Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nous HEART Camp aussi!


Bonjour and merci to everyone who submitted photos for I HEART Camp Day 2017!

Here is our valentine to all of you. Bisous!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Babysitting and chutney selling: one camper's entrepreneurial efforts to raise funds for camp!


Max making new friends while babysitting to raise money for camp
From chicken sitting, dog sitting, babysitting to selling coffee and chutney, Max F. has done them all to raise $2000 towards his Canoe Island French Camp tuition this summer. We award between $30,000- $40,000 in scholarships every summer to make camp affordable for anyone seeking the opportunity. Max, 12, camper and scholarship recipient for many years, decided he'd help his family afford the tuition this year by seeking support from his Shaw Island community. He's half way there! Max and his mom, Stephanie, shared with us why he's decided to raise money this year and what sorts of things he's done to rake in the dollars.

"Our family loves the experience that camp provides," says Stephanie.

"Work teaches Max the value of money, communication with his clients, scheduling, accounting, and allows him to take pride in his own abilities. From selling coffee and chutney, to stacking firewood, changing diapers, babysitting, chicken sitting, dog sitting, and helping me with extra projects around the house and my work, Max is learning to help himself achieve his goals."

Max raised $400 last year in addition to the scholarship he was awarded through camp. This year is tackling his goal of $2000 to attend a longer session. "On a typical day I raise $100 by donation only. I also work year round and save almost every penny," says Max.

Max has other motivations as well, "I have been going to Canoe Island French Camp for many years now, and I have found the true meaning of camp. I love French Camp because you learn French, cool facts about the islands' geology, wildlife and nature; how to use different weapons such as the bow and arrow, the trebuchet, and the tomahawk; and of course French cuisine. Making new friends and seeing old ones is a highlight of camp. If you attend camp I guarantee you will make new friends. My goal is $2000 and I'm halfway there. I have a bunch of new friends to meet this summer!"

We are so proud of Max and all his efforts and hope everyone has the chance to meet new friends this summer!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Noticeable impact of camp on kids


Camp influences us in many ways. In a recent article, Deirdre Pettinga, of the American Camp Association, reflects on what an impact sending her kids to camp had not only on them and herself, but on others in her community.

She shares an interaction she had with another mother after her son returned to school from camp,

"[She] asked me what was different about my son. What had I done? Or what had he done over the summer? When I asked her what she meant, she explained that even though she only knew him by watching him on the playground after school for a half-hour or so each day -- standing around with other moms doing the same thing before heading home -- she could see tremendous maturity, leadership, and sense of fairness in the way he was interacting with other kids."

How has camp influenced the life of your children? How has it influenced you?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year's Resolutions


Sailing around the world in 49 days and cycling over 22 kilometers in an hour at age 105? The French have set two new world records in the past couple weeks and it is great motivation to set a New Year's resolutions to get active in 2017.

Thomas Coville, of Rennes, set the world record for a solo sail around the world December 25, 2016. In just over 49 days he sailed 28,400 miles at an average speed of 24 knots. His vessel was a 31 meter long and 21 meter wide trimaran. His determination and resilience would make Jules Verne proud.

Thomas Coville setting a new world record for solo sailing

In another inspiring story from France, Robert Marchand, of Paris, set a world record for cycling at the age of 105. A life long athlete, Marchand said in an interview, "I've done sport all my life, eaten loads of fruit and vegetables, not too much coffee". Today he track cycled over 22km in an hour, a new record for the over-105 year age group.

Robert Marchard on pace to make history

Here at Canoe Island French Camp we have many unique activities for campers to engage in: archery, fencing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, sports of all kinds. What drives you to stick with the sports you love? I hope these stories help reinvigorate you as you begin 2017.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ibis Element


Our next artist within the Canoe Island French Camp community is Margaret Schafer. She has been a counselor, marketing coordinator, assistant director and is now the administrative director at Canoe Island French Camp.

