Mill Creek Baptist Camp began in 1967, Canada’s Centennial Year, when individuals in the First Baptist Churches of Lethbridge and Pincher Creek, set out to find a place to hold a Christian summer camp that would serve the needs of people in Southern Alberta and British Columbia. In the early spring of 1967, several trips were made into the foothills north of Waterton Park to find a suitable site that might serve as a temporary camp for a trial project in Christian camping. It was on one such trip that the present location of the Mill Creek Baptist Camp was discovered on grazing land controlled by the Shenton family. Those who found the location felt it was more than ideal for what was planned, and the Shentons were approached about the possibility of using this area for a camp that year. Mr. and Mrs. Shenton were most agreeable to the idea and gave their consent of the trial camps for that year.
Several camps were held in makeshift accommodations that year through the donation of tents, stoves, blankets, dishes and many other useful items.
The first year was a great success, and a formal camp committee was organized to involve other churches in planning a better camping program for the next year and to begin negotiations to acquire the land under a recreational lease from the Government. Again, Mr. and Mrs. Shenton gave their consent to allow the committee to acquire the land under a recreational lease from the Province of Alberta.
The churches of High River, Nanton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek and Cranbrook formed the initial camp committee as these churches became enthusiastic over the camping potential and the beauty of this site on Mill Creek. Later Claresholm and Coaldale became involved.
The basic thrust of the camp has been to promote the Kingdom of God in this wilderness setting and to maintain accommodations which are simple but adequate. A central building was construct for storage, Kitchen facilities and a combination dining and meeting place. Through later years cabins were built to accommodate about forty campers per week.
With these modest accommodations, enthusiastic support form the sponsoring churches, and a God-given wilderness setting, a unique camping opportunity is available to all who have an interest in its program.
Mill Creek Camp is a non-profit Christian organization that provides an invitation to adventure that is shaped by fun, creativity, and close community. To “live the adventure” is our motto, which means to fully embrace and embark on our unique roles as individuals within the Kingdom of God.
Welcomed to Belong. Invited to Believe. Challenged to Become.
Each of these three values is critically important and interdependent in Mill Creek Camp’s vision of a balanced ministry within the CBWC. We follow this as a way to evaluate faith formation as we nurture a generation of young people who will ‘follow Jesus’ in whatever culture or context they find themselves. Belonging means being welcomed, affirmed and given space to wrestle with and ask questions regarding his/her spiritual journey. The invitation to faith is spurred on by the belief that we are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that through Jesus we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. This reconciliation affects our relationships with others, creation and ourselves and all deserve the opportunity to make the conscious decision to believe. The challenge to become is a call to participate in the Kingdom of Christ through discipleship. It is a challenge to take action in realizing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven and a redemption of all of creation.
We Exist to…
1) provide a safe, fun and uplifting camping experience that is in constant pursuit of best practice and proclaiming the redemptive love of God
2) provide an avenue of outreach to invite individuals to faith in Christ through acknowledgement of our own transformative journeys aligned with the narrative truth of the Bible
3) encourage and provide nurturing to individuals as they step into active participation in the Kingdom of Christ.
4) provide opportunities for servitude, mentorship, and discipleship.
5) to provide a facility that other ministries and organizations can use to experience the love of Christ through the unique setting of camp