Camp Enterprise.

Camp Enterprise was started in Canada in 1976, by the Youth Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Toronto.  It is a program for high school students which consist of a series of panels, presentations and discussions on business and the free enterprise system.  It is based upon a program of the American Management Association, developed by Rotary and adopted throughout North America.  The objective is to expose, explore, and spur the student's imagination on the whole subject of business and private enterprise.  The program presents business and management as offering enormous personal satisfaction. While allowing the individual to exercise maximum creativity, the program at the same time emphasizes obligations to serve and contribute in the community.  The topics covered in Camp Enterprise include starting a business, a business game, a participatory labour / management negotiation, communication, financing and business ethics.

Edited from the Camp Enterprise Website


Share Your Stories Contest. 

This is the ninth year for the Cobourg Library's Share Your Stories contest, which encourages Cobourg and Hamilton Township students in grades one to eight to submit original, unpublished stories to two professional children's authors, Shane Peacock and Ted Staunton, for evaluation and comment.  This year, 497 entries were received, making the contest one of the largest in Canada.  Rotary donated $1,500 in prizes to the young writers' schools to be used to buy books for their libraries.  Prizes were awarded to schools based on the highest rates of participation and the highest number of entries submitted.

This year (2012) Notre Dame Elementary School won $1,000 for having both the highest participation for a larger school and the largest number of entries.  Grant Sine Public School and Northumberland Montessori School each received $250 for having 100% participation in the small school category. This is the third year that Rotary has donated to this initiative and it is paying off big time.  Since Rotary became involved, over 1700 children have experienced the joy of writing and the excitement of having professional authors read and review their stories.

Written by Charmaine Lindsay


Youth Paddling Program - Dragon Boat and Canoe Club.

In 1999 a group of breast cancer survivors formed the Survivor Thrivers Dragon Boat Team, a non-profit, charitable organization where breast cancer survivors could learn to paddle side by side, while sharing health concerns.  With community support they raised money to have their first boat built.  Dragon Boating caught on quickly.  Others became interested and soon there were enough teams to establish the Cobourg Dragon Boat Club.  This club has over 150 members and several competitive teams, who take part in many Ontario and International Dragon Boat Festivals every year.

In 2010 the club had an opportunity to purchase a dozen second hand canoes and kayaks and start up a Youth Paddling Program.  The boats were a mixture of new boats from Kayak Sport Canada and second hand canoes from the Sydenham Canoe Club in Kingston (these were refurbished as a class project by students at Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East).

The club was able to purchase these boats with a donation of $30,000 from the Rotary Club of Cobourg.  The program evolved into the competitive Sprint Racing Canoe and Kayak program with over eighty young people.  In only its second year the Cobourg Club became a hit on the regatta circuit.  Paddlers competed at the Mississauga Canoe Club annual regatta winning eight first-place finishes, five seconds and five thirds!   It is quite unusual for a new club to be so successful so quickly.  

Three junior members now have a community-coach certificates which allows them to teach fundamentals.  Head Coach Jeremy Fowlie has a National Coaching Certificate to coach at the competitive level.  The goal is to have the kids take leadership roles in the club and become councilors and coaches.  This program has become a life changer for many young people.  Parents are saying "Our kids have found something they are in love with".  The club is hoping to donate some of its surplus boats to help start another junior club somewhere else.

Written by Beth Bellaire and Mike Hick