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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Imagine you are a young adult, 18 years of age or older. Perhaps, at this time of year, you are approaching your high school graduation, and looking forward to a break from the pressure of final exams. Maybe you are really looking forward to going back to camp as part of your summer experience, or spending time at the lake. On the other hand, while you want and need some time off, you have also been accepted into a college or university program for the fall, so you really need to earn some money this summer to help with tuition or expenses. What to do? How can you have the change of pace you need and also earn some money?

Perhaps the dilemma described above sounds like a situation facing someone you know. Or perhaps you have someone in your family, or in the family of your friends who will be at that point just a year or two from now. If so, this message may be for you or them.

There is a way that responsible young adults who are at least 18 years of age can have a great summer, attend camps and reunions, and still earn money. Further, they will also get their camp fees, meals, lodging and transportation all paid! Sounds like a good deal, right? Have I got your attention? How can they do that?

Every summer, CEM seeks to hire a minimum of three lifeguards to supervise swimming at six camps and reunions. Applicants need to be qualified with at least a Bronze Cross, but NLS certification is preferred. Lifeguards who are qualified can look forward to a great summer working at camps and reunions, be in a great environment with wonderful mentors and leaders, and practice their skills by supervising the waterfront. What a great summer!

There is just one problem. Every year we struggle to find qualified applicants we can hire. We have great summer jobs to offer, but we have difficulty finding people to employ. Each year it is a challenge to build a team, and this year is the most difficult since the program began. In fact, we have enough camps that we could probably hire two teams, or five or six lifeguards, if we could only find them.

Here is the point of this blog. If you know a young person who is soon going to be in the situation described above, why not encourage them to think about qualifying for this opportunity. Perhaps they already have part of the swimming qualifications they will require, and just need to add a few more lessons to qualify for their NLS certification. Or perhaps they need more instruction. Either way, there will very likely be jobs waiting for them if they will take the time to qualify themselves.

Incidentally the program is not only open to young adults. If you are older but have the qualifications, we would be delighted to talk to you. I invite you to send your resume and application to the CEM office via email at your earliest opportunity. If you want more information, or know someone who does, just send me a note.

In the meantime, no matter what your age, lets all plan to have a great summer. See you at the waterfront?

Posted by Carman

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