For Immediate Release
Camp Moose Lake is Sold, Celebration Planned for September 24, 2017
WINNIPEG, MB – Camp Moose Lake, one of Mennonite Church Manitoba’s (MCM) three camping ministry locations has been sold. Possession date is set for September 29, 2017. The Camp is located in the South East corner of Manitoba, near the community of Sprague.
“We are so thankful for the incredible ministry that has taken place at this location. We know it has been holy ground for campers, volunteers and staff,” shared Ken Warkentin, Executive Director of MCM. “It has been so good, and it’s also good to look forward to refocusing this same kind of passion across a more sustainable footprint.”
A celebration service is being planned for September 24, 2017, at the camp. All are welcome. More details will be available on the MCM website: www.mennochurch.mb.ca
MCM’s camping ministry, Camps with Meaning (CwM), began with one location, Camp Assiniboia, close to Headingly, MB, in 1949. Passionate, regional groups oversaw the beginning of Camp Moose Lake in 1957, which was then joined by Camp Koinoinia, in the South West of Manitoba, close to Boissevain, in 1966.
It has been a challenge for MCM to operate three locations in the landscape of decreasing volunteers and resources, as summer camp options for children and youth have exploded.
“Long time Camp Moose Lake supporters will certainly be disappointed, although many of us have been preparing ourselves for this reality for some time. Camp Moose Lake is where I took all I learned from home, church and school, and made my faith my own. It’s where I learned to play guitar and lead singing. I know others had similar, life-changing experiences,” reflected Darryl Neustaedter Barg, Assoc. Director of Communications for MCM. “That said, I’ve also learned that our camping ministry is more about the people, and how we use our resources, than a particular location.”
Camp Moose Lake and Camp Koinonia are leased from the provincial parks they are in, so the sale value reflects building and equipment only. The Camp Moose Lake deal does not include the iconic timber frame picnic shelter that will be disassembled and moved to Camp Assiniboia.
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For more information, call or email Ken Warkentin, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Manitoba. 204-896-1616; firstname.lastname@example.org.