I recently discovered the country music group, Renegade Station, and their song Safe Harbour (words below). At Widjiitiwin, we consider safety in our community to be of paramount importance. The relationships between staff and campers and amongst the staff can make or break a week for anyone.

Whether it’s an issue of bullying, homesickness or mental health, our staff are a safe harbour to our campers and each other. It is important for our campers & others to have someone to listen to them, care for them, speak up for them, have fun with them, give a hand up, protect them, be there for them and love them. Every child, every teen needs a champion, a friend

To that end, we have two cabin leaders in each cabin plus ministry staff to help support them. We want our staff to make sure that campers are safe physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally. We base that on Luke 2:52 – and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Every year at camp we work with more campers and staff who are working through mental health issues. We work with over 300 kids and youth from at risk communities plus another 300 from varying backgrounds. They are ALL kids and youth that need the love of Jesus. Sometimes the kid who needs the most help will ask in the most unloving way. We talk with our staff about getting to know the campers that sit off by themselves. 

Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance. Roy T. Bennett

SAFE HARBOUR by Renegade Station

I bet you’re thinking that there’s only one way out of this
I can tell somethings wrong, and that you’re in some kind of mess
Your mind’s going places it ain’t ever gone before
If it feels like you’re drowning and you can’t take it no more
I’m only a phone call away

I’ll be your safe harbour
On the darkest night, in the deepest water
If your boat is sinking and you need a hand
I’ll come running from wherever I am
I’ll be your lifeline, I’ll be your armour
I’ll be your safe harbour

When the worlds gone cold and you ain’t got nothing left
You’ve lost all hope and you’re hangin on by thread
If you’re one short step, from a long dark fall
I’ve got your back, so stand up tall
Don’t you dare give in

I’ll be your safe harbour
On the darkest night, in the deepest water
If your boat is sinking and you need a hand
I’ll come running from wherever I am
I’ll be your lifeline, I’ll be your armour
I’ll be your safe harbour

I won’t ever judge you, I won’t ever let you down

I’ll be your safe harbour
On the darkest night, in the deepest water
If your boat is sinking and you need a hand
I’ll come running from wherever I am
I’ll be your lifeline, I’ll be your armour
I’ll be your safe harbour
I’ll be your safe harbour
I’ll be your safe harbour

© Luanne Carl, Kent Nixon & Doug Folkins

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