January Weekly Update
Well, the end of January is almost upon us. For those of us who thought that maybe 2017 went by too quickly, I am not sure 2018 is moving any slower. Sometimes the time can seem to be going to quickly or it feels like there is so much to do or it feels like there is always a mountain in front of us. Then every once a in a while someone says something and it puts fuel back in the tank and you're reminded that maybe, just maybe, everything you are trying to do as an organization is worth it. Well, this week at an Interagency Meeting, a community partner said of Camp Chestermere, "they are one of the strongest supporters of the community and a great partner to work with." Yup, that'll put some fuel back in the tank.
It has been a very exciting and stressful week here at Camp Chestermere. We are in the process of hiring our Seasonal Leadership Team for 2018. We had almost 40 candidates for what will end up being 17 positions. This week has been filled with completing the final interviews and contacting the people who were successful in gaining a position. We then have to contact all of the people who unfortunately were not successful. I would love to be able to announce the team for 2018 but we are not quite done this process and we believe people should find out through conversation and not through an email about where they are in the process. So, expect an update on staffing in the next couple of days.
We Need a Life Guard
Speaking of Seasonal Leadership, we are in need of a lifeguard. Unfortunately, none of the people who applied for Seasonal Leadership are certified to be a lifeguard. So, we need your help. If you know a lifeguard who is looking for a job then please ask them to contact the camp right away. We may have a home for them. AND, Camp Chestermere is willing to help pay for any upgrade in certification the person may need. Thanks in advance for your help with this.
New Program Announcement
I mentioned in our last weekly update about our new and expanded Helping All Campers Succeed Program for 2018. Since I made that announcement last week we have had a number of exciting things happen. First of all, last week Shannon attended interagency and was able to get connected with some great resources to help us gain a greater understanding of how to be successful in this program. Shannon has meetings in the next couple of weeks with the City of Chestermere and several agencies, including Inclusion Alberta and Between Friends, who have far more expertise in this area than we do. It is so awesome to see how this program is coming together and how God is opening doors for us to connect with people who can help us learn. More exciting news to come. Helping All Campers Succeed is just one more example of how we believe Camp Chestermere truly is a Place to Belong.
Ok, but I am going to cheat here and make one position official. We are VERY excited to announce that we have hired Heather Upigrove (Clover) to head up our Helping All Campers Succeed Program. She will be giving oversight to this program and will be working with us over the next few months to put all the final pieces together. Heather (Clover) brings a wealth of experience to this program and is going to school so she can do this for a living. We are very excited that she will be overseeing this team. Congrats Heather.
We have been very blessed lately to have more and more people coming and volunteering on a consistent basis. And, as you may know from our last update, our new goal is to have 3 volunteers here per week. Having volunteers here is a HUGE help for us, especially for Vic (Papa Smurf). So, if you would like to help then please get in contact with us asap. We have jobs for volunteers for pretty much everything from cleaning, to renovations, to admin work, and more. What works really well for us is you setting a day that you would like to come and then we can build jobs around that day and your skill sets/interests. So, if you would like to be involved then just contact the camp and we will get you set up right away. Thanks in advance.
Site Coordinator Vic (Papa Smurf) and his crew of volunteers have continued to diligently work away at completing the new flooring in the Blue Triplex. In addition to that, this week we are having the Gabion Wall around the Island repaired. This is work that has needed to be done for a while as we were starting to lose part of our Island. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Conrich Chestermere Recreation Board, we are able to have this work completed. Thanks Vic (Papa Smurf) for coordinating this work.
#lovecampc month is back again. This is where we invite people to take a day in February and pray for Camp Chestermere and then to let us know about what they were praying for. Watch for a follow up email that will follow shortly.
Thank You to Arrowwood Gospel Church and Pete Brown
Camp Chestermere would like extend it's heart felt condolences to the family or Mr. Pete Brown. Pete Brown was a long term attender of Arrowwood Gospel Church and a great supporter of Camp Chestermere. Pete passed away on January 7, 2018. Over the years Pete was involved in many ways at Camp Chestermere including helping during the summers and sponsoring children to come to camp. Pete's family asked that in lieu of flowers, tributes could be made to Camp Chestermere. We have been receiving donations as a result of this. Thank you to the Brown family for your continued support of Camp Chestermere and to Pete for the incredible love and support you showed to Camp Chestermere over the years.
We've had some requests from some of our constituents for just a quick list in the updates for things that they could be praying for in regards to Camp Chestermere. See below of this weeks list.
Staffing. That as we complete this process that the right decisions will be made.
Lifeguard. Having a lifeguard is essential to what we do in the spring and summer and so not having one lined up right now is a bit of a concern.
Donations and Grants. Donations and Grants have a huge affect on our ability to do what we do better and to improve the site. Shannon has made it a personal goal to gain two brand new grants for 2018.