What makes camp evergreen
So Special?

Best week of summer

THE HEART OF CAMP EVERGREEN

Camp Evergreen is a place where faith is developed, fun is unavoidable and life-long relationships are forged. We desire to serve God wholeheartedly, to recognize that it’s not by our own power, but by the power of God that people’s hearts are changed and it’s our role to live, work and play in an environment of celebration, love and hope!

MISSION

Camp Evergreen is a place to connect, explore, and grow. We exist to see lives transformed by the power of Jesus.

VISION

Camp Evergreen aspires to be a place of restoration and adventure where all are invited to be inspired by creation, strengthened through friendship, and transformed in faith in our evergreen gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

Values

  • Outreach

    We seek, through our actions and words, to model Jesus with everyone we encounter, on or off-site. Camp Evergreen is committed to our founding purpose to encourage kids and youth in faith and community through the adventure of summer camp, and we intentionally apply this same heart to our emerging focus as a year-round, restorative retreat, and leadership development centre.

  • Stewardship

    We experience God's provision. In response, we responsibly use the significant resources we have been given to care for, cultivate, and develop the people we encounter, our staff, and our guests. We purposefully steward all that we have been entrusted with, and we sustainably manage our land, nature, assets, finances, and time.

  • Community

    Our relationships reflect the nature of a loving and caring God. We are authentic with each other and demonstrate God's goodness, creating spaces to facilitate relationship and help each other grow. We build life changing relationships among our community of faith, with guests of camp, our neighbours and local community , and future camp partners.

  • Leadership

    We intentionally create opportunities in a supportive environment for the next generation of leaders to take risks, learn, and grow. We disciple people to be leaders who are fully devoted followers of Jesus, and who leave Camp Evergreen positively changed to make a difference in our world.

  • Generational

    We build on the legacy of the founders and benefactors of Camp Evergreen, the Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. We honour the past as we make new history with our many partners to fulfill our generational vision, mission, and identity. We have solid roots and we plant seeds today for the promise of tomorrow.

CHRIST-CENTRED

Camp Evergreen takes its Confession of Faith from the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Our Beliefs and Practices

OUR FULL-TIME STAFF

While it takes dozens of people to make Camp Evergreen function on a seasonal basis, here is the crew that keeps the Evergreen engine running year round.

Courtney Armstrong

KATHERINA KUNZ

JOHN TOEWS

LANE THIELMANN

JOSHUA BRYCE

Kevin Thiessen

JUSTIN WILLMS

ROLF AMANN

KIM BRYCE

JENNIFER THIESSEN

CORAL KOPP

BOB THIESSEN

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Nate Gartke - Board Chair - Edmonton, AB
  • Brendan Guenter - Airdrie, AB
  • Marni Hatch - Calgary, AB
  • Arno Doerksen - Gem, AB
  • Cody Hoffman - Big Valley, AB
  • Julia Taylor - Calgary, AB
  • Clinton Toews - Linden, AB
  • Heather Hiebert - Gem, AB
  • Trevor Schober - Calgary, AB
  • Jayrin Yue - Airdrie, AB
  • Kelsey Garber - Vauxhall, AB

OUR HISTORY

The Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches founded Camp Evergreen in 1963. Prior to this, all camping ministries of the Conference were hosted at Southern Alberta Bible Camp and Camp Okotoks, southwest of Calgary. A number of individuals, including Peter Rempel, formed a committee to select a site and develop a program for the Conference’s young people. The first camp was held at the present site in the summer of 1963.

Since then, the camp has had eight Executive Directors and hundreds of volunteers; but more importantly, it has seen thousands of kids make lasting commitments to follow Jesus Christ.

We would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 and 7 Territories in Alberta of the Michif Piyii (Métis)Tsuu T’inaStoneyKtunaxa ɁamakɁis, Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ) nations, whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

THE EVOLUTION OF CAMP EVERGREEN

  • 1963

    Founded

  • 1969

    Mini Lodge and Cabins

  • 1976

    Meeting Rooms & The AC

  • 1978

    Main Lodge

  • 1985

    Guest Group Ministry

  • 1991

    New Barn & Livery

  • 2003

    Outdoor Washrooms

  • 2007

    Welcome Centre

  • 2008

    Challenge Course

  • 2012

    Independent Society

  • 2014

    10 New Cabins

  • 2016

    Paintball Range

  • 2017

    2 New Staff Houses

  • 2021

    Septic System (Phase 1)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

  • Walt Loewen (1971-1981)
  • Norbert Bargen (1981-1986)
  • Herb Harder (1986-1992)
  • Paul Isaac (1992-2002)
  • Rick Arkell (2003-2008)
  • Kerry Precht (2008-2012)
  • Bob Kroeker (2012-2020)
  • Courtney Armstrong (Current)

CONTRIBUTE TO CAMP EVERGREEN’S MISSION AND VISION!

PARTNERSHIPS AND MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS