The Estevan Bible Camp (EBC) is looking forward to the resumption of a regular camping season in 2013.
President Travis Frank said they are excited that they will be able to offer camps this year at Rotary Park, inside the Woodlawn Regional Park. In the previous two years, they were only able to have day camps, after flooding from the Souris River swamped their site in 2011.
"The mini camps were a great opportunity to make sure that we were still running, and still able to do something for the kids who wanted to attend the Estevan Bible Camp, but we're really excited to get back into the groove of having camp," said Frank.
This will be the 75th year that the EBC will offer full-fledged summer camps. Their squirt, junior and teen camps will return this year. They'll enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and games, plus daily chapels and other programs designed to build their fait. Frank said the EBC cabins are still in pretty good shape despite the floods, but they are in need of some repairs. Work bees will be taking place during the spring to get the cabins ready for the summer.
They also have plans to add some more buildings, which would allow them to accommodate more campers, but the new buildings will be contingent on time and funds. If those buildings aren't finished, then Frank said they'll forge ahead with the existing buildings.
They also have plans for a new kitchen facility, which Frank said would be a high-quality venue.
"Everything will be customized specifically for camp purposes," said Frank. "What's great about that is we'll be able to utilize the space a lot better, and do what we need to do to fulfill our mission."
Repairs to Rotary Park's hall will be finished for the start of camp in July. The hall has been used for chapels, the kitchen and the eating area.
Frank said they have filled some jobs for the summer, but they're still looking for counselors and speakers.
The EBC will host a fundraiser and appreciation night on Thursday, March 21 at the Estevan Alliance Church. Frank said they haven't had many opportunities to get together with their supporters the last two years, and they want to collect money for their upcoming projects at the camp.
Singer Aaron Ruston will perform at the benefit.
"We're going to have some desserts," said Frank. "Hopefully we'll be able to announce some of the exciting projects that are going on this year, as well as inform everybody of where we're at, what we have and what we need."
The fundraiser will begin at 7:30 p.m.