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photo taken at the CAIRN Baysville site Madaline Kocher at Pee Wee Camp - Glen Mhor Programme 2009

Cairn’s Online Magazine ~ For Women of A$ A%s CAIRN PRESBYTERIAN CAMPING AND RETREAT CENTRES ~ www.ilovecamp.org ~ BAYSVILLE ON ~ (705) 767 - 3300


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss


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!rom "e Desk of Topaz

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...within every issue you will recieve a small note from the desk of Topaz!

# Word $om One of Us

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...in every issue one of our sta! or alumni will write a special article for XX Games. In this issue, Deb“Tosley” Stanbury has written a special article

!ood For %ought

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...something for you to think about! Every issue we will provide with resources to start important discussions with the females in your life!

Our Global Vi&age

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...Jessica “Sesame” Chapman has written about her experiences abroad this past summer. Check it out!

'tanding on Solid Ground 10 ...within each issue there will be an article containing helpful hints to apply to your daily life! This issue takes a look at Debra Beck’s online article.

(TOL

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...CTOL or Cool Things OnLine will appear in every issue of XX Games. We encourage all of you to go an look up all of these things!

Sta) Spotlight

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...This season we have featured one of our brand new sta! members. Let’s hear about her exciting opportunity!

*usic + My Ears

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...Find out the song we have chosen for the season!

!rom Your Lips

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... we want to hear from you! Here’s how you get in touch with us!

INTHISISSUE


While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. ~ Maya Angelou ~


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LOVE TOPAZ


!"ve learned #at people wi$ forget what you said, %eople wi$ forget what you did, but people wi$ never forget how you made #em feel. & Maya Angelo'


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“All I Ever Really Needed To Know, I Learned at Camp...” The LITs one year when I was camper had T-Shirts that read: “All I Ever Really Needed To Know, I Learned at Camp!” It was then followed by a list of things you

y r u b n a t S ” y le

learn at camp and as a camper I always wanted one of those T-Shirts. Even then I knew that I was learning things at camp that I would carry with me for the rest of my life. I suppose at the time, I didn’t fully realize how God through the

s o T “ b e D

ministry at camp was moulding me and would work the things I learned at camp into the rest of my life. Looking back, I often remark that my first “call” to ministry, happened my first summer at camp, only it took me years to see it that way. Leaving camp that first summer, all I knew was that I wanted to be a camp counsellor! I wanted to do what they did! What I didn’t realize at the time was that camp counsellors participate in an extremely important ministry. Among the most valuable things I learned at camp was the ability to think “outside-the-box”, and I suppose that’s what led me to Vancouver School of Theology for seminary, I wanted to continue to be challenged to think “outside-the-box.” However, it was camp that helped me realize that the ministry God was calling me to could be, beyond the pulpit, beyond the walls of the church building, beyond the familiar. Camp helped me to realize that ministry, the ministry God was calling me to, could be whatever God and I dreamed it to be.

Evergreen is a safe place where street youth can rest, eat, obtain health care, receive parental relief and get help with finding a job

On a daily basis, I am challenged to think “outside-the-box”, problem solve on the spot,

box” imagining, the search for that place

or a place to stay. Among my responsibilities at Evergreen, is leading a goal-based camping

and think creatively about programming. On a constant basis I get to participate in the

“where my deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”; in my

and adventure program for the youth.

building of community, the fostering of

Through this program youth are challenged to work hard to meet personal goals, and are

healthy relationships, and the empowerment of young people. On a regular basis, I get to

Located in Downtown Toronto,

exposed to the unique and in many cases “new” experiences that camping and

plan camping trips, and give youth the unique experience of camp. Everything I

Evergreen is a drop-in centre for streetinvolved youth between the ages 16 and

adventure bring, be that dog-sledding, rock

ever really needed to know about these

climbing, or white-water rafting. Youth come back to Evergreen empowered with greater

things....you guessed it, I learned at camp!

In that dreaming, in that “outside-the-

searching I found Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, or maybe it found me.

25. Each day, Evergreen seeks to be a place of belonging and refuge from the WORK URL!

self-confidence, self-esteem, and motivation to make positive changes in their lives.

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Food For Thought... Here is a great discussion to have with your friends, your mom, your sister or the young women in your Youth group:

How Young Women are Portrayed in Magazines In recent years, you may have noticed more and more magazines on the market geared toward teenage females. As these are directed at you, why not take some time to explore the gender messages that these magazines promote?

Prep Work Get your hands on a copy of a Seventeen magazine as well as copies of other magazines aimed at the teenage market. Take some time to go through them.

Discussion Questions * Do the magazines promote independence or do they reinforce the idea that teenage women should be more concerned with looks, relationships and the approval of others? * What would you say are the main messages of the magazines? * Are the physical ideals that you see in the magazines’ photos a true reflection of reality? Are there people who are not represented in the magazines? * Do the topics in this magazine really reflect the issues that concern teenage girls? * What do you think makes these magazines so appealing to teenage girls? * Do you think that magazines like Seventeen contribute to lower self-esteem in young women? * What are the next steps we, as women, should take?


I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller photo taken by Travis Allison subtlevoxphotography.com


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OUR GLOBAL VILLAGE A FEATURE ARTICLE BY: JESSICA “SESAME” CHAPMAN Continued on next page

A Journey across our Globe ...to bring CAIRN and Presbyterian Camping to the Hearts of all children.

“Don't

let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (Timothy 4:12).


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OUR GLOBAL JESSICA “SESAME” CHAPMAN

VILLAGE

Sesame has a long camp History. She was a long time camper and also staff member. On Staff Sesame did many different jobs; Counsellor, Arts n’ Crafts Director, Administrator, and LIT Director.

by Jessica “Sesame” Chapman

One of my favourite Bible verses says “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (Timothy 4:12). I have always believed and have tried to show that actions speak much louder than words. This past summer I had the chance to put that conviction to the test. To let my faith and love for God motivate me to love others actively and practically, and travel to Eastern Europe along with two other staff members, Konk and Kiwi, to share with children in impoverished and rural communities the camping ministry that we so love and cherish. We were working primarily within the Roma (also known at Gypsy) community which has had a troubled and sorry past in Eastern Europe, and they still struggle to lift themselves out of it. Roma are often very poor people with little education. They live in groups, in very small houses on the outskirts of villages or in their own settlements. In these families there are usually a lot of children and many don’t have the opportunity to go to school. The Roma have darker skin and they are discriminated against by people and the government. Many of the children we worked with came from communities where they

Last summer Sesame, along side two other staff embers (Kiwi and Konk) got the opportunity to take CAIRN Abroad to three different countries: Hungry, Croatia,and the Ukraine

are often left with little structure or guidance, live in small houses with few amenities, and must cope with poverty and broken families. But even in this harsh environment we saw many things to be optimistic about. Throughout the trip we continued to meet missionaries and church leaders who are truly committed to working with Roma communities and that are doing great work in developing places of worship, schools and summer camps in many Roma communities throughout the Carpathian Basin in Eastern Europe. ...I noticed so many When we worked with children and community leaders that come from similarities between working strong communities of faith we sensed a lot of joy and excitement, resourcefulness at these camps this summer and celebration in their way of life.

and all of my experience working at Glen Mhor. The power of song, the sound of laughter, and the look of joy on a child’s face for things as simple as making their very own beaded necklace or a leader devoting their full attention to them can

transcend great differences.

During our mission trip we took part in 3 different summer camps in Ukraine, Southern Hungary and Croatia. At each of these camps we lead daily crafts, group activities like games and relay races, helped to keep campers entertained during free time, taught camp songs and supported local leaders by passing on a little bit of our experiences working at camp to them. It was very special spending time with and getting to know the leaders and the children we worked with. One of the things that really stands out for me is that any camp setting can be a magical and wonderful place no matter where it is. I noticed so many similarities between working at these

camps this summer and all of my experience working at Glen Mhor. The power of song, the sound of laughter, and the look of joy on a child’s face for things as simple as making their very own beaded necklace or a leader devoting their full attention to them can transcend great differences. The amount of energy children have, even after playing outside all day long, and their love for games like football, duck duck goose, freeze tag and many others can cross cultural and language barriers. For me there were also the mixed feelings of joy, satisfaction and exhaustion that I feel at the end of everyday working at camp. I also learned more about my faith, by putting faith in action, challenging myself and deepening my commitment to follow God’s path for me. I was in a position to really be on the look out for and clearly see God working in the lives and communities of the people and places we visited, and I could see Him shining His light everywhere we went. I challenged myself to put my faith to the test by getting involved, by not just praying for others, but rolling up my sleeves, leaving the comfort of my home and doing something with the talents I have been blessed with. And camping is not only something I love, but something that I love sharing with others. I hope that this is just the beginning for our local church and camp leaders to strengthen ties between the two church bodies in Canada and Eastern Europe so that we can continue to impart a true appreciation of each others cultures and for both parties to work together again.


