The Wetfoot Blog

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Letter From Your Board President

What a Summer!!

Great weather, excited campers, low water, and a passionate staff dedicated to delivering a fun, life enriching experience to our campers. For you it was a summer full of challenges, learning opportunities, teaching moments and significant responsibilities. You could have chosen different employment for the summer, perhaps that paid more and offered more free time. But, you chose employment that offered the opportunity to be a role model for young kids. The person who introduces them to new relationships, experiences, and opportunities. The person who helps them to discover new things about themselves. The person who makes sure their experience is fun and safe.

This summer we challenged you even more than normal because we didn’t hire enough seasonal staff. For that I can only apologize. It was not our intent and we are developing a plan to help ensure it doesn’t happen next summer. Necessity is often the mother of invention. I heard several stories about creative ways to adapt to the challenge, as well as heroic efforts from staff members to deliver our program. Thanks to all of you.

The creativity shouldn’t get lost. It should become a tool we use in the future, either as part of a tool box or as a new Camp Tradition. Please share with Drew any creative things you did, or observed others do that you think should be part of Camp.

As you settle back into your “normal” lives and reflect back on the summer, think about how much you grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and one another. Camps mission doesn’t stop with campers. It affects all who sign on for the Manito-wish Experience. If you haven’t noticed it yet, please know that the skills you developed as a Seasonal Staff member will be very helpful to you in the future.

Thank you for your passion and dedication. More than1000 kids had the summer of a lifetime because you chose to work at Camp. Think about how much more you will benefit if you return next year…

Bob Yeomans
Board of Directors

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