Chanel Beckenlehner published at Era Banner


Just imagine in three and half days a camping experience, that joins the youth and completely emerges them in wisdom, knowledge, inspiring key note speakers and exhilarating events. Camp Enterprise was founded and driven by the Rotary Club’s mission statement of Service Above Self. This camp is offered annually throughout North America to high school seniors who are forward thinking leaders, potential future entrepreneurs who are eager to tap onto the understanding of the free enterprise system.

Over 60 high school students just recently attended the Camp Enterprise / Rotary Club experience this past weekend May 4th to the 7th at the Cedar Glen YMCA Camp located in Bolton, Ontario. This fun filled, intensive, unique weekend workshop provided many opportunities for the next generation of business leaders. Some of the highlights this program offered students to learn about was the chance to speak about pressing economic issues faced today, an insight into business concepts, how to develop teamwork skills through challenging team games as well as many presentations made by top businesses executives and entrepreneurs. Students had the chance to meet and speak with motivational speakers such as Tayler Parnaby, Jim Grant,the District 7070 Governor Joan Hayward and the District 7080 governor Syd Harmon. Through creative and innovative panel discussions,students learned about the private enterprise system, how to develop skills on the art of negotiation through the Labour Management Negotiation Game as well as the chance to create a small business including the financial breakdown,that was presented to four top bankers from the Bank of Montreal. Other notable speakers included the President of ConnectUs Communications Canada; Donna Messer,who spoke about the importance of effective networking skills and how to utilize the people around us in daily life as linking steps to succeed. Taylore Anderson spoke of her creation Superminds in which students learned how to develop the high performance state of mind as well as the critical importance of finding a passion in life and persistently dedicating yourself wholeheartedly to see the dream come alive. This program taught young people the significance of forming relationships with mentors such as Rotarians because they provide a team of inspirational and encouragement.

This action packed weekend was a great experience. Solid friendships, the lasting kind, were cemented through the recreational and leisure activities that the camp offered. This was an experience of a lifetime that I will always treasure. May I quote the twenty reasons of joining Rotary ” Friendship, Business Development, Personal Growth and Development, Leadership Development, Citizenship in the Community, Education, Fun, Public Speaking Skills, Citizenship in the World, Nice People, Prestige, Cultural Awareness, Development of Ethics, Vocational Skills, The Opportunity to Serve, Absence of Official Creed, Entertainment, Assistance When Travelling, Family Programs and the Development of Social Skills.”Camp Enterprise encompassed it all.Thank you to the Rotary Clubs who held the key and the golden opportunity to unlock the dreams of the youth. Together we can unite for the betterment of mankind.

Other projects Rotary supports are Polio Plus, Healthy Beginnings and RADAR. Some programs Rotary has developed are Rotoract, Interact for high school students, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Group Study Exchange, Student Exchange and a $25 000 US Ambassadorial Scholarship. If you would like to get involved please contact your local district Rotary Club.

Chanel Beckenlehner is a Grade 12 Honour Roll student at Huron Heights Secondary School. She is looking into undergraduate degree in Political Science and plans to major in Law. Her extracurricular activities include competitive Dressage Equestrian studies and the Dramatic Arts.

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The Camp Enterprise Experience!

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