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We've set our dates for 2014... go to the "Camps" link to find out what's in store!
- We are a United Church camp, but campers of all faiths are welcome. We are located in the beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Southwestern Saskatchewan. During July and August we run seven weeks of age-specific camps, for children from five to seventeen.
- Rentals - When it isn't full of our own campers, Camp Shagabec is available for rent - look for more information under "camps" then "bookings".
- Our Mission Statement is: "At Camp Shagabec we strive to be a place where campers feel welcome and accepted, and where all may come to experience God in creation and community."
- Each summer over 300 people enjoy the Camp Shagabec experience - come and join us for a week you won't forget!!
Camp Shagabec News, December 2013:
Camp Shagabec Turns 75 – What a Remarkable Year!
- record breaking - ground breaking - break-and-enter -
Well, at age 75, Camp Shagabec seems as youthful as ever. This camp, located in the Cypress Hills, had a record-breaking year for the number of campers attending it. Each of the camps were at (or above) capacity, with many of the weeks filling up as early as March and April. Five full-time paid employees, as well as over 100 different volunteers from all over Alberta and Saskatchewan, staffed Shagabec this year, and they brought with them a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and joy to the camp.
Camp Shagabec’s 75th birthday was marked, most notably, by the demolition of the old rec-hall. This building had been used by Maple Creek as a WWII army barracks, and then, for over 65 years, it served as Camp Shagabec’s: kitchen, dining hall, recreation center, craft room, and drama hall. Due to a deteriorating foundation, the old lodge had to be taken down. The demolition was skilfully done by Central Energy, of Gull Lake, on August 24th and 25th. It was sad to say goodbye to a building that has helped facilitate so many precious memories, but everyone is looking forward to the new state-of-the-art structure that will ensure the future of the camp.
Construction of the new 4000 sq ft building was contracted out to Wallace Construction, and will be concluded by the spring. It will include a stage area, a large open-concept design, a new kitchen, washrooms, and it will be 100% wheelchair accessible.
After all the excitement of the summer and the demolition, the camp reported some upsetting news; someone had broken into the site, and done over $10 000 worth of damage. Thirteen buildings were attacked, and had their windows and doors smashed in. The vandalism had taken place after the camping season ended, and before construction had started on the rec hall. Volunteers (Mike and Larry O’Donnell from Swift Current) came out to camp immediately to clean up, and board up the damaged buildings.
Fundraising for the new facility has nearly concluded, but if individuals were interested in contributing to the building fund, or to help cover repair costs from the vandalism, Camp Shagabec would be grateful for your financial assistance. Their treasurer is Tracy O’Donnell: 258 Burke Cres. Swift Current, SK, S9H 4H6.
Camp Shagabec is looking forward to a new camping season and the grand opening of the new Shagabec Lodge. If you wish to register your child, camper registration forms are now available on-line (www.shagabec.com).
APRIL 2013 - Camp Shagabec - Strong at 75:
Camp Shagabec, located in the Cypress Hills is turning 75 years old this year, and the camp is doing very well. The camps are very popular, the campers are extremely happy, and the program is top notch. It continues to be one of the last remaining camps in Canada that is largely run and organized by volunteers, and the camps are nearly half the cost of other comparable summer camps.
The current focus of the camp is a capital campaign to build a new multi-function facility. This building is to replace the current: kitchen, dining hall, rec-hall, drama room, and craft room. The foundation of the current building (an old WWII army barracks) is deteriorating and collapsing.
They have had a number of donations come in over the last year, and due to a number of serendipitous events, they have been able to drop their required funds from $400 000 to $250 000 (a number of our initial estimates and quotes were considerably higher than actual cost). To date the camp has raised over $165 000, and they are hoping that in this last push of the capital campaign (concluding in August), that they will be able to raise at least another $50 000 to $90 000.
This is Camp Shagabec’s 75th Anniversary year, and they would like to hold a special anniversary event at camp later this summer that will include a “ground-breaking” ceremony. The hope is to be able to start building this new complex by the end of the summer.
The Camp Shagabec Committee, are so excited about the progress made with this capital campaign and all the hard work done by countless individuals in so many communities. We have heard stories about: kids donating birthday money, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, concerts, dinner parties, and various other efforts made in honour of this project.
Their goal is within sight, and committee member, Katherine Fletcher says, "We have begun to shift our focus from viewing this as a “dream” to becoming “reality”. To all those who have helped us get to this point… a most humble and sincere, “Thank you!” That being said, there is still one final push to make, so let people in your communities know that if they are interested in helping us out, this would be the time to do it." For more info about the camp's anniversary and the fundraising campaign, visit: www.shagabec.com
 This does still depend on receiving final approval from the United Church, as well as park permits and final approval
November: The new camp dates are set, the Capital CAMPaign has reached $130 000, and a number of different groups are hosting events to raise funds for camp (including a a Roller Derby Event, Boxing Day Bash in Swift Current, various dinner parties, and an attempt to break a Guiness World Record on behalf of camp)
September: The Camp Shagabec Committee announces one of the most successful summers in the last few decades. All but one of the camps were full with waiting lists. The camp hired an extra full time staff member and nearly 100 volunteers helped to make this summer very special and memorable. Thanks to everyone involved.
