Key Leader camps in Oc­to­ber of­fer life­long skills and new friend­ships

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - Debra Mur­ray Debra Mur­ray is a writer, re­tired teacher and Ki­wa­nis Golden K mem­ber liv­ing in Cari­bou Marsh.

It’s a busy sum­mer for Golden K mem­bers.

The sum­mer hia­tus means only one meeting each month for Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton mem­bers, un­til Septem­ber, when we re­turn to our weekly Mon­day meet­ings.

Sum­mer months do not how­ever af­fect the sched­ule of our hos­pi­tal greeters, VON and meals on wheels de­liv­er­ies or our in-house good­will and spir­i­tual com­mit­tee that keeps track of mem­bers who may need as­sis­tance. All of th­ese com­mit­tees op­er­ate full tilt — year-round.

We also have mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing dur­ing the sum­mer at the Whit­ney Pier His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum greet­ing vis­i­tors from cruise ships, an­swer­ing ques­tions and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about our area. Later in Au­gust, we’ll again have mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing at the Cape Bre­ton Farm­ers Ex­hi­bi­tion in North Syd­ney.

An­other of the par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing projects Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional has de­vel­oped world­wide is Key Leader camps.

The date for our camp this CB-C03-09082017-ron#CMYK year is Oct. 14-16 and some stu­dents from each of our lo­cal high schools can at­tend Sco­tia Glen in Thor­burn.

Th­ese week­end con­fer­ences re­volve around train­ing in the con­cepts of ser­vice lead­er­ship. The five key prin­ci­ples ex­plored dur­ing the week­end will be — in­tegrity, re­spect, growth, com­mu­nity and ex­cel­lence.

The Key Leader mis­sion is to pro­vide a life-changing ex­pe­ri­ence in­spir­ing young peo­ple to achieve their per­sonal best through ser­vice lead­er­ship.

Key Leader camps are open to stu­dents ages 14-18 and in­cludes among oth­ers, mem­bers of Ki­wa­nis stu­dent groups such as Key Club as well as stu­dents who have not yet been a part of any Ki­wa­nis pro­gram. There is no limit to the num­ber of at­ten­dees from any school.

Par­tic­i­pants en­joy large and small group ac­tiv­i­ties, with a com­bi­na­tion of lec­tures, dis­cus­sion, in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and au­dio-vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tions that in­spire team build­ing. It’s con­sis­tently been an event that fills many young peo­ple with self-con­fi­dence, valu­able life­long skills and even new friend­ships.

A pro­fes­sional key leader fa­cil­i­ta­tor spear­heads the week­end and has ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in work­ing with young peo­ple. This fa­cil­i­ta­tor has also suc­cess­fully com­pleted a train­ing course on the wellde­vel­oped cur­ricu­lum used in the camp ses­sions.

Ki­wa­nis clubs ev­ery­where pro­vide trained adult vol­un­teers to co-or­di­nate the lo­gis­tics and su­per­vise stu­dents at their area camps. Re­gard­ing par­tic­i­pants — dis­cus­sion takes place be­tween the school staffs and Ki­wa­nis Golden K mem­bers, as to who would best ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Our club cov­ers all stu­dent costs and sends three mem­bers as sup­port rep­re­sen­ta­tives. At­ten­dees are trans­ported to and from the con­fer­ence.

Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional de­mands a lim­ited crim­i­nal his­tory back­ground check on any/ all adults who are on site.

Some stu­dents at­tend­ing the camp take on a stu­dent fa­cil­i­ta­tor role. They will of­ten lead group dis­cus­sions, will let the dis­trict chair and site co­or­di­na­tor know if they be­come privy to any is­sues that arise re­gard­ing the fa­cil­ity, sup­plies or any par­tic­i­pant.

This peer role model po­si­tion in­volves lead­ing by ex­am­ple, be­ing there to sup­port and en­cour­age and also to pro­vide feed­back and in­spire par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Our club mem­bers are al­ways ex­cited to hear the pos­i­tive feed­back, heartfelt ap­pre­ci­a­tion and ab­so­lute ex­cite­ment par­tic­i­pants from our area give us af­ter at­tend­ing the event. Stu­dents not only find them­selves but they find each other. Just as our Golden K Club rel­ishes sup­port­ing and help­ing oth­ers suc­ceed so do th­ese amaz­ing young lead­ers. Youth men­tor­ing youth — it’s ab­so­lutely heart ren­der­ing.


Ron Collins, left, lieu­tenant gover­nor Divi­sion 20 (Bluenose), pre­sented the Dis­tin­guished Club Award for 2015-16 to the Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton Club on be­half of Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional. Ac­cept­ing the award is cur­rent Golden K pres­i­dent Don Math­e­son.

Rosalie Gil­lis of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary ac­cepted a cheque in sup­port of the li­brary’s adopt-a-book pro­gram from Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton Club mem­ber Dun­can MacLeod.

Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton Club mem­ber Al­bert Maroun was at the Whit­ney Pier His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum re­cently to greet cruise ship vis­i­tors who travel by bus to tour the mu­seum.

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