WOW!!!!! April has been a BUSY!!!!!!!!!! month. Which is great but wow, deep breath needed.
One of the great things that happened this month was the Dean family was able to get away for a week in Mexico. It was awesome. Literally just sat by the pool for 7 days and did a whole lot of nothing. Apparently everyone around me was more aware than I was of how much I needed a holiday. It was great to get away but it has been an absolute sprint since we got back. Also excited to say that Assistant Director Collin (Deuce) was able to get away this month and is currently state side with his family. Good to have a break before we enter season 2 of the 3 season rotation that is the work of Camp Chestermere.
Ok, lots of updates. Here we go.
April has been an incredible blessing for Camp Chestermere. We only had 5 days in April where there wasn't at least one group on site. We've had at least one group a day on site everyday since April 11 and there have been multiple days where we have had multiple groups onsite all at the same time. It has been incredibly busy but what an incredible blessing to have so many people using our beautiful facility. HUGE!!!! thank you to all of our Year Round Staff who have all stepped up in so many ways to make this happen. There is a lot that goes into successfully hosting groups and our Year Round Staff work so hard to keep groups happy so that groups will want to return. Thank you also to all of those who have stepped up to help host these groups throughout the month. Special thanks to Alissa (Star), Chase (Stokes), Alex (Crumpet), Marlo (Nemo), Laryssa (Giraffe), Erin (Vendetta) and Courtney (Crayola) who have helped us out so much this month. I am sure I am forgetting others. Thank you to those who step up to work and volunteer. There are always volunteer opportunities here at the camp and we could not do what we do without the incredible support we get from our Seasonal Staff and volunteers.
We are really excited to update you on some members who will be joining our team for Summer 2018. First of all, we have created a new position at Camp Chestermere called the Discipleship Pastor. The idea behind this position is to provide staff and campers with extra spiritual and emotional support. We are very pleased to announce that our new Discipleship Pastor is Austin Norlin. Austin is a graduate of Heritage Christian Academy and currently a student at Vanguard College. We are excited to have him join our team and believe that this new position will be a huge asset to the work we do here at Camp Chestermere. Camp name for Austin to follow shortly. Austin will join us in mid June.
We've also hired two new people to be in the kitchen with us this Summer. Marlo (Nemo) and Rachel (Piglet) will be joining our kitchen team starting officially at staff training but will be helping us out some during May and June. This extra support in the kitchen will really help us do what we do better and we are excited to have Marlo and Rachel join us soon. Both come with a ton of camp experience. Marlo is a CLTD Graduate, has been a Cabin Leader and served on our Seasonal Leadership Team as a Team Lead. Rachel is also a CLTD Graduate and has been a Cabin Leader and worked in the kitchen last summer.
Board / Staff Meeting