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February 3, 2015

Welcome to our brand new website and the first directors blog. We are so excited for the things God has planned for Camp Chestermere and we are expectantly praying for great things in the future. For this first blog I want to take the opportunity to talk about where we are now, plans we have for the future, how you can be involved, and hopefully help you feel the excitement that we are feeling.

 

I want to start by saying that I am absolutely humbled to be taking on the position of Director at Camp Chestermere. For those of you who may not know, my wife and I have been looking at getting into full time ministry for a while now. We’d been offered a couple of cool opportunities but nothing really felt right. However, when the opportunity to become Director at Camp Chestermere came around we really felt that this is where God was calling us to be. I really feel that God has been preparing us for this position over the past couple of years and we know in our spiritual knowers that this is where we are supposed to be. God has prepared us for such a time as this.

 

Camp Chestermere has gone through a number of transitions over the past 5 years, especially at the Director position. We have also had a number of other staff members move on to other opportunities. I feel that one of the things that camp needs right now is stability. To that end I want to say that my family and I plan on being here long term. We love this place and we want to see it grow. We believe that the heart of God for this place is to see it be a big part of this community. To that end we are working on reconnecting with the community of Chestermere, the other not for profits in the area, the residents who live close to us, City Counsel, and our local MLA. We also want to reconnect with our alumni. There have been thousands of people who have gone through this camp. Some of those people now have children who have children who are attending camp. We want our alumni to know they are a valuable part of this community. We are launching a new Facebook group called Camp Chestermere Alumni. We invite you to help reconnect with those who have been a part of this camp.

 

We are also connecting with our member churches and looking at working with them in new and exciting ways. Whether a member of a member church, alumni of the camp, or a resident of Chestermere we want people, young and young at heart, to be excited about this place. Camp Chestermere is a special place that builds and fosters relationships with people. Building relationships is what we are about and we want this value to flow out of everything we do. This is why you will see Camp Chestermere represented at community events, hosting community events and being a part of the City of Chestermere.

 

We are also looking at future plans for camp including new ideas for retreats for adults. These ideas include doing a weekend for single moms and their kids, working with other ministries to host retreats, and more young adult retreats. Camp Chestermere runs an amazing summer program of overnight and day camps, but we are more than a summer camp. We are a year round ministry that hosts camps, retreats, conferences, and user groups from a variety of backgrounds and we hope to see our facilities continue to be used by many people all throughout the year.

 

We also want you to be involved in the camp. There are many ways for people to be involved in the camp including donating financially, volunteering your time, and/or donating items needed by the camp. Right now we have a huge need for a powerboat and a new drum set. April will be our fundraising month and our goal is to raise over $50 000. To that end we will be launching a campaign called 5@1. We are looking for 500 people to donate $100. There will be lots more information on this coming soon. Also, February is Love Camp Month. We want you to be involved by posting pictures and memories of your experiences at camp. We want people to actively pray for the camp, prophetically declare words of encouragement over the camp, to come and walk around the camp to pray for it, and to volunteer time and resources to the camp. If you would like to be involved in this then please contact us.

 

Finally I want to end by talking about something the Holy Spirit revealed to me the other night. I was reading John 4 and came across this verse; “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” John 4:35. We have big plans for the future of Camp Chestermere and we believe and declare the goodness and blessing of God over the future of the camp. We are in a season of anticipation, expectation and excitement. However, as I read John 4 I could not get away from this verse. “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” The time for Camp Chestermere is now. The time for blessings is now. The time for healing is now. The time for camp to reap the harvest of those who have sown into this place is now. The time for us to expect the goodness of God is now. We need to live with a now mentality; a mentality that expects good things to come but believes that the blessings and goodness of God are now. The financial blessings are now. The stability for camp is now. The harvest is now. We invite you to join us in a now mentality for camp. There have been amazing people who have worked here at this camp who have sown seeds of the kingdom and the time for the harvest is now.

 

Blessings,

 

Shannon Dean

 

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