Summer Week 6 Update
Well, there are only two and a half weeks left of summer camp. That is crazy. All we have left is a week of Kids Camp, then Teens Week and then Mini Tyke Camp and we are done. I have no idea where the summer has gone. It has been great but wow it has been fast. Week 6 was our final week of Middle Camp for overnight. The theme for the week was Spy Week and the Dress Up theme in Day Camp was Safari.
Our guest speaker for Week 6 was Richard Sampang (Mr. T). It was great having Richard here as he is a former summer staff member from back in 2011. He is now the youth pastor at Word International Ministries. Richard did an incredible job last week and staff and campers alike were super impressed and blessed by his ministry. Richard also gave the Year Round Team a lot of great feedback about the differences he sees in the camp since he was last here in 2011. He especially appreciated the new speakers room we have built so that he and his wife had their own personal space while at camp. He also mentioned how he felt totally accommodated for at camp and said that he really sees the staff creating A Place to Belong for everyone. It is always great having alumni back and we appreciated getting his take on what he sees that has been maintained since 2011 and what has been improved. Thanks Richard for an amazing week.
One of the cool things, albeit making my life far more busy, that has been happening this summer is the number of people who are contacting us inquiring about future bookings. We are currently taking bookings all the way up to October 2017. That's amazing. Great job to our team who have been doing a fantastic job of getting out and promoting the camp and raising the profile of our availability. An example of this is that a few of our current summer staff volunteered their time to go to the Chestermere Ag Society Farmers Market on Saturday to promote the camp. That's right, after putting in another full week at camp, these young people VOLUNTEERED their time to promote camp at a community event. HUGE!!!!!! thank you to Summer Staff members Ann (Roo), Courtney (Crayola), Chelsea (Berry), and Hanna (Quinoa) for taking the time to promote camp. Awesome job ladies.
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to have an incredible dreaming session with Connie Jakab. I have spoken about Connie many times as we book her as much as we can to be a guest speaker. Connie, Assistant Director Collin (Deuce) and myself sat and chatted about what a family camp could look like for Summer 2017. An amazing meeting. Watch for details on this new camp to come out in the near future. I just love how in August 2016 we are already dreaming about August 2017. This to me shows health in our organization as we are not just living in the moment but are dreaming a year or more down the road. Exciting times at Camp Chestermere.
Thursday this week was a very colourful time at Camp Chestermere. A few months ago when we were ordering the new merch for Horton's Hut, Office Manager Chantel (Lilac) ordered me a very bright pink t-shirt. The colour is actually called safety pink. Well from there the idea was developed that each year round team member should have their own brightly coloured shirt. So these were ordered and on Thursday we wore them. We looked like a bunch of M&M's. It was awesome. Pictures can be seen on our social media.
Speaking of social media, I would encourage all of you receiving this to follow us on social media and to encourage your friends to do so as well. We do a ton of promotion and updates through social media and it is a great way to stay connected to the camp. We post photos, updates, scripture verses, quotes from speakers during Fireside, videos and much, much more. We are on many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and we recently launched our own Youtube channel. Below are the handles for each of these platforms:
Facebook: Camp Chestermere