What a beautiful country we’ve got.

For the past week, I’ve been driving across Canada, taking in as much beauty as my eyes and heart can possibly take, and I am so thankful to God every day for creating such a wonderful world for me to live in. Having grown up in Alberta, I’ve often surveyed the prairie landscape, felt small under the hugest sky on earth, and felt truly awed by God’s work of creation. I’ve often felt that the cornerstone of my faith was the clear evidence of a loving, creative, intelligent designer of my own body and the living, breathing, systematic world in which I live.

I can say honestly that the rest of Canada is just as breathtaking. While the Western provinces have my heart forever, I can tell you that Ontario is spectacular. The way the highway is guarded on both sides by dense Boreal forest and red-streaked cliffs gives it a feeling of true wilderness that the rolling farmland of the prairies doesn’t quite provide. And the Great Lakes are among the most magnificent sights I’ve ever laid eyes upon.

We’ve yet to see Quebec and the Maritimes, but I am so excited to discover what new wildernesses Canada has to show me.

Seeing our whole country this way, laid out before me on the road, really makes me appreciate the varied cultures and landscapes of CCI/Canada’s member camps. Each of your camps have such engaging, effective ministries in so many different contexts: on closely wooded lakes, on rolling prairies, on the outskirts of cities, on the edges of rivers. Camp is partially about providing a natural, outdoor experience for kids — and it’s so wonderful to imagine all of the wonderful thing all of your summer campers are doing across Canada right now!

How do you think our landscape shapes what we do as camping ministries?

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We really do have lots of things to say.

Welcome to CCI/Canada’s brand new blog! Since we have so much to say, we thought we should create a space for communicating everything to you.

We’ve been doing all kinds of things to try to better connect with the world of Christian camping, both in Canada and worldwide. We started a Twitter account, we’re all over Facebook, and, if you’re a member you know that we send out a pretty sweet monthly newsletter. And even though our current website is not too shabby, we’re in the process of building a whole new one, which will be really interactive and easy to navigate!

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I think one of the greatest benefits of membership with CCI/Canada is the opportunity to connect with others in the camp world. We truly are better together, which is why I’ve been bombarding everyone with CCI/Canada’s new social media tools. I really want to continue building on what is already such an awesome community. I’m hoping that everyone involved in camping ministry, including our valued members and supporters, will get involved by following this blog and our twitter, checking out our website, and liking our page on Facebook.  That’s how we’ll know who you are so we can start building relationships with all of you! If you don’t interact with us, we won’t be able to share resources with you and offer you our support.

So, what will this blog be about?

This blog will be a space where we can share interesting links, news and other resources with you. We’ll be able to keep you up to date on the happenings of CCI/Canada. And, most importantly, we’ll be able to connect with you in meaningful ways!

See you around, camp people!