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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.

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Meet the 2018 Staff! - Part 6

Matt Honsberger

Oh hey! Check it out! More AMAZING staff!

Today, we'd like you to say hello to...

Clue, Felix, Luke, Thomas and Target!


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Clue

I chose to work at Pearce Williams Christian Centre this summer, because it’s a truly amazing place and I want to help campers experience the camp magic that I found here. Being at camp helped me make close friends and create great memories that have lasted to this day. As a camper at Pearce Williams, my councillors were a main reason why I loved camp so dearly, and I hope I can have the same impact on campers this summer, and many more to come.

My hope for the campers this summer is, that they will make new friends and amazing memories that will carry them over to another summer with us, at Pearce Williams.


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Felix

I decided to work at PWCC because I’ve always enjoyed camp environment and thought it would be a fantastic way to spend my summer

My hope for the campers of 2018 is for them to have the time of their life and go home with new friends and memories to last a lifetime. I hope that 2018 will be the best year ever!


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Luke

I really enjoyed working with the younger Cadets as a Cadet and I'd like to hopefully help the campers have an amazing time at camp. The reason I chose this over something else I'd because I believe that this will be both an educational and exciting experience this summer.

 I hope to make sure the campers have a very exciting experience at camp and enjoy their time especially with wilderness camp. I also want to help make sure that they're very happy by the time that they leave and that they want to come back next year.


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Thomas

I decided to work at PWCC rather than anywhere else because I like to work with kids and make lots of friends and be outdoors

My hope for the campers of 2018 are that I want everyone to have a great time and learn something new


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Target

I decided to work at camp this summer because I love to help kids have a good time and help them enjoy the camp experience.

My hope for the campers of 2018 is that when they come to camp that they’ll want to keep coming back because they love the camp experience.

Why working at camp can change your life...join us and see for yourself!

Matt Honsberger

Pearce Williams is still hiring!

That's right! There are even more chances to join the PWCC staff team and these positions start NOW!

We are currently hiring students who are ready to start working immediately and continue working with us into the summer. Spring staff at camp involves site maintenance, summer preparation and facilitating outdoor education programs with local students.

In the summer, those roles can either translate into Counsellor/Programmer positions, or onto our Leadership Team as the Camp Medic, or Integration Coordinator.

To find out more about these positions, click here!

Working at camp is a life-changing experience. As well, a summer at camp is one that can set you up for success as you move into your professional career. Check out this great article by our friend James Davis from Longacre Farm Leadership Camp that explains more. The only thing that we would change, is that at the bottom it would say, WORK FOR PEARCE WILLIAMS!

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Stand Firm Testimonial: Zukes

Matt Honsberger

 

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

Continuing on this week with our Stand Firm testimonials is Zukes!

Find out what Zukes has to say at campisbetter.com/blog


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Next up, is Zukes!

There are many ways I interpret this verse. 1 Corinthians 16:13 says "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous, be strong." Every part of this verse speaks to me in a different way. The first time I read it, I thought of it very literally in terms of how I would apply it to camp. The verse opens with "Be on your guard". This made me think of how campers are my #1 priority at all times and their safety is my main and constant concern. To "stand firm in the faith" first seemed like keeping Christ in camp, and having a firm belief in the God we talk about here. I thought of taking risks and leadership roles when I read "be courageous", and remembered to turn to God in challenging situations as I read "be strong". Something about it made me feel like this verse meant much more, and I was able to uncover some of this after re reading and praying over this verse. The idea of standing firm and comes up many times throughout the Bible in verses such as Philippians 4:1 "Therefore my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved" , and Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery". The Bible's depiction of standing firm is bold, yet loving at the same time time. To me, standing firm is to know the love of God and the power it can have, and with that, an urge to share this love with others. We stand firmly and confidently in our faith even when we are challenged because we know the love of God. Standing firm in the faith is having complete confidence in what God can do, and trusting in Him through challenging situations. At camp, we are often faced with difficult decisions and challenging scenarios. Through these, we can know that God is with us and will lead us to the right thing to do. In another sense, I interpret this as standing firmly and confidently because of your faith. I can be proud of who I am because I know I am made in God's image. I have confidence in my abilities because the Lord gave me them and strengthens them. When I am overwhelmed by a situation, I can be confident that there is a solution because God never gives us more than we can handle. At camp, I know that my campers are watching everything I do. If I am able to be confident in who I am and what I can do, I will be teaching my campers confidence in themselves. I know that the way I speak about God and His love will impact how my campers look at Him. I want to show my campers what a deep and meaningful relationship in the Lord looks like. In everything I do, from the way I speak, act, and go about activities, I want to be an example of a servant of Christ. I stand firm in God's plan for me and I know he will guide me to teach my campers to do the same. My final thoughts when thinking about standing firm are about standing itself. I stand with two feet planted firmly on the ground, head up high, because I am empowered by the love and strength that God has shown me. I walk in way that serves the Lord because I stand firm in the message He brings. I walk with confidence that I am being lead where I need to go. I stand firm in the faith I have in God because of His faithfulness and the plan God has for us here at camp, we can make the summer of 2018 the best one yet.

