Gem Lake Wilderness Camp

Gem Lake Wilderness Camp is set a world away from the pressures and conflicts of the inner city in the beautiful Nopiming Provincial Park, located 250 km North of Winnipeg (past Lac du Bonnet). After the long 3 hour drive, our kids then hike 2 km to the lake, where boats shuttle them 4 km to the camp in the summer. In winter, kids experience a 6 km snowmobile ride to reach camp. The camp program is specifically designed for the youth of the inner city, offering an adventure they have never experienced before. Our goals are that campers will enjoy a space where they can come quietly before God and where leaders can strengthen their faith and leadership skills. Our 1:1 camper to leader ratio offers many opportunities for youth and staff to build meaningful, mentoring relationships.

The Gem Lake Wilderness program is assisted by grants from the Winnipeg Foundation.

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2018 Gem Lake Wilderness Camp Staff Needed

Available Job Openings for 2018: Camp Counsellors (July – August) Assistant Program Coordinator (May – August) This summer you can make a lasting impression in the lives of at-risk kids and youth from Winnipeg’s North End! We’re looking for adventure seekers and risk takers who love Jesus and love the outdoors.  Camp staff will need to fundraise for their salaries; however, ICYA has a donation program to help staff reach their goals. Message us for details. Job Descriptions Camp Counselor: We are looking for Cabin Leaders for July and August who are committed Christians, 17-25 years of age, love to have fun and want to share their faith with others.  You need to be energetic, have a passion for the outdoors and a heart for the kids and youth from the inner city.  Responsibilities include leading a cabin of 3-5 youth together with another counsellor; participate in camp program activities, games and skits.  This position includes orientation and staff training before summer, as well as, a debrief time at the end of summer. Assistant Program Coordinator: This position runs from May through August.  In May/June you would work in our Winnipeg office along with the Camp Program Coordinator to help plan the summer camp program.  During July and August you would be a senior counsellor and also help with the coordination and running of the camp program.  A driver’s licence would be an asset for this position. Send your resume or questions to: or call...

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Winter is Coming!

Christmas and the snow are coming and so is winter camp! Now besides that meaning that Gord and I might have to stop wearing shorts it also mean that we are both heavily involved in Drop-ins, winter camp prep and recharging our batteries. We as a staff team just returned from Christian Community Development Association conference in Memphis where we had a great time connecting with others who are involved in similar ministries to us. Moving forward we will be working hard on preparing for our winter camp program. Merry...

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Gem Lake is in full swing

Gem Lake is in full swing with campers enjoying fishing, swimming, games and great food. In mini-church we learn about the Kingdom of God and the spiritual armor that God gives us. One highlight from this summer already was during the last guys week at our last mini-church. While explaining what God did for us through the cross campers asked question after question. It was great to see there interest and hunger to know about God and a 15 minute talk went on for almost a...

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Summer at Gem Lake

We are super excited about the upcoming summer and all the fun times we are going to have out here with kids and youth! We have been planning games, skits and mini-church.  Now we are out at camp getting everything ready:  making sure there’s gas for the boats, air in the blob, and plenty of fish hooks. P.S. The rabbits and woodchucks on the island are looking forward to all their two-legged...

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