What does Catapult mean to you by Ali

Catapult.
What does it mean to you?
I think every catapulter has their own unique experience, but we can all connect on some of the same things: going through (and overcoming) hardships, meeting some of the most amazing people and building the strongest friendships, going outside of our comfort zones, learning valuable lessons on leadership. The list goes on.

At the beginning of camp, we all have the same expectations, the same fears, and the same hopes. The beginning of high school is just on the horizon. It seems daunting, and we’re not really sure what to expect.

That’s where Catapult comes in. The camp doesn’t just put you in a positive and confident mindset, it goes a step further: it teaches you to expect something from yourself.

We make choices every day, without even realizing it. As soon as we wake up we choose what kind of outlook we want to have throughout the day. For me, before Catapult, I believed that the world was out to get me: I allowed the negative parts of my life to take up more space than was necessary. But I realized, through the sessions I went to over the course of the week, by meeting many wonderful people, and opening up to them, that I wasn’t alone in how I felt. And I realized that it wasn’t the world that was out to get me.

It was me.

I think the most difficult parts of Catapult are arriving at camp, and leaving at the end of the week (and, of course, attempting Ontree). On the first day, you get to Acadia University feeling nervous, awkward, shy, and slightly homesick. It’s the least comfortable you will probably be throughout the week. At the end of the week, you’re the complete opposite: confident, happy, positive, but also sad. You’re leaving the good friends you made and the fun and exciting place you’ve lived in for the week. It may feel like you’re leaving something great behind, but Catapult never really leaves you, it’s always there in some way. Whether it’s on Facebook: where you can talk to the friends you made, and the Great Big Catapult Group is always active with posts and statuses. Or through the wonderful Lori Barker, who is always there to help you network, find jobs or volunteer experience, figure out what you want to do after high school (with the amazing career coaching program), and so much more!

When you return back home to your family and friends, you notice the change almost immediately. You tell them as much as you can about your experience at Catapult, but there’s so much to say! Mr. Phil, mud-sliding, pre-bedtime conversations with your roommate, random camp chants, rock night, ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… And so many other things! But nobody has the first-hand experience you do. They didn’t spend a week rapidly changing, learning, and growing for the better. They’re unaware of the tidbits of information you gathered over the week on making goals, time management, team work, confidence, problem solving, and leadership. There will always be challenges and obstacles in life but, when we overcome and achieve, that is when we learn the real lessons.

I remember after returning home from Catapult, I used to bring up the camp so much to my friends that they eventually just rolled their eyes whenever they heard the word “Catapult.” The impact the camp had on me was enormous. For the first time in my life I had a focus. I had clear goals at the beginning of high school and I had the tools to make them a reality. I was sure of myself, and my abilities. Through the Catapult experience, everything you learn adds up and you come out of Catapult thinking of ways you can apply it all to your school and community. You become a leader.

Catapult doesn’t just end after one week. It becomes a resource for you – a support system that will continue to help you throughout high school (if you’ll let it). Returning home can be difficult, especially after being in such a positive atmosphere with like-minded people. But they’re no more than a click away thanks to social media. Four years down the road I’m still in touch with my fellow catapulters!

Catapult is always hosting workshops throughout the year that will help you continue to develop and learn! And the wonderful Lori is always just a message away, ready to help however she can. When you get back home, Catapult is never too far off.

And that’s what makes it one of a kind.

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Slice of Advice by Sandrico

A little about myself: I started at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) in 2012, and just recently finished in December of 2015. I studied Geography and Sociology, was involved in my departments society for 3 years, and worked on the campus for the 4.5 years I studied there.

University can be a hard time, and sometimes freighting prospect. When I was starting my first year, I would often feel worried or stressed about having all these things to do. Yet, even so, there are some things you can do to make post secondary more manageable. On that note, this blog post is going to be about university tips and tricks. Here we go!

One thing I took to doing early (and often) was making a schedule. I used to get really anxious looking at my syllabi and seeing all the things I would have to do at some point soon. When I started plotting my assignments, tests, papers, etc. onto a calendar, I really helped me in two ways. First it allowed me to see when every thing for my semester was due in comparison to my other classes, and second, it allowed me to see when my busier or slower weeks were. This second point was important for me because I would use those slower weeks to do readings or assignments due in the future. That way you have less to worry about later!

