Welcome to Our New Blog!

We are very excited to be diving in. Similar to our podcast, we hope to bring you inspiring stories about our camp community, share the knowledge we glean from various trainings that we attend, be your partners in raising thriving children and be in touch with the Cheley community that we hold dear.

In addition, we hope to share a little bit about who we are, because the connection that we have with you is important. We would not be here for our 100th summer without the connections we have made over the years.

I had a camp-like experience recently! As a Camp Director these experiences are priceless to me. I relish the feeling of being in a new situation, with new people, out of my comfort zone, and putting myself in a position that must feel like what it feels like to be a new camper at camp.

I joined a lady’s lunchtime hockey league! It was a blast. First, I went to the used sports store to literally start from scratch on equipment. I enthusiastically walked into the store, “I am playing hockey, suit me up, I have nothing” I have three girls, we have not had the privilege of having smelly hockey gear around. As I sat there in the store, at the mercy of the salesclerk, it brought me back to that first time over twenty years ago when I bought my backpacking backpack, new and nervous for what was ahead. Much like our first-time campers.

I showed up to a friendly, inviting woman that gave us a piece of tape with our name on it to put on our helmets. She introduced the program and its intentions. “You are here to have fun, to get out of your comfort zone, to learn something new and to only compete with yourself. This is not a competitive league, do not play scrappy” She and the other coaches then taught us the fundamentals of the game, which was all totally new to me. Throughout the next hour, as we ran through drills the coaches would say, “You have got this, you all are amazing, get out of your comfort zone, you all are doing great” It reminded me of our camp counselors that do this everyday of the summer.

At the end of the session we played a scrimmage, I think I laughed the entire time. I was a figure skater, so the skating comes naturally but chasing the puck did not. I left feeling proud of myself for learning something new, happy to have made the decision to take the time out of my day to do something just for me and grateful for my job… that I get to provide a similar opportunity and experience for children every summer.

I can’t wait to go back next week.

Brooke Cheley-Klebe

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