There's a group at Calumet who, together, serve as one of the most significant pieces of the Calumet puzzle. The group is PUDDLE.
Program Directors, Unit Leaders, Department Heads, Day Camp Directors, Leadership Trainers, Every Other Leader ... They are the glue. They are responsible for training counselors, encouraging the excellent experience we offer, fine-tuning as issues arise, handling concerns in as immediate a fashion as possible, promoting a safe and faith-filled program, and doing everything else!! Jim Doyle, Calumet's Associate Director for Resident Camp threw a pizza party on Jackman Ridge to thank the group for an awesome couple weeks of work.
Fairis Bliss from Holy Trinity in North Easton, MA is an example of how the Calumet Spirit is alive and well -- and ensures that this camp can be a clean and safe place for all people. Fairis has some big fans here at Calumet. Paul, George, and Steve are always thankful that Fairis comes to camp for a few days here and there -- or a couple weeks, even!! While Fairis did a whole host of jobs in the campground and the conference center, his five grandchildren were participating in Calumet programs. Fairis and his congregation have been doing things for Calumet for years and years. We're glad Fairis was here, and we're starting a new list for when Fairis returns! Come Back Soon, Fairis!!
Each week the campers who sign up for Music and Dramatics have the opportunity to show off their wonderful work in front of the whole camp. Last night in Luther Hall (hot, hot, hot Luther Hall), we saw some dancing, singing, acting, video work -- there are lots of talented kids at Calumet!
I just love it when Captain Juri Niiler (a member of Emanuel, Manchester, CT), one of Calumet's Pontoon Boat captains, sends me an email with some awesome pics of Lake Ossipee. He snagged these the other day ... campers having a blast sailing on the cool and bright clear waters. Note Mount Chocorua in the background. If you haven't been to Calumet in a while, you're missing out on some seriously beautiful surroundings. Come visit soon. Maybe you can get on one of Captain Juri's cruises!