Another thing I’d mention as a tip is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there if you see something you want to be involved in. For instance, I loved what I studied, and when the opportunity came along I decided to join my topics society. This was really good because it looks awesome on a resume, and it also gets you more involved in your field as well as the people within the same field. That means opportunities to get to know your classmates AND professors. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to your professors! There are a ton of opportunities they can bring to you if you know them a bit. At first it may be nerve racking but I promise they’re people just like you and I.

A lot of the time when you have tons to do in what seems like a short period of time, it feels like you can’t take a break. Well, I’m here to tell you that you should always remember to take a break! If you work for hours upon hours without taking some time for yourself to recuperate, then you won’t retain the information as well and you’ll burn out quickly. Think of a university semester as being similar to a marathon. You need to pace yourself!

When I was finishing up Grade 12 and had already decided to go to university, I had loads of people asking me “what are you going to study?”. I didn’t figure this out until later, but here’s another good tip: if you’re just starting your university journey it’s okay to not be sure! There is no harm in exploring. A lot of students don’t know what they want to study, so they take classes in different topics. This is a great approach to take because you get a larger array of classes under your belt, and you also get better comparisons between subjects. Yes, at some point you will have to pick a subject, but just remember that you have tons of time to figure that out! During my undergrad I didn’t pick my major until my 3rd year.

If there is anything more I’d mention about university, I’d say there are a few important differences compared to high school. One thing I remember in high school was that if you didn’t hand in an assignment for example, they teacher would come asking for it. In university, your professors are not likely to track you down or keep reminding you of your due dates. They expect you to be on top of that (that calendar really helps with remembering due dates!). Another thing is that in your first year, your classes are going to be big. The first university classroom I walked into had about 130-150 other students in it. However, that’s okay! In first year courses they all are most likely new like you. Lastly, because you have multiple classes and assignments on the go most of the time, make sure that you have some way of keeping yourself organized. Professors expect you to come to class prepared for that day. There are different expectations in university, but don’t let them scare you! Your classmates are in the same boat, and they can be a great resource for help when you need it. Also, in your first year your professors understand that you’re adjust. Like I mentioned earlier, they’re people too.

Looking back on my university experience now that it’s over, the one thing I am most thankful for is that I allowed myself to have fun with those 4 years! You’re going to make new friends and meet lots of people. Just because you all have a ton of work to do doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to have fun! All university campuses have social events, and there will definitely be something social for you to do in the city off campus. With everything that comes with being a student, just remember to enjoy your time as best you can!

Sandrico Provo
Catapult 2009, SMU Grad 2016

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Catapult memories by Nikki

Imagine this: You’ve graduated from grade 9, terrified to be going into high school and you get a letter saying you’ve been chosen to attend a leadership camp along with 50 other complete strangers for a week away from home.. I had never spent that long away from home before so I was very scared.

Keeping all that in mind, I want to know how it is even possible to walk into a camp at the beginning of the week not knowing a single individual, and seven days later cry like you never have before because you don’t want to leave. I have never heard of a camp that has been that impactful, have you?

Catapult has become my home away from home since the summer of 2012 right before I started high school. I have gone back every summer since then, as a camper and then a junior counsellor hoping to improve my leadership skills year after year. I learned to work in a team, I built upon my communication skills, and even attempted to overcome my fear of heights (still working on that one!)

Every counsellor and camper at Catapult becomes family. No matter what happens, a counsellor has got your back. Every camper becomes your number one fan in everything that you do and achieve. Day by day I grew closer and closer with everyone and every night at family shares I got to know everyone just a little bit more than before.

These friendships that are built at camp do not fade away, I can promise you that. My roommate that very first year at Catapult is one of my best friends to this day. She is someone who I am grateful to have met and I think I speak for the both of us when I say thank you to the person who decided to pair us up together!!

I am so thankful to have gotten the chance to be a part of the Catapult family. The week flies by so quickly before you know it and if there is one thing to keep in mind, it’s to try to enjoy every single second and learn as much as you can before you head back home and apply all your new knowledge to your everyday life.

Nikki S

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Catapult Memories by Ali

A prelude to the best week of your life!

