Here in Québec June 24th is a
pretty big deal- Fête St. Jean, but in the world of Day Camps it has been an
even bigger deal- TEAM TRAINING DAY 2017!!!!!!!
I was up super early in order to get the
chores done, walk Wil and be over at Isaiah 40 by just after 830am. Although I had
got out some of the dishes etc. needed to prepare lunch for 20 people there was
still a lot to do before the other helpers arrived to set up the hall and then
the Team Members @ 930am
Soon the coffee was perking, and
registration materials and nametag supplies all laid out, and then general
chaos began!
Wil was in his element! Happily bouncing
around as the official “greeter”.
By 10am we had all gathered and with
opening worship songs, the day began.
Team Training Day is designed as a sort of one-day
crash course at the end of which the Team Members, reeling with information
overload, are dumped willy-nilly into the three Training Day Camps!
Today was no exception, but they seemed to
have a great time and left the Retreat Centre pretty pumped to get going. As
they were leaving I could here several of them saying, “I am SO excited!!” that
is good way to head out on a mission!!
After the last pieces of luggage had been
hauled out of the building Janice and I did the final clean up and then headed
back to my house where we loaded up her car with all the frozen food for the
Retreat Week.
When Janice was here visiting on Thursday
she had offered to help move the food over to Isaiah 40 and I was delighted to
get it into the building well ahead of time as the coming week is pretty hairy
with the three Training Day Camps happening and a thousand loose ends to tie in
on the Day Camps front.

Actually this week has been just as hairy,
with last minute Team additions and a couple of other “possibles” with whom I
have held personal interviews.
There are still several iffy individuals so
final allocations for the actual Teams are still in a state of flux. One girl
might have to do summer school, another young man is not available to visit a
Training Day Camp until next Thursday and one person today was exhibiting
symptoms of homesickness so it remains to be seen how that plays out.
As I was writing a minute ago the first
Training Team Leader called in to tell me they had safely arrived at their
destination. The Three Training Teams will all be holding set-up meetings
tomorrow afternoon and then I will have some in depth conversations with the
Leaders to see how plans are falling into place.
 Meanwhile, this evening, I shall try to catch
up on all sorts of bits and pieces, pray for those who a feeling nervous and
homesick and be thankful for those who are super pumped and excited!
The week ahead will be another whirlwind with
some final baking and cooking for the Retreat, one more host location to try
desperately to fill, a House Eucharist one evening, and a small catering order
to fill. It would also be lovely if I could squeeze in sewing a new dress to
wear at the Commissioning Service. Hmm.
Well before heading off to make a big tuna
salad with some of the wonderful fresh greens that came this week in my first
CSA Farm Share we need a recipe.
Last Monday evening was our final Committee
meeting before the start of Day Camps, for dinner that evening I made a Niçoise
Salad that was very tasty. I do love dinner salads

Whole Wheat Pasta Salade Niçoise

3 tins wild organic Albacore Tuna, broken
into chunks
12oz whole-wheat spaghetti
1-pint cherry tomatoes
6oz. fresh green beans, trimmed
½ cup whole black olives
6 hardboiled eggs, thickly sliced
½ cup each red wine vinegar and olive oil
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water,
adding the beans for the last 2 minutes. Drain well and arrange in the centre
of a large platter, Scatter the tomatoes, olives, eggs and tuna over the pasta.
Drizzle with some of the dressing and serve the rest on the side.

Serves 4-6