As a few of you may have noticed, I have been absent for the last two weeks! The reason for this is I was volunteering as a leader for Oneida Baptist Camp. This was my first time ever leading at camp, and it was such a fantastic experience! Many people who’ve been to camp have been going for years, so my first time leading was a little different from others. Last year was my first time at Camp Oneida when I attended their leader training camp, which is when I fell in love. All year I’ve been looking forward to leading for the first time, and it was something I’ll never forget. The first week I was leading an older age group, 13-15, and it was definitely a learning experience. I was blessed to have an incredible co-leader, and she helped me a ton when I was stressed or overtired. The second week, I was leading a group of 8-10-year-olds, and I honestly don’t know how kids have so much energy. I really envy it, but I guess having a bedtime later than 9:30 might have something to do with my energy levels.
Other than that, I haven’t been up to much, as that took up all my time. Before I headed off to camp, I was finishing up school and attending a couple of events. In fact, camp began on July 1st, so I woke up bright and early to participate in the Caledonia Canada Day Parade, before driving out to camp right afterward. And as many of you in my area know, Canada Day 2018 was one for the books. In terms of heat, I mean. Sitting in the back of a black truck in 40-degree heat with humidex was almost too much for me, and I’m not one who handles heat well. Without water on a mildly hot day, more often than not you’ll see me on the ground. I am known for fainting, unfortunately, but by the grace of God, I was good for the parade, and we had a couple much needed water games that evening at camp that helped everyone to cool off.
And now, the countdown is on! Miss Teenage Canada is in a MONTH!! I’ve begun fundraising for WE Charity, and I am so excited for the events I have planned. Currently, I am advertising a high tea fundraiser I’ll be hosting on August 5th. Tickets are $35 each, and all proceeds will go straight towards WE Charity (formerly Free the Children). If you are interested in attending, you can contact me or my mother, Melissa Turner. There is also a facebook event you can find here with more information! My goal for fundraising is $1500, and the more attendees, the closer I will be to my goal! I am also accepting donations of any amount, every little bit helps! I have a few events booked for the next month, and I am hoping to add more, updates to come!
Thank you so much for following me on my journey so far. I’ve been working hard on my blogs, on training, and preparing myself for nationals. I can’t express how thankful I am for the support I’ve received over the past months, and I promise I will work hard to make everyone proud on the national stage and spread my message of hope. Stay tuned for more!
Til Next Time