Wendake (Wen-DE-kay) is a Huron word which means “a place set apart”
What is Camp Wendake?
Camp Wendake was established in 1995 as an outreach project of the HIV/AIDS
committee of the Diocese of Huron. Its mission is to provide a safe, welcoming residential camping experience for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and those who care for them.
The Anglican Church provides ongoing support to Camp Wendake – most visibly through the use of the Huron Church Camp facilities. Every year, at the end of August, it becomes our place set apart.
Camp Wendake values…
- the uniqueness of each individual;
- freedom of choice in program participation;
- good nutrition in a communal setting;
- appreciation and protection of the environment;
- self-directed health management (consistent with OCA health policies);
- personal spiritual growth;
- volunteerism of staff and campers;
- the support of generous donations of time, talent and financial resources;
- the legacy of Huron Church Camp and the Anglican Diocese of Huron
About the Camp
On average, 65 campers attend camp. They are of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and social backgrounds. This diverse group of campers is served by an equal number of volunteer staff and program personnel.
Every year, requests for camp exceed the spaces available, with many more applications than the Camp can possibly accommodate.
The cost to operate Camp Wendake over and above volunteer and in-kind contributions is approximately $25,000 to $30,000 annually.
How do we do it?
The work required to operate the camp is significant. Almost without exception, all of this work is done by volunteers, many of whom work year-round.
Every year, we host at least one major fundraiser, and are regular participants in the Walk for Life event. We receive donations from individuals, parishes, and some businesses.
The operations and vision of Camp Wendake are supported by the work of a Governance Committee. Also made up of volunteers, this group looks at ways to improve the experience of camp, and ensure its sustainability. They provide annual reports to the Diocese, and an Anglican Church liaison sits on the committee.
The vision of Camp Wendake is inspiring – but it would never be realized without strong volunteers. If you think you have something to offer this remarkable ministry, please get in touch with us.
If you can’t donate your time, consider a financial contribution – they are always appreciated!