“Hi, our names are Freek (pronounced “Frake”) and Jessie van den Beukel. We have three young sons; Benjamin (5), Reece (3) and Caspar (1).
For both Jessie and I our lives and faith have been enormously impacted by the Christian youth camps that we attended. For me growing up in the Netherlands, I went to various Christian camps and festivals that laid the foundation for my faith, and Jessie has been part of the Pine Lake camps since she was a little girl, both as visitor, councillor and speaker. We met at Bibleschool in Germany in 2003, and I moved to Calgary in 2005. We’re both artists, and I’m a carpenter by trade.
Being in a position to be able to help make this encounter with God happen for youth today is a huge privilege to us as we see how it shaped our lives, and the lives of many around us. As a family we’re excited to take good care of the camp and the site, and make sure it’s physically in the best shape it can be.”
“Say HELLO to Erica Singleton! After serving as a volunteer for many years as well as working as a team member for three years, she’s embarking on a new adventure as our Summer Program Director! She’s excited for summer 2020 and looks forward to seeing familiar and new faces this summer! Welcome back, Erica!”
Join us at the Lake featuring a 4 course Formal dinner, Live music, Auction and Comedian Dan Taylor.
Tickets can be obtained by calling 1 (403) 886-4661 or
See you at The Lake!
**Story told by Owen Still:
It was in the days of gas rationing, that four of us (Tom Rash, Frank Rempel, Owen Still,
John Bergman ) went looking for a site for a permanent church camp. We stayed at the
Sandy Cove Hotel and heard of a possible place nearby. So we drove across the ice to see
it, Owen and Tom standing on the rear bumper of John’s black Chrysler (“Chrissy”) in
fear of breaking through the ice. We saw the property, 43 acres with a half mile lakefront.
We drove to Erskine and got purple gas so we could continue to Lacombe to see the
owner. John negotiated for $4300. We approached the ACMS (Alberta Church
Missionary Society) but they were not to help, so we tried the AYPA(Alberta Young
People’s Asscociation, precurser to PYPA) and they said to go for it. We held workbees
and meetings at the camp. Pledges were taken for the downpayment. The owner came out
to see what this group was like – he was so impressed with the enthusiasm and desire that
he took $100 off the price.
We are excited to welcome Les Howell to the role of Summer Program Director. Les is a graduate of ABC, has been involved with PLCC as Dean, Board Member, and Counsellor.
Les says it best, “I love camp, and I believe it is the most crucial discipleship ministry in the kingdom in our time. There is so much to be built into youth and children; important friendships and eternal relationship with Jesus to be nurtured.”
September 15th, 2018 we will celebrate 75 years of Camping at this location. There will be Food…Games….Singing….Fellowship…..Campfire…….Reminiscing……Reconnecting…..and so much more….
Save The Date….. Share The Date …. See You There!
Mark your calendars for either May 7th or May 14th for our annual camp work bees. This is a great way to help support the camp as we prepare for the upcoming camp season. There are always lots of projects for all ages. If you are able to bring or willing to donate a rototiller or post hold auger or have other specific tools that may be useful to the camp, please contact our camp manager Cal Jackson by phone, 403-886-4661 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will get things started at 10 am and end around 4 pm. Lunch is included. Please register so that we can plan accordingly.
We look forward to seeing many friends of the camp in May.
Registration for all upcoming retreats and camps will be officially opening Monday, February 15th at 10:00 am. All camps are on a first come, first serve basis. If you are registering for Family Camps and would like to book one of our cabins, they go FAST! Looking forward to another fantastic camping season at Pine Lake Christian Camp!
For those interested, our AGM will be at Crossroads Church, Red Deer.
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM sharp
(please arrive a few minutes early as we will start on time and attendees need to sign in).
Location: Crossroads Church (Trestle Room)
38105 Range Road 275
Red Deer County, AB T4S 2N4
(Click here for a map)
It has been a great year at Pine Lake Christian Camp! We have many things to thank God for and much to look forward to in the coming year. The AGM is open to all to attend and give their input. Voting is reserved for the official representatives of the supporting congregations. (The Association is comprised of representatives from supporting congregations in the ratio of 1 representative for each 100 members of the supporting congregation plus the pastor or his designate.) It is the responsibility of each supporting congregation to recruit their representatives and ensure that they attend the meeting.
The Pine Lake Christian Camp Board of Directors is please to announce the hiring of Lyn Wood as part-time Camp Director. We asked Lyn to share a little bit about herself and what lead her to this position.
I was born and raised in the Great Bend area just 35kms from Pine Lake Christian Camp. I attended camp from a young age. I moved away to Edmonton where I took my Nurses training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, upon graduation I worked at Camp Health, Hope and Happiness for 5 seasons as one of the camp nurses. The love of camps and the importance of the role they play in lives has never left my radar screen. I have attended many Ladies retreats through the years and have encouraged people to give camp a try. I have also lived in BC, Manitoba and Ontario. Besides working at Camp He Ho Ha I have worked at the Glenrose Hospital with Handicapped kids, Pediatric wards at the Misericordia, Grey Nuns and Health Science Hospitals. I also worked on Palliative care units in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Lee and I were married in 1992. I became a stay at home Mom with a 4 year old when we moved to Ontario and ran a daycare in my home during those 6 years.
We moved back to Edmonton 9yrs ago and I continued to stay at home and be active volunteering in my home church, Christs Church of the Meadows. I have led numerous Bible study groups, been involved in Greeting Team, Care Team, and Missions Team.
When the opportunity arose for Camp Director it seemed a pretty good fit. Those who know me well, will tell you that I enjoy communicating, some say talking! I love camp and I know the difference camp experience can make in someone’s life. It is at camp where I realized that I wasn’t alone in this walk that there were other kids from all over Alberta who were walking this walk. It was exciting to go back each year and reconnect with these friends. We had a close friend pass away a couple of years ago and one of the last things he talked to us about was his camp experiences and how those were some of the most important life changing moments for him.
I am looking forward to meeting each of you and hearing your stories and having you hear some of mine. Most importantly I want you to be involved in this life changing ministry, I want you to be a camper, a volunteer, a leader, a dean, I want you to see the camp first hand, help out at a work bee, bring your family to Family camp, I want you to invest in the future of our camp prayerfully, physically, and financially. Camp is an investment in the lives of future generations for Christ!