We have booked Camp Norland from September 23rd to October 3rd. This will allow everyone to arrive before sundown on Erev Sukkot (Sunday, September 23rd) and complete their packing and clean-up on Wednesday, October 3rd. Check in time on the 23rd will be noon. (Please bring your own bag lunch.) The first meal served will be on the evening of the 23rd at 5:30 p.m. The last meal served (leftovers, anyone) will be lunch on October 3rd. Check out time will be 3:00 p.m. as we are trusting you will stick around and help us clean up!
Our plan is to build sukkahs on the first day of Sukkot–one for women and one for men in case anyone wants to sleep outside some evening. (Remember to bring your sleeping bags.) Please bring decorative things to adorn them and if you are bringing children, remember to provide things they can contribute. If you happen to have a portable gazebo it would be great if you would bring it for the front deck or perhaps other spots on the property.
Bring your shofars and lulavs as there will be regular chances to use them.
We are having a mikveh/baptism/immersion! If you desire to have a mikveh in the lake please speak with one of us early in the week so we can plan a time for that. We do have a time in mind but it may be changed depending on interested persons and their own schedules. Come prepared with appropriate attire.
We expect to have a special evening sometime during Sukkot. Come prepared to dress as you would when meeting a King! Ladies, we want to see your beautiful dresses. Men, it is a shirt and tie affair. If you have a suit or at least a suit jacket, please bring it!
Weather permitting we will have nightly campfires (except on Shabbat and High Days) just behind the Retreat Centre. Please bring warm clothing and maybe cushions! If you have lawn chairs you might want to bring those.
Our daily schedule should look something like this:
7:30-9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast will be available in the Retreat Centre. Hot food will be served at 8:30. (Please let us know if you want us to prepare a hot breakfast for you.)
9:00-9:30 a.m. Clean-up.
9:00-9:30 a.m. Exercise/stretches except on Shabbat and High Days.
10:00-11:30 a.m. Prayer/praise/teaching, lulav wave, and daily announcements. Please be on time!
David Sloss will provide keynote messages on the theme of THE KING’S HEART: Exploring the Scriptures and the Teaching of Yeshua about the Kingdom. Bring your Bibles, notebooks and pens and your instruments!
11:30 a.m. Lunch set-up
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Bring your healthy appetites and royal manners. Everything else will be provided.
1:00-1:30 p.m. Clean-up.
1:30 p.m. Group activities. You will need to listen for announcements because the schedule will be flexible so as to take advantage of the weather and some surprises. When the weather is good we’ll organize hikes, horseshoe tournaments, frisbie, volleyball, tug of war and other such outdoor activities.
When the weather is cold or rainy, we’ll schedule indoor activities such as Bible trivia, board games, group games, Biblical movies, survival teachings, etc. We will have a women’s tea and a men’s coffee break–at different times if there are children to be cared for.
If you wish to go shopping or tour the area, there are several stores and restaurants within an hour of the Camp at Verner and Sturgeon Falls. North Bay and Sudbury are further out. If you need suggestions or directions, ask Mike.
2:55 p.m. Shofar
3:00 p.m. Shema
3:05-4:30 p.m. Tuck shop open except on Shabbat and High Days.
3:05 p.m. Activity as scheduled
4:30-5:00 p.m. Dinner set-up
4:30-5:00 p.m. Quiet time/prayer.
4:55 p.m. Shofar
5:00 p.m. Regather together for Torah Portion Reading.
5:15-5:30 Dinner will be served by whomever volunteers to fill your plate in the food line each evening.
6:30-7:00 p.m. Clean-up.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Activity/Teaching/Testimony times will be arranged. There may be some Q & A’s, some teachings, some movies, etc.
8:30 p.m. Campfire set-up! (Except on Shabbats and High Days.)
9:00-10:30 p.m. Campfire activities except on Shabbat and High Days. When the weather permits, go outside and enjoy a special time of sharing and singing. Remember your warm clothes, cushions and blankets. You might want to bring your camp chairs.
9:00-10:30 p.m. Indoor activities for those who do not want to sit around the fire. Or when it rains!
11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. It would be much appreciated if you do not disturb the sleep of people who go to bed early or who get up later than you do. Please use your quiet indoor voices and do not race in the hallways!