Thanks to you all who joined the 12th Annual Shader Kids Weekend last June. Spectacular weather greeted the early participants in the Saturday morning activities led by the Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff. The afternoon craft activities, which preceded and continued during the ball hockey games, again led by Hector staff, had the perfect blend of outdoor activities and woodsy crafts.
Despite the challenge of not having our Eastern friends due to camp staff training weekend, the mighty East once more prevailed over the persistent West team. Perhaps the recruitment mandate that anyone who was born in the East, went to school in the East, had relatives in the East were considered Easterners for the afternoon tipped the scales!! In any case it was hailed by Kilcoo and Summit alumni as a solid “Maple Leaf” victory!
The kids’ ball hockey event was as much fun as the adult one with some amazing stickhandling and scoring by the younger players. Recruitment in future years may well see some drafting from this pool!
The silent and live auctions again raised over $10K for the Shader Kids Endowment Fund. This assures our continued sponsorship of staff scholarships at Camp Chief Hector YMCA and funding of deserving campers at Kilcoo Camp, and Camp Summit. These recipients will have the opportunity to continue to develop their outdoor leadership skills.
Of course we could not make this happen but for the support of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund and the generosity of the many companies and individuals who donate the items for our auctions and for the incredible enthusiasm that the participants bring to their bidding. Thank you one and all!
Please mark May 25 and 26, 2018 in your calendar for the 13th Annual Shader Kids Weekend to be held at Kilcoo Camp inMinden, Ontario. It will be a great chance to enjoy all the facilities that Kilcoo offers on Gull Lake for those who have not yet had that opportunity. Watch for our registration that will be opening in the New Year!
For those of you struggling to find the perfect holiday present for someone important in your life consider making a donation to Shader Kids in their name, or watch out for WestJet seat sales to Toronto!
Once again the board, partners of Shader Kids and the Ross family join together to wish you all a lovely holiday season as well as a healthy and prosperous 2018!