Campfire Ministries / Camp Bob
A Christian and family values based Summer Camp Program teaching positive Christian values and life-skills through group participation, activities and interaction.
Introducing people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to the loving, transforming power of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To inspire children’s hearts by encountering God through the testimony of Jesus Christ in us.
To provide each camper with an awesome camp experience.
To provide an atmosphere and environment that is accepting of all individuals, treating each with honour and respect.
To strive for excellence in leadership and programming, building relationships with campers, parents and staff.
To provide a clear biblical gospel presentation, discipleship traning and servant leadership equipping passionate followers of Jesus Christ.
To encourage student-leaders to discover their passion in serving others and make a meaningful difference within their culture.
To provide financial assistance to campers who need it.
What We Believe
We believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin.
We believe man is created in God’s image, but chose to separate himself from God through acts of sin, severing the relationship God had intended between Himself and man.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, sent to earth to restore that broken relationship; lived a sinless life, teaching and modelling God’s Kingdom; suffering and dying for the sins of the world; was buried but then raised from the dead, breaking the power of sin and death, making it possible for us to accept and live within a renewed relationship with God the Father.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who convicts us of our sin, but who also invites all people to be reconciled to God, dwelling within every believer who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, and empowering us to live as followers of Christ and His example, bringing His Kingdom power of transforming love to this world.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and foundational guide for the believer’s faith, life and service.
Who We Are
•A registered non-profit charity (CRA – 2007)
•Accredited member with the BC Camping Association (BCCA)
•Member of Fellowship of Christian Camps (FCC)
•Member of CampsBC – and BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
•In partnership with the Ministry of Forests – Recreation Sites and Trails.
•Recipient of a 30 yr NRT Licence of Occupation with the Province of BC
|Executive Director Couple||Les & Val Klassen||Campfire Ministries / Camp Bob|
|Board Chair||Kelly Klassen||General Manager / CEO Klass Enterprises Ltd|
|Treasurer||Dr. Terry Blasco||Dentist|
|Member||Mark Johnson||Pastor, Sayward Christian Fellowship / Bus Driver|
|Member||James Klassen||Supervisor – Klass Enterprises Ltd|
|Member||Colin Dyck||Youth Pastor, Neighborhood Church, Nanaimo, BC|
|Member||Curtis Scoville||Financial Advisor|
|Member||Dr. Tyler Falk||Physician|
2015 marks the 20th year of Summer Camp programs with Campfire Ministries and the 14th year of Summer programs at CAMP BOB on Roberts Lake.
CAMP BOB is a unique rustic wilderness-style Camp with few amenities and few distractions from the outside world. Outfitter tent platforms, open frame kitchens and outhouses form the basic infrastructure at CAMP BOB.
In a forested lakefront setting that offers much in recreational assets, activities include rock climbing, archery, interactive group games, and an extensive waterfront program.
Throughout the summer, up to 400 campers and staff participate in camp activities, and the benefits of this wilderness site have proven invaluable in the development of campers and staff in relationships with each other and discovering their personal significance to a God who loves and cares about them.
Campfire Ministries began as an outreach program of the Black Creek Community Church on Vancouver Island.
Beginning in 1995 until 2001, Summer Daycamp programs were conducted out of the church parking lot where Day campers would load onto the bus and move to a different location within the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Strathcona Park regions, taking advantage of the many recreational opportunities in the area.
In 2001, due to the growth of the program and the restrictions of taking large groups of children in BC Parks, Campfire Ministries began looking for a location to set up a residential Camp site. Strategy was developed for taking this growing ministry to the next level. A Board of Directors was formed and Vision and Purpose for future growth became a priority.
In 2002, Campfire Ministries began a working relationship with the BC Ministry of Forests. In exchange for clean-up operations and management of an area within a designated Recreation Site on Roberts Lake, the Ministry of Forests extended an offer to Campfire Ministries to use part of the Recreation Site as a location for Summer Camp programs.
2002 marked the first summer of CAMP BOB, a rustic ‘limited access’ wilderness camp on the northern shore of Roberts Lake. CAMP BOB was initially accessible by boat or hiking trail only.
In November 2003, a 10 year Land Use Agreement was implemented between Campfire Ministries and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the site of CAMP BOB on Roberts Lake. This partnership Agreement included the maintenance of 3 additional Recreation Sites on several lakes in the surrounding area.
In 2010, Campfire Ministries began regotiations with the Ministry of FLNRO for a long term lease of the CAMP BOB site. Future Vision & Goals necessitated an Agreement where Camp could grow and expand into a multi-season ministry. A formal Application and Development Plan was submitted in 2012 to the BC Provincial Government requesting a Nominal Rent Tenure (NRT)Agreement.
In August 2013, Campfire Ministries was awarded a 30 year NRT License of Occupation and given a Grant for 28 hectares (65 acres) of waterfront property on Roberts Lake!Camp Bob
The NRT and acceptance of the Development Plan has paved the way for new and vital infrastructure at CAMP BOB. In March 2014 ground broke for the first major Project under the NRT as construction of a new Access Road into CAMP BOB began. By mid-June of 2014, the road had been completed to the point where it was completely useable as a Service Road. A Parking Lot was built within the NRT area that eliminated the need for parents and staff to continue parking on the adjacent logging road. A designated Boat Launch, exclusive to CAMP BOB was constructed allowing for easier access for CAMP BOB’s waterfront program.
At every turn in this process over the last 14 years, God’s Hand has been evident and strategic as His favour has been poured out coninually over this ministry. Time and time again, we have been amazed at the extravagance of God. He has opened ‘doors’ and we have walked on through. He has blessed us with wisdom and counsel, and inspired many to partner with CAMP BOB through time, finances, equipment and prayer. For more about the miracles of God at work at CAMP BOB, read the stories under WHO WE ARE: PROJECT MIRACLES! (coming soon)