“Volunteers are attracted by the cause and they’re kept by the people,” says Shelley Campagnola, executive director of the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS), consultant in organizational transitions, and…
“Camp is better than Disneyland!” One girl’s assessment of her week is not an uncommon sentiment for Camp Evergreen staff to hear. Each week of summer camp is full of crazy wide games, ziplines, horseback riding and more wide games. Include the most amazing food (apart from Mom’s cooking) and unforgettable staff members, and summer camp ranks as, in the words of a camp, “The best week of my life.”
May 12 dawned warm and sunny at Camp Evergreen, Sundre, Alta. – one of the first beautiful days of the year. Leaves were silently unfurling, horses munching new grass, the waters of Fallen Timber Creek gurgling gaily between its banks, when suddenly the peace was broken by a child’s terrified-but-excited shriek and the whirring of trolley wheels against a steel cable: the morning’s first zipline ride kicked off Camp Evergreen Mennonite Brethren Ministries’ first annual general meeting.
A few summers ago at Camp Evergreen, among our many volunteers, three 15-year-old boys served together, as support staff, for a week and a half.
“Staying on TRAC (trajectory, replenishment, awareness, choices)” was the theme for the March 18–19 gathering of Alberta MB congregational representatives at Sunrise Community Church, Edmonton. Yet the theme might have very well been “A new normal.”
One of my favourite things about camping ministry is watching kids grow up into adults who love God intentionally. Michael is one such person. A camper at Evergreen since he was in elementary school, Michael was one of our assistant program directors this summer.
“We all stumble in many ways” (James 3:2). Speaker Gary Thomas repeated this line in each of his four sessions over the course of the Alberta Conference of MB Churches (ABMB) leader’s day and convention, Mar. 19–20, not as condemnation, but a freeing admission of failures in the pursuit of holy living.