With great clarity I remember, for some odd reason, the chalk art on the pavement when I first got to Acadia. “WELCOME TO CATAPULT” followed by drawings of blue arrows and other things related to the camp. It was the beginning of a very welcoming, exciting, and positive experience! And ENERGETIC (you cannot forget that word when describing Catapult)!! It wasn’t long before my nervousness went away and I became too preoccupied with having an incredible time! Having fun and learning go hand in hand at Catapult and it works wonders. It is never a dull moment when you’re at camp and the lessons you learn will stick with you forever!

The one thing that will stick with me forever is the sense of confidence I gained from that week at Catapult. And it built gradually throughout the week: from icebreakers on the first day, to the conversations I had with the counsellors and campers while we ate the delicious food (ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner means you have found paradise), being taught the incredible life lessons of Mr. Phil (whom you will never forget), and taking gradually larger steps outside of my comfort zone to face my fears. And the best part is that everyone at camp just wants you to succeed; there is no fear of failure! The week felt like a year (in the best way possible) and we became like a family. I can say with certainty that I made life-long friends during that week and I now have a support system that will always be there for me. That’s the beauty of Catapult: it’s a place that gives you the tools you need to succeed and all you have to do is be the leader you were meant to be.

So be excited for Catapult because the hype is as real as it seems!!! It’s okay to be nervous. Being away from home can be seem very daunting at first, but trust me when I tell you that no matter how worried you are, after the first night you will be ready to take on the week with an open mind and an enthusiastic point of view! I will be a junior counsellor at Catapult this year and I am beyond excited to meet you all!!
Cheers!

Ali T.

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Catapult Memories by Emily

When I arrived at Catapult in 2010, it was as a very broken person. I had moved to Nova Scotia from BC a year before, and during my first year at my new school I was bullied relentlessly. I had developed an eating disorder, I was incredibly depressed, and felt all alone in my new home. I was absolutely terrified to attend, because I thought it would be more of the same: a group of new people, rejecting me and making me feel like an outsider.

I have never been so wrong in my life.

I got on the bus in Truro and immediately became fast friends with everyone there. We introduced ourselves, talked about school, our friends, and our lives, and excitedly chattered about what we thought the next week would hold. I remember being surprised at how immediately comfortable I was with these strangers, because I was NOT a social person when I was 15 and generally tended to be reserved and scared to speak up for fear of getting ridiculed or rejected.

The best way I can describe arriving at Acadia is the feeling of coming home. Even though I didn’t know a single person, I had this feeling that this was going to be the experience of a lifetime. I was right.

The most memorable thing for me, about Catapult, is the way it gave me the tools to not only have an incredibly successful high school career, but to excel in other areas of my life. I learned how to advocate for myself, and to stand up for others. I learned that leadership didn’t necessarily mean being the loudest, or the bossiest, but to be the person who sets an example for others to follow. Most importantly, I learned that I wasn’t as broken as I thought; I was whole, all on my own.

I went back to my school to start Grade 10 in the fall after Catapult and was a different person. The next 3 years were by no means easy, but I had developed the skills necessary to survive and thrive. I became very involved in my school’s Junior Achievement chapter, and got to travel all over the province learning about business and entrepreneurship and perfecting my public speaking skills. I was elected student council president in my Grade 12 year, and drew on a lot of Catapult activities to help build on the importance of leadership in my council. As an adult, I am confident in interviews, in meeting new people, and in all kinds of areas that you don’t necessarily realize are going to be important at 15, but are absolutely crucial. Catapult gave me those skills, and I’m thankful for that every time I impress someone with my killer handshake.

But for me, the aspect of Catapult that continues to bless me, over and over again, are the lasting friendships that I formed there. This summer I had the pleasure of watching my friend Beth, who was in my family group at Catapult, get married. I was able to suffer through my mandatory science elective at SMU this year (if you’re a BA student you know how horrific this can be) with my friend Tyler, who left me my very first Care Card that I still have pinned to my bulletin board in my apartment today. And Liam, who has helped me move apartments THREE times and has been the recipient of way too many late-night emergency phone calls, still remembers laughing at me while we did Friday Night Lights with the Acadia Axemen football team (Note: I have never and never will be “athletically inclined” so his laughter was completely warranted.)

If you had told me as a scared 15 year old kid that this camp was going to result in these lifelong friendships, and that at 21 I would still be in regular contact with many of the amazing people I met there, I would have told you that you were insane. But that’s the beauty of Catapult. It gets you out of your shell, strips away the restrictions that we all are facing at 15, and teaches you how to be a better version of yourself. Nothing at Catapult ever made me feel as though I weren’t good enough, or that I needed to fix myself. It gave me the tools and the confidence to succeed at school, in my relationships, and in all aspects of my adult life. And in that process, while being my true, unfiltered self, I met other people who became my support system.

