CTC: Consider applying for CTC Leadership Board
Why CTC? Why should you consider applying for CTC Leadership Board?
By Tess Adelstein, CTC Secretary
Attention all 8th through 11th grade campers!! Chi Town Connection (CTC) is looking for new members to join our leadership board that are interested in bringing the camp spirit home all year round. CTC is a year-round teen program that focuses on bringing the Camp Chi spirit that we all know and love back home with us while we aren’t at camp. Because of Coronavirus, all events and meetings will be online for the time being via Zoom, but we will eventually have monthly in-person meetings, group hangouts, events that you will get to plan by joining the board, and even trips up to camp during the off seasons!
You’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to join this? I’ve never heard of CTC before this, why would I give them my time?” CTC is a way for you to keep the Camp Chi spirit alive 365 days a year not just in your own hearts, but among all campers and ages. Also, our board, which currently has about 15 members, 5 of which are also on the Executive Board which you can check out here, have meetings on Zoom every month. Joining the board and attending the meetings is a great way to stay connected during Coronavirus. The meetings also give you the ability to make connections with people of different ages. You never know, one of the other members could end up being your SIT, counselor, or even CO one day!
Here are some quotes from current board members, including the president of CTC, Alexa Turner:
“CTC is a truly awesome organization that I’m so glad got brought back. I love being a part of CTC because everyone is welcomed. Everyone who’s a part of CTC loves Camp Chi and has so many original, creative ideas. It’s also a great way to see your friends at least once a month especially during this crazy time. It’s really fun to be a part of something that helps me feel close to camp year round. I’m so excited to see who joins CTC and hear all their amazing ideas!!”
-Leadership Board member, Sammie Temkin (10th)
“CTC is important to me because I want to be able to make fun experiences for my peers and younger campers and I want to make an impact at Camp Chi. Through CTC, I’m able to make an impact and see the affect my programming has on campers, especially in such a difficult and unprecedented time.”
–Executive Board Program Coordinator, Ryan Lemberg (11th)
“CTC has been a great way to make new friends and stay connected especially during these crazy, uncertain times.”
-Leadership Board member, Riley Harris (10th)
“CTC has taught me many important skills like how to work as a team and has helped me become accepting of everyone no matter what. I love meeting and working with friends that I know I can trust. CTC is a place where I know I can speak my mind and my ideas feel heard and accepted. I love CTC.”
-Leadership Board member, Charlie Temkin (11th)
“When I first joined CTC, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after only a few meetings, I realized how impactful CTC was going to be on my life already. CTC provided me with a platform to connect with the Camp Chi community all year long. I was able to create better friendships along with bonds with kids of different ages. It was also a great way to connect with friends over quarantine the past few months. Camp is my everything and through CTC, I’m able to put that love into planning events and projects for the camp community. Joining the boards was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I encourage everyone to apply if you have a passion camp just like every current member does.”
-Executive Board President, Alexa Turner (11th)
“CTC is an amazing opportunity for all Camp Chi teens! We don’t just get to help our local communities, but we get to have fun with each other. Living in these uncertain times can be difficult, but having CTC is important, enjoyable, and fun. CTC is a great opportunity and everyone should apply to join!”
-Leadership Board member, Jack Zislis (10th)
“CTC has been a place where I feel like I can be myself and keep close connection with camp. It’s also been a great place to see my friends who I normally don’t get to see during the school years. During these difficult times with Covid, it’s given me something to look forward to and it makes me excited to go back to camp next summer. I can’t wait for what’s to come with CTC and all the fun programs that we will have this school year!”
-Leadership Board member, Dylan “Fabio” Tehrani (11th)
“CTC is an awesome way to get kids more engaged in Camp Chi while still having fun. Quarantine has put a stop to a lot of fun events this year including camp, but CTC is an awesome way to stay involved and help the community while meeting new people and friends.”
-Executive Board Social Media Manager, Sarah Matthews (10th)
If these statements from some of the amazing members of CTC aren’t enough to convince you, then let me just say that CTC is an amazing group that has helped keep me updated and involved in the Camp Chi community all year-round. Even though we can’t see our friends, having these meetings has been an amazing way to connect and have fun while still being safe. Even though we do have to do work, we’re planning events and working on programs to help bring the home we have in Camp Chi to our own houses year-round. We also spend plenty of time each meeting hanging out and getting to know one another, currently, through Zoom. Even if Leadership Board isn’t for you, I really encourage everyone to participate in some of our events. We have a Euchre Tournament coming up on November 30th and more exciting events in the future! CTC is an amazing opportunity and I encourage everyone to get involved however they can!