September 2016 Kickoff

Hello everyone,

I trust this update finds you doing well and hopefully settling into the routine of September. I know that January is the official "New Years" but I always think of September as being the restart month. Kids go back to school extra curricular activities start up again, and we settle into the reality that we have a ton of work to do at camp and less people around to help. (I write that last line with a small smile/smirk on my face, ha).

This was my first week back in the office after a much needed vacation with my family. Taking summer vacation as a family with children is tough as the Director due to the schedule of summer so my children ended up missing the first week of school. But they weren't all that upset about missing school. We had a great time visiting friends and family on the west coast. I even ended up running into my best friend from High School on the ferry. It was a great time away.

While I was away the staff ran a new camp called Mini Tyke Camp. This was a two night overnight camp for children ages 5 - 7. It was a great success and something we will explore doing again next year. There were less kids at the camp then we would have liked but that is common when you try something new. But I think we built some good traction for next year. And we didn't have one home sick child which was a bit of a surprised. We get homesick 14 year olds but not one 5 year old complained about missing mommy and daddy. A great week and something I am sure we will continue in the future.

The other big thing that happened while we were away was the end of summer clean up that we do. This is a MASSIVE undertaking. While we are busy all year, we see the most people consistently on a day to day basis during the summer and having that many people here everyday for 9 weeks takes a toll on the buildings. We really have 3 distinct seasons at Camp Chestermere; September - April, May - June and July and August. Each season has its own unique flavour of busy. But the clean up that has to happen between the July - August season and the September - April season is almost overwhelming. Thank you to all of the staff for their tireless work in helping to get camp ready for the next season.

Camp Chestermere is SOOOOOOOOOO excited to announce that we have hired a new person to be a part of our Year Round Team. Vanessa Krell (Ember) will be serving the dual role of CLTD Guest Services Coordinator. Vanessa (Ember) started on Monday September 12 and her second day on the job she hosted a group of 150 junior high students. Welcome to the party Vanessa (Ember). We are extremely excited to have her be a part of the team and the job she is doing already has confirmed that we made the right decision in bringing her onto the team. Congrats again Vanessa (Ember).

While the summer season has come to an end, we continue to be busy with Guest Services bookings. Over the past couple of weeks we hosted a church retreat on the long weekend, a school for a professional development day, and then a junior high school for a school year kick off retreat. On the September 9 - 11 weekend we had four different groups here at once, three of which who stayed overnight for the whole weekend. Oh ya, and Guest Services Coordinator Vanessa (Ember) did the hosting for these three groups. Ain't nothing like jumping right into the fire eh Vanessa (Ember).

September 11 ended with us hosting a wedding here at the camp. Remember that Camp Chestermere is available for weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, retreats, conferences, professional development days and more. Please check out our website for the many different options we have available.