Streamway Villa transformed into a campground

Team members created a week-long camping-themed week that was rich with reminiscing and full of fun and laughter

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without camping for many people, so the Streamway Villa life enrichment team created a week-long camping program Aug. 10 to 14 with every activity throughout the week having a camping theme.

In fact, the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home was even decorated with a camping motif, complete with an outdoor fire pit, a tent, an inflatable pool where residents could catch plastic fish, posted campground rules and signs warning everyone to “watch out for bears.”

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and safety protocols were in effect during each program.

Laurie Kracht, Streamway Villa’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says the team had one goal in mind: to make residents feel like they were on a camping trip.

The week also encouraged lots of blissful reminiscing, while for others camping activities were brand-new experiences.

“One of our residents was telling me he had never set up a tent, so he helped me set up the tent,” Laurie tells The OMNIway.

“(The resident) is in his 80s and he set up a tent for the very first time.”

Laurie says the highlight of the week was a campfire on Aug. 12 where residents roasted marshmallows and hot dogs at the fire pit in the home’s courtyard.

“That was the best part; it was great to see the residents all laughing,” Laurie says.

“Everyone had a great time, and even the residents who normally don’t participate, they were raving about it the next day.”

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