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…

Hotcakes for Campers

Our Spring Season has officially begun (along with snow) and with that came our entire Spring Staff Team who is busy learning the ropes and what it means to serve our Guest Groups here at Evergreen this May and June. Twenty-nine in all are being trained this week and along with it - Redberry Bible Camp from north of Saskatoon, SK, is joining us on-site for their Spring Training week. We're excited to learn and partner in ministry with our sister camp.

If you have visited our Events Page on our website recently you will notice something right away. There's a lot going on with Evergreen in the next two months. One type of event that is now a tradition is our Hotcakes for Campers Breakfasts. This year we're even running one more in Calgary.
What is Campership Aid? Campership Aid is our financial assistance programs for families so they can afford their son or daughter's camp fees. We're anticipating needing $22,000 for our Campership Aid Program this year. We are hop…


Something that is getting to be a tradition for us at Camp Evergreen is our annual trip to Vancouver Island that we do with German Volunteers. Something different for this year...we added a Kiwi! No, not the fruit...Emily, our staff from New Zealand.

This trip is a way that we can say thank you for volunteering for the year. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip as we left the day before Good Friday and returned late, late the day after Easter Monday. It is always very fun to show these young Internationals the beauty of Western Canada. It's also a good reminder to me not to become blind to what makes our piece of Creation so unique and special.

From the subtle, yet significant, differences in the mountain ranges to the stark differences in landscape on the Island. Giant trees and trees that grow out of dead stumps to everything green that grows on, well, everything in coastal BC.

After a full day of driving, our first stop is Vancouver. Granville Island and Stanley Park take up most …

A Fundraiser from another Galaxy!

Happy Easter Week Friends!

It's hard to believe that as I type this April is already a third gone and our Spring Staff arrive in less than three weeks. Wowzers! I can barely believe that.

We've got a lot of events coming up in the next two and a half months. We just wanted to alert you to them so that you can mark your calendar and get registered for the events.
Spring Fundraiser The first event that is coming is our Spring Fundraiser. This annual event is not one to miss. It's out of this world (this year especially because it's a Star Wars theme!). We really like to have fun with our fundraisers - I mean, we're camp people, right? And what would camp be without a little dressing up and laughing over an amazing meal cooked by Ken? One of the questions that I have been getting is whether or not you HAVE to dress up...Dressing up is not required! But we will certainly welcome any Jedis, Padawans, and Vaders that might saunter through the doors that night.

Tickets for …