Spring Staff- Weeks One and Two!

Melody Walker

We at Pearce Williams have been busy bees these past two weeks!

Spring Staff has arrived and has helped achieve many tasks around camp!


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Over the course of the past two weeks we as Spring Staff at Pearce Williams have excitedly achieved a high amount of mantience work to insure that Camp is looking amazing this summer!

Some of these maintence task include cleaning out our lovely pool and Eco Pond. We have also been working hard on weeding our gardens and raking up the Pearce Williams property!

It is a blast working on camp projects for we know it will make our 2018 summer camp year spectacular!

Check in weekly to see what else Spring Staff has done!

Stand Firm Testimonial: Ripple

Matt Honsberger

Stand Firm Testimonial: Ripple

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous;
be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Our theme for this summer is "Stand Firm". For the next few weeks leading up to the summer, our awesome staff are going to tell you what "Stand Firm" means to them.


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First up, is Ripple!

My main goal is to make each of my campers feel special in their own way. Something I firmly believe is we all deserve to feel special, and should all be treated equally. I love making people happy and helping them feel better.

Some ways of making my campers feel special that I've done and thought of are night swims, special dinners, camper led camp fires on Sleep out night, before bed activities (nail painting, facials, card games, storytelling, etc.)

Being at camp not only made me physically and emotionally stronger, it also made me for the first time in my life 100°/o sure what I want to with my life when I'm done school. I want to work with kids, I've always had a passion for kids but I never fully pictured me working in a career with them.

That is, not until I noticed how much joy working with kids brought me at camp. I know now that I want to be a teacher and I "stand firm" in that belief. I feel like it's what God has called me to do.

To me, when I read the verse, 1 Corinthians 16:13. I think about how strong I need to be in the position of counsellor. Not only do I need to be strong for myself, but also for my campers and fellow staff. I know I can't seem weak in front of my campers because they look up to me and if I act weak, they will too. When I hear the words "stand firm" it reminds me that no matter how bad Lisa is feeling, Ripple is at a 10. If I firmly believe I am fine, I will be fine. I have to stay strong for my campers and insure that they have the best camp experience as possible. "Stand firm" also means that when I notice a camper feeling blue, don't rest unless the problem is solved. Example: last summer I stayed up with a camper for an hour when she woke up and was crying because she missed home. We spent the hour chatting about the constellations and things she liked and disliked until she was calm enough to go to sleep again. I'm prepared to do that as many times as needed this summer. My main concern is making sure every camper feels safe and welcome.

"Stand firm" also means to me that I need to seem strong even when I'm not. Last summer on lmmersive Night, I was not feeling good at all but I put my problems aside and cheered up two campers that I noticed sitting in a corner crying. I sat with them and just listened to them talk about whatever they wanted. It wasn't long before they forgot what had been bothering them. One of them stood up and said, "thanks Ripple, we feel much better now and are going to join in the fun now." that made my entire night.

It also made me realize that I can be strong even when I feel like the complete opposite. I've learned so much about myself at camp. I have the ability to seem and eventually feel strong when I thought I wasn't, I can push through pain a lot more than I ever thought possible. I can't count the amount of times I hurt myself at camp, whether it was falling off the ramp at the med station or tripping during a game, or just not feeling well. Camp made me push through it and now I can handle more pain than before.

Meet the 2018 Staff! - Part 5

Matt Honsberger

Our campers are in great hands. Find out why!

Today, we'd like you to say hello to...

Cinema, Bucky, Archy, and Sonic!


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Cinema

Last summer was my first year ever working for Pearce Williams and it was it was also my first job. It was all new to me. Pearce definitely changed my life and gave me a new output on how to help everyone. Working here gave me a new experience because as a kid I never went to camp and I didn't understand why it was such a big deal. Now I do. Camp is a way to learn new things and to bring hope to yourself and others. That's why I don't work anywhere else because nowere else could be as important or life-changing as camp.

