My life, your life … our experience!The first blog post by Aydan Schat, Camp Leader at OM 2017 Partner Camp Shout.
My name is Aydan Schat. I’m the Head Counsellor at Camp Shout, an outreach ministry in the form of a day camp, run by Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. My job is to plan activities and recruit campers for 4 weeks of camp, ensuring that it’s a fun and safe place for the campers we’re entrusted with.
I first worked for Camp Shout 4 years ago. I worked as a counselor, helping to lead the activities each day. I absolutely loved it. I got to play with kids and lead activities and I got paid for it. It was the dream for 16-year-old me. So I came back all of the following years.
In those years, Camp Shout has undergone some huge changes. It has grown in attendance, in the amount of planning required, and has added new job positions. In those same years, I have also undergone some huge changes. I’ve gone to university. I’ve become more aware of the realities of the world. As a result, Camp Shout is no longer quite the same “play with kids and get paid” experience for me. It is something much greater. Camp Shout is a chance for me to impact the lives of children with all kinds of different stories, to get to know them and to care for them. There is so much good that can come out of it. And I still do get to play with them. It’s just way more than that.
I’m excited for this year at Camp Shout. I’m excited to see the impact that we can have on campers’ lives, as well as the impact they have on ours.
Aydan Schat is working this summer at Camp Shout, a 2017 OM Partner and Grant recipient.