It's been a while....update
WOW, it has been a while but we are excited to send an update about several things that have happened over the past number of weeks here at Camp Chestermere. It has literally just been that busy here at that camp that I have not had a moment to sit and write an update. As I write this we have a youth group here for a conference for the weekend, a soccer team was here last night, the City of Chestermere is here for a training session, we have a hockey team here tomorrow, a birthday party on Sunday and a missions team arrives on Sunday night. WHEW!!!!!! But busy is good. But we do want to keep people informed of the amazing things that are happening here. For quicker updates please follow us on our social media platforms. The problem of course with not updating weekly is that these updates become long. BUT, please read and be encouraged about the amazing things that are happening here at the camp. I do apologize for how long this is...... however, the length of this email is just a small indication of the amazing things that are happening here.
School Year Camp
On March 9 - 10 we hosted a Kids School Year Camp for ages 7 - 11. This was done in partnership with Heritage Christian Academy Junior High Missions Team. They did an incredible job. They were mentored in all areas of the camp and got a full behind the scenes view of what happens at Camp Chestermere. The JR High Team planned and executed the camp and did so well. They donated some new programs equipment and donated financially as well. We are going to be stealing a bunch of ideas they came up with. We heard great things from both staff and parents about the job the HCA Students did.
In regards to numbers, we had 65 Campers, 28 Staff (ALL VOLUNTEERS), 5 CLTD’s, and 16 students and 2 teachers from HCA. Connie Jakab was our guest speaker and once again did such an amazing job. She is just so gifted at encouraging people to be bold. Here is a post she made about her weekend here:
"I’m speaking at Camp Chestermere this weekend. This young 8 year old girl comes up to the mic and says, “Hi my name is ____________. I have been in foster homes since I was 4. Some have been good, some have been bad. The one that was bad was really bad. I got to go back with my family for some time but bad things happened so I had to go back into foster care. I’m here to say that even though things can go bad, and we can feel sorry for ourselves, I feel the love of God and know he holds me.” No words."
We have three staffing updates to announce. First of all, we are saddened...... and excited that
CLTD Leader Evan Shier (Stret) was offered an amazing opportunity at a local radio station. While we are sad to lose him from our team, we are very excited for the opportunity he has been given. We have now hired Ben Matear (Roshe) to be on our Seasonal Leadership Team as a CLTD Leader. Roshe was originally hired to be on our Helping All Campers Succeed Program but we have moved him into the CLTD role with the departure of Evan.
This then created an opportunity for someone in our Helping All Campers Succeed Program. We are excited to announce that we have hired
Travis Nelson (Dragonfly) on in this program. Dragonfly is a graduate from Heritage Christian Academy and this will be his second summer with us. Last year he served as a Cabin Leader. He has also served as a host for user groups throughout the year.
And finally, we'd like to welcome a new member to the team who is helping on our Year Round Team. Meaghan Easthope (Sparkles) has been hired as our Guest Services Facilitator. This is done in partnership with Columbia College. This is her first week here and she has been doing great.
Helping All Campers Succeed