A Day at Camp

Elements common to all Kuriakos programming are described below.

Actual schedules vary, but these activities form the basis of a camp experience. 

For more details about specific activities, scroll down to the ACTIVITIES section of the page.

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  • Program Theme

    Each camp program will be based on a theme.  Learning times will use these themes to explore Christian truths.  Themes will be woven into elements throughout the day, including worship, bible study, games, and devotions.

  • Meals

    Home-cooked meals are served at 8am, noon, and 6pm.  Snacks are provided in the afternoon and evening. Times may vary depending on the program needs of the camp, but we make sure there isn't too much time between meals so campers stay energized.

  • Worship

    Devotions and worship times occur in the morning, usually right after breakfast, and in the evening, around the campfire.  Worship at Kuriakos is focused on proclaiming the Good News in imaginative ways, connecting worship practices at camp to those found in churches at home, and involving campers in leadership where possible. For example, campers may assist with reading scripture, offering prayers, or acting in a skit.

  • Activities/Skills

    Campers usually have two times each day to try activities. Campers may have opportunity to sign up for specific skill learning times, or may be part of a group that tries everything through the week.  As well, activities are available during Free Time each afternoon, and campers can choose in what to be involved.
          For more info about specific activities, scroll down.

  • Organized Games

    Campers participate in organized wide games during the daily Discovery hour, as well as during special event times and activity sessions.  Wide Games are a classic part of every week at camp!

  • Bible Study

    We call it Quest, because we believe that the Bible is much more than just a book.  It is the Living Word, and God uses the Word to call us to a lifelong journey of exploring and learning.  Counsellors lead Quest for their cabin group, usually in the evening each day. This provides opportunity to reflect on the biblical principles of the daily theme and relate it to life as lived that day and every day.

  • Jesus and Me (JAM) Time

    JAM Time happens right after lunch. This intentional down-time allows for individual campers to read daily scripture and engage in quiet activities.  JAM time lasts for 20-30 minutes, followed by cabin clean up.  As well, counsellors lead their campers in devotions each evening.

  • Canteen

    Every camper receives a canteen card during summer kid's and youth programs.  Canteen is ordered at breakfast, prepared, and delivered to campers at the start of the afternoon free time.

  • Work Duties

    Each cabin group is assigned to a work group, with another cabin group.  Counsellors and SITS help campers take care of daily chores. This is an important opportunity for campers to learn about serving the greater community. Campers are assigned work duties an average of 3 times per camp.

  • Sleep Outs

    Each camper is assigned a cabin space for his or her stay at camp.  During the summer, campers may spend one or two nights sleeping away from that space, on a Sleep-Out.  Sleep Outs usually occur on covered decks, at the tree house, tipi, or at the wilderness site. Other spots include indoor spaces like the chapel or craft room, or outside under the stars. 

  • Special Events

    Throughout each week, many special events may take place. Events vary based on weather, age of the campers, and the dynamic of the group.  Special events may include talent shows, concerts, costume meals, dances, wide games, and more.

Activities

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  • Adventure Learning Elements

    These elements provide all kinds of experiences for campers of all ages.  The three keys to every adventure  are fun, choice, and safety.
    These elements are used for team-building, personal challenge, leadership development, and more.  Access to these elements will be at the discretion of activity facilitators. Age, physical size, and maturity will be factors in determining which elements are appropriate for each camper.  Campers only have access to these elements when properly trained facilitators are present.

    • Initiative tasks - Activities without any permanent structure needed. 
    • Low Ropes Challenge Course - A series of cables only inches off the ground.
    • High Ropes Challenge Course - Cables and platforms 20+ feet in the air. Participants are secured through belay systems.
    • Bouldering Wall - A horizontal climbing wall, only 8 feet above the ground at the top.  No helmets or fall protection needed.
    • Climbing Tower - A 30+ foot vertical climbing tower with two faces of climbing holds and one initiative element.  Fall protection is required, and so campers are harnessed into a certified belay system.

  • Waterfront Activities

    Sylvan Lake is ready for action! Certified supervisors lead activities of all kinds for campers of all ages. 

    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • Kayaking
    • Paddle Boats
    • Boogie Boards
    • Row Boats
    • Sauna

  • Outdoor Skills

    Learning basic outdoor skills builds important connections between us and the environment we live in. Creating  comfort and confidence in the outdoors, these activities are practical and fun.

    • fire-building
    • archery
    • slingshots
    • outdoor cooking
    • shelter-buiding
    • hiking


  • Creative Arts

    Campers express themselves in a variety of ways.  Camp is a great place to try something new, to learn new tricks, or to teach others a favorite technique.

    • crafts
    • wood-working
    • drama games
    • music
    • knitting

  • Games

    Indoor and outdoor sports and games are a big part of camp life.  Outdoor facilities as well as indoor gymnasium and recreational room provide lots of room to run. The following list is a sample of what Kuriakos can offer.

    • basketball
    • beach volleyball
    • soccer
    • tetherball
    • tobogganing (winter only!)
    • wide games
    • horse shoes
    • ladder golf
    • parachute games
    • dodgeball
    • cooperative games
    • fort-building (lots of cushions)
    • ping pong
    • foosball
    • air hockey
    • gaga ball