The Reinharts

by FORP on June 10th, 2013

Becky Reinhart: Radiation Therapist, Toronto.  Cedarbough Ontario Ranger, 2003.
Kate Reinhart: MNR Fire Ranger, Fort Frances. Killarney Ontario Ranger, 2005.
Alex Reinhart: MA Student (European, Russian and Eurasian Studies), Carleton University. Machesney Lake Ranger, 2007.
Maria Reinhart: High School Student, Walkerton, Ontario. Dividing Lake Ranger, 2011.

In 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011, the four of us received letters; the letter we all wanted, the letter that would change our lives.

Becky: I was the first of us to participate in the Ontario Ranger Program. In 2003, I spent the summer at the Cedarbough Ranger Camp. Like many Rangers, I experienced my first canoe trip, which sparked a keen interest in environmental issues. When I returned at the end of the summer, I told my siblings all about canoe trips, and the incredible friends I had made. For the three of my siblings, it was both inspiring and annoying. Four years later, I would return to Cedarbough, but this time as an Assistant Sub Supervisor. This experience provided me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills (an important ability if one has the burden of being an oldest sister).
Kate: Heading to Killarney in the summer of 2005 was nerve-wracking, as I had little experience in the outdoors.  I’d never even been in a canoe before that summer. But spending the summer with twenty-three strangers allowed me to become more independent, to work co-operatively as a team, and to be comfortable as an individual. The bond that I formed with my fellow Rangers and the outdoors cannot be described, but was certainly a turning point in my life. I also returned as a staff member for the past five years; my role as camp supervisor has allowed me to become an experienced leader. Without this opportunity, I would not be the confident, positive, and self-motivated person I am today. And like virtually all Rangers, I attribute my environmental awareness to participating in the program.

Alex: I spent the summer of 2007 at Machesney Lake Ranger Camp. For virtually all of us it was the summer of tough love; our camp would best be described as harsh but fair.  Machesney taught Rangers of the value of respect, and the importance of being punctual. By the end of the summer, no one would dare show up late for work.
Unlike my sisters, I did not return to my camp as a staff member; however, the environmental awareness which the program bestowed upon me has greatly impacted my schooling.

Maria: I was the last of the four of us to attend the Ontario Ranger Program at Dividing Lake. The next year, I returned to the program as assistant sub-supervisor before the program was cancelled. These experiences gave me a new perspective on life, and a more positive attitude. Additionally, it was a great opportunity for growth due to the judgement-free environment that was fostered at Dividing. The friendships that I made over the summer are ones that I really value and still keep. The Ranger program has shaped who I am today, and I couldn't imagine where I would be without the experience.

Each of us can say that the Ontario Ranger Program affected us in a positive way, and was a priceless learning experience.  Young people in this province are going to be missing out with the cut of this incredible program.

Posted in not categorized    Tagged with Cedarbough, Killarney, Machesney, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2003, Dividing Lake


Jack Sparrow - June 10th, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I cried a little inside reading this... It's so beautiful.
Marie - June 14th, 2013 at 10:33 AM
You are awesome guys. Great article

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