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Mighty Sparkies

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This week we welcomed our youngest campers, our Sparkies, to a week of fun in the sun! Don’t worry, we put on all the sunscreen, drank all the water, and wore all the hats we could find! These campers have loads of energy and don’t stop ‘till they drop (thank goodness for nap time). This week was an adventure for sure, whether it was the good food or soaking our cabin leaders with water balloons at tuck time, these kiddos were all in. We fit a lot of fun into this short week including chapel, pony rides, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, horse care, bouncy castle, climbing wall, wagon rides, and the best games camp has to offer (that’s right, I’m talking about jug & jog)! 
Our speaker Kendall, the children’s pastor at SunWest Church in Calgary, challenged our campers with some very good questions. Every chapel the kids were asked two questions, “who is Jesus?” and “what does that make me?” They learned about what Jesus has done for us and how loved they are by God. Kendall told u…

Thundering Trail Blazers

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This week was full of fun, Jesus, and thunder. Every day, it seemed, had storm clouds roll in and thunder. Fortunately for us, it seemed to only really rain when we were inside for meals or Chapel. Activities like Horsemanship, Zipline, Canoeing, archery, and more! These kids played our wide games with enthusiasm and gusto - you could often hear them playing halfway across camp. I hope all of the parents enjoy the singing today at Closing as much as we have all week.

This week our speaker was from Dalhousie Church in Calgary, Brennan Dyck. It was so much fun to see the kids interact with Brennan in chapel and during the games.

Last night we had our testimony "rocks"...rocks because for the third week in a row, we were rained out from our fire ring. The weather wasn't a downer though - as always - testimony nights are MY favourite. I absolute love hearing what kids are learning about God and what they're experiencing at camp. Here is a small sample of the testimonies…

Explorers and Half-way There!

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One hundred and fifty campers spread across five different programs joined us for camp this week. We had 16 Pit Crew finishing out their second week of camp, 16 Interns experiencing their first week as staff, 6 campers in our brand new Wrangler Up Sr. program where they learned what it takes to be an Evergreen Wrangler, 12 campers down at our Roughin' It Boys 2 camp and 100 Explorer campers at our Base Camp.

We got a bit a rain and a bit of sunshine this week. Regardless of the weather - all of our campers played, competed, and couldn't be stopped from having fun. The weather even cleared up for our field BBQ on Wednesday so we could Party, eat some burgers, and finish up with Jug 'n' Jog.

Our speaker this week was from Lethbridge, Alberta and one of our long standing staff members, Sarah Viejou (Renaissance). She started the week off by talking about lost coins and sheep (with the biggest, fluffiest sheep!!) and putting a puzzle together about how Jesus came to rescu…

Starting off strong with Jr. Explorers

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Our first week of summer has been awesome! We kick it off with one of the most fun ages - Jr. Explorers! These little ones are between the ages of Gr. 1-4 and are super keen to learn new skills, brave new heights (literally), and test their limits.

These campers say the most ridiculous things and are hilarious. I've seen "Tigers" in skirts riding horses!! If that's not hilarious - I don't know what is! I absolutely love watching these kids look at an activity like canoing, identify that they are nervous about trying it and taking the brave steps towards conquering their fears. I think we could learn a lot from these little ones!

Our Speaker this week was Carol from Cranbrook. Here we just called her Questing Carol. She taught us songs, had us competing for the Banana Cup each day, looking for stars, and had us laughing. She taught lots about God:
He's an eternal GodHe's our eternal King We can have eternal life though His son, JesusHe offers us eternal ki…

#imatoughcamper

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You have to love when a plan comes together. Our Tough Camper Run was one of those plans. We've been tossing it around for several years now - wondering if it would fit in our "family" of annual events. We're always excited about the idea of welcoming families and new people into our Camp Evergreen world and we really started feeling like an obstacle race - one that could challenge not only individuals but families and youth groups - could be just the right fit.

We set to planning the course - which basically meant that John (a.k.a. Dish[Rack]tion) consistently ran the developing "course" several times a week over the last five months until we had a path that we were happy with. Then came the obstacle design. We researched, we met with some experienced race organizers, and obstacle experts and started planning our event.

The weather was perfect as seventy racers checked in for the race. Costumes, custom-made shirts, and families of all different ages and s…

Calling all Kingdom Workers!!

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Today we received 10 camper registrations. That may not seem like a lot but when you're 89% full - 10 campers make a big difference. We only have 126 spots left in our summer camps. We truly are down to the last stretch. We're wanting to see every. single. spot. filled. We want 1041 campers and 43 families hear the Gospel this summer - we want to see Lives Transformed by the Power of Jesus.

To do this, we need staff. We need volunteers. Each May and June, we bring in about 30 staff to work our Outdoor Education and Guest Group ministry. During this time - our discipleship programs and summer games are being written and designed - summer magic is being crated. At the end of June, 30 staff becomes 70 and we are joined by nearly 100 volunteers in the following two months. These are not youth, young adults, lesser young adults, and grandparents who are wasting their summer or finding something to do to fill their time...they're building the Kingdom of God. They are using some…

Tough Camper Run!

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There's a new thing happening this spring at Camp Evergreen. For the first time ever - we are doing an obstacle race called the Tough Camper Run. This race will be the first of its kind here at Evergreen and will raise money for our camp programs.

The race is being designed so that families, individuals, and youth groups can race together in a fun new way. Teams are encouraged to dress up in a theme (like bumblebees, unicorns, or something even crazier) and race to see lives transformed! Each racer is encouraged to raise $200 each in pledges for the race. That can seem like a lot - but kids are really good at raising money...especially when they dress up. Who can say no to a 5 year old dressed as a bumblebee? Our goal for this fundraiser is $25,000.

Prizes will be given for Top Fundraiser in each category, Best Dressed, and more!

Here's the skinny about the race:

1km - 3km - 5km Distance Options with an obstacle area containing 8-9 obstacles in each distance. Obstacles get p…