The summer staff team this year did an excellent job! Everyone helped out with the campers when we were almost short of cabin leaders. God provides! The staff, though young, presented to the campers what it looks like to be a Christian in today’s anti-church culture. This summer we had 21 campers make a first decision for Christ, along with many campers and staff growing in their relationship with Jesus. This summer nine of our staff were baptized!
I am excited to announce that Josh (Heyoo) Laverty came on this fall as Assistant Director at Widjiitiwin. Josh ran our SALT program this past summer. He will focus on registration, marketing, social media and website, help increase our camper numbers for next year, work with me on the physical aspects of camp and to redesign our SALT 2 session. Josh will also assist at MBC with A/V support, social media and some duty manager shifts.
Our new camp pastor cabin was a big hit with our pastors and allowed them to live right in our community. This year we hosted 249 people over five retreats at Widji, including 124 men from the Band of Brothers.
Our now five partnership camps are growing strong and have become more than half our summer campers. This year 276 campers were fully sponsored to attend Widjiitiwin. That happens through God’s faithfulness to His ministry and the generous donations from His people. Campers came to Widji in Muskoka, heard the gospel, built relationships with staff, volunteers and each other plus they tried many new activities. Pray for us as we continue to work with kids and youth from at risk and marginalized communities.
- The Fresh Air Camp, in partnership with Toronto Police, 42 Division completed its eighth summer and reached 76 campers (down due to a police action in one neighbourhood). Additionally we welcomed four YIPI’s, a group of officers and community leaders from several neighbourhoods around 42 Division. Daniel (Elmers) Sylvester was our camp pastor for the week. PC Mark Gray continues to be an integral support in the success of this partnership.
- Escape Camp, our partnership week with Hughson Street Church in Hamilton, in its fifth summer, reached 64 campers. Water-skiing and tubing continue to be highlights to be sure. The team from Hughson Street (Diana, Chris, Jesus and more) provided great ministry along with us.
- The Royal City Camp now in its fourth year with 43 campers attending from Church of the City in Guelph. Some campers were also from other churches in Guelph. Matt (Newb) Naismith (pastor at Church of the Ward) opened God’s word for the campers and staff.
- Venture Camp in its second year saw 65 campers through Capstone Community Bible Church. Rob (Sad Sac) Cripps and Andrew (Nemo) Ironside taught the word and lead the campers with us. The campers were a mix of kids from the church and Capstone’s community outreach in the south end of Etobicoke.
- Ephraim’s Place Camp was a terrific success in its first summer. This is our new partnership with Ephraim’s Place at Sheppard & Jane in Toronto. Alex (Optimus Prime) Street was our camp pastor for this week.
Our other camp pastors this summer were Tim (Chipstack) Tysoe, Nathan (Ice) Pifer from Faith Muskoka, Michael (Boyardee) Bowyer and Myles (Sherlock) Holmes from Harvest Durham.
Our themes for 2017 are Destination: Greece, Nintendo and The Round Table! There are some interesting leadership lessons from King Arthur as he led from beside his knights.
Serving Him together,
Mike (Moose) Greenfield
Being ambassadors for Christ to children and youth