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Agapé Camp Announcement
(May 13, 2020)
First the Sad News
The board of Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries has decided that the 2020 Agapé Valley Bible Camp season will be cancelled. It is with heavy hearts that we have had to make this decision. Although some restrictions are slowly being lifted, the simple fact is that physical distancing will remain over the next few months and would bring challenges, especially in a children’s day camp setting. How do you keep children separated while playing sports? How do you keep up on disinfecting everything the campers/staff touch? What happens if someone is diagnosed with Covid-19 during the week? Will all campers/staff present that week be forced into self-isolation to self-monitor for two weeks? Unlike overnight camp the campers and staff go home every night, which poses an even greater risk for the next day as they re-gather. Looking back, none of us would have ever thought that a camp season would be cancelled for any reason.
But here’s the Good News!
In March, Agapé came up with #bringagapehome. Each Saturday families were encouraged to make breakfast and post it to social media using Agapé Maple Syrup in their backgrounds. This was a huge success and has inspired us to do something similar for camp. Agapé is going to come to your home in a, wait for it… “A Box!!” Our camp committee is currently working on #bringagapehome in the form of a box kit (containing a workbook, verse cards, crafts, even tuck!) The box will contain many other things including a link to virtually watch camp as a director directs them through the activities provided in the box for a five day program (approximately 2 hours of video/activities per day.) Also there will be a speaker giving a message for each day, most of us know him as “Mr C”. The topic for this year is “2020 A Vision For The Future”. We are so excited about this and can’t wait to get these boxes packed and into the hands of campers. Watch for the promo video and announcements coming soon!
I want to thank all of you who have been praying and supporting the camp in this unprecedented time. We know God is in control. Please continue to pray for “Camp in a Box” as we continue to develop it and make it available to, as I see it, literally thousands of households. 2020 Camp won’t just be for the children this year- it will be for the entire family!
Blessing in the Lord,
Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries
The following information is information on our summer camps as they normally run. 2020 Will be a different style as it is “camp in a box”, and we will provide more information on release dates and cost soon!
Agape Valley Day Camp
The heart beat of Agapé Valley is camp. The day camp season runs for 8 weeks each summer and welcomes kids from ages 7 to 13 (turning 7 by December 31, 2020). It is $90 per child with a t-shirt or $78 without a t-shirt (HST included in both prices). Each week, we boldy proclaim the Gospel of Christ through stories, crafts, sports, achievements and fun! Children are limited to only come to one week each summer, as the program and theme are the same each week.
Day camp program runs 9:30am-4:00pm daily (we do not have extended hours for daycare). Registration is from 9:00am-9:30am.
There are so many different activities each day! Each day starts out with chapel time: singing, verse memorization, a bible lesson and then the groups go into different team activities. These change daily (archery, frisbee golf, organized sports, geocaching just to name a few!). Campers bring a packed lunch. Twice a week we take a bus to Bissell’s Hideway to swim at their pool. The afternoons allow for tuck shop and group time for memorizing verses and completing a small workbook that goes along with the bible lessons each day.
A-ctivities: Songs, crafts, archery, hayrides, swimming, boat races
G-ames: Lots of fun, inclusive games for all campers to enjoy
A-wards: Team games and individual achievements are celebrated with awards
P-eers: develop friendships that last long after camp is over
E-ternal Values: The gospel is emphasized as well as teaching for spiritual growth
We also have one week of TEEN CAMP for high school ages that runs during the evening (6pm-10pm). Each evening is packed full of team games and bible teaching. Check out more HERE.
Day camp is $90 per child which includes a t-shirt, or $78 without a t-shirt (prices include HST).
All events that happen at Agape Valley throughout the year serve to lower camper fees and make this life-changing camp experience accessible to all.
We use online registration. Registration will be open on April 15th.
To print off a registration form and mail it in, we will have a print out available here on the website April 15, and mail your completed to the address below. Out of respect for others, please do not mail your form until April 15th.
392 Kilman Rd
RR#1 Ridgeville, ON
Volunteer Staff Applications (age 14 and up ) are available upon request. Please email or call 905-892-4273 for details.