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8009 Iona Road
Fingal, ON, N0L 1K0

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At Pearce Williams 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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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


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.

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.


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.