Two 16-year-old students from Germany joined past district governor Dennis Feduk of the Carlyle Lions Club for two of their three weeks in Canada as part of the Youth Camp and Exchange Program sponsored by Lions International.
Leon Dreier lives near Munich and Felix Kerber is from near Cologne. The two young men joined Carlyle Lions Club members for their very first wiener roast at Lions Park on Aug. 7.
During the first and third week of their three-week adventure, they stayed with Feduk, where they were able to experience many of the things Saskatchewan residents take for granted.
They went water skiing and tubing, rode in a side by side through the Moose Mountains, flew in a plane, swam at the Crescent Point Leisure Complex pool, rode on a zero-turn mower and a tractor, witnessed a butchering set up at the Larry Brady farm, and watched Men in Black International at the Prairie Dog Drive-In.
The two youths also visited the Rusty Relics Museum, Cannington Manor and Kenosee Super Slides, and toured through the Qu’Appelle Valley.
The young men did agree that one of the best things about their visit to Saskatchewan were the strawberry and rhubarb and Saskatoon berry pies, made by Carlyle’s own pie man Dennis Feduk, who is a Lions Club member.
While at the camp with other exchange students at Lac Pelletier near Swift Current, they took part in volunteer work at Eastend, visited Scotty the T-rex and the Cypress Hills Provincial Park, went zip lining, saw a moose, mule deer, and bison, rode go-carts and did an eco-tour of Grasslands Provincial Park.
This camp hosted 32 youth from 13 different countries.
Although it is not required that youths be related to a Lions Club member in order to take part in the exchange, it is interesting to note that Kerber’s father and grandfather are both members of a Lions Club in Germany, and his father took part in the same exchange as a youth, travelling to the U.S.