It’s through sponsorship that so many children are able to attend camp when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part in such a life-changing experience. Camp Widjiitiwin is impacting the world by introducing campers to the gospel for perhaps the first time. The Malvern, Hamilton and Guelph communities will be changed this year as campers return to their neighbourhoods changed by the work of Jesus Christ in their lives. We’re offering these specialized partnership weeks where our staff demonstrate a positive lifestyle and share their personal relationship with Christ with the campers.
We can’t do this without the support of our friends. We have a goal for 2014 to raise a total sponsorship of $113,000 to allow us to bring over 200 kids to Camp Widjiitiwin this summer.
It’s amazing the number of campers we teach to ride a bike, do archery, swim in the river, learn cooperation, climb up the rock wall, go canoeing and much more. Many get to see stars for the first time, experience a real forest, see deer as they play along our field, get three full meals a day, learn about Jesus, be loved and so much more.
Our partnership with Toronto Police 42 Division is going into its sixth summer, running July 20-26. Starting from 30 campers 2009, our 2014 the target is 110 campers, making it our largest week of the summer. We are hearing about change happening back in the community from the kids’ experiences at camp. We are now drawing from more neighbourhoods than Malvern, so we have changed the name to the Fresh Air Camp. A goal of the expanded campers is to show the kids that people from other neighbourhoods are good people too.
The partnership week with Toronto Police for youth at risk in the Malvern community and other neighborhoods within 42 Division will take place July 20-26, 2014. This is the program for which we are seeking funding. This will be the sixth year of the program and the target number of campers is 115, up from 107 in 2013, 87 in 2012, 63 in 2011, 47 in 2010 and 30 in 2009. The target age group is 11-14 years. This program is fully funded through donations, although the participants are asked to help pay for busing if they can afford it.
Escape Camp is our partnership week with Hughson Street Church in downtown Hamilton is entering its third summer, running August 17-23. Not only do we offer them new experience outside of Hamilton, but the gospel is presented to each one and Hughson is in their neighbourhood for follow-up.
God has led us to start a new partnership with Church of the Ward in Guelph, a church plant under FEB Central Ministries. Their pastor, Matt Naismith, is one of our Widjiitiwin camp pastors. We’re bringing 30 kids from that high needs neighbourhood. We’re calling it The Royal City Camp week. We will welcome them for week one, June 29-July 5.
Matthew 10:42 – And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” & Matthew 25:40 – ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Camp Widjiitiwin – the way camp was meant to be… relational, central, natural, reaching out, a loving community focused on Christ. It’s like coming home, it’s my camp!