This 48 hour mini-camp allows 6-8 year old campers to experience the wonder of an overnight camp experience with the comfort of having a parent close by. Chapel sessions are short and filled with action songs and multi-media instruction that keeps kids engaged. Our staff provide creative program activities throughout the day and, if the weather cooperates, they may even get to ride in one of our giant voyageur canoes.
Finding God in every moment
Campers stay in cabins with about 6 other cabin-mates and 2-3 cabin leaders. This 48 hour mini-camp is a great introduction to cabin life that helps to build a young camper’s confidence with the whole camp experience.
Chapels are especially geared to this age group. Lessons are simple and short with different teaching tools and activities to explain the Bible lessons. Singing is fun with lots of actions!
Campers travel together with their cabin leaders to participate in crafts, field games and canoeing. They also join in a creative special event to overcome a challenge together as a team.
Meet the Chapel Speaker for PeeWee Camp!
Tim Durksen spent many summers at Camp Crossroads starting as a Leader in Training and ending up on Summer Team, where he was able to be a part of the chapel ministry for a number of years. Last year, Tim was the chapel speaker for our Kids Week program in summer, and so we are excited to have him return to speaker to our PeeWee campers in 2020!
He is a middle school teacher at Niagara Christian Collegiate in Fort Erie, and volunteers with kids and worship at his home church, Scott St. MB in St. Catharines.
He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Brock University where he also attended teachers college.
Playing and listening to music, reading great science fiction, and Ultimate Frisbee are some of his favourite things to do. He and his wife Mel live in St. Catharines with their two daughters, Ellie and Lucy, who love chicken fingers, reading books and Baby Shark.
PeeWee Parents Volunteer at Camp
What can we expect?
The PeeWee and Parents Mini-Camp is unique in that each camper comes with a parent or grandparent who helps run the retreat by volunteering in maintenance, food service or as a cabin leader. Camp Crossroads prepares all the program areas and chapel sessions.
Once a camper is registered for PeeWee weekend, a parent then needs to fill out an on-line Volunteer application by clicking any green Volunteer button on the website. Please note, any first time volunteer with us will need to send in three references and a background police check (instructions will follow your volunteer application submission).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: I have two kids, do two parents have to come along?
- A: One parent is required for each family. PeeWee is designed to give campers a best introduction to camp. Having a parent along and close by at times makes them feel most comfortable. As long as one parent comes they will have that built in comfort of familiarity. (This could also apply if a Grandparent wanted to come with multiple grandchildren)
- Q: Can two parents come with one child?
- A: Unfortunately, this is not usually possible because we run out of accommodation space. Contact the office if this is a concern for you.
- Q: Can another family member come instead of a parent?
- A: Yes. We have had Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles come. We simply ask that the person coming is over 19, is a family member, and is someone that the PeeWee Camper is comfortable with.
- Weekend Fee for non-volunteer parent - $110 + HST
- Adults in the Pay to Stay option will be accommodated in Grey Gables (a lodge type building). Private accommodations not guaranteed - subject to availability.
- Adults in the Pay to Stay option will be offered certain recreational activities at certain times and asked to follow the general structure of the program schedule.
- Parents are required to stay on camp property for the duration of the PeeWee & Parents mini-camp.
- All adults staying overnight will need to have a current criminal record check on file in our office, whether they are volunteering or not.
Discover the Wonder
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