April 23rd is Camping Sunday, a tradition of The United Church of Canada. Camping is one of the biggest children and youth ministries in the United Church. Each summer thousands of children and youth across Canada come together to be in relationship in community, with creation, and with Creator God.
Camp is a place where young people are welcomed as they are; it is a place where they are encouraged to wonder and deepen into their connection to the environment and respect for creation. Camp is a place to be creative and engage in questions about our everyday lives and of the mystery of the Holy. Camp is a place where young people are encouraged to be their authentic selves and are led in a way that is informed by care and trust. Children so often experience a transformative time at camp and are inspired to return again and again until they can return as staff. Camp is a place where young people are nurtured and mentored in their own leadership skills and abilities.
Camping is a vital ministry in the Pacific Mountain Region Council and across The United Church of Canada. For nearly 100 years, people of all ages have come to United Church camps to develop leadership skills, experience the outdoors, have fun, build community and deepen their faith in God. It is part of the larger Faith Formation Ministry within the region and works to connect camps with campers.