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Remembering Andrew Rourke

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

With heavy hearts we share the sad news that Andrew Rourke passed away on Saturday in a motorcycle collision. Our hearts are with Lisa, his spouse, and all his family and friends.

Andrew was a long-time friend of Silver Lake with an incredible heart for camp.  He was a camper at Silver Lake, was on staff and volunteered in countless ways for many years- including serving on the Silver Lake board and being part of Work Weekends for over 30 years.

Thank you Andrew for sharing so generously with Silver Lake.

 

 

 

 

MCEC Fall Youth Retreat: Make YOUR Mark!

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

November 8-10, 2019
Theme: Escape the Ordinary: Make YOUR Mark!

Are you tired of experiencing boredom, stress, or mindless distractions that invade your life? Take the risk! Step outside your comfort zone! Embrace the power in you and in your community to change the world!  In this retreat you will be invited into the revolutionary journey of self-discovery and purpose in new ways you have never imagined.  Join with your peers in writing a new chapter that taps into the passion to make yOUR mark on this world!

Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration Fee (Ends Sunday, October 13, 2019) $100
Regular Registration Fee $110

Bus Fee $10

To Register: Online Registration (via MCEC website) 

Registration closes Tuesday, October 29, 2019

“The Meadows” Nears Completion!

Posted on: November 22nd, 2018 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

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Why Choose Silver Lake?

Posted on: November 22nd, 2018 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

While we do like to be modest, we are confident when we say Silver Lake is one of the best camps in Ontario.

Best Staff: All of our staff have graduated from our two year leadership program, CILTs. In addition, many of them grew up attending camp at Silver Lake and know first-hand the positive impact they can have on the lives of campers. We have expensive professional development experiences and training for all year-round and summer staff. Our on-site, camper to staff ratio is 2:1, all staff have Standard First Aid with CPR and nearly half are lifeguards (all swimming and waterfront activities are supervised by lifeguards). Bottom line: our staff are here because they love kids!

Best Food: Quality, homemade food is culturally significant to Mennonites, and campers will experience that first hand while at camp! Freshly baked bread, homemade mac and cheese, soups and sauces from scratch and the list goes on. Most of our food, including meats and produce, is sourced from local farmers or from one of our two gardens.  Yum Yum!

Best Facilities: Over the past 5 years, we have invested over one million dollars in our facilities and property including a new dining hall, renovated commercial kitchen, five new camper cabins (soon to be seven), new washrooms and plenty of program equipment from a new archery range and an expanded low ropes course to a water trampoline and sailboats.

 

Best Program: We’re constantly visiting other camps, outdoor education centers, and taking in conferences all in an effort to provide exceptional programming. At Silver Lake we dedicate each week at camp to a different age range to ensure your camper is there with others of similar age (6-10 yrs, 7-12 yrs, 9-14 yrs, 13-16 yrs) . That also allows us to tailor the programming to their specific age range.

Ready for the best? Registration for Summer 2016 begins  February 1, 2016 12:01 am.  Write it on your calendar, create a reminder on your computer, post sticky notes throughout the house, do whatever it takes, just be sure you register early!  Please see the summer schedule below. If you have any questions, please contact the office – 519-422-1401 or fun@slmc.ca  or www.slmc.ca/camp

Annual General Meeting, May 11, 2019

Posted on: March 31st, 2018 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

The Annual General Meeting of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp Inc. for the 2018 fiscal year will be held at Kiwanis Park (1000 Kiwanis Park Dr, Kitchener, ON N2K 3N8) on Saturday May 11, 2019 at 2 pm.   If there is inclement weather or if water levels are not safe, a notice will be posted on this announcement prior to 9am on May 11th and the meeting will take place at 5pm at 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener, ON, N2G 3R1.  Agenda and Reports are available through the links below.

Please come to the AGM and stay for Paddle the Grand and dinner at Kiwanis Park.

Annual General Meeting Agenda, Minutes and Motions

SLMC Financial Review Committee Report

Income Statement Summary

Financial Statement of Income

Financial Statement of Cash Flow

 

Paddle the Grand Fundraiser Details!

Posted on: February 4th, 2018 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Paddle the Grand is Silver Lake’s only annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this fun, inter-generational, family-friendly event go toward general operating costs such as staff wages, food, camperships, programming, etc.

On Saturday, May 11, participants will paddle en mass down the Grand River from Conestogo to Kiwanis Park to raise funds for Silver Lake. The paddle is 2 hours and passes some beautiful countryside in Waterloo Region. Participants will start to gather after 2pm and we hope to launch the canoes by 3pm. Stay tuned for meeting locations and times.

We suggest a fundraising goal of $500 per canoe. Some canoes have raised $2,500 and others have raised $250, so do what you can!

If you want to join us on the river, click the link below to register. You can then send the link of your fundraising page to family and friends and ask them to sponsor you.  All donations are 100% tax deductible and can be made easily online.  PLEASE JOIN US!

To Register or Donate click here – Paddle the Grand Registrations and Donations

Pledge Sheet

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Family Camp – May 17-19

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Join us at Silver Lake on the May long weekend (May 17-19) for a great weekend of adventure and family fun.

The weekend is perfect for children experiencing Silver Lake for the first time or for those who just can’t get enough of Silver Lake!  Play games in the field, sing songs around the campfire, eat in the dining hall, hang-out in the treehouse, try the climbing wall,  catch frogs in the pond, canoe on the lake, enjoy the sauna (maybe at night when the kids are asleep) or just hang-out. Please note the weekend runs Friday-Sunday (does not include holiday Monday).

2019 Family Camp Online Registration

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Juniper Cabin is Ready!

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

We’re happy to report the construction on the new Juniper cabin is now complete just in time for summer camp. Juniper is a hybrid of our two new cabin designs, with the brightness and airy feel of the treehouse cabins, coupled with the practicality of being low to the ground. Best of all……………..this cabin is wheelchair accessible! This new design allows for 16 beds and lots of common space in the centre. This brings our total heated, winterized sleeping capacity to 164!

A very special thank you to Silver Lake alumni Rachel Harder and Matt Snider for generously supporting the construction of this cabin!

Spring Work Weekend – Thank you & Pictures

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Thank you to the 45 volunteers who braved very wet weather in an effort to get camp ready for summer campers. Despite the weather we accomplished an incredible amount of work: trenching new hydro lines, painting cabin floors, cutting danger trees, deep cleaning, getting out sailboats and canoes, splitting and distributing firewood, adding gravel and woodchips to walking paths and rebuilding the sauna! A special thank you to Elizabeth Klassen who quaterbacked efforts in the kitchen and ensured we had plenty of tasty food all weekend!