“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.” This text has taken on special significance for us over the past years as we have worked to construct facilities at our new property in Markdale. We have felt the Lord’s hand upon us throughout our planning and construction process. To be sure, we met with challenges along the way, but also in these we experienced God’s grace and his desire to have us rely more fully upon him. In the end, it became clear to us that these facilities were indeed of the Father’s construction and, as a result, our efforts were not in vain.
The main lodge is the hub of all activities on the property. Its upper floor houses our dining hall, equipped with a full sound system, projector screen, and seating for up to 125 people, as well as a cozy fireplace corner, kitchen, and health centre. A meeting room used by our cooking staff may also serve a bedroom for those who are physically disabled. The lower level consists of staff offices, a games room, a larger meeting/recreational room with a fireplace, washroom facilities and two sleeping areas.
Each of the ten camper cabins can host sixteen persons, with two rooms housing six campers each, and a middle area where counsellors sleep. Bunkbeds and mattresses for each of the cabins as well as the sleeping area in the lodge were constructed through the generous effort of volunteers. The cabins are insulated to keep them cool in the heat, and are equipped with electric heaters to allow for winter use.
Construction of our comfort station building began in the spring of 2007 and was completed for the summer of 2008. This building is a welcome addition, providing extra washroom and shower facilities near the camper cabins.
The beautiful outdoor pavilion with picnic tables and benches is the perfect place to hold chapels and meetings of all kinds from spring to fall, weather permitting.
A natural amphitheatre near the lodge allows groups of all sizes to sit on benches around a large firepit under the night sky and enjoy activities such as campfires and singalongs.
Two ponds fringed by trees grace the property and are a short trail walk from the lodge. One has a small sandy beach and is suitable for swimming in season.
The more recent addition of a swimming pool and splash pad is loved and enjoyed by all the campers and volunteers in season.
Sports facilities including new swimming pool, basketball courts, beach volleyball areas, and tetherball poles surround the camp site.
We have been blessed with an abundant number of volunteers who have put their time and effort into the construction of our site. As with any property, there is always the need for continual maintenance and improvements. Although we do have a part-time property manager who looks after the routine maintenance and small construction projects, there still remain projects that require multiple hands to complete the task.
For more information on renting this facility, please see our Rental Information page.
For more information on how you can help out with our facilities, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Campfire! is located 130 km north of Mississauga, and 5 km east of Hwy 10, in beautiful Grey County near Markdale, Ontario.
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