Shifting Seasons

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles DickensGreat Expectations

Hard to believe that March is so fast approaching! With it comes the promise of spring, sunshine and of course, a whole lot of fun down here at the Ranch!
Being a Christian camp in Canada, I often wonder if Mel Stevens thought winter would be a challenge almost 50 years ago when the Ranch was started. Our winters in Canada provide a unique opportunity to do totally different camps during different seasons.
March break is one of my favourite camps! Both weekends are “Bring a Friend” weekends. This means we cram all the fun of summer, twist in some winter wonderland, and generate a full, fun, and fantastic experience for those that want to ‘test’ out summer camp or return for some extra fun during the school year.

In between these crazy weekends we host a March Break day-camp. The days are fun-filled days include skating, pony rides, crafts and of course, a warm meal to refresh made by our cooks! I love seeing the Ranch full with extra staff and young kids playing in the snow or coming up for lunch with those rosy cheeks eager to get warm by the fireplace.

Normally after these 10 days of excitement, we have a chance to catch our breath and look towards what might be our single biggest event of the year. This year, our Easter Extravaganza sneaks into the last weekend of March and is going to keep us on our toes!
Easter is an amazing opportunity to share the love of Jesus and open our gates to people that might never have a chance to hear the gospel story. We do Ranch-wide egg hunts and crafts with pony rides, skating and our famous gooey-marshmallow tomb breads to help give us the privilege of sharing just what Easter is all about. The past years our numbers have soared into the thousands as people enter Teen Ranch for an afternoon of fun!

We have had a mild winter this year in Canada. Whether that lasts or not, only time will tell. But I always find hope in March that spring, and then summer, is just around the corner. The days start to get longer and the sun seems to shine a tiny bit warmer. But I can’t help think of the spiritual season that so many people are going through. We go through the ‘winter’ in our hearts that can be so cold and long without the love of Jesus Christ to shine through. Our prayer at the Ranch for the month of March is to continue to shine that bright love of Jesus anyway we know how to people that need the ‘Son’ in their lives.
So whether you’re sending your kid to weekend camp, day camp, coming as a family to our Easter event, or joining our many volunteers to make it all happen; please pray with us that we can be a light doing what God has called us to do.

And hey! Wanna join the work we are doing? We are looking for hands-on help for these events and would love it if you would get in touch! Teenagers can get volunteer hours but Easter is a great chance for your whole family to help out! Feel free to contact us for more information, we would be so grateful!

God Bless and keep shining bright!

Rachael R.


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