September 2014 Volunteer Update

Below is a post from Mike Warbington, our 2014 Lead Male Cabin Counselor and a member of CQNW Board of Directors.  If you would like to receive these updates via email, please subscribe to volunteers@campquestnorthwest.org.

 

September Meeting Recap

On September 16th the Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors held its first meeting since returning from camp in August. We discussed our successes this year, some of the challenges that we faced, and talked about the possibility of expanding camp next year to two week long sessions. We also took a look at Oregon 4-H Center in Salem, OR, which a few of the board members visited earlier this month, and we established a Programming Committee who will meet throughout the year. Take a look at the meeting minutes for the full run down of what was discussed!

Programming Committee

Becky Friedman, our Programming Director and CQNW board member, was elected as the chair of the Programming Committee. If you’re interested in developing programming for summer camp next year, including creating a camp theme and developing the LT program, please contact Becky and let her know! The programming committee will be meeting regularly outside of the larger board meetings and your participation is encouraged!

Expanding Summer Camp to Two Sessions

Camp Quest NorthWest is growing by leaps and bounds, and in order to accommodate that growth we are considering expanding camp next year to two sessions. The scenario that is under consideration is to hold a session at the Oregon 4H Center in late June in addition to the usual session at Camp Kirby during August.

Planning and operating two camp sessions would require an unprecedented degree of support and energy from the CQNW community. The board is actively seeking as much input and participation as possible before moving forward with this decision. Are you ready to step up and take on additional responsibilities to support camp growth? Are you willing to join us in planning for camp throughout the next year? Great! Let us know! Camp expansion will be the primary focus of discussion at our October 11th board meeting so please be in attendance if you would like to extend your support or offer your concerns. If you’re unable to attend then feedback by email or on facebook is also encouraged.

October Meetings

The CQNW Board of Directors will be holding not one but TWO meetings in October. We heard lots of feedback that some people were unable to attend weeknight meetings, so the first of these two meetings will be held on Saturday, October 11th at 11:00 AM and the Round Table Pizza in Burien (15730 1st Ave S, Burien, WA). The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 PM. The topic of whether or not to expand to two sessions next year will be the primary topic of discussion, with the intention of coming to a decision at the October 11th meeting. We will also be talking about the upcoming board elections, camp programming, and whatever else comes up. We have also had requests to vary the location of board meetings, so if you have a venue in mind that can host 10-20 people for a three hour meeting then let us know! We have an exciting and challenging year ahead of us and now more than ever we encourage active participation in camp planning and execution.

Finally, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the 2014 Camp Quest NorthWest staff and volunteers who made the 2014 session a huge success! We look forward to working with you over the upcoming months to make 2015 even better!

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