Moving Forward: 2011 Executive Leadership Institute

The 2011 Executive Leadership Institute (East) is coming up quick, and I’ve got all the information you need to attend!

Many of you may have attended one of CCI/Canada’s Executive Leadership Institutes in the past — and if you have, you know that it’s an incredible time of learning, networking, and growing your camp’s potential. This year’s theme is Moving Forward. We’ve got excellent speakers lined up to inspire you to lead your camp in the most effective ministry.

Here’s everything you need to know to register:

November 21-23, 2011

Muskoka Bible Centre, in Muskoka Woods, Ontario

What is ELI?
ELI (Executive Leadership Institute) is CCI/Canada’a premier leadership training event of 2011. Join us for a two-and-a-half day leadership experience, packed with teaching and insight for personal growth, team enhancement, leadership training and decision making. How do you, in 2011, move your camp forward? What are the obstacles to overcome? How do you make sure everyone is “on the same page”?

Moving Forward – Who is the Leader? 
On Monday night, we welcome Jim Cantelon to speak to us about who we are and what issues in our lives may stand in the way of our camp moving forward.

Moving Forward – What is your Camp Culture?
Tuesday and Wednesday we will work with Ron denOtter, co-author of Building Healthy Organizations. Ron will help us discover patterns of thinking that may prevent our camps from moving forward. Be prepared to challenge your perceptions (or misconceptions) and increase your capacity as a leader.

So how can you register?
We’ve put together an information package for you to read about the speakers, see a schedule, and — most importantly — fill out a registration form! Click here to view that package.

Once you’ve filled out your registration form, you can send it back to us by any of the following ways:
Fax: (780) 922-3944
Email: Sharon Fraess,
Mail: CCI/Canada, 51505 Range Road 215, Sherwood Park, AB, T8E 1H1

You can pay by cheque (through regular mail) or with a credit card (indicated on your registration form).

Remember that there are discounts for early registration and multiple attendees! It’s worth it for you to register quickly!

No matter how large or small your camp may be, you will benefit by attending!

See you there!


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?