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Use the form on the right to contact Pearce Williams.

We love to talk about summer camp and our facility.  If you are looking for camp information, rental information, school program details or just want to say hello - fill out the form to the right.

8009 Iona Road
Fingal, ON, N0L 1K0
Canada

(519) 764-2317

At Pearce Williams Christian Centre Summer Camp & Retreat Facility, our aim is to provide the best summer camp experience for your child.  Pearce Williams strives to do this in a non-competitive, caring way, allowing your child to discover the world around them, while promoting success, self-confidence and self-esteem in a safe, secure and stimulating environment, while living and growing within our Christian community.

The emphasis is always on participation, effort and attitude!  We feel that camp is a unique place where every child can be a winner.  We provide campers with the opportunity to become part of a family, where they can take healthy risks, get rewarded for successes and develop self-esteem and life skills.  In the meantime they will learn about independence, interdependence, tolerance, responsibility, friendship and loyalty.

It is at summer camp that they learn to take risks, learn to resolve conflicts in a natural manner, learn to appreciate and protect our environment, learn to stay healthy, learn to be responsible for their personal belongings, and learn to have fun with unabashed enthusiasm.

Every Child Deserves a Week at Camp

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Change a Life This Summer - Work for PWCC!

Shannon Glanville

We still have some spots left on our AWESOME team of staff members!

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We have a fantastic group of staff members lined up for the 2017 camp season.

In fact, these folks are SO great, that we want to extend an invitation to the world to come and join them on our mission to give campers the best camp experience!

Right now, we are specifically looking for:

  • Counsellors
    • We're especially looking for male counsellors, but we have a few more spaces for some great females too!
  • Lifeguards
  • Kitchen Assistants
  • Maintenance Assistants
  • Media Coordinator (Photo, Video and Social Media)

If you are, or you know someone that would be AWESOME working with kids this summer, please send them HERE to apply.

 

Day 2 with Matt/ ISCUS

Shannon Glanville

Hello everyone! I’m writing this message to you on Day 2 of this new chapter in my life in camping. In these two days, this is what I’ve learned:

-       That my co-workers in the office are fantastically welcoming people and the spring/summer staff that I’ve already met are passionate, kind and love camp immensely. The campers are in good hands.

-       The physical property is gorgeous and it certainly shows the time and care that everyone puts into it.

-       The history of this place is rich and steeped in the generous contributions of generations of  the staff, volunteers and alumni.

-       Joe’s dog, Scottie, is better than a door bell, and is always up for some attention. He is staring at me right now.

-       Writing grant applications and talking about the future of this place with Joe is exhilarating and leaves me feeling grateful that I can be even a small part of that future.

If my initial learnings are any indication of my time to come, then this is going be a good – no – great thing!

I love sharing stories. Stories about camp, about my travels and about the times that camp and kids have taught me more than school ever could. I also love hearing stories, and that’s where you come in. I’m excited to begin meeting all of you out there who love and support this place.

If you have a story to share, want to say hello, or find out more about why camp is going to be amazing this year, please get in touch with me at matt@campisbetter.comor at 519-764-2428. Tell Shannon she’s great and ask for Matt or Iscus.

I’m looking forward to sharing stories, songs and laughs with you.

 

Beauty at Camp

Joe Richards

It was a beautiful day at camp today. It is important to remember to stop and see the beauty each day. 

A New Beginning...

Joe Richards

September is always a time for summer camp to start anew.

The buildings and the grounds get a much needed rest after the summer camp season.  It is a chance for full-time staff to catch up on work that has been set aside for a less busy time.

This September is new to us here at Pearce Williams as our long time Summer Camp Director, Jessica "Ica" Tenhor, has moved on from working here at camp and is now pursuing a teaching certificate and hoping to become a teacher in the future.

Here is a note from Ica:

Dear Campers, Parents, Guardians, Staff, Alumni, Friends,

 As the summer of 2016 comes to a close, so does my time as Summer Director.  It is hard to write, but even harder to say out loud.  I have spent the last eleven summers at Pearce Williams Christian Centre, and the past five have been as the Summer Director.

