Camp Spotlight – Spring 2019
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Send your name and contact info for a chance to win a free week at camp for your child! Choose from any of the camps featured in our Camps Spotlight, and put the name of that camp into the subject line of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to add your phone number. Draw is on April 24, 2019!
An almost unparalleled opportunity
While offering kids the time of their lives and a chance to escape from the everyday, Christian camps are playing a crucial role in Christian ministry in Canada, especially to the younger generation.
Just over 4,000 campers and staff from around the world came to Camp Qwanoes last summer. As campers enjoyed incredible fun trying activities like zipping over the ocean or bouncing on a water trampoline or working with new friends to break out of the Escape Room, they also encountered the truth that they matter and are loved more than they can understand.
At camp, kids have an almost unparalleled opportunity to experience life change and to gain hope. A 2018 report called Renegotiating Faith: The Delay in Young Adult Identity Formation and What It Means for the Church in Canada, clearly shows the positive impact of being a camper or staff member on faith formation. Those who had been campers or staff at Christian camps were much more likely to attend church at least weekly and stay integrated with Christian communities as young adults than those who had not attended camp.
John ImBeau of Awana Canada and long-time Qwanoes speaker said, “God is changing the world through Qwanoes. Camps are one of the few places left where a child is given the opportunity for a complete transformation… It is the most vital ministry in church today.”
A camper shared that because of the staff at camp, “I’ve found my voice with God and Jesus and ever since I’ve found a really awesome church… I have so many friends… You’ve given me a lifetime of a Saviour and love by the King himself and his son Jesus.”
If you’re looking for a way to be part of what God is doing in Canada to reach the younger generation, there’s a place for you at camp. The potential is amazing. Your own life will likely be changed forever. A staff member said, “(Camp) changes our lives… a lot of people leave… with a new meaning and love for God and life – which is the most amazing thing about camp.”
by Julie Bayley, Qwanoes’ Associate Program Director
Rivers Edge Camp & Retreat Centre is located 45 minutes NW of Calgary and 90 minutes SW of Red Deer. It is nestled on 320 acres of Alberta’s beautiful foothills amidst a breathtaking panoramic view of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Our mandate is to INVITE diverse groups to experience Christ-centred life change. Each summer, Rivers Edge hosts family camps, children’s camps, youth camps, and a seniors’ weekend retreat. We offer traditional camps with activity options like archery, bmx, bubble soccer and a 400 foot slip’n slide as well as specialized horsemanship camps, and old-school roughing-it camps. In the spring, Rivers Edge hosts a Grand Camp, open to Grandparents and their grandchildren. In addition to our self-generated camps, we host guest groups from various church denominations, a variety of community organizations and many school groups during the year.
Our Frontier Hall is a 44,000-square-foot building that houses our dining hall and auditorium. We also have a gymnasium, high ropes challenge course, indoor climbing wall and a host of other exciting elements.
Our accommodations include:
- Country Inn – a cozy lodge-style building that accommodates up to 75 people with a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains.
- Chalet – an intimate setting that sleeps 10-35
- 16 winterized cabins with 12 beds in each cabin.
- RV Park – consists of 38 spots in a private, wooded setting.
For more information visit our website at www.riversedgecamp.org or call 403-637-2766.
This is a camp for boys and young men. Partnered with Christian Service Brigade, our purpose is to “win and train boys for Christ.” We are an outdoor adventure camp where guys can be guys while learning about God, their Creator – Psalms 8:3-5.
Our activities are built for boys. Our training sharpens their skills and minds. Our staff are Christian role models who can become good friends. Our focus includes environmental conservation. And, we add a healthy dose of FUN with mountain biking, hikes, projects, tubing, white water rafting, sports, rappelling, archery, shooting, tuck, morning devotions and evening campfires. Activities vary, as we always ensure things are “age appropriate”.
Facilities: max. 50 campers each week. There are six cabins, each with ten bunks and loft – bring your own sleeping bag and gear; hot showers, flush toilets, commercial kitchen with qualified cooks who provide Camp Teepee Pole’s signature meals each day. Our camps fill quickly, so register early.
We encourage your support – the Fundraising Banquet is on April 27 in Carstairs. We enlist fathers and other mature Christian volunteers, young and old, to serve as staff and cabin counsellors. Contact www.campteepeepole.org
For camps for girls, please contact www.AlbertaCampCherith.org
This upcoming summer is going to be a busy one at Prairie College with all of the sports camps that the Department of Athletics and Recreation will be putting on. For decades, people all over Alberta have been making Three Hills their destination spot for sports camps. The Prairie Pilots Sports Camps are host to a wide variety of day and overnight camps ranging in age from six years old to eighteen. There are multisport camps for elementary-aged boys and girls and also sport-specific camps for Jr. and Sr. High kids. The point of the camps is to help campers develop their athletic abilities, while also teaching and educating them on biblical characteristics. Prairie College’s motto is, “To know Christ and make Him known” which is applied to everything that happens on campus. Having Christ as the central focus each week is what makes these camps so special and successful.
