A Snapshot of Camp Crossroads 2016
Here are just a few of the highlights from this past year, and a quick look into 2017.
Winter and Spring Highlights
The year started off with a great schedule.During the winter programs filled to capacity – Deep Freeze 1&2, Family Snow Camp, Homeschool Retreat, and our new Senior High Winter Retreat (about 60 retreaters and leaders). This season was marked by great winter weather, impactful speakers, many volunteer camp staff and really encouraging stories. The Winter and Spring also included church and youth groups enjoying Camp.
God worked through the summer ministry of Camp again this year. Significant spiritual decisions were made with over 200 Campers indicating a desire to respond to the Gospel, either for the first time or with a renewed commitment to continuing growing in their faith. More than 1300 Campers participated in the summer programs.Here is a review of what the summer chapel schedule looked like:
June 30 Family 1 – Mike Krause,July 4-9 Family 2 – Matt McLean, July 10-16 Kids week – Michelle Penner
July 17-23 Jun
ior week – Michelle Penner, July 24-30 Intermediate week – Sarah Braun and Kristie Lee, Aug. 7-13 Junior High – Kenny Hildebrand, Aug. 14-20 Teen – John Bryan, Aug. 21-27 Youth – Lawrence Jensen, Aug. 29-Sept. 3 – Chris Stevens and Sarah Whyte
In addition to the programming, we had the opportunity to invest in the lives of over 40 young leaders. They tested and refined their leadership skills while sharing the Gospel of Christ, and leading in exciting programming. These leaders will go on to make a difference in their families, communities, churches and at work.
We had 60 youth and leaders attend (15 more than last year) the Youth Leadership Retreat. The theme was ‘servant leadership’. There was positive feedback about the chapel sessions and the program. This is such an integral part of what we do at Camp – supporting the local church in making disciples and developing leaders.
Camp also hosted Bethesda, Eden and NCC for school retreats through September and October. Church Retreats filled the weekend schedules.
During the Men’s Network Retreat God moved in powerful ways in the lives of individuals and as a group. It was exciting to hear that God used last year’s men’s retreat as a catalyst to launch new Men’s ministries in churches.
As a new initiative, we had a group of 8 young adults come for a week of discipleship, leadership development and team building. They are participating in a pilot discipleship program sponsored by MB Mission and Canadian Mennonite University. We hosted them at Camp Crossroads for several days, teaching them about leadership and discipleship.
Nov. 11-13 Gal’s Getaway Retreat – We were booked to capacity with this retreat and there was a great range of electives and activities for the ladies to select from.
Nov. 13-16 Getting Ready for Christmas Retreat – This is a ladies’ retreat with creative Christmas projects and carol singing. This a great opportunity for the participants to connect in a relaxed setting.
Nov. 17-20 Kairos Prison Ministry – This group has been coming together at Camp for a number of years. They go to the local prison in Gravenhurst to minister to the inmates.
Dec. 2 Camp Community Christmas Dinner – This is for people that reside in Torrance. Over 100 people enjoyed a delicious dinner and enthusiastically participated in carol singing. Pray that God will soften hearts with His love to receive the message of hope this Christmas season.
During the months of January and February, we anticipate over 600 people coming to be part of the Winter programs at Camp Crossroads. Please keep these in mind as you pray and consider volunteering to be part of the great things happening at Camp.