2013 Survivor and Family Camp - June 14-16
Arlington Beach and Conference Centre
This year's 2013 SBIA Family and Survivor camp went off with a bang that lit up everyone's hearts. Families, survivors and caregivers alike were greeted with welcome arms by the staff and volunteers at registration on Friday night. To kick off the summer retreat, the night consisted of a traditional campfire setting with the works-hotdogs, s'mores and some classic campfire sing-alongs with Ron Keck.
After having a wonderful, delicious breakfast provided by the Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre staff Saturday morning, Deborah Stevens from Home Economics for Living Project (HELP) shared tips and tricks to simple but nutritious meal plans.
Despite the high winds and stormy weather, Saturday sessions continued on schedule. Several brave survivors went on to play Minigolf and got a taste for archery in the unfriendly wind. Unlike the wind we saw at camp, everyone was friendly and interactive with one another. The bad weather did not stop anyone from smiling and having a good time!
For those that did not want to participate in the outside events, many survivors created beautifully hand painted birdhouses, and others yet made bright glass jar lanterns that lit up the night when the power went out!
Spare time for the survivors led to a lot of options. Many played cards to prepare for the cribbage tournament that would take place that night, socialized, played a few rounds of Jeopardy, or took a quick nap to prepare for the nights festivities.
After Saturday's supper, the annual SBIA AGM took place and was proceeded by the survivor cribbage tournament and Karaoke hosted by Jamaal James. Leo Kentz and Kendra Burgess Danced along to the music!
The evening was coming to a close until the fireworks show hosted by Bazaar & Novelty and D & S Fireworks lit up the whole camp during the power outage. It was wonderfully well done and everyone who saw had a great time.
Sunday morning after breakfast, Robert Beatty shared his inspiring survivor story. Many hearts were touched when Robert told of his struggles of his injury and losing his dad in a plane accident at age 14. What a fantastic story he told that reached out to other survivors with similar struggles from their accidents. Lastly, Skylar and Kris from SARBI put on "the Amazing Race".
The farewell was not a goodbye, but rather a see you later as survivors parted and ended this year's summer camp.
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