Monday, February 8, 2010

From the Director's Desk

To the Camp Kanata Family,

Hi there! As many of you know, I took over as the director of Camp Kanata this past September. I can’t begin to tell you just how excited I am by this opportunity! As someone that grew up at Camp Kanata, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. Beginning in 1989, I spent a total of 12 summers here as a camper, staff trainee, and staff member. After several years away, I truly do consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to serve as the director of Camp Kanata.

I don’t want to take too much of your time, but I did want to share a few bits of information with you. First, I want you to know that you have my utmost commitment to continue building on the great history of Camp Kanata. I have challenged our team to focus on making every aspect of camp the best that it can be, and while I know we will continuously be raising the bar, we are committed to providing the best possible experience for our campers and their families. Secondly, I wanted to let you know that as we are working to improve the Camp Kanata facility (yes, the rumor of a new water slide is true!), many of the traditions that have made Camp Kanata special for you and your child will still be here this summer…singing in the dining hall, devotions, games of Capture the Flag, The Blob…they’re still a part of the Camp Kanata culture!

While there will be some slight changes for the upcoming summer, my main focus is to strengthen the quality of the relationships that our campers have with each other and with their counselors. If anything, I hope that we will be adding quality elements to the camp experience for our campers and their families. Also, I wanted to remind all of you that our registration process is well underway. Registrations are coming in every day, and we do anticipate being at capacity this year. If anything has happened in the past that would give you hesitation about registering for the upcoming summer, please know that I’d enjoy the opportunity of hearing your concerns.

Finally, I wanted to extend the opportunity for you to reach out and share your comments, ideas, and thoughts with me as we prepare for the upcoming summer. Many of you have already emailed or called to share great stories, memories, and hopes for the future. Whether you’re a camper, the parent of a camper, a staff member, an alumnus, or a friend of Camp Kanata, I want to encourage you to share your feedback with me. I truly do enjoy speaking with our campers, parents, and alumni about what makes Camp Kanata special to them. You can reach me by phone at 919-556-2661, or you can email me at Thanks so much for your time. I look forward to seeing you this summer!

In the Kanata spirit,

Forrest Perry
Executive Director, Camp Kanata

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