What I Learned About Jesus at Camp

Camp Likely offers a variety of activities and experiences. Everything from archery to tubing, from crafts to canoeing. These are great things, and we love offering children the opportunity to try something new, to overcome fears, to make memories. But there is one thing that camp offers that is far more important than any other – here at Camp Likely, we teach people about JESUS. I’d like to share some things that I have learned about Jesus throughout my years at camp.

I have learned that Jesus is a friend. He cares about what we have to say and He values our thoughts and concerns.

I have learned that God is a good Father. He fights for us, protects us, and deeply desires us to be loved and valued.

I have learned that nothing is big enough to separate us from God’s love. No matter what we have done, no matter what choices we have made, He is always waiting for us to run to Him and He is always happy to welcome us home. His arms are always open to hold us on the good days and bad.

I have learned that God is the perfect provider. He knows what we need, He sees our deepest desires, and He cares about them. This doesn’t mean that everything turns out perfect or we get whatever we want, but often we look back on a summer and we see God at work throughout many small everyday life situations.

I have learned that God is powerful. Each year we often have at least one big thunderstorm. It rains, the wind goes crazy… I always like to head down to the lake during these storms, as I see such a huge display of God’s power. The waves are huge and the lightning lights up the sky. It’s in these moments that I see the power and beauty of God.

I have learned that creation is a testament to Who God is. I cannot walk around the camp property without seeing the hand of God. The pure beauty of His creation speaks to His creative genius and intelligence in the delicate balance of the natural world that surrounds us.

I have learned how much Jesus loves and values children. He sees children as beautiful and delicate, people are to be protected and treasured. They are people who have valuable thoughts and opinions. It is an honour to be able to build relationships and have fun with His precious treasures!

I could tell you stories about how I learned each of these things, but the stories would go on and on… each year I see things, I hear stories, I experience moments that remind me of who the amazing person Jesus is and how great our God is!

~Cookie (Melissa Fraser).

5 Ways a Counsellor Influences Kids

Each year we have fantastic staff give up “normal” summer jobs, beach days, and time friends to invest in the children that come to camp. One of the most influential relationships that happen at camp are between a cabin leader and their campers. Here are 5 ways a counsellor influences their kids.

1. Counsellors provide a safe space.

We love that Camp Likely is a place that children can come and be themselves without fear of judgment or condemnation. Our staff and counsellors play a huge role in building that space, because when they come, they are completely themselves without any reservations! When campers arrive and their counsellors are confident in who they are, the campers feel that camp is a safe place for them to gain confidence in who they are.

2. Counsellors provide fun.

Our counsellors are some of the craziest, funnest people we know! Some are loud and obnoxious, others are quieter and funny, but all of them make camp a great time for all the campers who come. We get such a unique combination of individuals and it is always a perfect blend that makes camp the best place to be!

3. Counsellors provide a meaningful relationship.

The relationship that campers build with their counsellors is often one of the most valuable relationships built throughout the week. Our counsellors invest their time in our campers. This investment leads to meaningful conversations and impactful connections that can really shape a child’s life.

4. Counsellors provide their time.

Our counsellors and staff have given up a week or more of their summer because they think that children are worth it! When they are at camp they are completely devoted to their campers and aren’t hindered by any distractions. This commitment of their time goes a long way in building the trust of their campers. When our campers see that their counsellor is completely committed to them for a whole week, it lowers barriers and allows them to build great friendships with each other.

5. Counsellors provide a role model.

Our counsellors are young people who are excited about life and passionate about living devoted to Jesus. While far from perfect, they demonstrate to the campers what it looks like to follow Jesus. In the week that the campers spend with their counsellors they see that you don’t have to be perfect to follow Jesus, but you can follow Jesus in each every day aspect of your life. They see that following Jesus isn’t boring, but it is exciting, fun, and an adventure! We choose counsellors who we think will make great role models for your children because we know that your campers look up to their counsellors!

