Summer 2016 Week 2

Well, since puns seem to be all the rage at Camp Chestermere, let me just say that Week 2 was a very electrifying experience. Literally. A bad thunderstorm rolled through Chestermere on Monday night and there was some of the loudest thunder I've ever heard. Two of our main buildings were hit during the storm. The first lightning strike struck an electrical pole on the Chap and some campers watched as the electricity danced along the power lines. We called emergency services and the fire department came out right away and checked on everything and assured us that we were ok. They also put in a phone call to Fortis Alberta who also came and assured us that the Chap was fine.

Then less than 30 minutes later we were having to call emergency services again as there was another lightning strike and a strong smell of smoke in the lobby of the Lodge. We mustered everyone on site into the Chap while emergency services checked the Lodge. Again all was fine. However, our projector has not been working properly since and so we will have to look more into that. Yup, a very eventful Monday night. I would like to personally say thank you to the Chestermere Fire Department and Chestermere RCMP. They were incredibly professional and patient when they came out on Monday night and really ensured we were all safe and ok. They also answered all of the questions we had. Thank you to everyone in the Emergency Services Departments in Chestermere for the incredible support you give the camp.

Week 2 was Middle Camp and we had 18 1st year CLTD's, 94 Day Campers, 100 Overnight Night Campers and 15 3rd year CLTD's who were in practicum (more on the CLTD's in a moment). It was busy, it was loud and it was amazing. It was also a little wet all week. Seriously, we were almost able to time it. Everyday at 4 o'clock, here came the thunder and the rain. I hope Week 3 has a little more sun.

Our 3rd Year CLTD's had quite the week in Week 2. First of all, it was their practicum week. This means that they work as either Overnight or Day Camp Cabin Leaders. This is a chance for them to try out all of the skills they have been learning in CLTD and in staff training. They also complete an interview with the Team Leads to see about the possibility of coming on staff. Completion of the CLTD program does not guarantee that one will be hired on as staff. However, I am happy to announce that all 3rd year CLTD's were hired on to be staff this year. I also say with confidence that they truly were leaders this week. Their ability to be successful in cabin during their practicum is a testament to the incredible job done by CLTD Coordinator Marie (Willis) and her incredible team.

The 3rd Year CLTD's also got a special treat at the beginning of the week. We received a very generous grant from FCSS. Part of the grant paid for a guest speaker to come in and speak to our CLTD's about leadership. We invited in professional business and life coach Steve Osmond from Rhapsody Strategies. Steve's topic was "The Work that Great Leaders Do" and he spoke on three points: Great Leaders 1) Craft Vision 2) Build Alignment 3) Champion Execution. These are fantastic points for any leader of any age and I love the fact we are instilling this kind of teaching into 15 and 16 year olds. Great session and great opportunity for growth for our CLTD's. Thanks Steve.

Then on Friday night the CLTD's had their graduation ceremony. We were very pleased to have Board Chair John Picard join us and say a few words about the program and open the graduation in prayer. Thank you also to Board Members Alex Wright (Crumpet) and Darlene Davis for joining us for the grad. At the Grad Ceremony the CLTD's receive their Dog Tags and receive many words of encouragement from their leaders. They are then welcomed onto the Staff Team with a big giant group hug. This is then followed by a jump in the lake. It's a great night, even in the rain. Congrats CLTD's and welcome to the staff team.

The theme in Day Camp this week was High Seas. One of the highlights from this was Site Coordinator Vic (Poppa Smurf) dressed in his "Captain's Outfit" and greeting all of the Day Campers in the morning. Just awesome. We also had a bunch of campers get in on the fun of dressing up for this day and one camper came dressed in one of the most epic hammer head shark outfits I've ever seen. It was fantastic. Day Camp Team Lead Nicola (Anchor) had some issues getting through doors during the theme day cause the anchor on her back was too big but is was a ton of fun to watch. And a bunch of our cabin leaders all dressed up as pirates. It was a great theme day in Day Camp.

Our guest speaker last week was Connie Jakab and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! it was incredible. Man, like I love Connie and we always love having her come and speak but she was simply next level last week. Like wow. Just incredible. The night where she did a sermon of inviting people to the table was one of the most incredible nights I've ever had at camp. She set up chairs around a table and went to each table to describe who Jesus invited to sit at his table. She pointed out that Jesus welcomed everyone to his table. Then campers and staff went and sat in the chairs and people prayed for each other and blessed each other and it was just an awesome night. Like every night of Fireside was like that last week. Just an amazing week. Thanks Connie. Can't wait to have her back again.