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After a two-year enforced hiatus from our annual weekend family camp, Creekers eagerly left busy GTA cities and headed north to the picturesque Camp Frenda, located in the heart of Muskoka on the serene Lake Rosseau. From early afternoon on Friday, June 10, until much later and even on Sabbath, members wended their way to a well-planned and much-needed weekend retreat dubbed Family Reunion. And what a reunion it was!

A warm welcome by Camp Director, Elder Oscar Vicente, followed by delicious refreshments provided by the hardworking Social Committee, ensured that members and visitors alike­ — all tribes of Israel — were on their way to an exciting start. Whether it was waking up to the calming sound of the water gently lapping outside cabin windows, taking a brisk or leisurely morning trek, just sitting by the water’s edge or engaging in other outdoor exercises, playing table tennis or indulging in board games, shooting hoops on the basketball court, sneaking off to reel in a huge catch from the lake or enjoying other water activities such as canoeing and boating, everyone had a grand ol’ time. 

Despite being away from the larger church body, the 120-weekend campers and 20 Sabbath-only visitors were spiritually fed. As usual, in true Creek fashion, the Sabbath hours brought opportunities to be more Christ-focused and the outcome did not disappoint; we were truly blessed.

In our tribal groups, and focusing on the weekend’s theme, Family Reunion, we engaged in rousing discussions on matters that are critical to our lives, especially in these times as we anticipate Christ’s imminent return. With soul-stirring messages from Elders Kevin Benta and Adrelle Lewis and what seems like a camp staple, The Amazing Race, we could not have asked for more. But we received it anyway.

Led by Jodi-Ann Manhertz, Dale Brown and Charles Deans, we had so much fun socializing, participating in ring games, long-forgotten campfire sing-alongs and other new games; the latter, a hit as many were determined to put their brains in high gear in deciphering “new languages” and crack the codes – some did, much to the shock but sheer delight of everyone.

What can be said of the amazing kitchen staff! The efficient and accommodating Camp Frenda staff delivered as per usual. Sumptuous meals were on time and met with everyone’s approval. There was something for everyone — and more, if desired! The dining room was a favoured spot for many and since it all had to end, what better venue for our closing ceremonies!  Right there in the dining room after breakfast on Sunday morning, prizes were awarded, outstanding campers, oldest camper, youngest camper, first-time campers and especially visiting friends, were acknowledged, bringing Family Reunion 2022 to an official end and allowing for early departures or extended camping activities outdoors.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning now for Family Camp 2023.


Grace Lawrence