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Is Your Child Too Young?

Is Your Child Too Young For Summer Camp? by Andrea Our son’s first time at Summer camp was at 7 years old. When I think of how little he really was, I wonder WHAT were we thinking?! He was a real shy boy and not independent at all but he really wanted to go to camp so we signed him up for a week at Ontario Pioneer Camp. As the weeks got closer he got more excited and Mommy got more nervous. I figured some comforts from home would be helpful so I made sure to pack his fave stuffies, pictures of friends and family and a new letter to open every day. I packed all his daily...

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It’s 2017 – Who goes to Camp?

It’s 2017 – Who goes to Camp? by Mike Gordon The reality is summer camp ministry across the country is alive and well! Camps like Pioneer Camp continue to make incredible impacts in the lives of young people, helping to further their relationship with Jesus. However, through my travels across the country, I sometimes hear people say “It’s 2017, who goes to Camp?”, as if it’s a thing of the past… So, who goes? People looking for Adventure Yes, summer is coming up soon and we dream about all the things we can do with our two months off – But honestly, sleeping...

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Three Reasons Why We Send Our Son to Camp

Three Reasons Why We Send Our Son To Camp by Herbie Kuhn Let me begin by setting the record straight: I love Jesus and I love sports. I believe that by loving Jesus wholeheartedly, He allows my passion for Him and for sports to intertwine, helping me grow as a man. I am mindful of keeping Him as the “main thing.” I also really appreciate outdoor activities, being surrounded by nature (a.k.a. God’s creation!). I grew up a short walk from Lake Ontario and some of my deepest times of community with God have taken place by the water’s edge. Also, learning about...

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4 Ways Getting Involved on Campus is a lot like Capture the Flag

4 Ways Getting Involved on Campus is a lot like Capture the Flag If you’re like me when I was a student, your spiritual life can be traced in a predictable annual rhythm. It spikes around June as you anticipate camp starting in a few weeks, peaks in late August when you’ve been at camp for a while, and then slowly withers from Thanksgiving weekend until the following spring, when you start to think “should I go back to camp again this year?” That was my story year after year as I experienced God in such profound ways at camp, but struggled to find genuine, transformative community...

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4 Ways to Create a Culture of Thankfulness in Your Home

4 Ways to Create a Culture of Thankfulness in Your Home Thanksgiving is almost upon us and let’s be honest, it can sometimes be a bit crazy. The value of thankfulness can easily get lost in the panic of almost burning the pie and trying to remember not to say certain things around specific family members. Although it can be a struggle for all of us, thankfulness is an integral part of our faith and if it isn’t in the culture of our family, it likely won’t be lived out in the daily lives of our kids. My parents, or the “rents” as I like to call them, really instilled...

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The 3 Secrets Camps Know About Creating Leaders

A few summers ago I took two of our key staff members to observe Ontario Pioneer Camp’s locations while they were in action. After 36 hours of being on site, their number one observation was this...

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