Student Team Assisting Canadian Camps This Summer

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HAMILTON, ON (July 13, 2009) – The new Camp Ministry Initiative has sent a traveling team of high school and college students to resource three Covenant camps in Western Canada.

The team is filling roles such as lifeguard, cabin leader and counselor, games leader, small group leader, campfire leader, music leader and other support roles at the various camps. They began serving the camps on June 19 and will continue through August 22.

“This team basically is supporting the volunteers and local camp staff in any way they can, and have received training in first aid and CPR as well as other camp-specific training,” says Phil Wright, director of discipleship initiatives for the Canada Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

“It’s just one small step towards ensuring good and safe camp programs for our conference, particularly as our camps are looking towards expanding their ministries in the coming years,” Wright adds.

The students were trained in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Training included leading cabin devotions and first aid skills. Team members also focused on preparing their hearts for the upcoming ministry.

“This training is important to ensure a successful ministry tour,” says Wright. Jon Drebert, team coordinator, led the training along with other experts. Drebert also meets with the team before it begins its work at each camp.

The students began their ministry at the Covenant Heights Bible Camp at Clear Lake, Manitoba, in Riding Mountain National Park. Click here to see a PDF version of the camp’s brochure.

From Manitoba they will travel to Kootenay Covenant Bible Camp, near Nelson, British Columbia. After their ministry stay there, they will travel to Covenant Bay Bible Camp at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. The team will travel by air and bus to get to the camps.

Team members were required to raise $1,200 to cover training and travel expenses. Students also are receiving a $3,400 honorarium, which is paid bi-weekly.

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