Brantford March Break Camp

Creation Force March Break Camp is a camp geared for children in our community whose parents, due to life circumstances, aren't able to send them to other camps. It is also a camp for children deemed "at risk" within our city.

It started with an idea in 2005 to provide a day camp for children during the March Break that would fill them with a sense of hope and purpose and would be affordable for those who would normally not be able to send their children to camp.

Camp started as a 2-day, "pilot project" camp with 35 children at the Family Resource Centre. The following 4 years saw a very quick increase in campers and saw us outgrow the Family Resource Centre, followed by the Boys & Girls Club.

From 2010-2014, camp was held at Pauline Johnson High School, where we'd been able to accommodate up to 188 campers, and over 100 volunteers from more than 20 different churches in Brantford and area; unified by one Spirit and one purpose - to share the love and Gospel of Christ in action and word. Since then, we have rented Evangel Church in Brantford.

Each year, we take the children on field trips to experience events that they may not otherwise experience. "I've never been in a movie theatre!" was one child's reply when we took the group to see a movie at a local theatre. Moose Winooski's has spoiled us each year with loads of pizzas, pop and french fries; trips to London Children's Museum, Copps Coliseum, the local Safety Village, pool and fire department, a private performance by the Canadian Percussion Ensemble at the historic Sanderson Centre (sponsored by the Brantford Symphony Orchestra), Wizard World Amusement Park, and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Thank you to Sharp Bus Lines for getting us to our destinations.

When we aren't going on field trips, the children spend their days being taught about the hope and purpose that has been created in them (based on Psalm 139) and the Creator Who desires to have a personal relationship with them, filling the "God shaped hole". They also participate in a workshop of their choosing. Workshops have included Drum Making, Percussion, Science, Dance, Puppets, "I am Beautiful", Leadership In Training, Photography, Pasta and Bread making, Woodworking, Crafts, Clowning, Medieval Times, Sports, Scrap-booking, Rockets, Drama, and Quilting.

The kids' camp experience also includes 2 snacks each day and a lunch, many having been donated by local restaurants and companies. Tie dye t-shirts are made on Monday and handed out on the day of the major field trip so that all kids part of our camp are easily identified. It has been a joy to spot these same t-shirts throughout the year while out shopping or playing outside! A true keepsake for each child.

Our camp is completely non-profit and we rely on the generous donations and sponsorships from individuals and companies within Brantford to improve the quality of life, spiritually and emotionally, for the children that come to camp.

Although the cost of registration is only $45 for the entire week, there are many families that may not be able to afford it and as we don't want anyone to miss out on camp, we provide sponsorships to those who need it.

Thanks to many generous donations, we've sponsored upwards of 70 kids in one year.

For the first 4 years, Creation Force March Break camp was a ministry of Grand Valley Christian Centre. In 2009, because of the many volunteers from other churches, the camp moved under the covering of Jacob's Well Ministries Inc., a Christian counseling ministry which started in the early 1970's as a ministry to youth on the streets of Kitchener.

God is gracious. He provides in ways unimaginable. Many new souls have been added to the Kingdom because of His love and mercy. This is entirely His ministry!

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