Encounter Week - Ages 8-11 yrs
Adventure Week - Ages 11-14 yrs
Explore Week - Ages 8-14 yrs
Encounter Week - Ages 8-11 Years
For many campers this week will be their first experience of camp and/or being away from home. Encounter Week is a great introduction to camp life. The program includes a wide variety of fun activities including archery, crafts, drama, outdoor adventures, flag wars, campfire, tug of war and swimming in the lake. Participants also have opportunities to encounter God through prayer, Mass, in nature, and through the new friends that they will meet!
Note: There are two Encounter Weeks, one in July and one in August. Campers are welcome to register in both weeks if they would like to spend more time at camp. Many activities would be the same but with a new group of friends each week it is always a new experience!
Adventure Week - Ages 11-14 Years
Our faith is a life-long adventure, centered on Christ and lived daily. The goal of Adventure Week is to equip participants to do this well.
Adventure Week allows campers to challenge themselves by forming new friendships, working together, and exploring new camp experiences. Participants will engage in exciting activities including advanced outdoor adventures, canoeing, group challenges and team building. Through these experiences campers will grow in their communication, problem solving and relationship skills. This week encourages participants to strengthen their faith in order to make a difference in the world. By developing positive friendships with a supportive camp community campers are encouraged to live out their faith by contributing their unique gifts and talents.
Explore - Ages 8-14 Years
Explore Week is for campers ages 8 – 14 years old. It also is an opportunity for families to send multiple children to camp to enjoy their week at the same time! There will be some activities specific to age groups, but many will include the whole group. Explore Week is a great chance to come for a second week for our campers who can’t get enough of camp!
This week is a mix of favorite camp activities. It is focused on exploring nature. Hiking, scavenger hunts, nature crafts, explore a shore, bug watching, and mud pies are all part of the fun. Many studies support the benefits of outdoor play such as:
By providing an opportunity for connection to the environment we encourage campers to understand the importance of protecting our common home. OLVC is a large and beautiful property nestled in a natural forest on the shoreline of Alberta’s Gull Lake. It provides the perfect setting for the campers to explore and appreciate God’s creation.