Summer 2017 Week 2 Weekly Update

Well we are just nicely under way into Week 3 here and I am excited, as always, to tell you about some of the amazing things that happened last week.

First of all, I need to start with a HUGE thank you to Arrowwood Gospel Church who have stepped up in a tremendous way to support our BEAR HUG campaign. Arrowwood Gospel Church caught on to one of the ideas that we had with BEAR HUG of raising funds specifically for needs that we have listed on our website and that we identified at the BEAR HUG Fundraiser back in May. In a very short turn around time, this country church raised enough funds for us to purchase a brand new large BBQ. But wait, there's more. Due to the timing of their cheque coming in we were able to take advantage of being able to purchase a new large grill on sale and will still be able to purchase another smaller more mobile BBQ and a cover. Yup, two brand new BBQ's and a cover all because of the hard work of one of our Member Church. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. This is a tremendous blessing to our camp and meets a specific need. Amazing. Thank you to Camp Chestermere and Arrowwood Gospel Church Board Member Darryl Gass and the entire congregation at Arrowwood Gospel Church for blessing us in this way. The BBQ has already been used once and the staff truly are humbled at how they stepped up to meet a specific need. Thank you.

Other needs that we have can be found on our website or by contacting me at campdirector@campchestermere.com. Families, organizations, churches, or individuals can find out about specific things we would like to purchase, both big and small, raise the funds for that item, donate that money to the camp and then we will go and make that purchase. It seriously makes a huge difference and helps us do what we do better. Without the efforts of the congregation of Arrowwood Gospel Church we would not have the new BBQ's. We'd love to have more churches, families, organizations and or individuals get involved. Whether the item is big or small, everything helps.

Another thank you goes to another of our Member Churches; Varsity Bible Church. For the past two weeks, different congregation members from this church have been showing up with a treat for the whole staff. This is another huge blessing and really makes our staff feel blessed and appreciated. Thank you to Board Vice Chair Susan for organizing this and thank you to all those who are participating in this program.

This week I had the opportunity to go for lunch with two pastors from two of our Member Churches. It was great to be able to connect with both of these gentlemen and talk to them about the exciting things that are happening in their churches. One of the most favourite things of my job is connecting with people from around the community, whether they be pastors, politicians, people from other not for profits or whoever. Building relationships and talking to people about the exciting things that are happening in their lives and organizations and having the chance to talk a little bit about camp is always awesome.

Now, for Week 2 at camp. The theme for this week was Midway and we had 70 campers in Day Camp, 98 in Overnight and 13 1st Year CLTD's. We were also excited to welcome 16 new staff members as we hired 16 of our 3rd Year CLTD's. It was a busy week with lots of campers which is always great. The more the merrier you know.

Our guest speaker this week was Connie Jakab and, as always, she did an amazing job. She also brought a number of other guests with her who did some rap, spoken word and dance. Connie just has such a heart for people and to see people discover their potential and for people to know they are loved. We love having her and she is always a blessing to us.

This Friday saw the graduation of our 3rd Year CLTD's. This is always an exciting time and, as mentioned, we welcomed 16 of these grads onto our staff team. Graduating from CLTD does not necessarily mean that they become staff members. Some CLTD"s choose not to work for camp and some may not be ready. We have had some CLTD's do a second week of practicum before they get hired or we have them wait until the next summer. But as I have said in the past, the greatest compliment that has ever been paid to our CLTD program is "Camp Chestermere is not just training leaders to be staff at the camp but Camp is training leaders who are making a difference wherever they are." Of course it is awesome when CLTD's become staff. They're not 'better' staff but there is a difference. But, to me, what good is it if we are only training people who will impact our community. I don't think that is a biblical model of discipleship. Of course we could try to train staff to just work here but it is awesome that these young people go and be leaders outside of camp as well. For example, some of our graduating CLTD's are currently doing missions trips, part of YWAM, are youth pastors and are leading in other jobs as well. We are excited to see this latest group or graduates and we cannot wait to see what they do next. Big thanks to our CLTD team this year.