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It's been an amazing week!

Yes, yes - we say that every week but seriously - it's been a super week. And this week we had to enlarge our Fort Firering again. Isn't that awesome? Read about this really unique challenge we have here on our Reaching Higher Blog. Weather has been just perfect. No rain, not too smokey, and warm enough for our Creek Party and Field BBQ.

Could you ask for anything more? Well - there was also horseback riding, ziplining, climbing, paintball, artsy awesomeness, and wide games galore! Jug 'n' Jog, Ketchup to the Flag, Human Sized Clue, Pandemic just to name a few. We had one last chance this morning to go on some wagon rides, play on the Balance Beam, Leap of Faith, and Climbing Wall.

Brennan, our speaker for the week, from Dalhousie Church in Calgary shared stories from his own life and also about Moses throughout the week.

Testimonies from this week were especially cool. Here are something of the things that were shared in the cabins:

Amazing Trail Blazers!

What a week! It was such an amazing week with our Trail Blazer 1 campers, Roughin' It Girls 1, Charge 1, Pit Crew 1, and Interns. The weather was  pretty wet in the beginning but that made it's own fun. By Wednesday, the sun was out and we were playing Jug 'n' Jog, Captain Sonar, and all the fun outdoor games we could get our hands on.

Chapel this week was amazing. These kids were crazy good singers. One of the things that gave me shivers was the unexpected singing of Oh Canada during our last lunch, started by Crestwood. That rendition was good enough to be on any Stampede Grandstand show. I definitely got the shivers. 

J Janzen, from Abbotsford, BC, was our speaker during the week and shared a lot of stories from his childhood and from the Bible. He taught us that we are created with super powers, that we have the power to serve, and that Jesus is the ultimate superhero and we can join his team by saying yes.

Campers had a ton of amazing things to say during our ca…

Week 1 is in the Books!

There you have it! Our first week of summer camp is in the books! We've been waiting forty-four weeks for this moment! All the planning, hiring, colouring, designing, training, and dreaming has been for these next 8 weeks.

What better way than to start with one of our brand new camps: Jr. Explorers.

I like to call these campers our Little by Mighty campers. They often come in shy and timid of the strange camp environment but so many gain courage and energy (is that even possible?) throughout the week. They're enthusiastic about the food, the games, the activities, and sometimes they're even enthusiastic about napping.

These campers played a tonne of Willsonball, Jug 'n' Jog, a life-sized game of Clue, Ketchup to the Flag, and more! Most of these games were filled with Superhero costumes and ridiculously.

This week - our Speakers: Chip and Roundup taught us about how Jesus is a Superhero and that sin makes God sad. We learned that Jesus came and not only saved the d…

Things Only a Camp Staff Will Understand

As we draw VERY near to Summer Camp there's been a lot of work done to prepare for our summer campers. Programs to be built, menus to be planned, skits to be written...

These are things that are all done by our phenomenal staff. We really, REALLY couldn't do our summer ministry without them. As our Summer Staff Training Week approaches (2 WEEKS) - I thought I would write about some things that our staff would really get.

Sometimes I think that only "camp people" will understand why we do what we do. I'm pretty sure that only half of my family get it. The long hours/weeks, hundreds of screaming and excited kids, low pay, the shaving cream games, and smuggling's really hard to put into words what a camp staff gets out of working at camp. Nobody will really understand that you can, in fact, survive two months on Oreos and Juice and that severe tan lines, bad hair cuts, and make believe Moofs can be sort of cool. I mean - I still have two Moofs i…

Daughter Day

Does anybody else feel like they're in a sprint to get to July? Camp starts in less than a month now and things are just buzzing around here. Each of our programs are getting planned and designed - Skills are getting prepped. It's hard not to feel impatient with summer on the brain these days.

Summer isn't the only thing happening these days. We've had several weeks of events leading up to the launch of summer. One of them was our very first Daughter Day. It was amazing! Forty people joined us: mums, dads, and daughters. Our youngest daughter was 5 years old and our oldest was 29. It was so much fun hanging out with them on a beautiful day here at camp.

We came together for chapel, some games, and fun activities. We're looking forward to next year!

Check out these fun pictures:

This next weekend we host our sold out Father and Son Retreat. It's always a fun time - rain or shine.

We know it's going to be an amazing weekend. Don't forget about our AGM and…

From one Camp Parent to another...

Dear Parents,

From one Camp Parent to another...welcome to the family.

Summer Camp.

Two little words that can strike you with joy and fear at the same time. Whether it was your child's idea to go to camp or your own idea (while making them think it was their idea), you are about to experience an emotional rollercoaster.

The fear part is usually belongs to us:
Will my kid have fun and make new friends? Will he eat more than just a bag of Skittles every day?! Will he be cared for and stay safe without me? Will he learn new things? WILL HE BRUSH HIS TEETH, REMEMBER TO SHOWER, AND CHANGE HIS UNDERWEAR (Please, just once in the week)?!?
Let me fill you in on the answers that I've learned to these questions...
It's hard not to. Actually, nearly impossible.Possibly.Definitely.Yes, although not always as you would expect.Um...Probably not...Well, maybe once on the last day when you come to pick him up. I'd recommend keeping the windows open on your drive home.
The joy part can …

Galactic Success!

May has begun and we've already had a very full couple of weeks! On May 1st, we started our Spring Staff Training. As you read on our Reaching Higher Blog last Friday, Redberry Bible Camp joined us on-site for the week. It was great to connect with our sister camp in Saskatchewan as we both prepare our staff for our Guest Groups and the coming Summer Season.

Staff Training is not for the faint of heart. From 8am to 9pm - our staff are learning how to facilitate our Outdoor Education program for the coming Guest Groups, how to be amazing hosts, and to shine the light of Jesus Christ to everyone that comes on-site. Then they worked through Safe Place, Staff Conduct, and Crisis Management. There may have been some paintballing mid-week just to decompress a bit.

If THAT wasn't busy enough - we had our Spring Fundraiser: Evergreen Night Out on Saturday, May 6th. We just love to have fun and what better way to celebrate what is going on at camp and raise some funds for our programs…