arcadia lodge
Arcadia Lodge, Mary Lake

Did you know that Camp Widjiitiwin turns both 46 and 85 this year? Our history goes back to the Muskoka Baptist Camp that was created in 1930 so that young people would have a place to hear the Word of God preached faithfully. That’s our 85th anniversary. We also have a 46th anniversary because those campers from the early years grew up and MBC became a conference centre for families that in turn, started a youth camp in 1969. And it was then that Widjiitiwin was created. Forty-six is a good age to be!

The first home for Widji was across and down the river from our current site on the land of the former Arcadia Lodge. It was 4.5 acres of fun!

In 1973, a group of individuals provided funding to purchase the 24 acres of the current Camp Widjiitiwin. The dining and chapel hall consisted of three army tents joined together with a sand floor. The original cabins were built in 1979. The current Tub and Tubbette served as washrooms until the current ones were built in the 90’s and those building became staff accommodations. The Longhouse building was built in 1984 and serves for both dining hall and chapel.

The camp committee was inspired to name the camp Widjiitiwin because of the inclusive nature of Aboriginal cultures in Canada, and to pay respect to the original inhabitants of the area where Camp Widjiitiwin is located. Widjiitiwin is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) word for fellowship.

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!

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