Update: June 14-21
Hello again everyone. I hope this email finds you doing well as you and we prepare for summer. I hope that you will be able to find some time to rest and refresh over the summer. We however, are just gearing up for a busy with a camp full of kids of all ages. But this is what we do and we LOVE it.
This week was another busy week at Camp Chestermere as we hosted 4 activity days. From Monday - Thursday a number of schools came through to participate in our Activity Days and once again our Seasonal Leadership Team did an amazing job. I really love this group of leaders and their heart for this place. They just continue to serve without complaint and continue to knock it out of the park on a consistent basis. They truly are the face of Camp Chestermere and
the camp is in very good hands this summer with this team.
We have a new partnership that is working out AMAZINGLY well for us. One of our member churches, Chestermere Christian Fellowship, connected us with a group called Alberta Job Corps. Here is some information from their website: "The Alberta Job Corps program provides structured, supportive training and work experience for individuals who have a sporadic employment history. The program gives participants the opportunity to work and earn a wage while learning reliable employment skills. Participants are hired by the Ministry and are paid minimum wage plus employer contributions. They work on projects for their local communities and non-profit organizations. The Alberta Job Corps program is designed to work in cooperation with employers, training providers, aboriginal groups, community organizations and schools." For more information on this program you can check out their website at http://humanservices.alberta.ca/working-in-alberta/3157.html.
Specifically for us however they have been able to finish the painting the Green Triplex, are painting Orange Tripex, finished the staff lounge, mowed lawns, cleaned up the beach and volley ball court and are helping in the Chap. They are amazing and we are blessed to have them. Thank you to Chestermere Christian Fellowship for making this connection.
On Saturday we had many volunteers out here for our Volunteer Work Day. Our Volunteers included George and Jane Nieuwenhuis, Beryl Ascott, Board Chair Glenn Minnesma and his wife Greta , Board Member Ido Kerpel and his wife Henrietta, Board Member Tim Kurulok and and his wife Robin and son Nolan, Board Member Alex Wright, CLTDS Kellie, Alyssa, Elisha, Ben U, Ben M, Brody, Laryssa, Summer Staff David Ulrich and Pamela McCoy, Doug and Sandra Shier and Darrell Gass. It was so encouraging to see so many people out here volunteering to help out. A lot was accomplished. It really is an encouragement to our staff when so many people show love for this place in a tangible way. Thank you again to all who were able to help and know that you can come anytime during the summer to help out around camp. This place is an entirely different place when it is full of kids and it is a very energetic an contagious place to be around. Hopefully we will see lots of volunteers out this summer. If you are interested in volunteering then please contact the camp firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Camp Chestermere continues to be blessed by people in a financail way. Last week we receieved an annonymous donation of $10 000 towards our 5 for 1 Campaign. Yup, someone anonymously bought 100 puzzle pieces. Incredible. It really is amazing how this place continues to be blessed. Thank you to all of you who support his place through the giving of your finances, time, energy and prayers.
We did have a bit of a rough week last week though as we were short one of our year round staff members for the majority of the week. Please pray for Assistant Director Collin who had all four of his wisdom teeth pulled last week. Yikes. Collin continues to feel weak as he recovers but has been a trooper and been at work as much as he could be. Having Collin at 100% is an absolute necessity for myself personally but, more importantly, for Camp Chestermere. Also, please continue to pray for Guest Services Coordinator Vicki Welsh as she continues to deal with ongoing issues with her knee. Having a bad knee is a concern when you have to be constantly up and moving so please continue to pray for her as well.
CLTD Coordinator Marie Picard had the opportunity to attend a session on Suicide Prevention and Awareness this week. She mentioned that the training was overwhelming but very practical and applicable to the work she does both in and out of camp. It is so great that we have so many qualified people on staff to deal with a variety of serious concerns. Marie is a invaluable member of our year round team and we are glad she was able to receive further training in something that far too many teenagers deal with.
I also had the opportunity this week to speak at the Calgary Christian School Grade 9 Graduation Ceremony. I appreciate how this job allows for flexibility in being able to connect with various members of the community in a variety of ways. Again, I really love what I do. Being in full time ministry is amazing and it is an incredibly humbling experience being asked to lead this place.
Also, on Sunday I had the opportunity to speak at one of our member churches, The Lantern Community Church. If you have not had the opportunity to go to The Lantern then you need to. The building is unbelievable. Just gorgeous. Wow. Also, the congregation was so welcoming and encouraging. A great community. In addition to what I said above, another aspect of my job that I love and am humbled by is the opportunity to speak at our member churches. I love the different flavours that each of our member churches have. I have now had the opportunity to speak at Lakeview, Arrowwood, The Lantern, Varsity, Langdon, and Chestermere Christian Fellowship. I hope to reconnect with all of our Lead Pastors and Member Churches again in the fall. Thank you to all of our member churches for your support of Camp Chestermere and I look forward to what God has in store for all of us moving forward.
Finally, we hosted a very special event here on Saturday. Allan and Doris Sorensen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Amazing. Congratulations to both of them and we celebrate with you. They have been involved with Camp Chestermere for a long time and it was a honour to host their special event. Program Lead Lisa, Waterfront Coordinator Kristen, and Summer Staff Member Christi hosted the event and did an incredible job. And, as always, the kitchen staff did an amazing job. They fed both those attending the 50th celebration and the volunteer work crew. The kitchen is so organized and so good at what they do it is amazing. Thanks team.
Thanks again for your continued prayers and support. Next week I will give an update on staff training as we are currently right in the middle of it right now. I can tell you this, the energy and feeling of anticipation for great things is tangible here at the camp. While we still have needs, a second boat, more boat drivers, the renovations to be finished, new shingles for brown cabins, a new gym, new sleeping arrangements for summer staff, and more, the over all feeling is a sense of excitement and anticipation. God is doing a new thing at Camp Chestermere and it is great to be a part of it.
In all seriousness, if you would like to volunteer your time to drive boat this summer or if you have a boat you could loan to the camp for one or two days a week then please contact Assistant Director Collin at email@example.com. And, if you have time to volunteer in other areas around the camp then please contact us. We would love for you to come and be a part of what is happening here at camp.