I would like to start this weekly update by again acknowledging the devastation that has happened in Fort McMurray. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy. Camp Chestermere sends a thank you to all of the first responders and volunteers who are still fighting this blaze and for keeping people safe through this time. Camp Chestermere is still ready and prepared to take in any evacuees who may still be looking for temporary residence. I had the chance to attend the fundraiser that was held at the Chestermere Rec Centre on Saturday and it was great to see how many people and organizations donated items to the silent auction and how many people came out to support. Chestermere really knows how to come together to support each other and our province in times of tragedy. We saw it last year with the flooding in Chestermere and see it again with the Fort McMurray tragedy. Chestermere is a great city to be a part of.
On Sunday May 1 we were honoured to be the site that hosted the wedding of Darren and Christine. The weather was amazing and the set up that was done by Dan Vecino, the grooms father, was incredible. Check out the photos on all of our social media pages. Seriously, if you have an event coming up you should contact Dan about helping to decorate it. Just contact us and we will get you in touch with him. The man is crazy talented.
The Vecino family has a long history at Camp Chestermere as campers, staff and guest speakers and we were honoured to be able to host their wedding. Special thanks to former Program Assistant Sidney (Sully), Summer Staff Member Brad (Thumper), Site Coordinator Vic (Poppa Smurf), Food Services Manager Ruth (Momma Ruth), Assistant Food Services Manager Sherry (Curry), Kitchen Assistant Jordie (J-Baz), Vic's wife Cathy, for helping to make this day a huge success for the Vecino family.
On Monday May 2, our Seasonal Leaders officially joined us. There was a party the night before where the staff gathered and had pizza in the Chap. One of the unique things about our Seasonal Leaders this year is that a lot of them don't know each other and were meeting for the first time on Sunday night. Our Seasonal Leaders are in charge of the Summer Staff and are the ones who help to get everything prepped for the summer. We have another incredible team this year and I can tell you that the identity of this years Seasonal Leadership Team is work ethic. Wow this group works hard and does so many things without even being asked. The camp is once again in good hands this summer with this group of leaders. The Seasonal Leadership Team is:
Micaiah (Kiwi): Overnight Male Team Lead
Glynna (Ray): Overnight Female Team Lead
Nicola (Anchor): Day Camp Team Lead
Emily (Lilo): Camp Medic
Lisa (Dutchie): Program Coordinator
May (Flower): Program Assistant
Kylie (Trinket): Media Specialists
Amanda (Calico): Office Assistant
Bailey (Salty): Lifeguard
Simon (Spruce): CLTD Leader
Devon (Optimus Prime): CLTD Leader
Kenzie (Pepper): CLTD Leader
The other thing that I noticed this week is that there is a new energy at Camp Chestermere. These leaders bring so much energy to the camp and it is really reenergizing to our Year Round Team. I would also like to acknowledge Program Assistant May (Flower) as she was invited to be a part of our team just 4 days before she had to start. She was able to get herself organized to be here and I am so glad that she is a part of our team. Please continue to pray for this team as they prepare for another great summer at Camp Chestermere.
We had another school join us for a band camp last week and a few of our staff headed over to Trinity Christian Academy in Strathmore for a chapel. One of the things we love to do is go to schools and help with chapels and assemblies. Assistant Director Collin (Deuce) does a great job getting these organized. Please talk to your schools about having camp come to host a chapel or assembly. It is a great chance for us to promote camp and is just a ton of fun as well.
We are in the midst of interviews right now for summer staff and are still accepting applications. If you know of someone who is looking for a rewarding summer working at Camp Chestermere then please direct them to our website,www.campchestermere.com, and encourage them to apply. Working at camp for the summer is an absolute blast. It is long days filled with a lot of work but is crazy fun and incredibly rewarding. In what other job do you get to go power tubing, kayaking, canoeing, shoot arrows and bb guns and play games like capture the toilet seat and mission impossible. Seriously, I love my job and we love having more people join our team.
We were also pleased to welcome back River of Life Next Gen Ministries for their retreat. It was a great chance to reconnect with these guys and we love having Next Gen at Camp Chestermere.
As always, thank you for your love, care, support and prayers. It is always great to know that there are so many people who support us in so many ways. Thanks again.