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Student shares ‘Key Leader Camp’ experience

Kiwanis Club of Picton president John Inrig with Sgt. Britni Galpin.

Kiwanis Club of Picton president John Inrig with Sgt. Britni Galpin.

Britni Galpin was among about 60 students from across the province who attended a ‘Key Leader’ camp she told local Kiwanians was “a challenging and worthwhile experience.”

Galpin was a guest at last week’s Picton Kiwanis meeting to speak about her weekend adventure in November. The club offers a local student an expenses-paid weekend each year in Arden, Ontario.

Galpin is a Grade 11 student at PECI and is a non-commissioned officer with the local Air Cadets 851 Squadron. She attended the Kiwnis meeting with Captain Joyce Crandell, the squadron’s commanding officer.

Britni explained the teens were assigned to “neighbourhoods,” that would work as teams to complete tasks. Each “neighbourhood” of about 10 or 12 persons had to complete challenging tasks.

She expalined one of the assignments was to build a bridge out of styrofoam blocks. Another required her to stand on a safe, but narrow ledge.

Galpin told Kiwanis she found the ledge “scary” but that her group members gave her encouragement and support.

She noted all members of the neighbourhood had a chance to lead the group in a bid to learn that cooperation produced the best results.

Galpin told the Kiwanians she enjoyed the weekend, made friends that she is still in contact with and found the experience to be both challenging and worthwhile.

The Kiwanians thanked Britni for reporting and expressed the wish that she might attend next year’s camp. Students who have completed one Key Leader weekend are eligible to become instructors at a future Key Leader camp.

The club also thanked her commanding officer for her support of program and presented her with a certificate acknowledging a contribution, made in her name, to “Sleeping Children of the World.” The Kiwanis-supported charity provides bed kits to students in third world countries. The kits include mosquito nets for students living in tropical areas, a mat, a pillow and other items useful in ensuring a good night’s sleep.

Kiwanian Wayne Cooper is expected to visit India this month to supervise the distribution of bed kits to students there. Wayne is paying the travel expenses himself to ensure the children receive the full benefit of donations made to the program.

President John Inrig presents a "Sleeping Children of the World" certificate to Capt. Joyce Crandell, Commading Officer of 851 Prince Edward Air Cadet Squadron.

President John Inrig presents a “Sleeping Children of the World” certificate to Capt. Joyce Crandell, Commading Officer of 851 Prince Edward Air Cadet Squadron.

 

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