Camp Crossroads celebrates 35 years at its current location in Muskoka, Ont.
- Ontario MB Churches (ONMB) began running children’s camps in 1953.
- In the mid-1950s, Eden High School built a gym in part so it could be used for summer camps. Children tented on campus and were trucked to Niagara River to swim.
- “Camp Crossroads” was Wendy Boldt’s suggestion to the 1975 contest (to name ONMB’s newly rented facilities in Bracebridge), winning the Kitchener resident free camping for the summer of ’75.
- When the current location became available in 1979, a fundraising drive raised $481,031 of the needed $495,000 by the end of 1981.
- Each year Camp Crossroads attempts to raise $10,000 in support of Kingdom Ventures camps in Russia.
- In the past 35 years, more than 40,000 campers have attended Camp Crossroads’ summer camps.
“I get to be on the frontlines of God’s work as he brings people into his family. It is also encouraging to see how young people develop as leaders at camp.”—Ed Heinrichs, current executive director
“The camp has grown from a 2-week summer program to a year-round ministry that continues to expand in camper numbers, discipleship and leadership development.”—Gord Hiebert, founding board member
“I have tried, failed and learned to lead in this safe place.”—Joshua Klassen, summer team member, 2014–2015
“I love camp because I get to see friends and learn about God”.—Cameron, camper, 2015