I can honestly say that I look back on my life as “before” and “after” Catapult. It changed me in the best possible way, and I am better for it. When I talk about how before Catapult I was quiet and reserved, people simply don’t believe me, because I am a completely different person now. The Emily who got on the bus in Truro was changed forever, and I thank Catapult every single day of my life for that.

Emily T

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Catapult Memories by Emma

When I was in Grade 9, I was given the opportunity to go to a summer camp, and got the honor of spending a week in Catapult. Still, two years later I can call it one of the best weeks of my life. You make a lot of memories while being there, my favourite being all the people I met. The diversity and love from all the people I got to meet was overwhelming in the best way possible. From all over the province I saw these wonderfully talented students come together for a week, and realized the power they have to do incredible things in this world. These lovely people who create this safe environment for everyone, no matter who you are, or where you came from. No matter where I go in my life the things the people I met taught me, I will hold onto and use for the rest of my life. That’s my favourite Catapult memory.

Emma Zink

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Communication – Staying in Touch by Dede

With the change in season and many students finishing school for the summer, communicating with friends (& family) can be a challenge. But with technology today, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch. Hi, my name is Dede and these are some of my favourite ways to stay in touch:

FaceTime: I love FaceTime in a way that I’ll never love talking on the phone. FaceTime is one of my most favourite communication tools because no matter where someone is in the world, you can see their face. You can see the way their eyes sparkle when they’re talking about somethings they love or the way the bridge between their eyebrows crinkle when they talk about somethings that annoys them. They communicate every emotion on their face. I also love FaceTime because you can see their surroundings in real time, you can see their hyper dogs or loving cats and meet their friends and love interest.

E-mail: I find e-mail useful to use to talk to my friends that don’t have Facebook but live outside Canada, such as my friend Ida from China or my friend Phil from Ecuador because I can hear from them without expensive phone bills and since there is a large time difference between us, we just reply to each others messages when we see them.

Facebook: Facebook has been a large part of my day to day life because it has helped me get in touch with long lost cousins, Aunts and Uncle and even old friends, and I can see what they’re thinking or feeling or doing with their lives.

Snapchat: I was only recently introduced to snapchat (destinynickers) and it is awesome. I can take pictures with silly filters or send silly videos. I can chat with someone I haven’t talked to in awhile or take funny pictures with friends and family. I can honestly say it my favourite toy.

These are just some communication tools I like to use to stay in touch.

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Applying for work by Zack

Hey everyone! To get a little introduction out of the way: My name’s Zachary MacMillan, I’m completing my honours degree in Criminology this summer, am starting law school in September, and have had plenty of experience applying for and finding work – experience I would like to share with you today.

There are many questions that run through a person’s mind when they consider applying for work, ‘where do I look for work?’, ‘what am I supposed to put on my resume/cover letter?’, and ‘what are they going to ask me in the interview?’. To save you the challenge of finding this information on your own, I’m going to tell what I’ve learned through working and participating in my university’s Co-op program. We should start with the ‘where do I look for work?’.

Whether you’re still in high school or are graduating university, keep in mind that they say 80% of all jobs are never listed. It’s simply faster and/or easier to hire from within or to receive recommendations. That being said, many positions just are not advertised online for one reason or another. Finding these jobs requires knowing someone or cold calling, calling an employer out of the blue and inquiring about open(ing) positions. I understand this is incredible daunting, but you can make it easier.

— Make a list of all your ‘dream jobs’, supervisors (if available) and phone numbers
— Prepare a cold call dialogue sheet, it should sound something like this: Hello, I was wondering if __supervisor name here__ was available? Hi, my name is _______________, how are you today? … I’m currently a (e.g., student, technician, cook) and I am interested in the career opportunities at your company. I was wondering if your company has any positions open, or that will be opening in the near future? (If yes) That’s great, is there a best way I can forward you an application for that position. (If no) I understand, would it be okay if I forwarded you my application in the event that a position does open up? (After) Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you in the future.
— Practice this dialogue multiple times in a quiet area by yourself, or practice with a friend/family.
— Systematically call each of the numbers you have.