 This September, a dream of mine – becoming a teacher – will start to become a reality.  I will be spending the next two years in Teachers College, learning all that I can to become the best teacher I can be.

 The overall theme for our summer this year is Roots.  Our Bible verse for this theme is Colossians 2:7.  It says,

 “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.  Then your faith will grow strong in thetruth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

During Family Camp at the beginning of the summer, I was asked to share my Roots story.  I had never thought about my life in terms of my Roots story before.  After much deliberation, I narrowed my roots, or my passions, down to three categories – Faith, the outdoors, and working with kids.

I have been blessed to work in a place that allows me to not only experience all three of these roots, but also one that challenges me to grow these passions further.  Working at Pearce Williams has given me the confidence I didn’t know I had, the very useful skills of flexibility, initiative, and toilet plunging, as well as a deeper passion to guide people as they learn and grow.

Knowing that this summer is my last as Summer Director, it has been a summer of many emotions.

  • I am happy when I hear the fun the campers and staff are having week after week.
  • I am content when I lay in a grassy field watching the night sky and talk to a camper about life.
  • I am proud when I see staff accomplish a new skill or do something special with their campers.
  • I am amazed when campers share their talents and passions with each other and with staff.
  • I am amused as I watch the kitchen staff jamming out while they chop lettuce and do the dishes.
  • I am sad when I think ahead to all of the moments I will miss next summer.
  • I have been overflowing with thankfulness all summer long as I have watched God at work all around camp.

 As I look back on this summer and summers past, I thank the Lord for all that He has blessed me with.  I will always be thinking of camp and the greatness that camp has had in my life.

 Keep on Smiling
Jessica “Ica” Tenhor
Summer Camp Director

Thank you Ica for all of your work, dedication and smiles.

Maintenance Team Leader

Joe Richards

Pearce Williams Christian Centre seeks Maintenance Team Leader

Pearce Williams is seeking a new team member to oversee the maintenance of our facility.

Pearce Williams is a summer camp and year round retreat facility set on a 180 acre site with 17 buildings, 7 km of trails and a 56 year history of giving young people an amazing summer camp experience.

Job Description: To do what needs to be done.

We are looking for someone who is a plumber, electrician, heating & cooling technician, landscaper, cleaner, carpenter, farmer and all around nice person.  We realize that you may not be all of these things, but it would be nice if you were. 

The primary portion of your time will be spent doing general maintenance and upkeep on the 180 acre grounds and the 17 buildings on site. There are also projects on our vision plan which will be worked on as well. If help is needed – you will be able to ask for it, you will also be willing to help in other areas of the camp operation as we focus on doing what needs to be done to give the campers the most amazing camp experience. A detailed list of potential jobs and duties is available at interview time.

Pearce Williams is looking for the right personality to work with our volunteers, board members, summer staff and permanent staff team – our office manager, summer director, cleaner, bookkeeper and executive director.  We are hiring for personality before skill – you can be taught skills you do not have and/or we can call in a professional to do the job right.

Skills our ideal team member will have include: great communication skills – written and oral; be a problem-solver; able to accept help and seek help if needed; be flexible and adaptable – no two days at camp are the same and plans change; focus on health and safety of self and all camp staff and clients; have attention to detail in all work; have great time management skills; accepting of all people – race, religion, ability and culture; able to plan and execute planned work; focus on getting jobs done right; able to laugh at self and have a sense of humor.

We are looking for a good fit for our team – this could mean 20 hours per week, year round or it could mean 20 hours for 5 months and 40 hours for 7 months.  Our hours are flexible and we are willing to discuss our needs and balance them with the desires of a new team member. Pay will depend on experience and will be discussed at interview time.

To express interest please send an interesting cover letter and resume to jobs@campisbetter.com.

The start date is to be determined when we find the right fit for our team.

