to help you garden or play with your pets, follow Olivia’s tutorial on how to make your own!

  1. An old sock of any material (this is a great use for a sock with holes in it or a lone sock that has lost its pair)
  2. Sewing needle, the larger the better (Olivia is using a tapestry needle in the demo)
  3. Yarn or string that you have around the house; any size, colour, or material will work!
  4. Scissors, to cut your yarn or string
  5. Marker, to landmark your facial features
  1. Put your sock on your hand and fit your puppet by folding the toe of the sock into your palm to create the puppet’s mouth. If there is too much material for a smaller hand, you can cut some of the toe off and sew it closed.
  2. Use your marker to put dots or lines where you want to place your puppets features: eyes, nose or nostrils, lips, hair, ears, etc. Be creative!
  3. Thread the needle with your chosen yarn or string and outline your puppets features with the colours of your choice. It’s okay if your features are not symmetrical or look a bit wonky: it gives our puppets more character!
  4. Turn your puppet inside out so you can tie knots in the tails of your strings, and cut off any extra that could get in the way.
  5. Look around your house for any more items that could be accessories for your puppet, like a hat, bandana for a scarf, fabric for a shirt, or anything you want!
  6. Name your puppet and have fun with your new pal!

Day 13, April 8

We’ve been doing a LOT of reading since this whole physical distancing thing started, so it’s very timely that Joan has created these oak leaf bookmarks for us! If you go visit our Instagram, you’ll see that we coloured them with watercolour pencil crayons (SO MUCH FUN) but you can use whatever supplies you have!

Oak leaf bookmarks

Day 12, April 7

Back by popular demand: word games! Today, David has created a Camp Ten Oaks themed crossword puzzle for us. Download and print the PDF, or if you don’t have access to a printer, download the Word version and insert the words digitally! There’s even an answer key if you get stuck or want to check your work 🙂

Crossword puzzle: PDF // Word

Answer key: PDF

Day 11, April 6

How are you doing? Camp Stay At Home is on Day 11, but we know it feels like Day 4792649372 for so many of you. Social / physical distancing and isolation can be so hard, and we wish we could flatten the curve for you but that’s something we can only do all together.

What we can do is offer you this tutorial for one of our camp favourite songs / dances, Rock the Boat! Our wonderful counsellor Tay filmed this for our camp fire last week but due to some technical difficulties (ie human learning Instagram curve) we weren’t able to share it. But now it’s here in our Instagram stories!!! Grab your family members, pets, and stuffed animals to try this one out! Don’t forgot to film your performances and tag us when you post them

Day 10, April 3

Our wonderful Assistant Director of Staffing, Phoebe, is joining us on our Instagram Stories today to share a clapping game!!! Learn this one… or create your own! Don’t forget to tag us in videos of you practicing and performing

Day 9, April 2

One of our favourite things to do at camp is go through the dress-up bins and create new personas and characters for ourselves! Today’s craft is along this theme: the wonderful Joan has created templates to make your very own owl masks. Cut the template out, colour or paint it, collage it, add feathers / glitter / whatever your heart desires! Then either make a small hole on either side and attach a string or elastic that’s long enough to go around your head, or tape a chopstick or wooden skewer on one side to hold it up to your face! We have some examples on Instagram; we used printer paper and wooden skewers here. If you’re going to attach it to your head with elastic or string, we recommend printing the template on heavier paper or re-enforcing the back with an extra sheet of paper.

Owl mask template

Day 8, April 1

Today is dedicated to all our fellow word nerds! Camp Stay At Home is becoming a whole family affair, with our ED’s dad, David, joining in the creativity. He has created a Camp Ten Oaks themed word search, and even provided the answer key in case you get stuck. Download and print the PDF, or if you don’t have access to a printer, download the Word version and highlight the words digitally!

Word search: PDF // Word

Answer key: PDF

Day 7, March 31

Joan is back with a template for you to make your very own mer-people paper dolls! We’ve found these work best on heavier paper, but use what you have and get creative with the materials you use for the outfits and hair! There are some examples on our Instagram.

Day 6, March 30

Another fabulous camp counsellor, Anna, joins us today on our highlights (Camp Stay Home) on Instagram to show us how to make a blanket and/or pillow fort at home.

Day 5, March 27

Camp Ten Oaks counsellor Emily is guiding us through Camp Ten Oaks themed nature walk today with these beautiful illustrations she created.

Nature Walk 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Day 4, March 26

Tay is back on our highlights (Camp Stay Home) on Instagram with a video tutorial on how to make a woven bracelet. You can use embroidery thread, yarn, string, or even pieces of cloth from a shirt you were about to retire!

Day 3, March 25: Leaf Print Cards

Check-out this Instagram post from our Programs Manager, Olivia (and there are videos in our Camp Stay Home highlights!) for a tutorial on how to make leaf print cards. Olivia uses oak leaves and watercolours, but you could use whatever paint you have on hand, and any other types of objects (just don’t remove anything form a living tree/plant!).

Day 2, March 24: Cabin Cleanser

Check-out our highlights (Camp Stay Home) on Instagram for a video of our wonderful camp counsellor, Tay, showing us how to prepare our cabins (ie. rooms) for the cabin fairy!

Day 1, March 23: Colouring Contest!

Download one or both of our camp colouring pages (designed by our Executive Director’s mom, Joan!), print them, colour them, and post them on our social media and tag us (@tenoaksproject) or email them to us for us to share with everyone on Instagram! Each entry will be entered in a draw, and the winner will be announced Saturday (March 28). And yes, there is a pretty sweet prize for the winner.

“Who is the Cabin Fairy?” Colouring Sheet: 1 // 2