Even if you’re looking for summer work, this technique works for Walmart, Sobeys, Superstore, McDonalds, you name it. Remember, because you called, they can put a voice to a name, making you memorable. The employer may get 75 online application for a job, but you were the one that called. Keep in mind also that the first call or two are always the hardest, but it becomes much easier after – Also, employers are used to making A LOT of phone calls each day and will not be going through every word you say with a fine-toothed comb. Stay relaxed, be confident, and focus on the fact that this is just a phone call. Finally, with online resources being as well-known as they are, it goes without saying to check out CareerBeacon, JobBank, Workopolis, WowJobs, and CareersNovaScotia, not to mention Kijiji and individual employer websites for less visible job openings.

Let’s move on to resume building, which is actually easier than sounds. First, choose a professional template (the Catapult website has a few for you to use). After you list your education and/or qualifications for the job, I typically include a short list of potentially relevant classes I have taken. Maybe you want to work at your local bank and have taken basic economics or accounting courses (add them!). Next we move on to your work experience, and this is where what you write counts.

If you have never worked a formal job, that’s okay! Keep in mind that school and unpaid labour counts as work experience. Mowing your lawn, working on your/your parent’s car, taking your neighbour’s dog for a walk all counts – you just need to word it right and justify its inclusion. For example, school work is Academic Research and Information Collection. Mowing lawns is Grounds/Property Maintenance, and dog walking is Animal Care Service. While this may seem as though you’re exaggerating, you developed important skills regardless and need to be described professionally, which brings us to describing the work.

Your job description below the title is a great opportunity for you to express what have learned throughout your various work experience. But I have to stress this, every job description you write will have to be tailored toward the position you are now applying for. In other words, you have to customize your resume for each job you apply for. How do you do it?

— Limit you job description to 3 bullets, each with one sentence and structure it as follows: Strong Verb, the task, frequency or amount. In action, your Academic Research description may look like this, ‘Successfully completed concurrent assignments while meeting strict deadlines’ and ‘Demonstrated an ability to collect data from various sources, synthesize the information, and present findings in a concise manner’.
— As an Animal Care Servicers, you were ‘Entrusted with the care and well-being of four animals while the owner were away’.
— When I refer to customizing your resume, be sure to highlight the skills that the potential employer might be interested in. For example, I doubt a researcher is interested in your ability to mow a lawn.Very quickly you begin to realize that while the work you did was not necessarily important, the skills you learned matter to employers. Think about the importance of any work, you were relied on to complete a task, you successfully completed those tasks, and you did so consistently and thoroughly. When you’re done with your resume – ask Catapult to review it for you. They have great tips!

Finally, I will talk about the dreaded interviews, which are actually my favourite part of the process! This is the stage where you have the power over how you’re perceived. In my experience there are three types of interviews:

— One-on-one traditional interviews: You’re interviewed by one person.
— Group interviews: You and other applications are interviewed together, usually partaking in group exercises. These are becoming more popular in customer service areas. These interviews are a different experience as they gauge how you work well with others and your sense of leadership.
— Panel interviews: You are interviewed by a panel of usually three people. These are becoming popular for public sector jobs. This interview seems more intimidating, but remember to focus on everyone present in the room and to be relaxed. Now, I cannot say for sure what specific questions that will be asked of you, however I can tell you they usually fall into one of a few major categories:
— Behaviour questions: These questions ask how you would, or have responded to, certain situations. They sound like ‘can you think of a time when you were unsure what to do at your job’ or, ‘what would you do to ensure you are completing your task correctly’
— Credential and Skills questions: These questions are important, you need to be somewhat knowledgeable about the field you’re applying to. In research, you may be asked ‘what are mean, median, and mode?’, While not typically used in your Walmart position interview, they may be asked for professional jobs.
— Opinion questions: Exactly as they sound, ‘what are your strengths/weaknesses’. A huge tip here is to answer the ‘weakness’ question by explaining a real weakness while also discussing how you are working on said weakness with a real example or by naming a unique weakness that’s actually a strength (e.g., unable to step away from incomplete projects). Do not use ‘I’m a perfectionist’ or ‘work too hard’ as employers will see through this.
— Note, ‘why do you want to work for us?’ is a very real question that I have been asked multiple times, so be aware you may be asked this.Just as much as employers want to know if you’re able to complete the tasks you will be asked of, they want to determine how well you will mesh with the company and team you will be a part of.

