It’s not tough to have a lot of fun at Lake of the Trees Bible Camp, with a long list of activities that keeps growing, and a beautiful setting on the sandy shores of emerald-green Lake of the Trees.
The camp is a 35-minute drive north east of 100 Mile House and has been in operation since 1960.
Summer camps run from early July to late August and offer separate sessions for Squirts, aged six to nine years; Juniors, seven to 10 years; Preteens, 10-13 years; and Teens, 13-16 years.
Days are action-packed with so many choices of things to do. For those who like the water, there’s swimming in the warm, leech-free waters of the lake and a giant 40-metre long water slide that has a reputation for being fast and fun.
Campers can jump from a floating tower onto the intensely-popular blob, which is a huge air-filled pillow that launches them into the air for a splash landing in the lake.
“It’s as close to a rocket you’re going to get, with a lift-off and quick propulsion in the air,” says camp director Tom McIntosh.
He adds his information comes from personal experience.
Wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking and canoeing are a few of the other options available.
There is a paintball course a safe distance from the main camp for the older youth. Archery and shooting pellet rifles under supervision are also popular activities.
A six-metre high climbing wall and boulder cave give campers an opportunity to test their abilities and push themselves to new limits, which McIntosh says ties in with everyday life.
“You’re challenging yourself to go past your comfort zone and you’re setting goals and planning your course.”
The camp is located in an area free of outside development where nature walks are sure to include bird sightings, berries to pick and wild flowers to enjoy.
Horsemanship, where campers trail ride and learn about horse care and psychology is offered at nearby Spring Lake Ranch for an extra cost, and there’s also rocketry for the Juniors where they learn to build a model rocket, then launch it over the lake.
The dining hall has a games room in the basement with foosball, air hockey, ping pong and pool. Campers can retreat in the afternoon during daily cabin time. It’s been recently renovated with new paint, trim and furniture.
Campers can also chill out at the western theme, nine-hole mini golf course or go catch-and-release fishing for coarse fish, which are abundant in the lake.
It wouldn’t be camp without a nightly campfire and sing-along. At Lake of the Trees, they belt out Bible songs and camp favourites with gusto.
Registration for camp is currently underway and early bird discount prices are in effect until May 31.
To register online, or download a camp registration form, go to the camp website at www.lakeofthetrees.com.