Golden Summer - 50 Days of Squeah
As we have counted down to our 50th Anniversary Celebration at Camp on July 21st, here's one idea a day for the next 50 days – something to think about or an activity to try.
1. Join the Camp Squeah Alumni page on Facebook – and if you’ve seen this on that page , then you’ve already begun your 50 Days of Squeah!
2. Name all the cabins – if you’re a keener, see if you can find a picture of each tree or flower.
3. Name all the lodge rooms.
4. Call/write/email/facebook/tweet someone today with your favourite Squeah memory (then post it on the Alumni FB page! )
5. Think of your favourite Squeah meal – if you can, make it today and share it with someone!
6. Name the two new lodges – what are these named after?
7. Think of your favourite place at Squeah – is it 5th falls? The Chapel in the sky? The climbing wall? The Hermitage? What makes this place special?
8. Take a hike! Even if you can’t hike your favourite trail at Squeah today, go for a walk and picture that trail in your mind as you do so.
9. Say a prayer – think of one person that you met at Squeah and say a prayer for them today
10. Get together with friends and play your favourite Squeah rec game – is it Prisoner’s Base? Mennonite Squish? Capture the flag?
11. Dig out an old Squeah t-shirt and wear it. If this is no longer an option for you, no worries. Come to the reunion and check out our sweet 2012 line.
12. Think of one of your campers and say a prayer for that person.
13. Contribute to Squeah’s Campership Fund and help a child go to camp this summer. Donate here.
14. Climb a set of stairs today and picture yourself at the Pride of Emory. Do you know how many stairs there are at the Pride?
15. Think of your favourite Squeah sound… is it the train whistle while you’re at chapel? A Swainson’s thrush singing in the trees? Rain on the lodge roof? The sound of the water rushing by you at the Pride?
16. Eat one meal today on a blue plate.
17. This evening, imagine yourself at chapel in the sky. If you are able to build camp fire where you are, do that and put a stick on the fire, renewing your commitment to follow Jesus.
18. Make someone laugh: remember your funniest Squeah skit and tell someone about it – better yet, perform it!
19. Sleep in a sleeping bag tonight.
20. “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” – what’s your favourite Squeah sign?
21. Write a letter to the current counsellor in the cabin you counselled in (or the current support staff person who is in the position you held at Squeah). Encourage them and share a story of how your time in that position made an impact on you.
22. Resolve to take part in next year’s Paddle-a-thon to raise funds for Squeah’s Summer Staff Bursary Fund. Donate today as a sign of your commitment.
23. Gather some small folk from your family or groups of friends and have a bush craft session. Use toothpicks to show them how to build a fire, or if you have the space, build a real one.
24. Eat Chow mein for dinner out of a cup with a spoon.
25. Have F.O.B. for a whole hour!
26. Have F.O.B. again, only this time, when you’re done, celebrate the peace afterwards with a trip to the canteen (corner store) and get a treat.
27. Take an ‘hour off’ and devote that time to reading scripture and reflecting on how God changed you and those around you while you were serving at Camp.
28. Pray for the summer staff who are currently training as well as the campers who will be sharing this epic summer at Squeah.
29. Randomly tag someone on the street and proclaim “I’m fresher than you!"
30. Start a meal by singing your favourite Squeah meal song
31. Squish a Mennonite
32. Change your FB profile picture to one of yourself at Squeah
33. Date everything in your fridge
34. Use "Goin' on a Squeegee Hunt" to determine how to tackle challenges, obstacles, problems throughout the day. Can't go over it, can't go under it, can’t go around it, gotta go through it
35. Recite the Squeah-titudes (up and to your right)
36. Get crafty – what was your favourite Squeah craft? Wooden necklaces? Soapstone? Paper bag puppets? Rock people? T-shirt painting? Glass etching? Book making? Cross necklace made of nails? Whatever it was, try and recreate that craft! – if you still have one of your craft projects from camp, dig it out and display it proudly!
37. Find an outdoor pool and go swimming. Take friends with you and offer to throw kids in the pool at the deep end. (better talk to the life guard first, though)
38. Sing a Squeah song
39. Invite 3 friends you know who aren't on Facebook to meet you at the reunion …. in 11 days!
40. Tonight, when everyone else is asleep, sneak out of your bed and go into your back yard and lie under the stars.
41. Clean your room. Give yourself a perfect Snoopy score. Celebrate with an ice cream party.
42. Eat one meal today with an odd utensil.
43. Go to a Laundromat and move someone’s laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. Don’t forget to clean the filter!
44. Take a ride in a pick-up truck and think back fondly of the old yellow one at Squeah.
45. Play foosball or ping-pong, or pool - preferably in someone’s attic. Then ponder on the logistics of getting a pool table up to the 3rd floor of the Lodge without an elevator.
