MD5 Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Youth Camp a ‘roar­ing’ suc­cess

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FALL AUCTION GUIDE - By Mar­cia Hu­ber, Li­ons Club

Cre­at­ing and fos­ter­ing a spirit of un­der­stand­ing among the peo­ples of the world was achieved when thirty-two youth, ages 16 to 19, from 13 dif­fer­ent coun­tries gath­ered at the 2019 MD 5 Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Youth Camp. They wit­nessed Lion­ism at its finest when a team of four­teen vol­un­teers and sup­port staff helped make this pos­si­ble!

Over three years ago, Chair­per­son Lion Edie Lozin­sky chose Camp Lemieux in the beau­ti­ful Lac Pel­letier val­ley as the camp lo­ca­tion. Li­ons James Sifert and Lisa Oak­land joined the forces to help with reg­is­tra­tions and host fam­i­lies. Af­ter count­less hours of plan­ning, ex­haust­ing re­cruit­ment, and end­less emails - camp of­fi­cially opened on July 28, 2019 as youth from Bel­gium, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Is­rael, Italy, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, Nether­lands, Poland, Tai­wan, United States and Canada raised their flags and were wel­comed by MD 5 Lion Eu­nice Cameron PCC.

Lion Dustin Heat­coat, also a past di­rec­tor of Camp Lemieux was the per­fect di­rec­tor. He im­me­di­ately had the camp run­ning like a well-oiled ship. His ex­per­tise and en­thu­si­asm quickly gained the re­spect of all campers. Mem­o­rable camp songs and Lion Gayle Smith’s as­sis­tance with the team-build­ing games soon had the youth bonding and build­ing friendship­s. Dustin’s wife, El­iz­a­beth Heat­coat, also fa­mil­iar to Camp Lemieux, be­came the cook. The campers ex­pe­ri­enced many de­li­cious “North Amer­i­can” dishes such Saska­toon berry crisp, pou­tine and a tasty Thanks­giv­ing din­ner with all the trim­mings.

Ban­nock was even on the menu when Ce­cile Blanke (nee LaRocque), au­thor of “Lac Pel­letier My Metis Home”, proudly shared the Métis his­tory of the val­ley - which would be their home for the next week. This per­son­able and ed­u­ca­tional event was supported by the South West District for Cul­ture, Recre­ation and Sport.

The Saskatchew­an Sum­mer Games, sched­uled in Swift Cur­rent, pro­vided the per­fect ser­vice project for this team as they spent an en­joy­able morn­ing putting to­gether fans and help­ing set up the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing South­ern Saskatchew­an’s finest took them on road trips to Eas­tend, the beau­ti­ful Cypress Hills, and our fa­mous Grass­lands Na­tional Park. As much as they loved ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the nat­u­ral won­ders of Saskatchew­an, Scot­tie, zip lin­ing, go­cart­ing and hik­ing in the Grass­lands they truly couldn’t wait for their free time at camp.

Th­ese youth soon de­vel­oped strong friendship­s while swim­ming, play­ing vol­ley­ball, strum­ming a gui­tar, look­ing at the stars or sim­ply just vis­it­ing around the nightly campfire. The suc­cess of camp was un­fold­ing be­fore our eyes. It was so heart­warm­ing to watch th­ese thirty-two youth ar­rive as strangers and leave as friends.

Camp closed on Au­gust 3, af­ter a very touch­ing cer­e­mony, but truly opened life­long friendship­s and mem­o­ries to cher­ish. The re­luc­tance to leave, words of grat­i­tude, hugs and tears spoke to a very suc­cess­ful camp!

Words can­not ex­press the time and com­mit­ment that has gone into this camp - spon­sors, Li­ons, friends to Li­ons, vol­un­teers and host fam­i­lies can­not be thanked enough.

Spe­cial men­tion has to be made to chair­per­son Lion Edie who ded­i­cated many hours to make this camp a re­ward­ing re­al­ity. Many thanks to Li­ons James and Pam Sifert, of Leader, for host­ing a very suc­cess­ful meet and greet bar­be­cue.

Recog­ni­tion also needs to be made to all those that worked at camp. The fol­low­ing par­tic­i­pated in ev­ery­thing from plan­ning, or­ga­niz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, nurs­ing, nur­tur­ing, cook­ing, sleep­ing, trans­port­ing, and fix­ing:

Li­ons - Edie and Tim Lozin­sky, Dustin Heat­coat, Gayle Smith, Eu­nice Cameron, Dar­rell Moll, Chris and Mar­cia Hu­ber.

Friends of Li­ons - Beth Heat­coat and An­drea Klassen

Camp staff - Ja­son Car­nell and Jas­min Braun

Camp mas­cots – Annabelle and Felix Heat­coat

Many of the in­ter­na­tional campers were able to ex­tend their ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond camp thanks to the fol­low­ing Saskatchew­an host fam­i­lies:

Leader - James and Pam Sifert, Kevin and Ca­role Fitzsi­monds

Ea­to­nia - Pat and Wes Tib­ert, Es­ton - Matthew and San­dra Toner, Mal­colm Price

Rich­mound - Bill and Deb­bie Ger­g­ley Cabri - Heinz and Dawn Marie Filde­brandt, Page New­ton

Kin­der­s­ley - Gerald and Rheana Luimes, Allen McK­in­non and Tif­fany Fors­berg

Carlyle - Den­nis Fe­duk Fillmore - Louisa and Dar­rin Hrushowy

Ty­van - Verne and Wendi Lang Swift Cur­rent - Teresa Gibbens and Darryl White

Camp is done, gone the sun from the lakes, from the trees all is well….

Pho­tos sub­mit­ted

MD LI­ONS YOUTH CAMP: Un­doubt­edly from this group pic­ture, the camp was equally an ed­u­ca­tion and en­joy­able time.

The camper are mezmer­ized by all the his­tory at the di­nosaur mu­seum in Eas­tend.

Camper McKenna Farr from Leader was en­joy­ing her hike at Grass­land Na­tional Park.

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