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Summer activities for children have been around for a long time! Nowadays one may have choices between computer camps, soccer camps, day camps, vacation bible camps… but for many, the idea of summer camp brings back memories of campfires and being outdoors - often in proximity to a lake. It’s a time when kids can get away from the city, make new friends, and come home with memories that last a lifetime!  

Diocesan Base Camp is being planned for the first week in July following a two-year hiatus, a time when we have all been living through a pandemic and life has been severely constricted. Camp is a chance to connect with the outdoors and with each other again.                    

What can children expect? 

  • Fresh air! 
  • Being in a provincial park close to one of Alberta’s largest lakes
  • Campfires
  • Learning new songs and enjoying skits
  • Learning how to canoe, a heritage Canadian activity
  • Playing games and having fun
  • Arts and crafts 
  • The chance to sleep out, under the stars   

And all this while being part of a larger community and finding out what it is like to share (tent) space with other people.  

Our basic rules at Base Camp are:

  • love God (and God’s creation/nature);
  • love your neighbour;
  • love yourself.

Our chaplain leads faith-based discussions relating to life's issues. We also try to build other worthwhile skills (past camps have focused on conflict resolution and dealing with bullying).  

If your junior high student wants to try something new and is up for a challenge, why not encourage them to give Base Camp a try?
  
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