Written by Analu Lobos, Financial Development Director – Capital Campaign , YMCA Calgary.
Camp Chief Hector In Full Swing
Camp Chief Hector was in full swing when I visited the other day. Campers enjoying grilled cheese and soup for lunch in between canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, and of course gagaball. One of the highlights of my visit was watching a group of 12 year old boys learn to canter on their horses. It took more courage for some than others, but they were all able to push their boundaries and they all finished their laps with smiles on their faces.
“This brought me great joy – to be reminded that kids still have the capacity to find wonder on a mountain rather than on their computer…”
More smiles came about when a group of girls eagerly told me about their breakfast on their outtrip. They had made jam with Saskatoon berries they picked during their hike – this thrill that comes from connecting to nature and friends was a common theme throughout the camp. One camper insisted I call him by his newly acquired nickname, “Strawberries”, a title he had earned by collecting “527 strawberries on our hike!” As I walked with a group of children down to the waterfront to go canoeing, I listened to stories told in great detail about games that had been invented in camp groups and interesting things that were seen during the week at Hector.
This brought me great joy – to be reminded that kids still have the capacity to find wonder on a mountain rather than on their computer, to find inspiration in each other rather than in their headphones, and to find adventure with their feet on the earth rather than their fingers on a video game controller.
Camp Chief Hector is a place where deep change can come from experiencing new surroundings, overcoming new challenges, and discovering new parts of oneself.
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