2018 Masonic Youth Camp was AWWWWWSOME

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Another successful Masonic Youth Leadership Camp was wrapped up on Aug 3 with a graduation ceremony and the official closing by the Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. Rob Montague.

The camp started on Sunday with the registration of 47 campers: 27 new campers and 20 returnees. This included two happy campers from Spain.

Presentations included:

  • “Basic Leadership Principles,
  • ”Personality Profile in Colours,”
  • ”Financial Basics,”
  • “Dealing with Failure Effectively in High School,”
  • “Leadership skills for Emergency Teams,”
  • “Critical Thinking,”
  • “Healthy Relationships,”
  • “Beyond the Hurt,”
  • “Car Maintenance,”
  • “Social Capital,”
  • “Preparing for Job interviews”,
  • “Career Choices”, as well as
  • leadership games and activities.

Other activities throughout the week included camp rules slow pitch, volleyball, slip and slide, water fights, swimming, and culminating with fireworks, dance, and pizza on Thursday evening.

A big thank you to Head Counselor Chris Beebe along with counselors Kjerstin Cooper, Martina Larson, Josh Homister, Scott Sherstobitoff, Daniel Stokalko, and our activity coordinator, Chris Howe.

Thank you to our fantastic cooks Thea Howe and Kathy Gordon, who treated us to great food and snacks throughout the week.

Thank you to all the night supervisors who traveled from various places in the province.

This camp could not exist without the support of the Lodges and Brethren in the province. To them I give many thanks.

I would like give special thanks to Gail Todd, our camp administer, and the rest of the Camp Committee comprised of Darren McDonald, our social media guru, Chris Howe, Chris Beebe, Dean Elliott, and Rob Montague.

See you next year!

Dan Olmsted
Masonic Youth Leadership 2018 Coordinator

Saskatchewan Celebrates Another Successful Masonic Youth Leadership Camp


Thirty three grade nine to twelve students met at Green Grove Camp at Wakaw Lake from July 24th to 29th to enjoy five days of intensive Leadership training. Camp Coordinator, RW Bro. B.D. (Don) Ford, said that “all of the hard work by the well-organized team had really paid off.” The Counsellors included new Head Counsellor RW Bro. Chris Beebe, long term Counsellor RW Bro. Chris Howe and new Counsellors Kjerstin Cooper, Martina Larson and Melanie Snow, all three of whom were former students at the camp. Night Supervisors came from every corner of the province and included numerous DDGM’s.

RW Bro. Ford was quick to thank the Camp Advisory Committee, members of the Grand Lodge Youth Program Committee and Camp Advisor, MW Bro. Don Finan for all of their assistance. “It is a huge task to plan for and coordinate all of the Leadership presentations, Camp activities, night supervision and of course the food. These kids love their three meals per day…. plus snacks”, he stated.

Presentations included topics such as:

  • “The Basic Principles of Leadership”,
  • “Personality Profiles in Colour”,
  • Recruitment presentations by the RCMP,
  • “Leadership and the Importance of Proper Communication”,
  • “Setting Goals and Staying Motivated”,
  • “Wilderness Orienteering",
  • Police Dogs in action,
  • “Know your Car Maintenance”,
  • the “Financial Basics”, and
  • “Teens helping to raise teens”, which focused on how to negotiate a compromise with your parents.

Thursday afternoon closed with two Leadership challenges. The first, facilitated by RW Bro. Beebe, focusing on enjoying your work and the benefits of managing change while finding the perfect job and maximizing the experience. The second facilitated by RW Bro. Ford on facing the challenges of starting a business, planning a recruitment process, determining how profits will be disbursed and finally, facing tough times and the ever possible “dehiring” process.

Wednesday was recognized as “Wieclawski Wednesday” in recognition of RW Bro. Tom Wieclawski who had devoted so many years, and who knows how many hours, to the Youth Camp before retiring and moving to Nova Scotia. The newspaper committee was quick to call Bro.
Tom in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and interview him for the daily newspaper. The day concluded with the annual games afternoon and water fight sessions.

Thursday evening was set aside for the annual dance, fireworks display and of course pizza. On Friday morning the graduation ceremony was held, and the Camp was officially closed by MW Bro. David Polachek.

Overall, the students raved about how much they had enjoyed the week. Many positive survey comments have since been received. Not only were there a good number of return campers this year, but many expressed an interest in coming back again in 2017. Many thanks go out to all of our Lodges and to those who made personal donations to help make the Camp so successful. RW Bro. Ford was quick to add, “What a pleasure to see our Philanthropy put into action”.

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