Month: May 2012

Staff Training

Our first group of staff
members made their way up the trail and over to the islands on May 23rd for two
days of Wilderness Water Safety Training.  The group of thirteen people
braved the frigid waters of Seagull Lake in order to complete this training.  After
these initial two days at camp were completed the rest of the staff began
to trickle in.  It has been a joy to watch as a room full of people immediately jumps
up to greet members of the staff who have recently arrived on base.
 The final few staff members are finishing up with school and will be
finding their way up to WCB within the next few days.  We all are
excitedly anticipating their arrival!
Signe & Maren preparing lunch
Our first week of staff
training has gone very well.  Everyone on staff is coming in to the summer
with a wide range of experiences and talents.  Returning staff have
enjoyed reminiscing about previous summers and informing all the new staff
members about Wilderness Canoe Base traditions and history.  Our first few
days of staff training were filled with tours around base, sessions on general
camp rules, kitchen orientation, and saunas.  Later in the week we braved
the cold weather and completed skill training in solo paddling, paddling
in fast water, stearning the big canoe, and T rescues.  We have had
conversations about youth mental health, forest ecology, first
aid/safety protocol, and our staff contract.  Staff members have learned how
to stoke the sauna, park trailers, drive the pontoon, and run the Hobart (the dish washer).
   
Paul & Whitney preparing
 for the ecology orientation
Emma & Maren
This summer’s theme is
The Upside Down Story.  Throughout the past week, guides have been
discussing different parables and preparing for the Bible studies that they
will be leading on trail.  Our Waterfront Coordinator has assigned canoes
to the brigades, our Director of Health and Safety has taken inventory of
med packs, kitchen staff completed their first Sysco order, our Maintenance
Specialist and Camp Manager have fixed stuff, and the Chaplain has been
helping to prepare the staff for our summer ministry.  We have even had a
surprise addition to Fishhook Island in the form of a cow and a calf moose.  These two animals have been a great reminder
of God’s incredible creation and have made our nightly walks back to staff
cabins very entertaining. 
The moose’s favorite spot to hang out on the islands
Today many of the staff
are working towards their Wilderness First Aid Certification.  The rest of the week will be filled with even
more training and preparations for the summer.  Staff
trip will be from June 5th-June 9th.  Our first group of campers will be
arriving on June 13th.  We would like to
extend a big thank you to everyone that supports Wilderness Canoe Base and to
all of you who have helped to prepare the 2012 staff for this coming summer.  Our first trips are just around the corner
and we cannot wait to share this incredible place with the many campers that
will be spending part of their summer with Wilderness Canoe Base.    
  
Jill, Greg, & Mariah
Lunch in Pinecliff

        


    

Summer 2012 Almost Here!

Staff Training begins on May 25th, and we are excited to have our fantastic 2012 team. We’ve got a great group of new and returning staff who will no doubt make big impacts this summer!

We’ll be updating this blog throughout the summer to introduce you to the staff, and keep you posted with life at camp.
Here’s what you can expect to see:

Pictures and videos of Campers, Volunteers, Guests and Retreaters
Stories of our adventures – both on and off trail
Staff and Camper Interviews and Highlights
Program Updates
Information about the comings and goings on Fishhook and Dominion Island

We’re excited about the many programs and activities we have planned this summer. Thanks for your involvement in our ministry! Stay tuned!