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Looking to the Future

 

An InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba Site Renewal Project

Now Is the Time

 
At InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba we are committed to investing in young leaders in this current generation and for generations to come. We love seeing these young leaders go on to influence their world. We want to keep doing this for years to come.

 

Our sites on Shoal Lake provide space for every camper, staff and visitor to experience restoration, healing and transformation. These are safe places where people discover who they are and who God is. These are places where people experience the good gifts of community and creation and where they have fun!

 

Our sites have been serving us well for more than 75 years. They have been well used by thousands of campers who consider Shoal Lake their summer home! Now it’s time to begin some crucial upgrades and site improvements.

 

Please Invest now and help us serve current campers, staff and visitors plus create space for growth. Your gift will also safeguard the camp for future generations.

 

Our Generation to Generation campaign is about a flourishing ministry at Pioneer Camp Manitoba. It’s a step-by-step campaign: as we fund and finish one project, we will undertake the next one.  The first project is a new Leadership Training Centre on Bunny Point.

 
Phase 1 of our renewal begins with replacing the current building on Bunny Point – the Staff Lounge – with a new Leadership Training Centre. This facility will be multi-purposed in its ability to be an effective learning space for staff training sessions and our boys and girls Leaders-In-Training programs. We will also use it for rental groups, Canoe School, and Outdoor Education groups, which are are all in need of a comfortable and inspiring meeting place.
 

Fundraising Goal for Phase 1: $250,000

We have reached our goal of $250,000 for Phase 1!
 
Phase 2  of our site renewal will include staff housing renovations, completing the last two camper cabin renewals, converting the main site to bulk propane, and the revitalization of the front bay wall and area. Watch this space for future updates.
 

Fundraising Goal for Phase 2: $185,000

$85,100 raised
 
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Dedicated to Ralph Bueckert

 
Many thanks to Herb Enns, for his insightful collaboration with us and beautifully thoughtful design of the Leadership Centre. The building itself will be much like a lantern, a beacon that looks out over the lake. This purposely honours Ralph Bueckert, a staff member who drowned while serving as a boat driver at camp in the 1960’s. This building will stand as a testament to his service.
 
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Give specifically to the site renewal in any way you can.

 

Together, let us be sure that the wonderful story of Pioneer Camp goes on for many more generations.

 
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November Update 2021

 

Generation to Generation Site Renewal

November Update 2021

 
Covid has definitely impacted our Generation to Generation Site Renewal efforts. Our camp season began with no access to the site until mid-May, and then health protocols limited when volunteers and workers could arrive. However, we still moved our new building forward significantly, especially in the late summer and well into the fall.

 

It was wonderful to host and work alongside the crew that came in early September to repair and rebuild the fireplace. We are thankful for the crew from Norm Blerot masonry who came and completed this work. They donated all the material for the project and were happy to be a part of this amazing project. As this piece was required prior to several next steps, and once this was done, we were able to complete the walls around the fireplace. It also meant we could insulate the floor. In October the lookout facing the lake was fitted with iron grating, and you can see it in my report video, posted on the camp website.

 

One piece of excitement was that a “time capsule” hidden in the old fireplace was found by Norm’s crew. It was very enjoyable seeing all the names from 1969, those who had been a part of building the original fireplace. Dr. Harvey from Thunder Bay took leadership. Yes, we do plan to hide another time capsule. There are many unexpected blessings in this project. We coincidentally came across Steve Bigelow who owns the Rush Bay Road Quarry. None of us knew he attended MPC in Bill Mason’s day and learned to canoe by Bill. Steve donated two large flat rocks and a single solid rock mantle for the fireplace. What an incredible blessing and story to pass on. The rocks are in place after considerable effort, and with many hands involved in the transportation and moving of them. The two flat pieces are installed as a hearth, and at the interior entrance. The Leadership Training Center is scheduled to officially open early spring 2022. We hope you can come to the island for this and celebrate with us.

 

Generation to Generation Site Renewal is a step-by-step plan for the future of our site on Shoal Lake. The next projects include installing bulk propane to the island and a new rock retaining wall for the beach. Looking even further down the list of needs includes an extensive renovation of Bill Mason Place (new siding and all windows replaced) and staff housing where the Chalet building now stands. These are crucial upgrades as our site reaches 80 years of use. God’s provisions and your continued support in every way enables the progress of our site care and renewal. What an incredible statement we as a community have committed to the next generations.

 

Stay connected with us for all these important projects. Please come and celebrate the opening of the Leadership Center in spring of 2022.

 

A heartfelt thanks to all who have partnered in Generation to Generation thus far.

 

Pete Dearborn

Director, Generation to Generation