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Co-op Camp is our Constant

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This is a crazy world. From Tiger Kings, to Covid-19 scares, to unstable economics, the world is a crazy and sometimes scary place.  It can feel like once you get a handle on the situation, something comes along and changes your world entirely. Even when there aren’t huge looming critical events, even simply growing up and moving from one stage of life to the next, change is the inevitable. “Change is the only constant in the world.” We hear this every dang day it seems.

I heard something that, in the midst of all of the 2020 commotion that is happening all around us right now, calmed my anxiety about our world situation and made me take a breath.  Camp will be there for us when this is all over. This person didn’t mean just the physical location, or the curriculum. They meant Co-op Camp.

Co-op Camp is a feeling. It is a state of being. It is a comfort and a calm for kids from a wild home situation, or kids who don’t feel like they fit in or belong anywhere else. Co-op Camp is a sanctuary for everyone, because you can be yourself there, no pretense or faking it. Camp is a place where you can breathe.

When I think of the uncertainties that surround us at this very moment in time, I can close my eyes and see the solidarity of my friends in a Warm Fuzzy Circle, waiting to let me know how much I am loved and cared for.  When I fear that I can’t connect with people on my street, I look forward to sharing stories around the campfire with my colour group.  When I need to remember that connections are still out there, I serendipitously get an invite to a Google Hangout with my 2019 Grad Camp staff team.

The connections we make at Co-op Camp are real and lasting. The friendships are built on something so much stronger than a simple interaction with a stranger. The roots that grow between us at Co-op Camp intertwine and twist together so strongly, that I have no fears that they will be severed or broken apart by some “social distancing”.

We spend so much time worrying about our needs and the needs of the people around us. “Filling cups” and giving back, now more than ever, we are trying to maintain connection and make sure that when people are feeling scared or worried, we are there for them. Co-op Camp will be the place where we do the “Ultimate Cup Filling”, (I’m going to trademark that!), and we will really be able to relax and breathe.

Here’s the best part of all of this…. Co-op Camp has been doing this very thing, been the constant, for 91 years. It’s really good at being what youth need. Heck, it’s really good at being what everyone needs. Co-op Camp is going to be our constant for a 92nd time in July and August, and again in the summer of 2021 too.  Camp can be your constant too.  Head to www.sask.coop and print a registration form today. I have a warm fuzzy waiting for you.

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