2013 character camp officially kicked off its’ program May 6 with training and orientation for volunteers, LFL staff, and character camp committee members. The team building and abbreviated cope course training was led by certified trainer and LFL character camp chairperson, Barb Haag.
Laughter, child-like squeals, and teamwork discussions gleefully filled the atmosphere of IMR as the team navigated its way through a variety of team-building exercises. The team learned how to successfully cross the “Chocolate River” without being consumed by the Marshmallow Swamp Monster. After training and orientation was done, everyone was ready to provide a quality program for those scheduled to arrive.
Learning for Life hosted nearly 2800 students from our partnering LFL sites at Character Camp this year. The testimony to a successful Character Camp program is that parents of children who attended IMR were contacting me, personally, to inquire how their son/daughter could sign up into a traditional Scouting program. Another highlight of this year’s program was having a number of dedicated volunteers from Youngtimers BSA, Milwaukee Police Department, Travis School, Post 63, Retired council employees, Potawatomi Area Council Scouts & other committed leaders who unselfishly gave their time and treasure to ensure a great outdoor program.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the commitment, hard work and dedication of the Learning for Life Staff and the Character Camp committee.