June & July 2015 Volunteer Update

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Archery instruction introduced some new campers to the sport and provided an opportunity for others to hone their skills.

Camp Quest NorthWest – Oregon Recap

June was a busy month for Camp Quest NorthWest.  We successfully held our first session at Oregon 4-H Center with 18 counselors and 33 campers. Our staff was full of veterans, with every staff member having attended at least one prior camp session. Some notable milestones include:

  • Counselor Kiah holds a place of distinction as the first CQNW camper to “graduate” and join us on staff.
  • Counselor Val attended her 14th camp session and her first as a counselor. She has attended sessions at seven different Camps Quest.
  • Counselor Mary attended something like her 25th or 26th Camp Quest session. I’m not even sure she can keep track of them all at this point.
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The Adventure Swing was a popular new activity unique to CQNW-OR.

With temperatures reaching the high 90’s, both campers and counselors enjoyed time in the pool, with swimming being one of our most popular activities. We also enjoyed canoeing in Pagoda Pond, the “Adventure Swing”, and nature walks. To stave off heat exhaustion, campers and counselors observed regular Water Appreciation Moments throughout the day, which were about as close to ritual as you’re likely to observe at Camp Quest NorthWest.

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Campers explored the pond but saw no signs of the creature some call “Newton.”

Campers were introduced to Newton, the fabled giant migratory newt that attracted scholars and experts from around the world in anticipation of a rare sighting at CQNW – Oregon.  Many campers were skeptical after being presented with some flimsy evidence and conflicting accounts of sightings, history, and even the creature’s appearance. (Some of the more bewildering accounts suggest that it may have two heads!) Nonetheless, the guest experts remained steadfast and many of the counselors seemed to be convinced.

Washington Volunteers

Washington volunteers, we hope you’re getting excited for camp! CQNW-WA is just over one month away. An email was sent earlier today with a list of suggested camp supplies and to confirm your availability. Also, keep on the lookout for additional communications from me regarding training, programming, and other important details about camp.

Next Board Meetings

We’re now hard at work making final preparations for our Washington session in August. We’ll be holding not one but TWO board meetings in July, the first of which is just two days from now on Wednesday July 8th at 6:30 PM. The following meeting will be Wednesday July 29th. Both meetings will be at 6:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien. All new and returning volunteers are encouraged to attend.

If you’d like to to receive these updates via email, please send an email to volunteers+subscribe@campquestnorthwest.org.

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May 2015 Volunteer Update

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Counselor Sean leads the LT campfire during Camp Quest NorthWest 2014.

CQNW Oregon is Right Around the Corner!

Our first session at the Oregon 4-H Center is just three weeks away! Our volunteers are finishing up last minute preparation and programming schedules. Oregon staff volunteers should expect to see an email within the next week offering camp details and expectations. Meanwhile, please work on your online training!

Camper Registration Update

Camper registration for both the Washington and Oregon sessions are officially full. CQNW Washington is at maximum capacity of 70 campers. CQNW Oregon registration has reached our target of 32 campers, although we still accepting registrations on the Oregon wait list and are anticipating that we will allow them to attend.

Volunteer Training Update

Thank you to everyone who responded to the poll about scheduling a day in June for volunteer training before camp. The board of directors has determined that it would be cost-prohibitive to purchase the materials required to offer CPR/First Aid training ourselves so we will not be hosting a training event before camp. Camp specific training will occur as usual on the Saturday prior to camper arrival with some new and exciting things being planned!

Next Board Meeting

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien. This will be our final board meeting before the Oregon camp and we’ll be doing a lot of final preparation and planning. All volunteers are welcome to attend, but we especially encourage Oregon staff to be there!

If you would like to receive these updates via email, please send an email to volunteers+subscribe@campquestnorthwest.org.

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April 2015 Volunteer Update

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Camp Quest NorthWest volunteers explore the Oregon 4-H Center during the 2015 Planning Retreat.

Hello! Yes, it’s April First, also known as “April Fools Don’t-Believe-Anything-You-Read-On-The-Internet Day.” No, this isn’t an April Fools joke. Please continue reading this update with full confidence that you aren’t being had. All kidding aside, we’re excited to bring you updates about camp planning and more information about how to get involved.

Program Planning

Twenty-three Camp Quest NorthWest volunteers met last month at the Oregon 4-H Center to plan this summer’s camp sessions in Oregon and Washington. Program ideas centered around the theme of Drawing on the Past with programs incorporating the elements of art and history. Program development is ongoing, so please contact programming@campquestnorthwest.org to get involved. All CQNW volunteers are welcome to join!

Camp Leadership

We are excited to announce that we have filled a few of the key leadership roles at both camps. Brennon C. will be the Camp Director in Oregon with Mike W. as the Assistant Director and Kayla R. as the Program Director. In Washington, Chuck W. will continue as the Camp Director, with Becky F. stepping into the role of Assistant Director and Mike W. as the Program Director.

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Situated in the Eola Hills about eight miles outside of Salem, the Oregon 4-H Center provides an idyllic camp location with dense forest canopy, open spaces, fresh water ponds and comfortable facilities.

Staffing Update

We are looking for a certified archery instructor at both camp sessions. If you are registered to volunteer at either camp and you are interested in becoming a certified instructor, or if you know someone who is certified who would be a good fit for camp, please contact me at staffing@campquestnorthwest.org to let us know. Archery is a quintessential camp activity and we hope to be able to continue to offer it this year.

