It's been a tumultuous few years for the Estevan Bible Camp (EBC), but they're now in their new building and on their new grounds at the southeast edge of the Woodlawn Regional Park, and ready for the 2014 camping season to begin.
The EBC celebrated the grand opening of its new home on June 27, with dozens of supporters in attendance. It marked the end of a lengthy process, which started when the EBC's old home at Rotary Park was severely damaged by floods in 2011.
Day camps were offered in 2011 and 2012. They returned to regular camps at Rotary Park in 2013, and now they're at their new site, which has been named the Lamb's Fold.
EBC board chair Travis Frank said the kitchen facility is among the highlights for the new building, which is used for meals and chapel services.
“It's been custom-designed to our taste, and it's going to be a fantastic facility for us to work in,” said Frank.
EBC now has flexibility that didn't exist previously, he said. They have access to the building and camp site all summer long, which could allow them to expand their camp programs, or shuffle their schedule around.
Eight camper cabins, a canteen and a registration building have been transplanted from Rotary Park to Lamb's Fold. A counsellors' cabin is under construction, and Frank said two more cabins could be added in the future.
The grand opening featured speakers from One Hope Canada – the ministry that operates EBC. Provincial director Terry Kerr and national directors Bill and Bev McCaskill lauded the EBC's board for their passion and work ethic.
Other highlights of the grand opening were tours of the grounds, a ribbon cutting and campfire songs. Frank presented a plaque to Ruth Workman, a long-time board member who first attended the camp in 1944.
Numbers are up for this year, Frank said. They'll offer four camps: a squirt camp from July 8 to 11, family camp from July 11 to 13, junior camp from July 13 to 18 and teen camp from July 19 to 25.