Our Lady of Victory Camp:
Encounter Christ,
Encounter Community,
Encounter Creation

Summer 2023

Our camp video from a few years ago introduces you to Our Lady of Victory Camp.

Our May 26, 2023 Newsletter includes updates about the summer, merchandise orders, and how to help us get ready for the summer. Read more…

Summer 2023

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.

Help us relaunch camp this summer! We are seeking ONE HUNDRED Volunteers spend the day at camp doing yard cleaning, organization, minor repairs, and finishing work on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Email camps@caedm.ca or call 587-447-2837 to let us know you’re coming (or for more information.)

Here’s what our summer will look like:
  • Saturday, May 27 – Camp Encounter Farewell Celebration @ Camp Encounter (Click here to RSVP.)
  • Saturday, June 10 – Super Bee 100 Work Day – a major push as we continue to get the facility ready for summer.
  • Saturday, July 8 – Grand Re-opening BBQ beginning at 2pm. All are welcome! (Click here to RSVP.)
  • 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 25-29 – Newman Theological College John Paul II Youth Leadership Camp See Newman.edu/BXVICampRegistrations for more information
  • July 30-August 3 – Junior High Camp (Grades 7-9)
  • August 6-10 – All Ages Camp (Grades 4-9)

Please note: 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.

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:

  • Play epic games & sports
  • Eat great food
  • Learn about their faith
  • Celebrate the Sacraments
  • Make new friends
  • Enjoy free time outside
  • Try your hand at archery
  • Swim in Gull Lake

Get Outside!

 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.

Encounter Christ

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)