What I Learned from Camp as a Kid

As someone who has grown up in camping ministry, I like to say that camp is “in my blood”. I am 24 years old and have spent at least 16 of those years involved in camp, either as the child of the directors or as staff myself. Growing up at camp was something that really shaped who I am, what I believe, and gave me relationships that are incredibly valuable.

As a child I was often shy, quiet, and reserved. I liked to do what was expected me and was the ultimate “people pleaser”. At camp was where I really developed who I am. It was a place where it was okay for me to let go of the expectations of others and be myself. It was at camp that I realized how truly crazy and loud and… ahem… obnoxious I can be. I learned that it is okay for me to have fun and that I can be confident in the side of myself that can let loose! While part of me still is that quiet people pleasing person, I also know there is a part of me that likes to be crazy, and at camp I learned that it is okay to be confident in both of these aspects of myself.

Camp also played a huge role in shaping what I believed. I saw my parents loving the campers and staff and I saw what it looks like to love and care for those around me. I heard about Jesus from staff who lived lives committed to following Him and I saw that it can be a normal part of life. Most of all, I experienced the love of God and the great value He sees in me, and it was at camp that I chose to commit my life to Him and follow Him forever.

One of the things that I am most grateful for from my years at camp are the relationships that I built that continue to this day. As a young girl growing up in the camping community, I had adult volunteers who really poured into me. They saw value in me and purpose in my life and they encouraged me in what they saw. They invested in my life not only in the summer but throughout the years. These people really helped to shape who I became as an adult and became family of my heart. It is relationships like these that make camp ministry so beautiful and impactful.

I am very thankful to have had the childhood that I did. I love that I grew up as the child of camp directors and I have never regretted choosing to continue in this ministry as an adult. Each year I see lives being changed and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this work!

~Cookie (Melissa Fraser).

10 Reasons You Should Send Your Child to Camp

As parents, you may be wondering what the benefit of camp is. Why put in the time, effort, and finances to register and send your child?

We think there are TONS of reasons, but let us give you a few!

1. Camp is a BREAK

Summer is a wonderful season of sun, friends, and free time. But oh that free time… it can really wear on a parent! Having to entertain your children for days on weeks on end… it can get hard to find creative ways to keep them occupied! Camp is a fantastic way to give yourself and your children a break. Let us take them off your hands for a week. We’re happy to entertain them, teach them new things, and send them back to you exhausted! Camp can be a much needed break for parents and can leave you refreshed and energized for the rest of the summer.

2. Camp is FUN

… of course! Camp offers so many activities, games, and events that it is impossible for a child to not enjoy at least a part of it. Our goal is to give campers the best week of their summer. From night games to breakfast in bed, “Man’s / Ladies Day” to tubing, we are always surprising our campers and giving them exciting memories. We love to use lots of glow sticks, loud music, and crazy dancing to amp up the fun!

3. Camp is NEW EXPERIENCES

Every time a child comes to camp for the first time, they have the opportunity to try something new. Campers get to climb the climbing wall, shoot a bow and arrow, go tubing, and try kayaking. Sometimes they are nervous to try something new, but rarely do they regret it! Even a child who goes half way up the wall is excited because that’s higher than they’ve ever gone! Someone who is nervous and prefers a slow tube ride gains the confidence to try something a little bit crazier. We love to see children trying new things and we love the excitement and confidence they gain from giving it a try!

4. Camp is NEW and OLD FRIENDS

We have some campers that come with friends or some that come alone, but no camper returns home without making a new friend! We love seeing kids open themselves up to people that they may not normally become friends with, and we love to see new friendships being formed and old ones becoming even more solid!

5. Camp is OUTSIDE

In a culture that is always plugged in and screen based, we pride ourselves in offering children the chance to unplug for a week. Our campers spend 90% of their day outside in the fresh air. They are surrounded by nature and are breathing fresh air and we think this is an incredibly valuable part of the camping world!