My hopes for this summer are to change some kids lives and to learn new ways that I can be a leader. I also would like to give people the experience that I never got.


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Bucky

I decided to come back and work at Pearce Williams again this summer because I really enjoy the camp program and sharing it with younger campers.

My hope for campers this summer is that they have a very enjoyable and memorable camp experience full of adventure and fun.


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Archy

I decided to work at camp this summer because I feel I have much more to grow and I had a great experience last. I also really want to make a campers summer dream come true and give them all a great time.

My hope for this summer is to come out on the other side having grown as a person and most importantly given every camper of 2018 a great camp experience.


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Sonic

I have decided to work at Pearce Williams this summer because I want to give campers the same fun and awesome experience that I had when I was a camper.

I really want campers to feel like they belong at camp this summer make them be proud to be a camper at Pearce Williams and most importantly I want them to have the best experience at summer camp ever.


Meet the 2018 Staff! - Part 4

Matt Honsberger

We are so lucky to have these awesome folks ready to serve the campers of 2018. Get to know them!

Today, we'd like you to say hello to...

Patches, Benny, Perri, Thump and Venus!


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Patches

I decided to work at Pearce Williams this summer because I really can't see myself working anywhere else. I've never been part of such an accepting, positive, and loving community as PWCC. It may be said a lot, but I feel like I'm my best self when I'm at camp. It's a place where you can grow as a person and a leader, and always feel safe and welcome.

My hope for the campers of 2018 is for them to discover something they love. Whether it be new friends, a game, a song, a story- anything that they can bring home to keep the magic of camp with them after the summer ends.


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Benny

Campers are the best friends you don’t get to talk to all year round and then when summer comes you are COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS until you get to see them. There are more kids than I can possibly name who I spent time with as a staff member last summer but often I will remember something we did at camp or something a camper and I laughed about and I’ll just think to myself that there’s no way I can miss out on those moments this summer. Pearce Williams forced me to realize that I was meant to work with youth, because I CAN’T IMAGINE something that would bring me more happiness than spending time with people who so genuinely want to be doing what they are doing.

To the campers of this summer: I hope that you like hanging out with me just as much as I like hanging out with you, because if that’s how you feel about camp, you are so lucky. I hope you always feel so included in camp and amazing camp culture, because one of the things that makes Pearce such a place is all the things that are unique about it - this sounds cheesy, but honestly! I struggle to express how great camp is because I feel like I can never explain how amazing it is, but trust me, if your experience is anything like mine, you will not want to leave!


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Perri

PWCC has always been a second home to me. I do not think that I would be the same person I am today without it. Being on staff gives me an opportunity to spend more time at my favourite place and share my love for camp.

My hope for campers coming this summer is that they will learn something new about themselves that they did not know before coming to camp. I hope that they will also find a home at camp where they can truly be themselves.


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Thump

Growing up at camp has taught me how to be myself. Pearce Williams is a place for me to go where I feel welcomed and loved. It truly is my second home. I have chosen to work here because camp is where I can disconnect from the outside world with some of the most amazing people possible. I came to camp alone as a little 8 year old and left with a life time friend who is now a counsellor alongside me. My favourite memories are at camp, signing songs and playing games are my favourite things to do but what I love most of all is meeting new campers and sharing my passion of camp with them. Teaching them the songs I love and sharing stories makes me the happiest person in the world!

My hope for this summer is to make every camper feel loved. I want to give campers the experience of a life time! I hope every camper leaves with a sense of belonging. I want them to know they have a purpose in life. There are so many great things at camp, so many places to explore, I can't wait to show my campers why I love camp.


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Venus

This year I left to continue my education journey at university. Many aspects of my life have changed drastically but I knew that I would be right back home for the summer of 2018. When i use the word home however I don't refer to the house in which my parents live but in fact Camp. Camp is the place where I can let my inner weirdness out to play. It lets me make a difference in somebodies life as well as let others affect me in a positive way. Pearce Williams has helped me become a better person and I hope that I as a Pearce Williams staff member can help a camper become a better person as well.

This year I get the pleasure of working with the older campers. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this opportunity. To help grow the future staff of Pearce Williams helps me ensure campers happiness in years to come. I hope to pass on knowledge to these campers so they can one day pass on that knowledge to someone else. Overall I hope each camper as the best summer camp experience possible in 2018.