Trinity Western University’s Recreation Department is offering day camps again this summer! We are committed to making the experience your child has the very best it can be in a fun, active and safe environment.
TWU’s Langley campus is filled with green spaces for exploring, learning facilities for making new discoveries and athletic spaces for expanding your child’s physical movement and sport skills.
Our week-long, full-day camps are geared for kids ages 4 to 15. An affordable and fun option for your kids with camps starting at just $180 a week!
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Camps Being Offered this summer include:
Why camps need churches (and churches need camps)
Christian growth doesn’t take place in one location or with one relationship. A person’s journey with Christ is a path through different places, people and phases of life. As we look back we know that we’ll be able to pick out different milestones and markers that have guided us as we move along this path. And that is a beautiful thing. It is exciting and humbling to see how different people and events have worked to make us who we are. It makes the orchestra of God’s design that much more complex and awe-inspiring.
Summer camp is one such marker for many people. Camp is a safe place to be challenged and pushed to grow. This happens for both campers and staff. As a result, significant choices are made and insights are realized. Camp helps children, youth and young adults to take a proverbial leap in their walk with God. For campers, camp offers experiences that launch individuals on a fast track to discovering who God has called them to be. For staff, camp offers responsibility (with significant support) that is nearly impossible to find outside of camp, pushing them to become stronger Christians and leaders.
Unfortunately, camp’s greatest weakness is stark. We can only speak into the lives of campers for five days a year and staff for up to eight weeks. We work to maintain contact but the reality is that it is difficult to maintain an impactful relationship year round with hundreds, let alone thousands, of individuals. We need the church. Local churches are able to maintain those connections and continue to develop and guide both campers and staff. Camp’s greatest weakness is countered by the church. Camp’s greatest strength offers something that few organizations can replicate. When churches and camps work together, the result is significantly more than the sum of its parts.
– the subtlety of God
Tracking the activity of God can be frustrating. How does one consider God’s ‘activities’? He changes hearts and lives, they say. In camping ministry this is something often asked and desired, ‘What did God do this summer?’ Wow, how does one answer that question given God is invisible, invariably quiet and doesn’t operate on my time table?
I mean, we pray a lot; we ask Him to help us with ALL kinds of things! ‘Please bring me more cabin leaders!’ I might plead. Or ‘Help me know what to say to this hurting camper.’ We read our bibles, sing our songs and we tell them the stories of Jesus. But what is GOD doing?
I find God’s work to be more subtly powerful than anything I do at camp. When speaking to staff and campers, they will describe all kinds of circumstances wherein they felt God speak or His love move them in some life-changing way. His still, small voice might break into their hearts during a speaker session or a walk in the woods or paddling the ocean. Who can say when God will choose to speak and how?
Our best guess is to trust God is at work, to love each other well and to allow room for Jesus to share what He needs to, when He wants, which could be at any point … or not at all while they’re with you! Give room for God and He’ll make room for the hearts in your keeping.
– discovering how life is really meant to be
It seems like every day, we wake up to a new headline that shows how broken our world is. This is the world that our younger generation is growing up in and many are struggling like never before. Christian camps such as Camp Qwanoes on Vancouver Island offer children and youth a chance to escape from the everyday and the perfect setting to discover how life is really meant to be.
Here are a few stories from Qwanoes that show what happens when children and youth come to a place where they discover, live, and share life like no other – life with Christ:
A girl at a Jr. High camp said that her only relatives are her dad and a grandma. Her dad has told her that he doesn’t want her to be part of his new family’s life, so she is with her grandma and her grandma’s partner – who is not her grandpa. After listening to the speaker in Q-Town (chapel), she said, “Now I understand why my family is the way it is… If my family wanted me, I wouldn’t need God.”
Amy came to camp with an abundance of anger. She had attempted suicide quite a few times and was bitter at everything and everyone. After realizing Qwanoes was a safe place, she spent an hour crying and sharing about her pain. She wanted to get rid of the hurt and start living for God. The next morning started her new outlook on her life. She began closing doors to her past and forgiving people. She let God forgive her and the weight lifted from her and she left camp leaving all of her baggage behind. The harshness about her was gone, and her true spirit of gentleness and joy was shining through!
One counselor shared that the previous year at Youth Camp (for ages 15-18), he had a camper who was supposed to be in jail instead of at camp. A judge had let him get out of jail early if he came to camp. He came back to Qwanoes again this year and the change in this boy is amazing. He told his counselor that since last year at camp, he has stayed out of trouble and is really excited to be back at camp!
At camp, children and youth discover hope. Thousands of life-changing decisions, including thousands of first-time decisions to follow Christ, have been made at camp in recent years. While campers meet new friends and try out exciting activities like zipping over the ocean or bouncing on a water trampoline or running through the forest playing laser tag, they also encounter the truth that they matter and are loved unconditionally.
~ Written by Julie Bayley, Qwanoes’ Associate Program Director
– this old cabin
If this old cabin could talk… It is very significant that we are still meeting in a room that still includes a portion of the little cabin that Otis Whipple built and presented to his bride, Julia, upon their wedding on June 17, 1903, and which became the original facility that housed the work that began here 18 years later, in 1921.
Over the years, the walls were pushed out, sleeping quarters were built above, and a basement was dug out underneath; all to accommodate the expanding Bible and Missionary conferences at The Firs. It was the original meeting and dining room, as well as the kitchen. In the mid-1930s, what is now the dining room and kitchen were built next to it, and the original building was relieved of all but the opportunity to continue to host meetings and services. Imagine the people who have gathered here; the speakers, teachers, and preachers who have opened God’s word here, and the lives that have been transformed in that room over the last 115 years since the Whipple wedding, and still counting.
This year, approximately 9,238 people attended conferences and retreats at The Firs – most of which would have met in the Alpine Room, the building that still includes the original Whipple cottage. And in the tradition of Otis and Julia, the Word is proclaimed there on almost every weekend of the year, many mid-weeks and evenings, and all summer long. The teaching, preaching, inspiration and fellowship continues.Today, The Firs includes sleeping accommodations for 230, multiple meeting rooms, recreation facilities and a sports court, a waterfront beach with boats and swimming, wonderful adult-oriented meals, and great service in the dining room and throughout the grounds. The Firs continues to be the preferred destination for over 125 adult, women’s, men’s, and youth church retreats every year.
Green Bay Bible Camp has sat on the shore of the beautiful Okanagan Lake since 1954. A gorgeous waterfront, incredible gymnasium, and a beautiful lodge are not the only things that set us apart. Green Bay is committed to excellence in every aspect. We have games, activities, and events that you wont find anywhere else, meals that break free from the classification of ‘camp food’, and customer service that seems impossible.
Greater than all of these perks however, is that this camp is established and rooted in prayer and scripture. Our leaders are trained to serve, love, and encourage as Jesus did and still does. At the heart of Green Bay Bible Camp is a simple passion – to invest in and unify families as they draw closer to Jesus. Our 11 acres of sun-kissed property is your family’s oasis of calm, fun, and adventure where we hope you’ll be transformed by the beauty of creation and the reality of God’s love. No matter your age, background, or circumstances there’s something here for you.