Summer 2019 Week 2 Update

July 16, 2019

Week 2 has come to an end and we have just started Week 3. Unfortunately I missed the end of Week 2 as I came down with a nasty head cold. These usually come at the end of the summer but there has been a bug ripping through not only the camp but some others I know outside of the camp as well. It put me into bed for 2 days. But, starting to feel back to myself again and ready to go for week 3. A few other staff have been knocked out with this bug as well. Our Work Crew is currently working their way through the camp spraying disinfectant on all of the door handles and railings. Yup, the battle against the sick bugs is real. 

 

Week 2 Highlights

 

Week 2 saw 103 Overnight Campers, 95 Day Campers, and 17 Year 1 CLTD's. The theme this week was Gaming and again our programs team did an AMAZING job adapting our games, events and theme night to the theme of Gaming. 

 

Our speaker this week was someone who joined us for the first time in 2018. Her name is Alanna Jacobs, camp name Chick. One of the great things I love about having Chick here is watching her connect with campers and staff outside of Fireside time. Daily we would see her sitting with campers or staff at a picnic table somewhere in the camp or sharing a meal with a different group of people everyday. We love it when our speakers plug themselves into the life of the camp and Chick did a great job of this. 

 

Week 2 also saw our first, second and well multiple phone calls to emergency services but not one was for campers. Well, we did have a camper walk into a wall and get a gash on his head but the ambulance was already here for two staff members who had bonked their heads together in a game so I am not sure if that counts. But, these are the things that happen when you're running a camp with over 250 people onsite everyday. As I have said in the past, huge thank you to our local emergency services who do an incredible job looking after us. 

 

CLTD Practicum and Graduation

 

An exciting part of Week 2 was the CLTD Practicum Week and CLTD Grad. For the Practicum Week, CLTD's work in cabin and experience first hand what it is like to be a Seasonal Staff Member. All of our CLTD's did an amazing job in cabin this week. 

 

The week then culminates with the CLTD Graduation. We had over 40 guests join us for the dinner and graduation. The graduation was filled with all of the CLTD traditions including the leaders individually introducing each CLTD, the CLTD's receiving their dog tags and then being welcomed onto staff. And then, of course, there was the jump into the lake. It was a great time to celebrate the work these CLTD's have put into the program. AND...... we are happy to announce that all 15 3rd Year CLTD's were welcomed onto the 2019 Staff Team. Special thank to Board Secretary Darlene Davis and Board Member Alex Wright for attending this important event. 

 

Chestermere Play Day

 

On Saturday we hosted the Chestermere Play Day and it was a huge success. There were over 150 people who attended. This event was a part of the work we do with the Chestermere Recreation Coalition. We had the opportunity to work with a number of different organizations for this including the City of Chestermere, Formative Five, Macaroni Kid, The Chestermere Rec Centre, The Chestermere Public Library, The Chestermere Ag Society, and Synergy. Families came out and participated in a wide variety of activities including painting and water fight, a slip and slide, an obstacle course, bouncy castle, fun with flowers, water beads, a big art project, a dinosaur skeleton hunt, a cow patty chuck and giant bubbles. The whole event was free. It was a great way to celebrate Chestermere and the many great organizations that are a part of the Rec Coalition. Huge success. 

 

HVAC Work at Camp Chestermere

 

As you have seen from other updates, we did receive the grant from the City of Chestermere to upgrade all of our HVAC systems at Camp Chestermere. I met with the company who will be doing the work and we prioritized what work will be done first. I am SOOOOOOOO happy to announce that there is a strong possibility of us having air conditioning in the Chap by the end of the month. For those of you who have ever been in the Chap in the middle of the summer you know how hot it gets. So to think that we could have air conditioning in there by the end of the month is very exciting. More information in regards to our fundraising efforts in regards to this project will follow soon.

 

Staffing Update

 

We have had a small change in our kitchen staff. Unfortunately, we had a staff member who needed to step down from his Lead Position in the Kitchen. While this saddened us, we are in full support of this staff member and fully support his decision. So, while this added some stress to our kitchen for a couple of days, we are excited to announce that Jakob (Gamma) was promoted to a lead position and we have hired Dawson (Soc) to replace the vacant position. All of this happened very quickly and we are thankful that we were able to fill this position in such a timely manner.   

 

Week 2 Staff Highlights

 

Here are some highlights from the staff for Week 2: 

  • This camper came back from last year and he remembered me and gave me a hug (Bob) 

  • A kid said he missed me because I was gone for a couple of days (Lil Maui) 

  • My favorite part of the week was beach time with my kids. I had a lot of fun (Peaches) 

  • The boys in my cabin had lots of questions about faith, Christianity and God (Hawk) 

  • The fireside where Chick had everyone pray together. That was impactful (Ferg)

  • Devos with Eli (Gambit) 

  • Chillin with campers at 12am because they couldn't sleep. It was epic (Hobbes) 

  • My highlight of the week is that the kids made me lots of art to make me feel better (Dragon) 

  • The fact that we had emergency services on site 5 times and our Seasonal Leadership team was flawless every time. So proud of this team (Deuce) 

  • I asked ____ to sing me her favorite Disney princess song and she just reenacted the death scene from Tangles and made Misty save her over and over again (Dory) 

  • When ___ had a bunch of butter in his pocket and told us to call him the butter man (Bambi) 

  • The highlight of my week was when my camper felt enough trust to open up to me about her troubled past (Frizz) 

  • I covered for leaders in Green 1. The campers asked me to retell a Bible story that they haven't heard before and so I chose Jeremiah. I went into the history and still somehow made it interesting. But Jeremiah remains to be one of my favorite because it tells about justice and the girls loved it. They listened so well and asked so many questions (Bonzai) 

  • Seeing a camper being a caring and sweet brother (Echo) 

As always, thanks for your ongoing love and support. Lots of things happening and some exciting announcements to come. We are always in need of volunteers to help us out with driving boat, in our kitchen or on our work crew. If you'd be interested in helping in any of these capacities then please let us know. We would love to have you be a part of the daily routines at Camp Chestermere. 

 

Blessings,

 

Shannon Dean

Camp Director

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