Frontier News Update May 2019

As I write this, I (Rich) am anticipating Summer at Frontier Lodge.  In the next few days Trish and myself will be packing up our own home and transferring down to camp for the next 5 months!  There is lots to do to get camp ready for summer.  We need to hook the water system up, clean the grounds, sweep out cabins, clean the kitchen, put in the docks, get out the boats, and lots more!  Thankfully, we have work days where volunteers come down and help.  Meanwhile, we are thankful that 95% of our summer staff has been in place since the end of March and we look forward to serving alongside them this summer.  Here is a schedule of our camp season and how you can help! 

March 16-17 Staff Winter Camp:  This is our first camp of the year.  It is designed for our staff from the previous year and for staff for the coming year.  The intent is to allow staff to re-connect in a fun environment with sessions aimed at engaging everyone on why we do what we do.  This year we had sessions led by Jon Waind and Alex Goddard.  It is wonderful to watch our staff continue friendships as well as make new friendships in anticipation of another summer serving the Lord at Frontier Lodge. 
May 4 Frontier Cup: We are happy to announce that The Frontier Cup is back again!  The unofficial start to the Golf Season is here and for a great cause!  This is a fundraiser for camper scholarships to send kids to camp that otherwise could not afford to get there.

May 4 Workday #1: Our first Work Day of the year.  As mentioned above there is a lot to do to get ready for the season.  It’s a lot more fun when you’re able to do the work alongside friends to accomplish the task at hand. 
May 11 Day Camp Coaticook Activity: This is a monthly activity that takes place on the second Saturday of each month.  The intent is to provide an opportunity for follow up with our summer Day Campers as well as introduce new campers to some of our staff with the hope they will desire to participate in our summer program.  This program started last Fall and is one of several newer programs started by Frontier Lodge this past year.  Lord willing, we aim to continue in the Fall. 
May 11 Workday #2: Our second Work Day of the year.  Along with continuing the cleanup and preparation of camp we will also have some construction projects going on.  One significant and vital project is to finish the upstairs of Harple.  This area accommodates some of our girls staff housing.  
May 17-19 Pursuit: This camp is aimed at post-secondary Young Adults ages 17-29.  Our keynote speaker is Cody Matchett who serves at Briercrest College, in the areas of teaching, spiritual formation, and discipleship. He is passionate about the human vocation to be imagers of God, and longs to see all peoples become captivated by the Gospel of Jesus, and participate in the restoration of all things.  He loves books, coffee, music, philosophy, cultures, art, and hiking. He is married to Brianna, and they live in the bustling metropolis of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Seminar speakers are Hudson Wells, (Pastor Hope Community Church, Lennoxville), David Manafo, (Pastor, Westside Gathering, Pointe-Claire), and Andy Smits, (Director, P2C Montreal).  Worship will be facilitated by a team from Westside Gathering. 

June 8 Day Camp Open House:  This is our first Day Camp Open house.  It is aimed as a transition from our Coaticook activity to the camp facility.  It is an opportunity for previous, new, and prospective Day Camper’s along with their family to see what a day at Frontier Lodge is like and meet some of our senior staff. 

June 21-24 Family Camp: Come as a family to an awesome lakeside weekend away at Frontier Lodge. Kick off the summer with a mini-vacation! Enjoy leisure time spent together on Lake Wallace boating, swimming or playing sports together. Connect with God through a beautiful natural setting and make some new friends.  There will be over 150 people enjoying time with their families and friends.  Jon Waind (Westview Bible Church) will be leading through a series titled Imitating God.  Talk One: Belonging, Talk Two: Submitting, Talk Three: Following.  It is a fantastic way to invest in your family! 

June 24 Day Camp Begins:  June 24 is the beginning of eight consecutive weeks that we run our Day Camp program for the communities of St-Herménégilde, Coaticook, and Compton.   Ages range from 5-12.  Anna Neelin and Emma Allatt are this summer’s Coordinators.  They bring fun, excitement, and lots of love for their campers.  We are thankful they have a heart for children of these communities and desire to cultivate in them a deep sense of identity, belonging, and purpose, as both staff and campers develop a better understanding of who they were created and saved to be. 
June 25 Training Week for Staff:  The excitement truly ramps up when the bus pulls into camp with the remaining staff!  Involvement in camp ministry is essentially the building of steward leaders.  Functioning as a branch of the church. Not only do we want our staff to be prepared to serve at camp, we aim to equip them to go back to their local churches better equipped to serve there.  This is why we choose to partner with LifeTeams, Power to Change, Briercrest College, and others.  Through these organisations we have guest speakers who come in specifically to equip our staff as well as mentor throughout the summer.  Topics include caring for campers, effectively engaging campers, responding to signs of anxiety and depression, conflict resolution, spiritual formation, and more.  The intent is that staff feel encouraged in their faith, excited, united, and prepared going into their various roles at camp.
June 30 Overnight Camp Begins: This is the first week of five consecutive weeks of our overnight program.  Ages range from 7-17.  We are thankful that Nate Heron will be back again leading the program for our overnight camp.  Nate loves to use fun, exciting games and activities to provide a sense of community.  It is within this community that we hope to cultivate in both staff and campers, a deep sense of identity, belonging, and purpose, as they develop a better understanding of who they were created and saved to be. 

You may have noticed I used the same words to describe the intention of our Day and Overnight programs.  That’s because it is how we describe our mission through the vehicle of camp ministry at Frontier Lodge.  Hopefully, we’re able to communicate an answer to the big questions of life.  Who am I?  Where do I belong?  Why am I valued?  What is my purpose?  As we look at God’s over-arching plan of restoring a fallen world in the Bible, we can see the answers to these questions and God’s desired response to His salvation plan. 

One goal of Frontier Lodge is to provide a framework for you to use your gifts and resources to participate in camp ministry.  So, if you would like to help with this summer’s program here are a few ways! 

  1. Pray: Follow the above schedule and pray alongside us that we would all understand a more full Gospel through the different camps, that we would all be Imagers of God, and to pray for the intent of those camps and activities.  Most importantly, pray that His will be done. 

  1. Golf Tournament: Here is a fun way to gather with others to provide an opportunity for those who might otherwise not be able to attend camp. If you'd still like to sign up for the tournament, please email Brent Cullen at:

  1. Work Days: Would you consider giving us a day to help prepare camp for our summer program?  Contact us at the office to see how you can be involved. 

  1. Give financially: Presently, one big need is funds to finish our girls staff housing.  If you would like to contribute to this project or to our general fund you can do so here.

  1. Volunteer at camp: If you are available for a weekend or even a week, we would love to find a place for you to be involved.  Possible remaining opportunities for this summer would be in the  kitchen, landscaping, or painting. 

Lastly, Registration! Right now registration is in full swing.  Even if you missed our early bird registration for our Overnight program you can still register for some of the camps.  Also, scholarships are available so please do not let funds stop you from registering.  We also have a great opportunity to provide heavily discounted scholarships through the Quebec government.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience camp!   

Thank you for all your support!

Rich Cameron


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