|I don’t know where to start about my trip. It was something I am sooo happy I could experience at this time in my life. It was perfect!
I know it sounds funny but it was really like a dream. It’s weird how you can know a friend for a few years, yet you meet people you have never seen before and hang out with them for 5 days and end up knowing them just as well. I had such a hard time leaving because as each day went by it just got so much more exciting and better and better!
On the very last day we did some cool stuff together and I couldn’t help myself from crying. Everyone was just so friendly and it was so much fun. The leaders were awesome! They had such a positive attitude towards everything that it was hard not to enjoy yourself, it tends to spread as well so that everyone is just so happy the whole time, well…I know I was! I learned a lot about myself too, and how I can effect other lives and the future for the better. We all learned about leadership and goals and did some great teamwork, trust, and other activities that were awesome! The kayaking was excellent. That is one of the main reasons why I came along, and I got so much more out of it then I had expected. I love to kayak and the trip made me even more enthusiastic about it.
The experience did change me. It’s difficult to explain how. But I feel great about it. I want to go back there soooooo bad. I am pretty sure I will be there this summer!
|We also received this lovely letter from a parent excited about her son’s experience this summer:
A huge thank-you to you and the Dan Culver Foundation for sponsoring my son on the Dare to Dream Leadership Program this past August. Saying how grateful I am just doesn’t seem enough, but I do want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude. It was an incredible experience for him and he grew in leaps and bounds during his week on Jedediah. He was already a beautiful young man, but a sometimes shy boy who worries far too much for a person so young (14yrs old).
All the events he described really evoked team building, spirit strengthening, inspiration and goal setting. What an amazing opportunity to have this experience, especially at such a young age. My son also formed meaningful friendships with the leaders and other participants, and they’re already planning an alumni trip next summer. He sees himself growing with the program and becoming a leader himself – WOW!
Again, thank you, thank you!! If I can contribute as a Dare to Dream advocate, please call upon me at any time. The continuation of this program is crucial for our youth.
|And here are some notes from our coordinator at Parkgate Community Centre on some of the teens who have gone through our programs:|
|A mother told us that her daughter sifted through the Recreation guide and came across the Dare2Dream program. They are a very outgoing family who enjoy outdoor sports and boating, so her parents were not surprised that she would choose this activity, but surprised that she would want to join without a friend coming alongside with her. Typically their daughter has had problems making decisions and is very dependent on her friends and doing what they want her to do. She is a very quiet personal person and rarely opens herself up. She decided to sign up and go on her own. Parents were very supportive of her joining in on this adventure. She loved the experience!!! (in fact her letter to us is at the top of the page!) She especially enjoyed the daily kayaking trips. Her parents noticed that when they went to pick their daughter up at the Ferry terminal she hovered behind the group and was really reluctant to end the experience. Her mother thinks this was a life-changing experience for her daughter. Since the trip she has begun to look for volunteer experiences and has recently volunteered with the Deep Cove Triathlon. These are great steps for a youth who used to be very dependent on doing things with others.|
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A mother told us that her daughter also loved her experience. It’s given her a new experience that she is very excited about, and she thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking. After her Dare2Dream experience this teen went on to kayak in Powell River as part of an outdoor education experience with her school.
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