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 …

Where's your Salmon Slap Friend?

It is our largest retreat of the year. One hundred ladies from across central Alberta come to spend a weekend worshiping, learning, and experiencing camp together. Flowers, crafts, coffee (SO MUCH COFFEE...69 pots over the weekend...that we know of) - the weekend is seriously one to remember.

I always love seeing the ladies "come out of their shell" through the weekend. I'm a firm believer that there is a Camp Kid inside of all of us. Your Camp Kid is something like that Inner Child that people refer to but more so. Your Camp Kid is a game-playing, chubby-bunny stuffing, rubber-boot-throwing kid that wakes up and wonders what they've been missing all this time. I LOVE seeing adults come to camp expecting a "retreat" and coming alive with the very thing that makes camp so special. What is that thing that makes camp so special? Of course it's Jesus but it's also the gift that God has given us in the form of camp: life. I think we experience life at ca…

Daughter Day

Spring is all about new things. How fitting a time then for us to start a new thing. This May 28th, join us in our very first Daughter Day. A day dedicated to the ones in our lives that are surgar and spice and everything nice, who are fierce and strong and not often wrong.

This new day is embedded in a whole bunch of exciting events at Evergreen. Take a look at what's coming up here onsite:
We start with Ladies Retreat which kicks off in only 10 days. We're completely full again for the second year in a row!Our Spring Fundraiser is on May 6th and it's a Star Wars theme! We're so excited about this fun, light-hearted evening whose purpose is to support the work at Evergreen. We will be serving an amazing meal, offering live and silent Auction items and evening entertainment from Gery Schubert.Daughter Day is on May 28th! It will start with a chapel, picnic lunch, activities, and finish off with a special dinner. Head to our website to check out the details. Registrati…

The Heart of a Volunteer

It is likely not a surprise to too many people that Camp relies on volunteers. It's true, we do have paid positions, however, so much of the work that we are able to accomplish each season is through our countless volunteers.

Our volunteers come from all over and serve in many different ways. We generally have four types of volunteers that join us in our ministry work.

The Marathoners - These are the volunteers who are typically retired and are able to give anywhere from four weeks to five months of time to camp. We have one retired couple coming to join us next month (Helmut and Doris) whose son was the Head Wrangler back in the 1990s. They will pull their RV in next month and stay with us nearly to the end of the summer. In addition to being our staff's adoptive grandparents for the next five months, Helmut will help with the grass cutting, maintenance, and feeding chores. Doris will help with our laundry, flowers, and a bit of assistance in the kitchen.

The Up-and-comers - …

February 2017 and new things to come...

Happy March everyone! This month has started with a bang as we hit 700 campers a few days ago. That's very close to 75% full in our camps. Every day that numbers grows and I get more and more excited about what is to come.

We're selecting our Spring Staff right now and wowzers it's going to be an amazing season!

Just a couple weeks ago - we hosted our Jr. High Retreat, Rise 'n' Shine. It was an amazing time of fellowship, worship, and learning with six youth groups from across central Alberta.

We played submarines at night, Jug 'n' Jog in the snow and all around just has a good time learning about God and our response to him.

This next year will reflect some big changes for our retreats. We're really excited to share these things with you. This Fall - we will be introducing a new kind of youth retreat here at Evergreen. It will be a giant Jr/Sr. High combined retreat that will feature workshops, main session speakers, and bigger programming. Information…

The 600 Club

This last weekend we hit 600 registered campers. How fantastic is that?! We're pretty pumped. It's over halfway, it's nearly 2/3rds full and registrations keep coming in.

As we continue to prepare for summer (submarine construction is still going on) - there's a lot to do and a lot to be thankful for. 615 campers is a really good place to start being thankful. Our staff is another consistent thing that I thank God for. These crazy, fun-loving young adults who are easily motivated to build a submarine for a wide game, dream of fun themes for summer camp, and work tirelessly to find chapel music that will teach kids about God.

You might be thinking..." literally JUST wrote a blog about staff...". That's true - but here's the thing - I don't think I will ever get sick of talking about the staff here. I'm blown away by them each day. We just had a meeting with our winter staff about how to make our guest's experience here like nothin…