Family Camp Letter

 

Dear Family Campers,                                                                                                                                       2017

Fantastic! You are coming to camp! Here is some useful information to help you out as you get ready for an incredible week at Family Camp this summer. Think about being our guests: relaxing on the beach, being captivated by the clear water of the lake; yummy meals being prepared & clean up done for you (if eating in the Dining Hall, and if not, maybe you want to change your mind???); loons calling to each other; experiencing time with God; singing at campfires; fishing and especially, wonderful family time. I'll let you dream about these things for a few more months...allow the memories to warm you...until you can experience it in person again…or for the first time. Things are underway for your week at family camp and our dedicated and caring staff are working hard to make this another remarkable summer of camping ministry.

The program theme for the summer is, "The Water of Life”. Water is something we come in contact with every day, and yet we often take it for granted. We all need water to live our physical life and through this theme, you will discover that water is also the source of Christian spiritual life. We will dive into Bible stories that shower you with a new awareness of how water and life are gifts from God and you will learn that God’s powerful love makes even treacherous waters a path to new life.
Our Program staff will lead singing, skits and campfires based on this theme. Each morning after "Morning Jam" (singing, drama and prayer), the program staff will lead sessions with children 2 years & older for 1.5 hours. During this time the resource leader will lead conversational discussions for the adults. The sessions for all will be centered on our theme. Check out our website to see who the resource leader is the week you are at camp www.luthervillage.ca

 There are many recreation opportunities in the afternoon and evenings while at camp. The beautiful waters of Dogtooth Lake and the sunsets over Echo Bay invite you to join in a number of activities: swimming, relaxing on our sandy beach, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing, taking a pontoon boat ride. Besides these attractions, we also have hiking trails, campfires, volleyball, archery, crafts, survival skills and blueberry picking to name a few. Some special activities during the week include an end of the week communion service with Holy Communion, a night hike a dance and other surprises!

 Special Events while at camp:
Over the years, what has become an essential part of our five weeks of Family Camps has been our unique and fun theme night. The exciting theme chosen for this year is: “Treasure Island”. Join us to see what adventures will take place with pirates, princesses, cast-a-ways; maybe even a shipwreck. The evening will end with a dance after campfire. It’s going to be a good time! Want to dress up? Do it! Dress up in anything you think would resemble something from a Treasure Island theme. Help us make this a fabulous theme night! This night is a blast when everyone participates in it enthusiastically, so start planning your costume! Your participation makes it that much more fun! If you are not already eating meals in the dining hall, you may want to join us for Theme Night supper and activities. As long as there is room and you have given 24 hour notice, we can accommodate you. Whatever ideas the program staff have up their sleeves you are guaranteed a unique and fun-filled evening!  

 Secret Families have been a big success at camp over the years. If you choose to participate, here’s how it works: you pick a secret family on Sunday evening at campfire. Throughout the week you get to do secret things for them (like bring them treats, small gifts or crafts, secret notes of encouragement, and most importantly, pray for them). This has become a hi-light for some families and we would like to inform new families before arrival at camp, in case you want to get creative and bring something along!

Our ever popular Talent Night is another hi-light. Bring along your talent (play an instrument, dance, sing, etc.) to join in the celebrations of talent and fun!                                                                               

BBQ feast - join us for our Friday night all you can eat meal ($16.99 for adults, $8.50 for kids 10 & under {+ HST} and under 2 eat FREE! Please remember that 24 hour notice is required for any meals that you have not originally arranged with your reservation).   

Our camp store has snack items available to purchase such as frozen ice cream treats, chips, candy bars, pop, bottled water and juice. There will be souvenirs such as t-shirts, hoodies, caps, travel mugs, our camp tunes CD “Hear by the Water”, other souvenir items and postcards sold at camp, in order to take home a memory of your week.  We also carry some necessities if you forget your toothbrush or a few other items at home. The Winnipeg Free Press paper will be available to purchase Monday - Saturday. 

 Other Bits of Information for you:

  • Our water system provides 100% potable water, which means filtered, UV protected and chlorinated. It passes all requirements and is tested regularly for your drinking refreshment!
  • For those of you who want to stay connected electronically, we have Wi-Fi internet (barring any weather issues or lightning strikes). There is a user fee for this service.
  • Our goal is for it to be reliable for everyone, but sometimes surprises happen that are beyond our control.
  • Details for usage will be available upon check-in, along with your cost and individual access code per device. Please remember we are in the wilderness and it is not the internet how you may be used to getting it; it may be slower and temperamental. We ask that no live streaming take place. If you have your own rocket hub or can tether through your phone, that is an option to consider.
  • Cell phone coverage available in most places around camp
  • We are pet friendly! If you choose to bring a family pet to camp, you are required by Manitoba/Canadian Camping Association regulations to bring a copy of your pet’s current rabies vaccination
  • Remember to bring any food items in completely sealed tin or thick plastic bins to keep unwanted furry visitors away from the items.
  • If any visitors join you during your stay, remember they will need to pay a pro-rated rate per person/per day and need to register at the office

 Another enclosure is a description of what is in your cabin to help you in packing. Check out our website to view photos for complete picture and description of the cabin you are renting or the campground. Your enclosed reservation form confirms information given when you registered, such as linens and towels being provided by LV or not, if you are having meals and check in (3 PM) and check out (12 noon) times. Please review these to ensure that we have accurately recorded your reservation details or call to change as required.

 We hope this information helps in your planning and packing for your summer adventure at Luther Village. Keep this letter for reference in a safe place until you head out the door to camp! Summer will arrive and then it's time for Luther Village! We are looking forward to your arrival and another exciting season of camping and fun at ‘The Village’!

                                                                                                Peace,

                                                                                                Kim Scherger, Executive Director                                                                                                                                    Luther Village