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Standing on SOLID Ground

Check out this online article by Debra Beck: “Empowering Teenage Girls: Five Ways to Build Great Friendships” It’s a quick read that gives you 5 ways to protect yourself from mean girls and unhealthy friendships. It is found on the website, “My Feet Are Ugly”. Debra Beck is a mom, a mentor, a speaker and an expert on the issues facing teen girls. http://www.myfeetarentugly.com/ challenges1.html Photo taken by Natasha Dunn natashalcd.com


Remove those 'I want you to like me' stickers from your forehead and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good -- on your mirror! ~ Susan Jeffers photo taken by Travis Allison subtlevoxphotography.com


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COOL THINGS

ONLINE

Each and every month we provide you with many different cool, fun and exciting things to go and check out for yourself! We recommend that you look some of this stuff up because it is just that cool!

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Cool Things Online Here is a list of websites we came across that might be of interest to you. They celebrate the empowerment of young females in a variety of activities and disciplines.

Check out this youtube video by Dove. It’s all about building confidence and self-esteem.

Here is a fantastic Resource for your women of all ages:

Here’s is a national collection of photographs taken by teenage girls. It’s called The Girl Project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=IWzbIVwGd1E

http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/ professional-development/childlit/ girllist.html

http://www.thegirlproject.org/

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Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a secondrate version of somebody else. - Judy Garland


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Staff Spotlight Alyssa

“Steinway” Townsend

excellent math and science program and the presence of the Canadian Space Resource Centre (CSRC). Steinway submitted an application and then spent a week hanging around the CSRC reading about the Hubble Space Telescope, the ISS, and other great space programmes. To Steinway’s great joy, she was chosen as one of the two Canadians to attend.

For two weeks this summer, Steinway will be leaving Cairn to go to United Space School at the NASA facility in Houston, Texas. If you come to camp in August, she will tell you all about it.

It all started with a bit of healthy competition. MDA Robotics, the company that made Canadarm2 for the International Space Station, was supposed to choose two Canadian Students to go to United Space School. They chose Steinway’s school, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, at which to hold the competition, because of the

At Space School, Steinway will get to meet NASA engineers, astronauts, and scientists. She will get to see the space probes, rockets, and propulsion systems. She might even get to do some flight simulations. While she waits for Space School to start, she plans to spend her time reading books about mars, interstellar space exploration, and solar propulsion. And after Space School, she plans to go on to study engineering science at U of T and become an Aerospace engineer (an actual rocket scientist!). Steinway’s dreams are becoming a reality. Yours can too. So set your sights high, reach for the stars, and never give up. Someday, when you look up at the stars, maybe Steinway will be waving back.


A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

--Maya Angelou PHOTO TAKEN BY TRAVIS ALLISON SUBTLEVOXPHOTOGRAPHY.COM


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MUSIC TO MY EARS

photos taken by Travis Allison www.subtlevoxphotography.com

IF YOU WANNA LISTEN: http:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=8zjDFgWZvTM

Our favorite lines are in the chorus: “Why waste a second not loving who you are? Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable, They show your personality inside your heart Reflecting who you are� 1

OUR SONG FOR THIS EDITION

"FRECKLES"

by Natasha Bedingfield

I used to care so much about what

others think about, Almost didn't have a thought of my own, The slightest remark would make me embark, On the journey of self doubt. But that was a while ago This girl has got stronger. If I knew then what I know now I would have told myself don't worry any longer it's OK [Chorus]: 'cause a face without freckles is like a sky without stars Why waste a second not loving who you are Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable, They show your personality inside your heart Reflecting who you are Who you are,Who you are, Who you are

I wondered if I could trade my body with somebody else in magazines Would the whole world fall at my feet? I felt unworthy and would blame my failures on the ugliness I could see When the mirror looked at me Sometimes I feel like the little girl who doesn't belong in her own world But I'm getting better And I'm reminding myself

[Chorus]: 'cause a face without freckles is like a sky without stars Why waste a second not loving who you are Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable, They show your personality inside your heart Reflecting who you are Who you are,Who you are, Who you are


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