Choosing to Step Aside
How Pioneer Camp Alberta has shaped my life:
– by Leticia Zimmerman
The first time that I ventured into a community where I did not know anyone, was the summer of 2017. I signed up to be a volunteer wrangler, because I wanted to gain experience working with horses. If I’m being completely honest, when I fully realized what I had signed up for, I was terrified. I instantly thought “am I going to fit in?” and “will I be any good at wrangling?”. Looking back at it now, that was unnecessary because what I was doing was something God had said I should do.
After the first full week as a volunteer wrangler, I fell in love with camp! Not only did I fit in, but I loved working with the kids and horses at the same time. I spend the next two weeks, thinking of ways in which I could stay at camp and heard about the L.E.A.D program. Once I talked to the Barns Manager Jolene, and talked to the Executive Director Ruth Lewis (when I talked to Ruth it doubled as my interview for the program) It was clear that God was directing me to do L.E.A.D. I started L.E.A.D in early September 2017.
Throughout L.E.A.D, I have been pushed and stretched to build relationships, step up and lead groups in multiple ways, and grow in my faith. I have been so fortunate to be involved in a community that is willing to support me and help me strive to be my best self while here and in the future. The 8 months that I have spent at Pioneer have been full of blessings, friendship building, spiritual growth, immense learning, and eye-opening experiences and conversations. It has allowed me to enjoy being outside my comfort zone. I feel so blessed to have been able to share this experience with my fellow L.E.A.D participants, and all the Pioneer Camp Alberta Staff. L.E.A.D is something I would recommend to everyone who is wanting to develop their faith further and wants to push themselves to be the best that they can be! I will forever be grateful for the time I spent at camp, everything I learned and continue to learn.
Everything that I have learned here will guide me in all my endeavors, and the friendships I’ve built will last a life time. I am forever grateful that I came to Pioneer!
About the Author:
Leticia started volunteering in the summer of 2017 as a wrangler at Pioneer Camp Alberta at the Lodge location. She needed volunteer hours to get into the Equine Science Program at Old’s College. Little did she know that taking that first step would lead to her applying and participating in the L.E.A.D program for the 2017/18 year.