Chasing the Wilderness

Newsletter: Summer 2018

[fa icon="calendar"] July 18, 2018 / by Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp

Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp

Summer Adventure

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We’ve had a strong start this spring at camp. Having two work weekends, Prairie Christian Academy, 4M and staff training, has given us a good chance to test the waters and grow as a team. 

The prayer deck has had a recent renovation and is now larger, incorporating standing trees, and room for more chairs. This retreat tucked away is worth finding and spending time in.

We have a very full summer ahead of us, hosting pack trips, private groups, family camps and more. We hope that if you’re in the area you will come by for a visit and see camp in action.

Work weekends at both Willow and Coat had close to 50 workers between both sites. We were so blessed to have so many strong backs and willing workers. Projects included setting up tents, cleaning cabins, cleaning tack rooms and trailers, cutting and collecting firewood, building the cook stove at coat, setting up the kitchen, continuing to work on the family cabin, along with dozens of other tasks. Camp could not start each new season without the help of set up volunteers at both Coat and Willow. Thank you again to all who came out.

Copy of IMG_6703This spring we attended two trade shows AHEA (Alberta Home Education Association) and The Mane Event. The Blue Bronna booth was extremely busy at both events. Thank you to those who stopped by, or who took a shift at the booth. It’s always encouraging to introduce people to what we do, and it’s equally encouraging to have folks stop by and tell us about their experience at camp.

The 4M Extreme Character Challenge was an amazing weekend with 131 men in attendance. 94 were first time trekkers and 37 men returned from previous XCC’s to volunteer on the weekend as crew. God was very much present throughout the weekend and many powerful testimonies were shared on Sunday and in the reflection forms. “We asked the Lord for a revival that leads to repentance and obedience for our brothers. Thank the Lord for what He has done in answering.” Habakkuk 3:2

2018 Camp Schedule

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The Blessing of Provision

We continue to be blessed by the generosity of so many of you. From financial gifts, to gifts of service, to sharing about us to your friends and family, your ongoing support of Blue Bronna is needed and deeply appreciated. We continue to be committed to supporting kids from families in need and providing a place for them at camp. The demand is noticeably on the increase for financial support, especially from single parent and unemployed families. As well, we are in need of archery supplies, backcountry pack supplies, and other general camp supplies.

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Save The Date!

Ride-A-Thon 2018 will be held September 21st-23rd, and marks the 20th anniversary of Ride-A-Thon!! Visit our website for details and pledge forms www.bluebronna.org/ride-a-thon or call/email us!

Welcome - Interim Director - Chantelle Carlson

Camp is in full swing and I am thrilled to be here as interim Executive Director. The staff team that has assembled at Blue Bronna is incredible, both in their focus on Christ and their commitment to the larger Community. It’s fantastic to serve alongside each and every one of them.

We are looking towards a very full summer, with brand new campers, new programs, and registrations going strong, and in several cases, full. Each and every one of us down at camp is up for the challenges and joys of working at camp for the summer. Make sure you come and introduce yourself to the staff and to myself. I look forward to meeting the extended Blue Bronna community.

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Briefly, my background is varied, working PR for Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and contract work. Mostly recently, I have worked as an adjunct professor for University of Manitoba, SAIT and Rocky Mountain Bible College as well as I have been a Blue Bronna board member for the past two years.. My outdoor background is equally varied, having spent a good deal of time in the backcountry. My husband Torie will be serving alongside me, while he balances life as a psychologist at the Children’s Hospital and his work with Veterans Affairs. Torie and I homeschool our 4 kids Wyatt (13), Robie (8), Charley (8) and Wren (6).

In this season of transition, we are so grateful to have the support of each and every invested individual.  As the board actively looks for a permanent Executive Director, we will continue to move toward growth opportunities, partnerships, and most importantly being a vehicle that is used to change people’s lives for Christ.

Cabin Update:

We have had a fantastic group of volunteers work tirelessly on the cabin.  Completing the exterior this spring, we are hoping to work towards finishing the inside. Permits are in process for services, and we continue to trust the Lord for funds. The completion of the family cabin is an important step in moving towards the launch of the dining hall project…enabling someone to be on-site and develop year-round programing.

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To read the latest update from Interim Chair, George McGregor, click here. 

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer edition of the Newsletter! You can download a complete PDF of the newsletter by clicking here.

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