Keeping Summer Camp Alive During COVID-19

by Maritime
Categories: 2020, News Archive

Campfires, Bible time, swimming, field games, fireworks, the buzz around the meal table, staff worship nights and latenight conversations are just a few of our favourite camp things.

“Moments are forever etched in our memories”

This summer marks seven years for us as divisional youth leaders, first in the British Columbia Division and now in the Maritime Division. While this appointment provides numerous blessings, camping ministry is the highlight. Seeing a camper have a “wow” moment from trying the climbing tower or canoeing for the first time, watching campers and staff form friendships, witnessing a camper say “yes” to Jesus, and observing staff grow and mature in their faith and leadership are moments forever etched in our memories.

“It’s worth it to see the impact it has on the lives of others”

Camp is a place of acceptance, understanding, laughter and transformation. We are privileged and blessed to share in this amazing ministry. Sure, days are long, and sleep is often in short supply, but it’s worth it to see the impact it has on the lives of others.

We have experienced the value of teamwork, the power of influence and the strength of community. It has been a pleasure to mentor and encourage our staff, to offer support and guidance, to help them develop to their full potential for the kingdom and empower them to lead. Our lives are richer, and our own leadership strengthened as a result of this unique ministry.

“We are exploring virtual options”

Like all camps across the territory, Scotian Glen Camp will remain closed this year, but we have not given up on camping! We continue to explore virtual options, such as camp in a box and DIY ideas, to offer our campers. Maintaining a connection with our camp family and staff is so important for us. Salvation Army camping is an ideal setting for life-changing, fun-filled adventure and a wise investment in both camper and staff lives. It truly is a little piece of heaven on earth.

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By: Major Carson Decker