The snow is gone and the trees are starting to bud; Camp Van-Es is gearing up for another summer filled with fun, laughter, friendship and God’s Spirit moving.
There is a special joy and energy about working with kids that brings out the best in us. We had to ask ourselves this year: what is it that has this effect on people who work in the camping ministry? Undoubtedly it is the joy and passion with which children approach life that inspires us. Whatever they do, their hearts are in it… they pour who they are into what they do.
It is fitting, then, that this year’s theme is Hearts on Fire. It is a reflection of the childlike wonder that we hope remains within us and will remain within the kids who pass through our care. We hope to ignite kids’ hearts and set them on fire for Christ.
The Camp Van-Es summer program and its leaders look to live up to the theme of Hearts on Fire, as it is only with hearts on fire for kids and for Christ that we can hope to fulfill God’s call in our lives, to go and share his love with the world. We look to offer a program full of adventure, excitement and opportunities for spiritual growth. Whether it is a meaningful craft giving insight into a quality of Christ or going for a walk in God’s Creation, Christ is there working through the hearts of our leaders and in the hearts of our campers.
Christ continues to be the same today as he was yesterday and years ago. His love and grace is still needed today as much as it was then and so we continue to offer up the grace and mercy that he has offered us as his children. May God’s spirit move and set hearts on fire for him this summer. ■
Brandon Salyczyn is a member of the Van-Es Camp and Conference Centre board of directors.
2015 Camp Dates
- Grade 3 and 4 Camp: June 28–July 3
- Grade 5 and 6 Camp: July 5–July 11
- Junior High Camp: July 12–July 18
- Senior High Camp: July 19–July 25
- Grade 1 and 2 Camp: July 26–July 29