Showing posts from December, 2015

Life Lessons from Zwiebach

I've started a new family tradition - baking zwiebach (snowman) buns at Christmas.  For those of you who don't know what zwiebach is - its the best bun you'll ever taste - if they are built right.  My mom would bake zwiebach almost every week when I was young.  Some of you know what I'm talking about - the smell of fresh buns baking on Saturday morning while you're downstairs watching the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour.  During the ads (no pvr back then) I would run upstairs and grab another bun or six. Zwiebach were also a staple of faspa.  For those of you who don't know what faspa is, it was (and is) my favourite meal of the week.  Traditionally Sunday afternoon around 4:30-5:00, zwiebach, cold cuts, (remember liverwurst - key word being wurst) potato chips, cookies, pineapple squares etc. would come out on the table.  No scary vegetables and no better meal to enjoy as a kid. My personal zwiebach tradition started last Christmas.  I thought it was time to

Waiting in Anticipation

The Magi following the star. The Christmas season can mean many things to different people, young and old. Maybe it represents family, gifts, traditions of hiking out to find the perfect (or imperfect) Christmas tree to decorate. It can also mean a very busy season, year end for businesses, too many meals to prepare for and attend, bills, missing loved ones passed, and obligations. Then there's 2015, where many people have been anticipating some other than Christmas: Anyone else willing to admit that Star Wars has been more the thing to talk about than Christmas? I'll admit it. I saw it on Sunday. I wasn't dressed as one of the characters but when the first title popped up on the screen with the score that I learned on the piano as a child...I had an ENORMOUS grin on my face. Last week, in our last general staff meeting before Christmas break, we read the Christmas story from Luke. We talked a bit about it and Taylor, our Program Director made a very profound p

Staff.. This one's for you!

Did you know that Spring Staff will be joining us in just 4 months & 16 days and Summer Staff will be joining us in 6 months & 7 days! Craziness! With all the snow on the ground and Christmas quickly approaching, I am guessing not many of you are thinking about summer. However, here in the Evergreen office we are already super pumped and expecting God to do amazing things! Here is the thing.. We cannot do this alone - we need you. We need you to come willing to be God's hands and feet and serve these kids! We recently had someone write on our Facebook "Best camp ever" . Know what makes us the best camp ever? You - our staff, and a whole lot of Jesus. Camp is hard work and sometimes you wonder why you signed up but if you've ever been here you know the power of camp. Camp is a place where you are accepted, grow and hopefully walk away with a better understanding of your relationship with Christ. Here the deal - I would love to hear from you i

Camper Mail is coming your way!

That's right! Campers you have mail coming to you! Letters from your cabin leaders and brochures for this next summer. There's even a poster to hang up on your wall to remind you to dream sweet dreams about    Jug 'n' Jog for the next six and a half months. Registration opens on January 4th, 2016! In the spirit of camp brochures and looking forward to Summer Camp 2016 - here's what one camper (we'll call him Jeff* ) had to say about Camp Evergreen during his week at Impact in 2015 and why he keeps coming back. CE: Hey Jeff, how has your week been? Jeff: It's great! Like, seriously awesome. CE: When did you start coming to camp? Jeff: I have been coming here since I was in grade four. CE: Wow! Four! Why do you keep coming back? Jeff: The people here keep me coming back. You know activity-wise there's always another zipline, right? So, it's not that special in a way - but what makes it special is the people. Like, Cam (S

The Countdown is on!

Happy December! Did that happen a little too quickly for anyone else? I was quite comfortable with November and then all of a sudden Tuesday happened and it was December...I don't know if I was ready to start saying/writing December. But it's here and Christmas is coming! Christmas isn't the only thing coming. There's a couple other things that are right around the corner. Summer Camp Registration starts on January 4th! That's seriously only four weeks from Monday. Can we set a record again for first day registrations? I can't wait for it! Then only days later is our annual Pond Hockey Tournament. This is always an extremely fun day where folks who love camp get together to play some hockey and raise money to support the activities and operations at camp. What better way to celebrate and support what happens at camp then to have an incredibly fun day at camp! We have teams registering to play and Silent Auction items just begging to be bid on. This yea