We had just finished off 3 days of day camps with the kids at Camp McLean in Langley, BC when I came to realize that they would have to be my subjects for my project this week. Pictured above from left to right are; Cookie (didn’t get the memo about the shirt coordination), Squishy (survival specialist and egg breaker), Mexi (canoe’er and dancer), Polar Bear (firebug and manure shoveler(I’ll let your figure out how)), Dynamite (camp skills and dynamo), Princess Peach (the muffin maker), Ya-Ya (who loved our kids so much she just came back for fun), and Wonder Woman (the intrepid leader and true wonder (Nooo – not the jacket!)). Some are holdovers from previous years (Wonder Woman, Mexi, Ya-Ya (I can’t remember her new camp name this year – someone correct me!) and some are new, but it’s always as if we are all old friends.
This is the 5th(?) year we’ve been going to this camp and every year the camp staff amazes me with their enthusiasm, energy, and love of working with kids. Truly amazing. With recent job action, we were not allowed to provide extra-curricular activities beyond normal school hours and because of the Scouts and Wonder Woman, we made camp work this year in a day camp format. Everyone was bummed that campfire wouldn’t happen but one of our great parents (Dawn Pigeon take a bow) along with other equally great helper parents, provided a campfire evening at her house.
The most amazing part of this and the reason for this weeks subject? The entire camp staff came to the Pigeon household to participate in campfire! After a day of running activities in the POURING RAIN, they came to campfire in the POURING RAIN and made sure everyone had a great time with a traditional campfire. Well done and AMAZING!!
Scouts have always been a service oriented group with a true moral compass that has striven to produce good people. In this day and age that’s a truly remarkable thing. The Schools in Scouting program is terrific and I can’t recommend it enough. They make sure that everyone is valued and everyone has a memorable time. Thank you!!
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The school that I work at has been looking to update our identity and commissioned a mural to be done in our front entrance way. Jason Craft is an artist that specializes in murals (you can find more of his work here) and was commissioned to paint one for Don Christian Elementary.
After much input from parents, teachers, administration, and students, a design was agreed upon and this is a small portion of the resulting mural. In total it spans about 3 times what you see here. Over the course of about 3 weeks the mural was completed with everyone amazed at the daily progress. It was quite amazing to see!
Thank you to Jason for sitting (well standing) for a portrait and letting me use him in my photo project.