News from Grade School Week!

Here's the latest report for camp!

What the cooks had to say:

It is Wednesday night and the 35 energetic grade-school campers plus staff were served spaghetti, Cesar Bacon Salad and garlic bread. I think the only thing not home-made were the spaghetti noodles! Even the bread was Amy's recipe. Head Cook Amy and her dad, Pastor Alan Visser prefer to make most meal items from scratch. They say they always have a little food leftover but are pleased with how very little waste there is.  They have also been making fresh fruit available throughout the day and the kids are enjoying that. It seems to cut down on cookie consumption too! Another surprise was that they found these kids go for yogurt topped with granola! Oh, they still get plenty of eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes and french toast - but this morning they went through five quarts of yogurt with Amy's homemade strawberry topping! Thanks to our hardworking cooks, who will be back for high school and middle school camps.

Meet a couple of our counselors:

Netsanette is a June graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, a fourth generation Ortoha camper and an experienced Ortoha counselor. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When she was 5 years old, she and her older brothers were adopted by John and Amy of Spokane. She would like to become a primary grade school teacher but before she continues her education, she has accepted a position as an au pair (nanny) for a French family who live just outside of Paris. While in France she hopes to continue her dance training. Throughout her young life she has developed skills and talent in many forms of dance. She will be moving to France in late August and we wish her well on this new adventure!

Alex began attending Ortoha in 5th grade and this is his 7th year serving as a counselor. He is a 2014 Cashmere HS graduate, receiving both his HS and AA diplomas, thanks to Running Start. This June he graduated from Western Washington U. in Bellingham with a double major in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. He plans to take this year off to work in the medical field and to prepare for his M-Cat exams and then apply to medical school. Alex enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking and deep sea fishing and he hopes to travel the world.

We are grateful to all of our fine and dedicated counselors! Director Brian chooses carefully, trains them well, and expects a lot from them.