Camps booked up by February

Rosemary Anstey (left), Chair of Canterbury Hills Board of Directors, received a cheque from Synod Delegate Maureen Robinson from St. John’s Ancaster. By selling baked goods, especially during the 19 weeks of the St. John’s Market, over 60 volunteers raised more than $12,000. When it was announced that the parish would donate $7,000 to Canterbury Hills Camp an individual came forward to match the amount as a personal contribution. Photo: Hollis Hiscock
 on January 9, 2019

A diamond where youth can meet God in a personal way, relate to others and create memories forever, is how Rosemary Anstey described Canterbury Hills Camp ministry to nearly 300 delegates attending the 144th Niagara Synod.

Hiking, creative programs, high ropes, swimming, co-operative games and chapel Eucharist help change the lives of 700 people during the various summer camps, said Rosemary, who is Chair of Canterbury Hills Camp Board of Directors.

Generally camp registration is full by February, she continued, and in 2018 we added two new camps — one for families and the other for alumni. “Camps are not long enough, was the only complaint.”

Challenges, Rosemary said, mostly relate to the age of the facilities include pruning heavily forested areas, repairing lots of buildings, renovating the dining hall which is “not safe” and needing more pews for the chapel “because of the increase” in the number of campers.

She suggested people pray for the camp (especially the children) and encouraged delegates to volunteer (Sunday registration, board member, spring cleanup), make a financial contribution (infrastructure, tree care, bursary fund) and urged every parish to appoint a Canterbury Hills Camp advocate.

She invited people to come to the spring cleanup to “see the faces of the children”.

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