Summer Camp at Van Es!
Summer Camp at Van Es is an awesome opportunity for kids of all ages to play outside, take a "technology detox", and build lifelong friendships. Under the care of a talented Camp Staff, campers will take risks, learn from nature, and grow in spirit.
Held in week-long segments, Campers are invited to spend a week away from home - living in cabins, playing outside, exploring nature, making arts and crafts, playing sports, and learning about themselves. At camp, "we live in community," meaning that each person takes responsibility for the place, and offers care to each other.
A Typical Day at Camp...
Campers wake up, get ready for the day, enjoy breakfast, and tidy their space.
Between breakfast and lunch, campers are engaged in a meaningful program called "Learning with Sacred Earth," which cultivates spirit, learns about the earth, involves lots of play, and makes art.
After lunch, campers can self-select different activities, like swimming, arts+crafts, field games, theatre+music, etc.
Dinner is an undertaking, and each day is themed differently.
After dinner, campers engage in an "All Camp Activity," like capture the flag, an epic game of hide+seek, movie night, etc.
The day concludes with Campfire Vespers, followed by some quality time with bunk-mates.
2023 Camp Schedule - Completed
The 2023 summer camp season has come and gone. Thank you top all of our staff and volunteers who made the experience so special for all of our campers. A special thank you Lynne, Megan and Marilyn who did the planning, cooking and running the camps.
This year we tried something we have never done before - made the camp free to our campers. The Van Es Board would like to thank all of the people, congregations and agencies who made this possible with their donations.
Summer Camp 2024
Please check back in December for next years camp schedule.
The Van Es Camp Board is excited to announce that our 2023 Summer Camps are going to be free to attend. Through the donations of our congregations and our camp supporters we are covering the cost of each camper's registration.
If you wish to make a donation towards our camper experience (donations over $25.00 will receive a tax receipt) you can:
Mail a cheque to: PO Box 57063 Eastgate, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8A5L7
Send an E-transfer. Please use our camp email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit Card Payment. Please contact Randy Downing at 780-922-2457
Use the following link:
An Inclusive Camp
Camp Van Es welcomes campers, volunteers, and staff from all walks of life. While this is a Christian camp, we do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability. If you have a camper who would like to attend camp, and would like to talk through how we can best include your camper in our program, please contact Randy Downing at email@example.com.
In addition to our traditional "boys" and "girls" cabins, we also offer non-binary / gender expansive accommodations for anyone who would feel more comfortable in that environment.