There are a few updates from within the Prairie Department of Athletics and Recreation for this coming summer too. The Prairie Pilots have started the process of applying to the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference). Because of this, the Department of Athletics and Recreation has decided to expand the offerings of camps for Summer 2019 which will include a Futsal/Soccer camp. The Institution has also begun the process of revamping the Sport Management program, developing it into a four-year program. Also, NBC Camps, which have been a partner with Prairie College for a number of years, is expanding their operations and have added two new camps for Summer 2019, including a Volleyball Camp.
In total, there will be two Multi-Sport camps, two volleyball camps, three basketball camps and a futsal/soccer camp. It is shaping up to be an exciting summer for Prairie Pilots Sports Camps.
More information about each camp can be found at www.prairie.edu/Sports-Camps.
Camp Silversides is expectantly waiting for another amazing summer! We offer two weekends of family camp and overnight camps for children of all ages. Silversides offers a variety of different activities including, survival, boating, fishing, disk golf, archery, and many more fun games and activities.
Another opportunity we offer is our Leaders In Training program. In this program, youth can come and serve at camp for two weeks. To register or apply please go to our website, www.silversides.ca.
This year in particular, is significant because, we will be celebrating our 90th summer. We are excited and very thankful for the continuous support from those in our community. We are so blessed to see the Lord use Camp Silversides for another year and are expectant that He will continue to use Silversides as He has done for the previous 90 years because of His faithfulness.
If you have any questions concerning camp, contact us by email at: email@example.com or by phone at: 403-748-2689.
Alberta Camp Cherith is a non-denominational Christian camp located near Sundre that’s just for girls! We are affiliated with Pioneer Clubs and are committed to providing a high quality, fun-filled, Christ-centered camping experience at an affordable rate. We offer two weeks of camp for Grades 3 to 7 and Grades 7 to 12. Our smaller camp size (max. 40) allows our staff and campers to develop close friendships. Some of our activities include: tubing in the river, canoeing, sleeping in a teepee, games, crafts, archery, and nightly campfires. Our grade 7 to 12 campers are also challenged with rappelling, riflery and whitewater rafting! Come to camp for a week of learning and adventure in the great outdoors. It’s an experience that won’t soon be forgotten and the memories will last a lifetime!
Camp Chestermere has been a place to belong for over 80 years. We are a year-round ministry that runs summer camps, winter camps, events, group bookings, and conferences. Summer 2019 ‘Participate’ is coming and our registration is NOW OPEN! You can jump right into Summer 2019 by registering for our Day or Overnight Camps for ages 5-18. Camps are starting at $275 and we have EARLY BIRD discounts available, so plan your Summer NOW before it’s too late! If your child is entering grade 9, check out our life-changing Christian Leadership Training & Discipleship program. At Camp Chestermere, we believe in presenting the love of Jesus to youth and communities by building relationships, creating experiences, and developing people. Come and experience this place to belong by checking out our website: www.campchestermere.com or by following us on Social Media @CampChestermere.
Whether you are a child, teen or adult, you will never forget your experience at Eagle Bay Camp. Our motto is “A Place Where Lives are Changed” and it perfectly describes this 23-acre piece of property on the shores of Shuswap Lake in the BC Interior. Once you come to Eagle Bay, you will long to return. It is a special place of peace, solitude or crazy adventures. We have something for everyone, from our 26ft., tower, and zip line, to our endless shore lines for kayaking, and swimming. Many people have found answers to some of life’s most pressing questions while enjoying the relaxation of a sunset or conversation on the beach.
Eagle Bay Camp has been around for 34 years but the gospel history of this place goes back over 100 years. We even have an old fur trader church on our property where people would meet for worship before the turn of the century. Today, we see close to 3,000 kids every spring, summer and fall along with many retreats, school groups and rentals. Many find God’s loving grace and hope while creating memories and relationships.
Eagle Bay has a full-time Chef, onsite to create some of the best food you will ever eat. We believe food is as important as the scenery and activities, so we cater to providing very healthy menus for all groups.
Join us for a rental group or register your child for a week.
Who are we? Our Vision says it best:
Welcomed to Belong.
Invited to Believe.
Challenged to Become.
Each of these three values is critically important and interdependent in Mill Creek Baptist Camp’s vision of a balanced ministry in partnership with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and our supporting churches. We follow this framework as a way to evaluate faith formation as we equip people to follow Jesus in whatever culture or context they find themselves.
Belonging means being welcomed and accepted no matter where an individual is at in their spiritual journey. We believe that we are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that through Jesus, we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. This reconciliation prompts us to invite others to make the conscious decision to believe. The challenge to become is a call to take action in developing Christ-like Character through a process of