I don't even know what to say about this clip. Let me think ... Well, this kid is really great! He's creative, funny, and smart. And he has an awesome artistic sense about him. Meet Matthew from Cranston, RI -- a member of St. Matthew - Trinity Lutheran in Pawtucket, RI.
Calumet is totally blessed to have a great partner in Pastor Bill Barter from St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland, ME. Pr. Barter made his third visit to Calumet to share a Healthy Boundaries presentation. A Forensic Psychologist in Maine, Pastor Barter was happy to help Calumet with this portion of our in-depth staff training. He presented to nearly 200 staff and staff trainees in early July, the CIT group about a week after that, and the second session of L&S today. The boundaries talk covers every topic one can imagine. How do we treat campers? How do we treat fellow staff members? How do we manage how campers treat each other? Bullying? Camp dances? Good hugs? When Calumet talks about this being a safe place for all people, we take that very seriously. Whether it's a safe waterfront, being safe using the wood shop, making the right protection choices if a camper throws up, or understanding the chain of command when reporting an issue of concern -- Calumet works diligently to provide the best training possible. Pastor Barter is one of the best, and we're thankful to him for his, and St. Ansgar's, partnership with Calumet. Thanks, Pastor Bill!
Sunday night I was a able to get a quick view of Units 3 & 4, then Units 1 & 2, and finally Yellows. The first two groups were getting the rules down for the hugely popular Capture the Flag tradition. Our awesome unit leaders make sure the campers all understand how Calumet plays this game, why it's important that we all agree on the rules of the game, and that clear rules allow both for tons of freedom to play the game and result in a wicked fun time for everyone! What ended up being the score? "Fun to Fun." Over in the Woodchips, the Yellows make a huge circle with chairs from the Dining Hall to do some of the most creative counselor introductions. After these Unit Times, the whole camps goes to the lake for an awesome campfire which ends the night.
Sundays at Calumet mean our awesome worships in the ODC. Judy Smith, our Music and Worship Director, goes above and beyond to make each Sunday's music the best it can be for the people who come and share in worship with us. This morning, Judy put together an eight-piece band to preform "Trouble Won't Go," a song Calumet learned a few years ago from the Youth Gathering that takes place in New Orleans:
Girls Cabin 11 ... Unit 4 ... Pizza Night at the Dining Hall. It was very nice to have the opportunity to meet this great group of girls and to find out what kinds of things they enjoyed about this recent week at camp. Their cabin group is made of girls from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Florida. They spent the week together, getting to know one another, trying new things that they wouldn't otherwise get to do, and having a blast with their counselors and their Unit Leader, Ben. It's great to see the laughter and the agreement that Calumet is just the BEST!