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Summer Camp Wrap-Up

Summer Camp Seedrioru Suvelaager 2017 was a resounding success, with fun and memorable times had by all. Along with traditional staples, we were very fortunate this year with the number of volunteers that came in to lead various activities that otherwise would not have been possible. Each week was centered on a general theme that gave a uniqueness to the experience of each. The first week, ‘Seedrioru Homecoming’, focused on the traditions of Seedrioru including: ‘Sadie Hawkins’, ‘Monk’s’ Night, sports, crafts, and swimming, all capped off by our annual Maskeraad. Our second week focused on more traditional Estonian activities, where the campers took part in traditional songs, crafts, weaving, baking, folk dancing, and language lessons – all on display at the end of the week during our annual Valguspidu. Among all the learning and practice we did not forget to have fun however, with plenty of time taken for outdoor games, swimming, and a full day-trip to Elora. Third week brought our most anticipated activities of the year, with ‘Survivor Week’ lead as usual by the program’s creator Eric Tiisler. The younger campers worked earnestly on learning essential wilderness skills such as fire making, knife safety, and shelter building just to name a few. The older campers, with their skills already established, were able to design and build their own campgrounds and shelters, with a collaborative effort taken to create a ‘metsasaun’ by the river. Survivor week’s sub-theme this year was ‘Metsavennad’, with stories of the Estonian forest brothers inspiring many of the activities. In particular the campers enjoyed learning and singing the “Metsavendade Laul”. The finale of the week as usual included a night under the stars, where the campers were able to sleep in the shelters they built throughout the week. The camp finished off strong in the final week, with a strong increase from pre-registration enrollment numbers. The theme of the week was Arts & Sciences, with the campers taking part in science experiments as well as fine arts such as pottery and sketching. In addition we had field trips to the Elora Arts Centre Canoe Showcase, the Elora quarry, and Bingeman’s waterpark in Kitchener. Even with this year’s exceptional range of activities, the best and most important part of the Seedrioru experience was of course the time spent with friends. Unforgettable memories and friendships that will last a lifetime were made. This has been the...
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Suvihari 2017

June 23 – June 25, 2017 Back for another performance, Canada’s Premier Polka band “The Black Forest Band” will play the field while the Jaanituli burns! Main events on Saturday, June 24th:  Volleyball: Registration at 9:30 am play starts at 10:30 am Ceremony: 3:00 pm Musical entertainment and children’s film – early evening Dance, Jaanitule Lõke, Fireworks – late evening rESTOran Hours: Friday – 6:00 pm to 1:00 am, Saturday – noon to 2:00 am, Sunday – 8:00 am to noon Ticket Prices The ticket prices for Suvhari are:  Adult – Friday $40 Adult – Saturday $35 Children 6 to 15 – $10 Children 5 and under – free Pool / Lifeguarding Lifeguarding at the pond will be provided from 8am until 3pm to add another layer of safety for the participants of Suvihari. Please do not leave children under the age of 12 unattended. The pond will be closed at 3pm to ensure respect for the ceremony. Pets We ask all of our participants to please respect our bylaws and ensure that you have your dogs on a leash and under control at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the pond or at the ceremony. Lifeguards will be on staff to make the pond safe and ensure regulations are...
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Summer Camp Reminder – Early Bird Registration Deadline is May 31st

Dear friends and parents, The weather is warmer & summer will soon be here!  Fun filled Seedrioru days await!! Early bird registration deadline is May 31st. Please check out our “Register Now!” page Please register before May 31st, for the early bird rate!  (Before the deadline the weekly rate is $385, afterward $435). Registrations should done online, be postmarked May 31 or sent via email on or by May 31st including one week payment per child registered. eTransfers are accepted.   2017  Seedrioru Summer Camp Camp begins on July 2nd starting at 1 pm. Week 1:   July 2 – 9 + Mudilased +Traditional Week 2:  July 9 – 16 + Rahvalaager Week 3: July 16 – 23 +Survivor week Week 4:  July 23 – 29  +Arts and Science week             Special Themed Weeks: Mudilased: for the younger kids, 4 – 6 year olds (2-9 July  only) As always, email us about dropping in to visit for young first-timers to participate in daytime camp activities. Many of our campers have started out this way. Traditional: Camp as it’s always been! Rahvalaager: A week geared to learn about all things Estonian Survivor week: A week focused on outdoors and scouting skills Arts and Science: A week with fun art and science projects 2017 Important Dates May 31, 2017 – Early bird registration deadline July 8, 2917 – Masquerade July 15, 2017 – Valguspidu Festival July 22, 2017 – Large Bonfire July 28, 2017 – Last...
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Second Talgud – May 6th

The second Talgud of the season starts this Saturday! This year we are hoping you might help us again with more painting, pruning and repairs to prepare the site for the upcoming season! With the anticipated rain and cool weather expect some indoor work and hopefully some outdoors for those who are prepared! Eric Tiisler will be the Talgud Koordinator and will welcome you at the hall! Food is being provided by Kitcheneri Eesti Selts!   Top Jobs Raking of leaves, main entrance, cabins, basketball court Removal of branches, logs and debris from winter Pruning of vegetation around the hall and basketball hill Removal of several damaged trees from winter and trimming of overhang Painting of interior and exterior areas around the site Transport of logs, junk and leaves Cleaning of windows and floors Minor carpentry repairs to windows and trim Here is what you can bring: Rakes, chain saws, trailers, trimmers, painting clothes, carpentry tools, Estonian work ethic!   TOP Projects Spring/Summer 2017 2017 Schedule Season Date Early Spring 22-Apr-17 Spring 06-May-17 Summer 03-Jun-17 Pre – Suvi 17-Jun-17 Fall 30-Sep-17   We need help with these larger projects. Let us know if you want to sink your teeth into something bigger and very meaningful. Main Hall Main hall flooring renovation Cabin Renovations Electrical improvements 2 Bathrooms for Pautare (4 toilets, 4 sinks) Changed layout configurations to increase capacity/better usage Screen door replacement Painting, fixing and winterizing! New flooring for some areas Red House Foundation work, plumbing and electrical Doors and windows repaired or replaced New Playset – Red House Sauna Hot water tank area enclosed, new window Exterior siding with Seedrioru wood Pond Improvements Sauna dock replacement We need your expertise!!! All the above projects require someone with the skills and knowledge to keep our expenses down and the completion successful! It can be done on your own schedule if you cannot make the fall Talgud. There are many people available to help, but I need project managers to take the bull by the horns and organize...
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