Guided by our co-clerks and the Camp Administrative Secretary, the CPC continued our work on behalf of the Yearly Meeting to promote our camping program and support our staff and directors. Again in 2009-2010, the Camping Program Committee met four times and held three additional meetings by conference call. In February, we met jointly with CPMC and talked about funding and other ways of working together. CPC members were encouraged to attend Family Service Weekends at the camps. We worked with the Nominating Committee to identify members who needed to come off the Committee and to find new members. The subcommittees for 2009-10 are Marketing, TA Bike Trip 2011, Budget, and Cookbook. Continue reading
1) Looking at your committee description in the BYM Manual of Procedure: What is the most meaningful, enduring or vital part of your committee’s charge?
The Committee serves BYM by connecting and communicating among the different groups of people who are involved in ensuring that the camping program provides our children and others who attend with a safe, healthy, fun, and spirit-nurturing community that supports Quaker values.
Where is the energy, the Spirit, in [this work]?
The energy and passion of the camps passes from the campers and counselors to their parents and back into their home meetings and out beyond – some of the parents and meeting members then volunteer at camp, and/or join the Committee to share and route this exuberance into service to keep the program running during the remainder of the year when the camps are not in session. In addition, the camps honor the spiritual growth that comes from a deep connection within the natural world, which leads to individual inner and outer enrichment and resourcefulness. Continue reading