Key Leader camps in October offer lifelong skills and new friendships
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.