... and assistant director Slightly the Golden Doodle
Camp continues to inspire and challenge us to think about the pure and simple value of having fun and sharing community in a context of non-judgmental support and commitment to celebrating differences. Camp is truly it's own world, and the welcoming culture of Menesetung comes from the passion of the Staff and Volunteers, who wholly dedicate themselves each summer to the pursuit of being positive role models, and placing a high priority on valueing who their campers are and hope to be. 2017 was a summer of opening new horizons, and exloring new paths as we threw balls in the air in the off-season and ran with enthusiasm to catch them in the summer. To our profoud gratitude and satisfaction, and with the support of the Menesetung community, Camp was able to take some big steps in 2017, and we look forward to continuing improve, refine, and maintain our focus on Camper growth for Summer 2018. It's all about our Campers.
NEW and Exciting things that happened at Menesetung 2017:
New 2017 Camper Successes:
- Several Campers took the full Menesetung transition experience this summer and loved it! Day Camp -> Bridge Camp -> Beginner Week -> All Ages Week
- New and Renewed Partnership withReach for the Rainbow enabled us to provide 1:1 support for campers who needed it each week!
- New Rejuvenation Station (staffed cool-down, low-stimulus 'chill' space) was well used and appreciated by Campers who needed a moment to step away and take some 'me' time throughout their weeks.
New 2017 Spaces:
- An amazing brand new Accessible Washroom & Shower facility!
- New accessible door installed on the Dining Hall
- On-site church interior was re-imagined and was also able to serve as our new Rejuvenation Station throughout the summer!
- Brand new Gaga Ball pit!
- New nature trail behind the cabins
- New portable hammock village
New 2017 Programs:
- New Successful Spring Schools Program brought in nearly 700 students, and provided new Spring employment for a team of 6!
- New Successful Bridge Camp Program!
- New Online Registration & Payment processing system
- New Successful 'Outdoor Living Skills' Overnight Outtrip Specialty Program!
- Successfully fundraised enough funds to purchase an AED (defibrillator) for Summer 2018!
New 2017 Positions:
- Camp Chaplain: This trailblazing Menesetung position was filled admirably by a United Church Masters of Divinity Student pursuing ordained ministry.
- Emergency First Responder: This trailblazing Menesetung position was filled admirably by a Paramedic student
- Assistant Director: This position was reimagined and revolutionized by a friendly fluffy golden doodle puppy named Slightly.
We hope the real world is treating you well, we look forward to seeing you back at Menesetung in 2018!
May the wind be ever at your back,
Mary & Clayton
Who are the Directors of Camp Menesetung?
Mary Ross BMT MTA
Clayton Peters BMEd BEd
Growing up in Goderich, ON. Mary has been a camper at Menesetung for countless years. Since then, she has grown up with the camp, later working as the Music & Drama Programmer, Outdoor Living Skills Programmer, Assistant Director, and now as Co-Director with her husband Clayton since 2016.
Mary loves working with, and helping people. Mary is a certified Music Therapist who completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy and is currently in pursuit of a Masters in Spiritual Care & Psycotherapy. Mary also works for the United Church as a "Youth Enthusiast" for Brussels United Church, maintains a private music studio of Harp students, and performs as a free-lance musician. Camp is home for Mary.
Clayton has been Co-Directing at Menesetung since 2016 and is passionate about the potential for Camp to help campers grow and make connections. Clayton brings to camp a background in Education and Administration.
Clayton holds an Honours degree in Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education from Western University. When he's not Camp Directing, you can find him with Music Education up to his ears. Clayton is currently a music teacher at Goderich.D.C.I., an occasional teacher for the secondary schools of Avon Maitland District School Board, a member of the Education Team for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, maintaining a personal studio of private music students, and performing as a freelance musician.
Slightly - The Assistant Director
Slightly became the Assistant Director at Menesetung in Spring of 2017 at just 8 weeks old, and has spent a higher percentage of his life at Camp than any human he could think of.
He brings to Camp a background in following his nose, playing 'make-believe' with dandelions, and helping people understand that it is in their best interest to be happy and pet him. This unique skill-set, tail, and ever-friendly 'doggy-ality' has proven to be profoundly useful in the ever exciting environment of Camp.
For example, when asked about how to most effectively comfort campers missing home, or calm down stressed staff, Slightly showed he understood the depth of the question by rolling over to have his belly rubbed and making puppy dog eyes.
Having made hundreds of best friends in Summer 2017, Slightly can't wait to show off his newfound directorial skills to old and new friends in Summer 2018.
Team Clayton, Mary, and Slightly combine their leadership, administrative, and Menesetung experiences to bring together a staff of some of the best people you will meet.
They love Menesetung because of the people that come here!