At this time our Oregon camp session is fully staffed based on currently anticipated registration levels. Oregon staff volunteers have been contacted to confirm their acceptance at camp. We’re still on the lookout for one or two counselors to be on standby in case camper registration increases so we continue to welcome applications.

We are still accepting applications for both male and female counselors at our Washington session, with a particular need for a couple more female cabin counselors. Visit our registration page to apply if you haven’t already!

Volunteer Training

Work is underway to coordinate an all staff training day before camp. Exact details have yet to be determined, but we are looking at the possibility of a full or partial day of event in either late May or early June that would be open to volunteers of both camps. We’re hoping to be able to offer Red Cross First Aid and CPR training in addition to camp specific training. Stay tuned for more details.

We’ll also be rolling out Expert Online Training within the next week for registered volunteers. This will be the same format as the online training that was offered last year. Specific information and requirements will be sent out to registered volunteers soon.

Next Meeting

The next CQNW board meeting will be Saturday, April 11th at 11:00 AM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien, WA. All volunteers are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

If you would like to receive these updates via email, please send an email to volunteers+subscribe@campquestnorthwest.org.

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March 2015 Volunteer Update

Hello! Happy Daylight Savings Time! I hope you are all enjoying the extra evening sunshine that we’ve been having at the expense of somewhat darker and more dreary mornings.

The Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors has been hard at work planning and organizing both camp sessions this year. Activity has begun to ramp up with the Oregon session just three months away! The Programming Committee has chosen a theme for this year’s camp and has been busy preparing for the planning retreat. The staffing committee has been conducting interviews, welcoming returning volunteers, and has begun the process of allocating staff to both camps. Four of our dedicated volunteers attended the national Camp Quest Leadership Summit in Dallas last month and brought back lots of ideas and enthusiasm for this year’s sessions. It’s time to start getting excited for camp, you guys!

Planning Retreat

Camp Quest NorthWest staff and volunteers will be gathering at the Oregon 4-H Center next weekend for the 2015 CQNW Planning Retreat. Planned activities begin with dinner at 7:00 PM Friday March 20th, but you are welcome to arrive any time in the afternoon. Planning sessions for both camps will be held all day on Saturday with a board meeting scheduled on Sunday to handle any necessary official business. If you’re interested in attending but haven’t registered yet, there is still time. Register now! We can’t wait to see you there!

Drawing on the Past

The theme for both camp sessions as recommended by the programming committee is “Drawing on the Past.” We expect to expand and develop this theme at the retreat, but the general idea is that key camp activities and programming will focus on art and history. This is a broad topic that could include sketching items found in nature, a study of anthropology, or other science and engineering activities from a historical perspective. We have specific ideas for programming related to this theme to be developed at the retreat but we hope that everyone will bring their exciting and original ideas as well!

Staffing Update

Our at camp volunteer staff looks strong this year but we are in specific need of staff to fill a couple of particular camp positions. We are currently in need of female cabin counselors at the Washington session and a nurse at both the Oregon and Washington sessions. We are still accepting applications for all positions at both camps, but at this time it looks like the Oregon session will be very well staffed and the Washington staff is filling up quickly. If you are a new or returning volunteer interested in attending camp then we encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible! Staffing assignments will be announced within the next couple of weeks and we don’t want anyone to be left out!

Registration Update

Camper registration for the Washington camp session is officially full, with new registrations being added to the waitlist. If you missed your chance to register your camper for the Washington session, we encourage you to consider joining us in Oregon. At this time we also have opened up registration for campers registered for the Washington session who would also like to join us in Oregon. Camperships are available, and we encourage families applying for camp scholarships to register for camp and apply for the campership simultaneously.

Leadership Summit

Volunteers Chuck Wolber, Gordon Schryer, Michael Warbington and Paul Mopps traveled to the Camp Quest Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX in February. They attended a variety of talks, roundtable discussions and networking activities that will serve to inform and improve our camp planning in all sorts of ways. CQNW representatives presented the Natural Selection Game activity at the Annual Programs Fair and won the People’s Choice award for an outstanding program! Congratulations!

Next Board Meetings

The next official board meeting will be held at the planning retreat on Sunday March 22nd. The following meeting will be on Saturday April 11th at the Burien Round Table Pizza at 11:00 AM. All volunteers who are interested in helping to plan for camp are welcome!

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February 2015 Volunteer Update

Planning Retreat

The CQNW annual planning retreat will be held March 20-22 at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem, OR. The event will begin at 5PM Friday and run until 12PM Sunday, with the actual planning activities beginning at 9AM Saturday. The retreat will focus on programming activities and events for both camp sessions. All volunteers who are planning to attend the retreat are asked to complete this brief registration form.

Staff Applications

We are currently accepting applications for at camp volunteer positions. At the time of this writing, there are still open positions at both camps for cabin counselors, programming instructors, and floating staff. If you plan to join us this summer, please complete your application as soon as possible! If you’re undecided or unsure, go ahead and apply now and let us know your situation. Applying early facilitates planning decisions and enables communication among new and returning staff and leadership. Visit registration page and scroll down to the “Staff Applications” section to start the application process.

Camper Registration

Registration for both camp sessions is currently open. As of this writing there is space available for both the CQNW Oregon and CQNW Washington sessions. At this time we’re asking families to register campers for either the Oregon or Washington session. Space permitting, families with campers who would like to attend both sessions will be allowed to register for the second session after March 1st. Visit the registration page for more information and to begin the registration process.

Next Board Meeting

The next CQNW Board Meeting is scheduled for March 11th at 6:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza restaurant in Burien. Camp planning is underway and your input and expertise would be greatly appreciated! We hope to see you there!

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