Q. What are the mediums you work with?
A. I make jewelry as a hobby using the lost wax casting method, also known by its French name, "cire perdue". This method involves carving an object out of wax and then replacing the wax with metal. All my designs are currently cast in yellow bronze.

Q. How would you describe the art you create?
A. Unique handmade jewelry that recalls styles of antiquity but remains modern. I hope to create pieces that can be worn everyday but still feel special.

Q. How can interested buyers get in touch with you?
A. Feel free to have a look at my Etsy shop at ibiselement.com or email me at ibis.element@gmail.com with any questions.

Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. Many of my pieces evoke the form of insects, which have always fascinated me. And I'm constantly inspired by living on Canoe. One of my recent pieces resembles the plate of a chiton, which I sometimes see on the paths when I walk around the island.

Q. What were some of your favorite things to create in the Atelier at Canoe Island French Camp?
A. When the campers are on the island, I love working in clay with them in the Atelier. I really appreciate seeing the inventive, whimsical pieces the campers make and I love the thrill of putting a ceramic creation in the kiln and seeing the transformation.

Q. What advice do you have for young artists?
A. Take pleasure in the process of creation and don't be discouraged if your first try doesn't match the vision in your head. Each day that I spend time on jewelry I can feel myself improving little by little, but I had to make a lot of bad work before I could make pieces that live up to my vision.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Eden Cooke's Whimsy and Magic


For those looking into arts and craft festivals for their holiday gifts, look no further! You may find the perfect hand crafted gift made by someone within the Canoe Island French Camp community. Canoe Island French Camp has welcomed many young artists over the years. Some have gone on to continue their artistic practice as careers. Over the next holiday weeks we'd like to introduce you to some of these artists.

Our first artist is Eden Cooke. We asked her to answer a few questions about her connection to CIFC and her art. Eden was a camper for many years and then went on to be a counselor, program coordinator and artist in residence. You can find more of her artwork at edencooke.com

Q. What are the mediums you work with?
A. I'm an illustrator who uses several different media with a focus on Graphite and Photoshop. I also make ceramic brooches with clay.

Q. How would you describe the art you create?
A. Whimsical illustrations that tell stories for a variety of ages. For the most part I create illustrations with some form of whimsy or magic. I like to include a lot of detail which allows the viewer to find something in the image with each viewing. I also love an illustration to give at least part of an interesting story.

Q. How can interested buyers get in contact with you?
A. Interested parties can email me at edencookeart@gmail.com

Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. I am typically inspired by a good folktale, a beautiful and bizarre landscape and little bit of story that's stuck in my head.

Q. What were some of your favorite things to create in the Atelier at Canoe Island French Camp?
A. When I was a camper I loved being in the Atelier because it gave me a lot of new people to draw, and practice drawing different types of faces. As well as allowing me to experiment with new media and methods. As a staff member I really enjoyed inventing and creating illustrated card games with campers.

Q. What advice do you have for young artists?
A. Don't be afraid to make ugly drawings or ugly projects, if you have an idea you should try it.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Amaury in Chad!


Amaury hitching a ride in Chad

Past Canoe Island French Camp program coordinator, Amaury Coin, is currently in Chad! Amaury is working as an international aid worker with a NGO named MOUSTAGBAL. The organization focuses on helping those who live in poverty through education, professional development, social and economic reintegration, food security and health. Amaury is the technical assistant to the director and works to execute the current projects by writing up reports for partners and funders, writing and submitting grants, and attending meetings with partner groups.

Here is a short excerpt about the weather in Chad from his newsletter "La Reine du Guera" .

The “rain season” is 90% done, we get a rain once a week now and by the end of October we shouldn’t have any rain until June. Which means it’ll be sunny every single day. I still don’t really realize that aspect of life. I’m so used to have rain and/or cold every often in Lille, Paris. But it seems to be true, every morning, when I wake up at 6am, there’s a warm sun and a perfect blue sky, with some white clouds sometimes. 

For the full newsletter en francais click the newsletter title above the excerpt.