There are five camps/outdoor ministries in the Synod of Alberta and the Territories. Each one is unique in setting, program and leadership but all share in a passion to bring the gospel to their guests using the beauty of creation. These camps view outdoor ministry as an opportunity to provide programs of Christian education, worship, fellowship and recreation to a wide variety of people. Church leaders credit time spent as a camper, staff person, or camp volunteer as being instrumental to their growth in faith and their sense of call to Christian leadership.
Program staff from the four largest camps gather for one week each June to train for the season’s program, to learn about common staffing issues and to monitor and encourage high standards of camping. The camps offer joint publicity as well.
Braeburn Lake Christian Camp
Braeburn is owned and operated by Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and United Church of Whitehorse, Yukon. Located 87 km north of Whitehorse, Braeburn operates a five to six week program each summer. It is never dark enough to make the light of the campfire sparkle, but the long daylight hours make it possible to enjoy the scenery into the early morning hours when dusk meets dawn.
Contact Trinity Lutheran Church for more information – (867) 668-4079
Kuriakos is a Greek word translated “belonging to the Lord”. Situated on the shores of Sylvan Lake, Kuriakos is a year-round camp and conference centre offering programs for every age group and rental facilities for churches, groups, families and schools. Two modern facilities provide year-round accommodation for almost 100 people.
Kuriakos is owned by congregations who annually join Sylvan Lake Lutheran Bible Camp Association.
Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp
Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp is located about a half hour drive east of Edmonton. It is unique in that it borders a wildlife conservation area that draws a host of interesting species of birds and animals. They also boast a heated pool which is a popular attraction to the summer campers. They operate all year long with summer programs offered in July and August. Although the Camp is open to rentals year ’round, only weekends are available in July and August.
Mulhurst Lutheran Camp
Nestled on the shores of Pigeon Lake in central Alberta, this “Place in the Son” offers a wide variety of program opportunities for campers that include music, art, dance, drama, wilderness living and outpost.
The camp features RV camping facilities. The comfortable accommodations provided by three new cabins is available for rent year round.
Contact: (780) 389-4355 for rental information
and (780) 389-2174 for camp and program information
Camp e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace Lutheran Bible Camp
Peace Lutheran Bible Camp is located in the Peace country northwest of Grande Prairie. Its facilities are rented out from May to the end of August yearly to area churches and individuals. The program offers youth camp weekend; children’s camp and family camp weekend.
Contact: Trinity Lutheran Church, Grande Prairie; phone (780) 532-4978
e-mail – email@example.com
Anglican Youth Camp Programs
Youth are invited to attend camps organized by the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. There are three categories of camps offered:
- Kidz Camp 2 and 1 – this camp is now a part of the ministry offered at Hastings Lake Bible Camp; see link to that Camp for details
- Base Camp at Pine Bay, Switzer Park – a week long adventure for junior high youth;
- Camp Explore – a canoe trip down the North Saskatchewan in the Rocky Mtn./Nordegg areas; this Camp is geared for senior high aged youth.
Scholarships are available. For information about these camps, please follow the link below to the website of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton and click on “youth”.
Camp Koinonia at Lake Isle
Koinonia is a Greek word for ‘fellowship’ or ‘sharing’ in Christ. The facilities of the Camp provide for a setting in which individuals and families may gather to grow in faith. The camp is located 100 km west of Edmonton and is open from May to Thanksgiving for camping and has VBS every year in July. It also has a year round Pavilion available for rental to various groups or family reunions.
Camp email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER RELATED SITES
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – Curriculum for Outdoor Ministry
Lutheran Outdoor Ministry in Canada (LOMIC)
Alberta Camping Association