Our Lady of Victory Camp:
We are so excited to be relaunching camp ministry in the Archdiocese of Edmonton this summer!
In February 2023, Fr. Marc Cramer and Mike Landry appeared on “Upfront with the Archbishop” to talk about where Camp Ministry in the Archdiocese has been, and where we’re headed.
Camp ministry exists to support families and youth ministry initiatives in the Archdiocese of Edmonton by offering a week-long faith experience. At camp everyone can Encounter Christ, Encounter Community, and Encounter Creation. We are very excited to be relaunching Our Lady of Victory Camp in 2023, bringing together the best the past camp ministries at both OLVC and Camp Encounter.
Here’s what our summer will look like:
- Saturday, July 8 – Grand Re-opening BBQ (All welcome! Details coming soon.)
- July 9-13 – High School Camp (Grades 10-12. Youth who attend these weeks can volunteer as junior counselors at the elementary, jr high, and all ages weeks of camp.)
- July 16-20 – Elementary Camp (Grades 4-6)
- July 23-27 (Tentative) – Benedict XVI Institute “Catholic Worldview” Week
- July 30-August 3 – Junior High Camp (Grades 7-9)
- August 6-10 – All Ages Camp (Grades 4-9)
- Grades indicated are for September 2023. For example, if your child is currently in grade 3 but will be in grade 4 for the 2023-2024 school year, then they are eligible to register for the Elementary or All Ages week.
- Cost for summer 2023 is $335 per camper
What Happens at OLVC?
Camp is a place where young people come to play and pray, and hear the message of the Gospel in the context of God’s creation and the gift of a welcoming Christian community. We offer these experiences, a week at a time, where young people will:
In Hosea 2:14, we read how God wishes to lead Israel into the wilderness so that He might “speak to her heart.” Our camp is set in a beautiful lake-side location so that all who attend may have the same opportunity to live, laugh, and pray in the beauty of God’s creation. Our program is set outside and unplugged from the things that often occupy regular life, so that young people can have a retreat experience together without worrying about their screens.
Make New Friends
Camp offers young people the chance to build meaningful friendships with other youth who share their faith. This reinforces what many receive from their families at home and offers support to those who may find a life of faith to be lonely. OLVC facilitates this through games, sports, outdoor activities, free time, evening campfires, and the joy of spending summer days together.
Our main mission at camp is allowing our young people the chance to deepen their friendship with Jesus. We will do this by offering a week filled with faith experiences like Mass, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. These are offered alongside talks and discussions that present the lived beauty of our Catholic faith to campers.
“As our young people face the future, we want to help them to know the Lord and to hear his call. Therefore, we need to find ways to help them encounter Christ and form them in the faith of his Church so that they will know the call the Lord is addressing to each of them personally.”-Pastoral Priorities of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton (2011)