MAY 21 - CAMP TO BELONG

 

Guests: Jack Day  (speaker)  (Finley); Ellen Whitney  (Rick); Anthony Deiulio  (Hynek); Blair Stevens  (student of the month)  (Hart); Amy Stevens  (parent)  (Hart)

 

Members We Missed:  Dennis, Dunham, Mann, McGrew, Murphy, Roma, Steven, Thrall, Wilson, Wight

 

Blair Stevens was honored as Student of the Month 

 

Announcements included the June 25 changeover meeting -- replacing the morning meeting -- to be held 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Steve Wight's home.

 

Jack Day's presentation described "Camp To Belong," www.camptobelongmaine.org which reunites siblings who are separated by foster care.  This unique program was founded by a person who was herself separated from siblings by foster care.  It has been in operation in Maine for four years, using facilities and staff (other than camp counselors) of Camp Wigwam on Bear Lake in Waterford, for the week following the end of the regular Camp Wigwam season -- this year Aug. 19-24.  During the week, the campers enjoy typical summer-camp activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, wall climbing, arts & crafts, theatre, bocce, and badminton.  In addition, there are special events such as an evening "birthday bash" where siblings pick out and present gifts to each other, from a collection of donated items.  Jack said the camp's biggest challenge is to find volunteer camp counselors, who must be age 18 or older.  Thirty counselors are needed for the one-week camp and for a 3-day training session preceding it, and Jack is hoping that our club members will consider this.  Their phone no. is 899-7507, e-mail address heidi@camptobelong.org

~ Walter