Camp Shagabec is currently accepting applications for volunteer positions (counsellors, co-directors, and first aiders). If you are interested please fill in the forms (found on the website... under forms), and send your information on to Kat Fletcher
This summer the camp made a number of improvements and additions, which included such things as: new cabin doors, new cabin mattresses, 'on-demand' hot water, a new archery range and other recreational equipment, and a brand new first-aider's cabin! In addition, at the end of the season, Shagabec had all electrical wires buried (a fairly expensive, but necessary improvement). The next major hurdle for the camp will be the replacement of the immense rec-hall/mess hall/kitchen, as the foundation of this building has begun to deteriorate. The camp has begun to fundraise $300 000 for this endeavor, construction on the new building will begin in the fall of 2013.
The camp dates for the next season have been set and the new registration forms are now available online (www.shagabec.com). This summer, Camp Shagabec will offer camps for those who are 5 to 105 as they will be offering their "Camp Wannabeakidagain" weekend for 'adults' to come and experience summer camp! The camp is also offering a "Creative Camp", which will focus on offering various workshops in performing and creative arts (drama, music, singing, art, dance, and crafts).
Shagabec continues to be successful due to the contributions of many. They are extremely grateful for any and all help (ex. monetary donations, volunteer time, supplies, and, of course... cookies!). The camp is also looking for committee representatives from both Maple Creek and Medicine Hat. Thank you! Thank You! Thank you, to all those who help this amazing little gem of a camp to continue to strive and thrive!
For more information about Camp Shagabec, or for contact information, please access their website (www.shagabec.com). Please Note, Camp Shagabec does have a new treasurer:
258 Burke Crescent
Swift Current, SK
Past News Stories:
Children's Fitness Tax Credit
Camp Shagabec is now able to issue an income-tax credit for summer camps that are 5 days long. The amount of the tax credit will be 50% of the registration fee
Camp Shagabec Benefits From Extraordinary Kindness
If you or someone you know is attending one of the many camps offered by Camp Shagabec next summer, you will notice a few new items around the grounds. The camp has recently added a rock climbing structure and an archery range to the many activities available at the camp. Wonderful stories are behind the building of both these new amenities. The lumber for the climbing wall was graciously donated by the Southwest Co-op in Maple Creek. This unique wall allows several children at a time to climb around a challenging five-walled structure. The wall was completed by the end of July, and the campers were thrilled to try it out. The committee had also decided to bring the popular activity of archery back, but when the camp manager went to pick-up new strings for the camp’s bows at Lane’s Archery in Lethbridge, AB, he was encouraged to replace the aging equipment. The new high quality bows, at $200 a piece, were going to quickly eat up the camp’s activity budget. Luckily, a fellow patron had overheard the camp manager’s conversation with the store owner, and asked if he could purchase FOUR new bows for the camp! When asked why the stranger had chosen to help out a camp that he had never heard of before, he said, “If you are helping to get kids out of the house and off of the couch, then I want to help you out.” It goes to show you that there still are amazing and generous people out there!
Another Camping Season Comes to a Close
Camp Shagabec, the United Church summer camp located in the Cypress Hills, has had another extremely busy season. In total the camp was able to host 300 campers through the eight different camps they offered over the course of the summer! The bulk of the campers are coming from many of the communities in Southwest Saskatchewan, but a growing number of the campers are coming from southern and central Alberta. When asked about the camp’s on-going success, the camp manager, Dave Fletcher said, “No matter what your age, Shagabec always has something new and fun to offer. No matter what is going on in your life, Shagabec has laughs and acceptance waiting for you.” “We couldn’t make the magic of Camp Shagabec happen without our volunteers,” says committee member and cook, Katherine Fletcher. “We are very lucky to have so many wonderful people involved with the program, committee, and staff. We also greatly appreciate the donations and supplies that come in from all over southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. The kindness of many keeps this camp strong.” The camp was sad to hear that a very committed and dedicated committee member of 23 years, Heather Macnab (Piapot), would be retiring from her position. Her presence and input into the camp will be missed. The committee is already busy with plans for the next season of camps. There are some smaller positions that need to be filled on the camp committee. With the belief that “many hands make light work”, it is hoped that volunteers from various communities within the presbytery will be able to lend a hand. If you would like to join the Shagabec team, visit their website at www.shagabec.com or contact the committee chair person, Jen Pridmore