P.W.C.C.- Summer of 2015 Highlights & Reflections

Shannon Glanville

Summer 2014  

Total Campers = 596

Main Camp = 549

Wilderness = 47

Summer 2015                                    

Total Campers = 641 (up 45)

Main Camp = 566 (up 17)

Wilderness Camp = 75 (up 28)

Staff

Staff = 37 total (Leadership Team = 5; Kitchen = 3; Maintenance Assistant = 1; Counsellor/Programmer/Integration = 28)

Overall it was a great summer program wise.  Our new model which allowed campers to choose their own sessions all day long went over very well with both campers and staff.  We did not have as many campers acting out because of boredom – if they weren’t interested in a session anymore, they were allowed to switch!  Campers were also able to create their own sessions, which is something they really enjoyed!  To improve this model for next year, we need to focus on teaching staff how to sell their sessions.  Our staff team created many amazing moments for our campers this summer and introduced many children to God’s message of love and acceptance.

Pearce Williams had a few different issues this summer with facility items, highlighted by being hit with a direct lightning strike on August 10, 2015 – this broke our phone system, 3 computers, 2 printers and some other electronic equipment.  Damage at this point is pegged at around $3500.  The fire inspector has also mandated that we install a fire suppression system in the hood of the main dining hall kitchen – estimated costs are $3500 and work will be completed by Thanksgiving.  Winterizing of Cabin A, adding 40 beds to our year round use number, will be completed by November 1, 2015.  New metal roofs are also going on Cabins A, B and C thanks in part to a $4000 grant from the United Church National Office. We are also dealing with some septic bed issues at Pearce Hall as roots had grown into the weeping bed distribution tiles.  New sidewalks were installed in the spring using grant money from the Federal Office of Accessibility.

The new buildings were put to great use this summer.  The Barn housed our Maker Space (aka: Arts & Crafts), the covered porch of the barn housed our 2 new Carpet Ball tables – a new game that campers and staff loved.  Hume’s Hall was used for many chapels, rainy day program and hot day programs – as the air conditioning was a great asset to help the campers cool down.

Pearce Williams appreciates the donations of crafts supplies from many of our presbytery churches.  We also appreciate the ongoing financial support from Presbytery and from individual churches and UCW groups.  We as that churches and individuals keep Pearce Williams in mind for monetary donations as the end of the year approaches. 

If you have any questions, want a member of our staff to speak at your church or do children’s time, or just want to talk about camping and the church connection – please call our office – 519-764-2317.  If you want to visit Pearce Williams for a hike, reading, relaxing or cloud gazing – please come out anytime.

Joe Richards                                                       Jessica Tenhor

Executive Director                                           Summer Camp Director

 

Fall at Camp

Joe Richards

It has been amazing weather at Pearce Williams this fall.

It is hard to believe that we had a school group out this week and the weather was so amazing!

Lots of work has been happening this fall around camp. Ross & Anna Woodhouse have been working on the workshop in the new barn. The workshop will be ready to go before the weather gets much colder. We owe Ross & Anna a big thank you.

Hume's Hall is up and running. If you know a community organization that could use a place to meet for weekly events - we have spots open - for free - on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's. This is to really show off the new hall and give people the opportunity to see camp.

We are excited to have the summer dates up for Summer 2015 already. Registration opens on November 1st - two days.

See you next summer, Joe

Workbee Day

Jessica Tenhor

It's that time of year again folks!  Workbee day is coming up this weekend!

Where: Pearce Williams Christian Centre
When: Saturday May 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 2:00
What to Bring: Clothes that can get dirty; Boots; Work gloves; Waterbottle

If you are interested in coming out to help our staff get Pearce Williams ready for summer, please RSVP to Jessica "Ica" Tenhor at ica@pearcewilliams.org or by calling 519-764-2317.  Please RSVP by Thursday so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone!

May 31st Rock-A-Thon

Jessica Tenhor

It’s an exciting time at Pearce Williams as we continue to GROW with the Capital Campaign.

The Rock-A-Thon is an event designed for all Churches in Elgin Presbytery. If you missed it last year you won’t want to miss 2014. If you can sit, rock, relax and enjoy good company then this event is for you!  All you have to do is get a team of rockers together and collect pledges individually for each team member.  We will supply the rocking chairs.  Your team takes turns rocking in the rocking chair so it stays rocking from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  There are also prizes to be won!

