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”.