MacKenzie Camp is a summer kids’ camp on beautiful Mabel Lake, 35 km east of Enderby, B.C. Since 1947, it has been sharing love of Creation and hope for the future with thousands of children and youth from the Shuswap, the Okanagan Valley, and around the world. Adults too! Awesome staff, chaplains, and volunteers make it a welcoming and wonderous place, regardless of denomination. MacKenzie is a Camp and Retreat Centre of the United Church of Canada.
Spring 2019: Children’s Retreat at Stillwood Centre
Stillwood Centre, by Cultus Lake (about a half-hour’s drive south of Chilliwack) is hosting Imagine, a retreat for children aged 8-11, February 8-10, 2019. It’s one beautiful place for a sleepover camp with singing, storytelling, skits, workshops, and worship! Go here for more information or to register. Email the coordinator, Mary Nichol, with your questions. Bursaries to help cover costs are available.
The Splatsin Health Department held a Cultural Retreat at Camp August 27-30. The weather was great and participants young and old had a wonderful time, reconnecting with each other and with many traditions (drum-making, story-telling, basket-weaving, Traditional Medicine, canoeing, caning, bannock making) as well as a bit of climbing wall. An enriching experience for all!
September 7-9, MacKenzie Camp hosted “Matters of the Heart, The Heart Matters,” the annual Women’s Retreat. Twenty women of all ages were there, enjoying the beauty of the camp and creation. Every heart was touched by Allison Rennie’s leadership, the music, the sense of belonging, and by the mutual support offered in the walk of life. Participants cooked, meditated, sang, told stories, and made crafts. They also went on nature walks and made the boat trip to see the Indigenous pictographs. (There was plenty of straight-out play and horizontal rest time too.) Everyone went home inspired and looking forward to next year’s retreat, September 6-8th, 2019, again led by Allison. Mark your calendar and join the circle!