6. Camp is LEARNING

At Camp Likely we have the opportunity to teach children about Jesus and the Bible. We like to explain what we believe and allow kids to ask questions if they choose. We think it is important to respect and care for each child and family’s opinions and beliefs and never try to push our beliefs on others. We just think it is a privilege to share about the love of our God who loves us oh so much!

7. Camp is GREAT ACTIVITIES

Camp Likely offers many activities that give children the opportunity to be outside, physically active, and try new things. We have a climbing wall, archery, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, crafts, and camp skills. We play wide games each evening and incorporate little games throughout the day. Our goal is to be active, outside, and together with each other.

8. Camp is YUMMY FOOD

Each year we hire a fantastic head cook and a variety of assistant cooks that work many hours each day in order to serve us the best food! We pride ourselves in serving lots of fresh produce and homemade meals. Quality nutrition is important to us, and our cook always strives to make wholesome beneficial meals! We are so thankful for the people who work hours each day in a hot kitchen to feed us!

9. Camp is the chance to be CRAZY

Camp is different from ordinary life – it is a place where it is culturally acceptable to be absolutely crazy! We encourage loud singing, crazy dancing, hilarious skits… We love to see kids come out of their shell and let loose! Our staff do a great job of providing a space where campers feel comfortable to be who they are with confidence.

10. Camp is CREATIVE

We love to provide campers with the opportunity to try new things and think in new ways. We encourage creativity through team cheers, flags and costumes. Being out in nature can really help facilitate these creative juices and we think it is important for kids to use their imagination and think outside of the box.

Camp Likely’s AGM

Do you want to know about all that is involved with Camp Likely?

Join us! camplikelyagm2-1

APPLE FUNDRAISER

APPLEFUNDRAISERWe are excited to have an apple fundraiser this year, with the support of Davidson Orchards! Order through Cariboo Bethel’s office and the form provided. We can’t wait to see how well we can do, all thanks to you!

 

 

 

We’ve got spots left!

Do you know someone who is perfect for camp!? Are they between the ages of 6-16, looking to experience living on beautiful Quesnel Lake? Looking to eat lots of candy and home cooked meals? Someone who wants to gain some independence?

We think a week at Camp Likely is perfect for them!

We still have space in our Squirts, Teens and Kids camps! Register today and be entered to win a prize from our stash of prizes valued around $500! Get them to bring a friend, cousin, team mate or neighbour!

Their week will ‘LIKELY’ include:

  • New experiences
  • New friends
  • Memories!
  • Games
  • Tubing
  • Camp fire songs
  • Late nights
  • Swimming
  • The best week of their life!

Teen Camp Speaker 2015

Now announcing Skittles! Skittles will be hanging out with us during Teen Camp this summer. She brings years of youth pastoring experience, as well as many summers spent at camp! We’re excited to have her because she’s got great ideas, stories, and dance moves!

Skittles owns a cute little dog named Whimsy, maybe you’ll see her at camp?

Register today to find out! We still have spots left in Teen Camp! We’d love to have you there!

Come and hear Skittles share about Jesus, and the difference he makes as you live your life out in this world, why it matters, and go tubing with her!

 

 

REGISTER & WIN!

you'reinvitedcanoeyou'reinvitedcanoeRegister a camper and be entered to win some of the coolest prizes!

These prizes are $50 gift card for Walmart or Superstore, Camp Likely sweater, $20 gift card to Starbucks, Beats Pill blu-tooth speaker, and more! $500 of goods to be won!

We still have spots in all of our camps! If you let us know at office@camplikely.com that you have referred a friend to Camp Likely, then you will get an additional entry to the draw! So, basically, let your friends, neighbours and strangers in your life know about Camp Likely!

 

Camp Theme

We are thrilled to announce our camp theme for 2015!

We are excited to learn with our campers about the importance of Jesus in the world, and in our lives! We love different cultures and we can’t wait to share them with you!

This theme looks at what it means to be on an adventure around the world! We will have themed meals, learn some new languages, try different foods, but most importantly, we will be looking at with the Bible says about being in the world, and caring for the world!