Because of camp…the staff experience

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At the end of this past summer at Pearce Williams I asked our staff to finish the following sentence: “Because of camp I…” It was very interesting to see our staff’s responses to this simple statement. Here are some of the Because Of Camp answers from Pearce Williams Staff: Because of camp I am able to be 100% me. Because of camp I have learned to appreciate the small things more than ever before. Because of camp I have been inspired to appreciate each moment individually and each person differently….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

A guide to show them the way…

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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

It all starts at the top.

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Can you help me?

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The thing I want most in life is to be a camp counsellor. I need your help. I need you to help shape and form me – help me understand what the campers need and how I can give it to them. Help me understand that I will make mistakes, and that I will also learn from those mistakes. Help me grow up and understand that I’m not a camper, but to remember what it was like to be a camper so I can use those memories to become the…read more