This year’s we are blessed to have the Messiah’s Misfits performing from 11:00 – 2:00

Funds from this event will be going towards the new craft and maintenance barn.  Volunteer Builders will be on site building this barn while you are rocking!  What a great way to see your pledges in action!

Let’s recap:
Place: Pearce Williams Christian Centre
Date: May 31st, 2014
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Teams: One team per church but you can have as many on your team as you like, you decide who and how long

Pledge Sheets: Each team member will get an individual pledge sheet to gather pledges with. The individual pledges will then go towards the team’s total pledge.

For more information, contact our office: 519-764-2317 or info@pearcewilliams.org

Camp in the City

Jessica Tenhor

On Sunday March 23rd, we had our first ever Camp in the City and it was fantastic!  We had 28 participants who joined in the singing, enjoyed a very dramatic, slow motion rendition of the Good Samaritan, and shared in small groups how we can be Good Samaritans in our communities.  And did I mention the cookies and juice? Delicious!  

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made it out!  We are so glad you could be there!

Join us next month on April 27 at 4:00 pm at Central United Church in St. Thomas as we continue to share God's love by bringing Camp to the City!

Camp In The City

Jessica Tenhor

Join us as we bring Summer Camp into the City!

Pearce Williams has joined with Central United Church to bring you a church service modeled after the PWCC Chapels. We will be exploring God's love once a month through songs, skits, activities, and community. Come on out to join in the fun and to reconnect with some of your friends from the summer! Don't forget to wear your favourite Camp shirt!

We will be meeting on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Dates for 2014: March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, September 28,October 26, November 23. 
Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm 
Where: Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, Ontario

Hume's Hall Progress

Jessica Tenhor

The construction of Hume's Hall continues!  The foundation went in before Christmas and the framing has started!  The construction crews have been working hard - despite the cold weather we've been having!  I'm glad there are people willing to work outside in this cold!  

Check back for more updates as the progress of Hume's Hall continues.

And the Winner Is . . .

Jessica Tenhor

The Christmas T-shirt design has been decided on!  Thank you to all who voted on Facebook!  Today we are sending the number of shirts needed along with the design chosen, off to the printers! If you have already registered your camper(s) for the summer of 2014, be on the lookout for package delivery date.  PWCC thanks you for participating in the Give the Gift of Camp for Christmas!

Check out the design here!

Hume's Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Jessica Tenhor

Tuesday December 3, 2013 was a special day at Pearce Williams Christian Centre.  Many people came out to see the ground breaking of Hume’s Hall.  There were representatives from both M.P.P. Jeff Yurek’s office and Member of Parliament Joe Preston’s office among the almost 30 people gathered.

During the ceremony, those gathered were able to find out a bit about what the building design and layout will be.  They were also able to hear from a few people who hold Pearce Williams close to their hearts.  When referring to the donation made by Giles Hume this past summer of $450,000, Laura Penner, Chair of the Pearce Williams Board, said, “This is just the start of it.  The seed that has been planted by Giles in this donation is just amazing because it is just a seed – it’s the beginning and the blossoming”.

Giles Hume shared with us a bit of his past, when he first came to Elgin County and the groups he joined and the places he visited.  He said, “I came as a stranger and you took me in and those doors were opened to me.  So, I think it’s payback time”.  Hume’s Hall is to be built as a community hall/worship space.  It will be a living memory for Giles and all that he has done in the surrounding community, as well as what he continues to do.  As Jan Newell said, “while we enjoy this beautiful building, we can learn all about this very special man through the pictures, his newspaper clippings, awards, and stories – an inspiring life shared with his friends and community, and now, for generations to come, here at Pearce Williams”.

Construction is set to start on Hume’s Hall next week.  

 

You're Invited!

Jessica Tenhor

Pearce Williams is excited to invite you to our upcoming event . . .

Hume's Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Where:

Pearce Williams Christian Centre - 8009 Iona Road Fingal, Ontario

Date:

Tuesday December 3, 2013

Time:

3:00 pm

RSVP

519-764-2317 or info@pearcewilliams.org