So last night we called 911. Our camp called 911.

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So last night we called 911. Our camp called 911. And our staff rocked it. Everything that I hoped our staff would do, they did. Camper/Volunteer fell, we called 911. Everyone is safe and back at camp after a visit to the hospital. We train our staff each summer for so many things – how to deal with kids, how to talk to parents, how to respond in emergencies, how to lead archery, how to give kids the most amazing summer of their life. We train them, then we set…read more

How do I affect change?

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In my life, my work, my family, my goals and my mind? How do I affect change that will be meaningful, long lasting and help to make that world a better place? I started my 10th year at Pearce Williams today. What does the future hold for me? As change is happening at camp – the new barn, Hume’s Hall, World Camp, Farm Camp – my mind is always wondering what it next and how can we continue to stay at the front of the change. This year at camp…read more

Stress & Summer Camp

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Stress is a sign of change. Right now, after 18 years of directing summer camp, this is the most stress that I have ever felt at camp. At camp we are getting ready for Volunteer Builders to come and help us put up a new 6200 square foot barn. That is stressful. We are also building a new community hall/worship space with a donor’s money. That is stressful. We had three furnaces fail their inspections and needed to be replaced. That is stressful. We are spending a lot of money….read more

4-H Ontario Conference Follow-up

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So I just returned from two days the the 4-H Ontario Conference & Annual Meeting in Waterloo, ON. They had invited me to present my Actcreativityion (Creativity In Action) Workshop and my Bring Yourself to Every Moment Keynote. Thank you for having me. If you have come to find the promised book list you can find it here on Goodreads. It is a pretty complete list on my creativity books. I enjoyed very much seeing old friends and making new ones. I’m amazed at the work that the many volunteers…read more

A guide to show them the way…

Posted by in camping, future of camping, Think About Camp

I am just getting ready to speak to the 4-H Ontario Conference. Working through the slides, the words and the stories reminds me of how my brain works. My brain goes everywhere. When I am preparing to do a keynote of this nature, the words I write down are really a guide to show me the way, not the only things I will say, but potential things I will say. I hope that we give our campers and staff a guide to show them the way. We can’t tell them…read more