Since thousands of Manitoba children would never have a Christian camping experience due to factors of isolation or economic status, Pathway Camp Ministries was formed to provide week-long Day Camps for up to 80 children/week, ages 7-12 in remote or isolated communities during Spring Break and Summer school holidays.
We recruit and train a team of approximately 14 volunteer workers/week and operate our programs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday-Friday in each community. The day is jam-packed with sports, games, crafts, skits, and small group times. We provide the campers with a hot lunch and a snack daily.
We organize and ship craft supplies, food supplies and other needs in advance of our arrival in the communities. We arrive with all of our personal items as well as the necessary cooking equipment and sports equipment for the week. We partner with community staff members from Band offices and/or Health Centres. Community liaisons receive our shipments, assist with promotion of the event, and pre-register the campers.
Pathway Camp Ministries is a Christian ministry and our programs include faith-based curriculum at an age-appropriate level through a chapel time with stories, puppets, and singing. We are committed to furthering the Kingdom of God by taking camp to “where they’re at.”
During 2019, we provided programs to over 400 registered children in six different communities: summer camps in Miskooseepi First Nation (Bloodvein), Berens River First Nation, Chemawawin Cree Nation (Easterville), Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids) and Garden Hill First Nation as well as a Spring Break day camp in Pinaymootang First Nation (Fairford).
In 2020, we plan to return to Poplar River.