Katherine Brittain writes about Camp Pringle's experiment of "Gender Inclusion Week" and how its success provides a model for welcoming children and families of all kinds to be part of the camping experience.
At The Great Gathering in November of 2019, 24 people from United Church of Canada camps, joined more than 540 innovative outdoor ministry partners gathered at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The event was hosted by Outdoor Ministries Connections, a consortium of mainline denominational camp and retreat associations, including Outdoor Ministries Institute Canada (The Connection Network for United Church of Canada Camps, Education, and Retreat Centres). Two United Church camp participants share a bit about their...
Aidan Legault writes a call for action in support of the upcoming climate strikes. Inaction in no longer an option. Discouraging young climate strikers means ignoring the very real threat that the climate crisis poses to our future.
In the summer of 2018, our church decided to try Vacation Bible School camp (VBS).
The last time the United Church had organized a Vacations Bible School in the Gatineau Hills was circa 1955. Unsure of whether we could do this alone, Église Grace United Church asked our Anglican neighbours at St. Mary Magdalene in Chelsea if they would like to work together. They agreed!
We chose a theme: “Weird Animals” and adapted resources for our own context as we planned activities.
We advertised and prayed that children would sign up. On the first day of camp, 13 children...