46. Did you know that the Cage Ball game came to its inventor (Dave Ens) in a dream? Dream up a new game for Squeah!
47. Practice your archery stance: stand straight, put your one arm out straight in front of you, pull your other arm back as if you’re pulling on a bow string …. Slowly,, take a nice, deep breath. ….Be the arrow….. Bullseye!
48. In memorium: Remember the people connected with Squeah who have passed away. Thank God for their contribution to your life and to Squeah. Say a prayer for their families.
Day 49. Climb a wall.
Day 50. Get in your car (bike, boat, plane, whatever it takes) and get to Camp Squeah by noon today for our 50th Anniversary Celebrations!!)
CAMP SQUEAH CELEBRATES 50 YEARS - An event celebrated on July 21st, 2012
Hope, BC – Back in 1962, a group of visionary young people dreamt of a place where children could spend a week each summer, exploring their faith while exploring the outdoors. Through Mennonite Church BC (then known as the General Conference Mennonite Church) they purchased a beautiful piece of property, built a few cabins, a swimming pool and a dining hall and that dream became a reality.
Fast-forward fifty years and Camp Squeah is a still that place where people of all ages come to explore their faith, their Creator and his creation and they do it year round. Along the way the camp has expanded to include a Lodge, an outdoor gym, an extensive trail system, a low and high ropes course, a number of residences and more. But it has never outgrown its original vision to be a place where all can get away from the distractions of life and meet with God in the midst of his beautiful creation. This is what the current staff and alumni celebrated during our 50th anniversary event that was this past Saturday July 21st.
“Our hope is that the event will be a time of reconnecting with old friends and reviving memories, dreams and passions inspired by Squeah,” says Rob Tiessen, Executive Director at Squeah.
A number of features were implemented for the anniversary including a photo/poetry coffee table book, <div style="text-align:left; width:450px"><object id="myWidget" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.blurb.ca/assets/embed.swf" width="450" height="300"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><param name="movie" value="http://www.blurb.ca/assets/embed.swf"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="book_id=3605287&locale=en_US" /><a target="_new" href="http://www.blurb.ca/books/preview/3605287?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget"><img src="http://bookshow.blurb.com/bookshow/cache/P5408379/md/wcover_2.png"></img></a></object><div style="display:block;"><a href="http://www.blurb.ca/bookstore/detail/3605287?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget" target="_blank" style="margin:12px 3px;">Squeah by Camp Squeah, design by veronicaharmsdesign.com, edited by Angelika Dawson</a> | <a href="http://www.blurb.ca/landing_pages/bookshow?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget" target="_blank" style="margin:12px 3px;">Make Your Own Book</a></div></div>a cookbook and a day of camp activities. Alumni from each decade created ‘stations’ focusing on that time period with memorabilia from that era. A short program included an opportunity to worship and give thanks to God. The program also included original soundscape written by Heidi Epp Yusef, celebrating the sounds of Squeah. But while such an event obviously lends itself to looking back and celebrating the past, Rob Tiessen and alumni on the planning committee also saw it as an opportunity to look forward.
“It is my sincere desire that everyone understands that this is still a place that is for them, that being here will reignite that which drew them here in the first place,” Tiessen says. “There are new opportunities for all generations at Squeah. We want to continue to grow and build on that foundation.”
The 50th anniversary event was held at Camp Squeah on July 21st, 2012 beginning in the early afternoon. For more information, join the Camp Squeah Alumni group and 'like' the Squeah Page on Facebook or call 604-869-5353.
Itinerary for the day:
12:30 - 1:30 Arrive & Register
1:30 - 2:15 Celebration Service
2:30 - 4:30 Open House - revisit the stories of the past 5 decades*
4:30 - 6:00 Classic Squeah BBQ
6:00 - 6:45 Rec on the field
7:15 Chapel(s) - one in the sky, and one in the lodge
8:30 - 9:00 Goodbye's
*Camp activities will be open throughout the afternoon so bring swimsuit, and "active" change of clothes. While you're at it, throw in your lawn chair for good measure. Please note: Lunch will not be provided.
Blessed are the children who through fun return to innocence, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the children whose models hunger after Christ, for they shall walk in His way.
Blessed are the children who learn respect of self and others, for they shall have life-giving friendships.
Blessed are the children who learn not to judge others, for they shall live by grace.
Blessed are the children who find one to trust, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the children who are believed in, for they shall know belonging.
Blessed are the children who are loved and prayed for, for they shall have a firm foundation.
Blessed are the children who celebrate God, for they shall know Joy.