First and foremost, camp is a place for children to play!
Play is what we work hard to do at camp. Compared to playing inside, play in natural settings allows for greater creativity, encourages better participation and cooperation and provides a natural forum for children to learn about nature and how to be stewards of God’s creation.
We also know that camp builds many of the skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults. Parents, campers, and camp staff independently report growth in areas such as self-confidence, learning new skills, getting along with others, making friends, and making healthy decisions. You can find some of this research in the links below. Indeed, camp provides growth experiences for youth that can reap results through adulthood.
The QUEST program is the foundation of Silver Lake’s Christian camping experience. Through Mennonite-Anabaptist values and beliefs the Quest program explores the foundations of faith including Bible stories and teachings, all conducted in a supportive environment. In partnership with Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (MCCO), the program also offers campers a chance to activity participate in service projects such as building school kits, knotting quilts and other MCCO-oriented initiatives.
Silver Lake fosters an environment of inclusion for everyone, regardless of race, religion, social or economic class or special needs. The Inclusion Program facilitates the inclusion of children with special needs into the regular program with campers their own age. This gives an opportunity for those requiring more attention and care to participate and allows for learning and growth within the entire camp community. Please note our facilities are not wheelchair accessible. Silver Lake Mennonite Camp has a Campership Fund that provides financial assistance for children who would otherwise be unable to attend camp because of financial constraints. There is an application / dispersal process. Please contact the camp office for further details.
Silver Lake’s 150 acres of bush, meadows and wetland is located south of Sauble Beach just off the beaches of Lake Huron. The camp has access to two lakes: Silver Lake and Hidden Lake. For swimming we have created an “old swimming hole” style pond beside the lake. Campers stay in cabins or tents as groups of ten to twelve, with two or three counselors supervising each group. Typically, dedicated Silver Lake staff begin on staff as they finish their last year of high school and come back to complete up to 5 years as staff. A few older staff are also part of the Silver Lake team. All front-line staff have first aid training and in a case of emergency two hospitals are only 15 minutes away.
With the assistance of volunteers, all of the meals are homemade including a camp favourite – fresh SLMC bread! She is careful to provide an exciting, well balanced diet that will comfort any homesick camper. We source as many of our ingredients as possible from local suppliers! If your camper has dietary concerns, please let us know and we are happy to plan an alternative menu.
Each camp is specially tailored to various age characteristics, but includes many of the traditional camp activities:
Research: http://ccamping.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/CSCRP-Report-reduced.pdf https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/camping-magazine/impact-camp-experiences-social-skills-happiness https://www.parentingscience.com/benefits-of-outdoor-play.html www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/moral-landscapes/201404/whats-better-indoor-or-outdoor-play https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004270802291749?src=recsys&journalCode=rett20