What is Campfire?

Campfire! Bible Camp is a non-profit Christian camp with an outreach focus, committed to providing a relevant faith experience for campers, staff, and volunteers. Campfire! is founded on core values of a reformed Christian heritage and operates with a business for ministry mindset.

Campfire! is like no other camp in the province of Ontario. The Saugeen River flows through the 165-acre property, which is also blessed with rolling hills, open meadows, towering conifers, scenic ponds for paddling and swimming, and trails for hiking and skiing.

These beautiful surroundings enhance a camp that aims to combine a fun and exciting summer experience with discovery and growth in the love of Jesus Christ. Our staff, counsellors, cooks, and other volunteers are passionate and motivated for changing lives, including their own!

At Campfire! our motto is “Camp is for campers!” We live every moment of the camp experience to serve our campers. This attitude impacts everything from our sports programs to our games and challenge events, communal dinners, service opportunities, and chapel and cabin pack devotion times. New friendships and mentoring relationships are forged that last far beyond the summer. The result is changed lives. This is why we hear children and youth pining all year long to return to Campfire!

Campfire! is unique in its camper demographic. By endeavouring to serve inner city children and youth, Campfire! builds bridges between people from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. Campers and volunteers from all walks of life grow in understanding and empathy, learning to appreciate diversity in the body of Christ.

The focus of the Campfire! program is growth in the love of Christ towards the development of Christian life and leadership skills. Just one week at Campfire! has helped to transform the lives of thousands of individuals!

Campfire! is a charitable non-profit corporation managed by a board of directors. The board and its staff are members of the Canadian and United Reformed churches. The board provides governance in a manner that is consistent with our statement of beliefs.

Campfire! provides summer camp experiences for children and youth from the province of Ontario and remains strongly committed to supporting mission organizations and churches in the city of Hamilton and surrounding area. Campfire! seeks to meet the needs of those from the inner city who suffer socio-economic hardship and are often marginalized.

Campfire! also rents out its facilities to other various other Christian organizations (including family, church, and school groups) for retreats and other functions.