Finally, to ensure you rock the interview, follow these tips to show your best at the interview:
— Be sure to dress well, but appropriately. You wouldn’t wear a full suit to an interview at Cineplex, but semi-formal attire is generally expected at most places. It shows you take the employer seriously and genuinely care about appearances and professionalism.
Do not wear scented body products, you do not know whether or not the interviewer has a scent sensitivity.
— Give everyone’s hand a firm handshake as you greet them, before you sit down and again before you leave.
Wear your smile and confidence, and make sure to smile with your eyes as you answer questions and address your interviewer(s). You would not believe how far this small detail goes in establishing yourself as a desirable employee.
Bring a copy of your resume! You may not be asked for it, but having one handy if they want to go through it can make or break the interview. For more professional jobs, bring a copy of your best work relevant to the position. If the employer asks what kind of work you’ve done before, you now have something to show them.I hope some of this information is of use, and if you have any questions or would like further (more detailed) assistance, please don’t hesitate to add me on Facebook!

All the best, Zachary MacMillan

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Ever wonder where your money is going by Taylor B

Money can be spent and gone in a blink of an eye which was what used to happen to me. My experience creating a budget for myself was tough but I knew that it was what I had to do in order to keep track where my money is going and how to control my spending.

I decided to use the Catapult Money Management template as my guide towards making my own budget which focused on a few things at a time. Before I made my budget I decided to make a list of needs and wants. I narrowed it down to what is most important right now based on deadlines and future goals. I decided to focus on four needs; extra-curriculars, my trip to Europe, post-secondary education, and I decided to make an other column for future needs. I split up my four needs by 25%. This budget was beneficial to me because I was not overwhelmed by a huge list of what I needed to save up for. I managed to achieve two out of four budget goals so far which are my extra-curriculars and my trip to Europe.

As of right now I do not have a part time job but I learned that it’s okay. There are other ways to save and make money. I save money from gifts, money from past jobs, and more. I also volunteer because I recognize the importance of it. Even though you do not make money volunteering, it helps by putting something on a resume, and will help out with earning scholarships. There are plenty of ways to earn money online that can suit your interests, passions, and needs. An example would be creating essays and entering them to win $500 or more. I discovered a great website called Student Life Network where if you’re 16 or older, in high school or post secondary, you can create an account and enter contests to win money. Student Life Network does not require your grades or even writing essays, in order to win it is based on random draw. I also check the Catapult group page for opportunities.

With the help of Catapult, I was able to figure out ways to earn money, how to create a budget that is suited to my needs, and I gained motivation to follow through with my goals.

Taylor, Catapult 2014

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Why volunteer? By Kayla

Why do you volunteer? Why do you commit multiple hours a week, weekends and multiple weeks of your summer to volunteer?
Those are all questions I get asked often because I am a volunteer. I give countless hours of my time to empower girls and women. I volunteer to make a difference in my community and the large world.

Each week I spend time with my Pathfinders. Together we try new things, gain confidence, learn problem solving skills, give back to our community, protect our environment and work together for a better tomorrow. I say we because that is what it is like to volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada. I am learning just as much, if not more from my Pathfinders than they are learning from me.

I volunteer not because I always have the time, I volunteer because I love it!

I love watching the girls try new things, work hard to master skills, and develop into young women.
From them I learn to think on my feet, be creative, organized, work hard and the power of a role model.
It took me along time to realize this, but as we discussed female role models, and leaders in their lives my name was brought up. They discussed all the qualities they saw in me, some I didn’t even realize were there. And how grateful they were to have me as a Guider.

I volunteer for the heart to heart moments with the girls as they share the good and challenging moments of their lives. And their dreams for the future.

I volunteer for the countless giggles shared around the campfire. As we share stories and learn new songs.

I volunteer for the late nights at camp, as they must do just one more badge, share one more story or make just one more snack.

I volunteer for the moments when their eyes light up with pride because they reached their cookie selling goal, ran a whole weekend camp, or earned the last badge in the book.

I volunteer to give back to an organization that has influenced my post secondary education. And has continued to leave a positive impact on my life.

I look forward to each meeting, each event, each camp and each trip. Regardless of the time it may take, the paper work or the amount of cookies that must be sold. As I know there is so fun much to have, new things to learn and positive memories to make.

I am volunteer and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Kayla Bernard, Catapult 2011

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