Galilee’s Vision and Mission
Our prayer is that all who attend Galilee Bible Camp will be encouraged, refreshed and blessed. We want to give each camper, whether they’re 6 or 60 years old, a chance to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, to enjoy times with friends, and to have a time to learn more about how God wants to be involved in their lives.
We operate year round. During the summer, we run 9 weeks of camps, and in the off season, we not only run camp sponsored retreats, but we also host church retreats. Rental fees and program fees generally cover our programming (program expenses, food, heat and hydro, & ministry). The remaining operating and capital expenditures are funded by donations.
Partner With Us
If you would like to give on a one – time basis, you can click the button below, or send an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. All funds donated to camp are used towards our operating expenses, and then for projects, as the Lord provides.
Sponsorship Donations – If you would like to designate your donation to our camp sponsorship fund, when you make your donation, all you need to do is indicate your desire for this in the description box.
If you would prefer to call and donate, please call 613-432-5774.
You can also mail in a cheque to:
Galilee Bible Camp – 203 Camp Galilee Lane, Haley Station, ON K0J 1Y0
Legacy Ministries and Believers Stewardship Services
As a camp, we are happy to be working with Believers Stewardship Services, Inc. (BSS), and Legacy Ministries Canada (LMC) to give our donors some additional options in supporting this ministry. Both BSS and LMC operate to assist believers in achieving sound Biblical stewardship, and to allow them to better support the Lord’s work. We have outlined below some options available to our donors through these ministries. For donors from the United States, the services of BSS can be utilized, donors from Canada can use LMC.
Donor Advised Funds
Galilee has established a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at both ministries, and funds can be donated directly to these accounts. When funds are required for projects at the camp, they are released to meet the expenses.
You can include Galilee as a beneficiary of the proceeds of your estate. Both BSS and LMC provide a full range of estate planning services and can assist believers with setting up a bequest. Whether or not you give to Galilee, you are exercising good stewardship by establishing your last wishes for what God has entrusted to you.
At Galilee Bible Camp, we recognize that we are stewards of the funds that the Lord has provided, and do everything we can to ensure that we are being good stewards. Through preventative maintenance to buildings, equipment and other resources, to building new resources, we keep in mind our vision and mission to see others come to know Jesus as their Saviour, and for believers to be drawn closer to the Lord in their walk with Him. No projects are started unless all of the funds are available to complete it. Here are some projects that we have recently completed, are currently in process, or anticipate completing, as the Lord provides!
April 2020 COVID-19 Update: As we adhere to government requests and recommendations in the suspension of all camp activities at Galilee Bible Camp, we are relying on the Lord for His provision. While we are completing the two projects that we are currently in the midst of (walk-in fridge / freezer and chapel renovations), we are suspending most projects until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and the government feels like social gatherings (like camp) are permitted. We want to be fiscally responsible, and recognize that while we wait on Him, the funds that we hoped to use for capital projects may need to be used to meet our ongoing fixed (operational) expenses, until camp programs are given the green light to proceed.
Walk-in Fridge / Freezer
The current walk in fridge freezer is currently in the process of being replaced. The old one has been removed, and we are prepping for the installation of the new one. This should be completed by the end of April. It is likely that the final project will cost about $18,000.
The men’s and women’s washrooms have been repainted, with a cost of about $2000.
We expect to update the upstairs lodge rooms with new heaters, bunk bed ladders and railings, and give each room a fresh coat of paint. Expected cost is about $1500.
The chapel is currently being renovated to install an office at the the back of the chapel and a closet at the front of the chapel. Upon completion of the chapel, it will have new lights, be repainted, and the office will be furnished. This is expected to be completed by the end of May. Expected project to cost approximately $5,000
In 2019, we renovated one of our 14 cabins. In 2020, we hope to renovate 2 more cabins. Renovating a cabin includes lifting the cabin to re-level it, stripping the current siding, replacing any wood that has rotted, installing a new door, windows, insulation and siding. It also includes installing a heater in the cabin, to enable greater use throughout the year. The cost of each cabin is approximately $8,000-$10,000.
We also plan on installing an additional electrical panel, and running new electrical to the cabins. Approximate cost is $2,000
All of the cabins need new railings and ladders installed with the bunk beds that meet code. There are 2 -5 in each cabin that need done, with each one being a custom fit. Approximately cost $1,200. This is a very time consuming project.
New siding was installed on the lodge in 2012. As per the manufacturer’s guidelines, they recommend repainting every 7 years. The estimated cost to repaint is $3,000. We hope to complete in the next year or two.
With the many power outages that we get at camp, we would like to install a automated generator that would service the dining hall, water room, and all buildings except the lodge and the workshop. Expected cost is about $25,000.
While the waterfront needs a new dock system, in 2020, we are looking to fix and / or replace the retaining wall(s), and possibly the cabana, the life jack storage (boating side), and install other storage areas at the waterfront. Part of this would include adding an additional life jacket storage on the waterfront side.
These are projects that we would like to take on over the next 3-5 years, as the Lord provides. We do not commence on any project, until all of the funds have been provided.
The current dock system has been in place for almost 50 years. It is very susceptible to the ice thawing and freezing, water levels fluctuating (beavers), and as a result, has taken quite a beating. In 2017, we had to remove the diving boards, as the concrete structure was cracked. The retaining wall at the waterfront is leaning, and several of the storage units (cabana, life jackets, canoe storage) are deteriorating. A new dock system needs to be engineered and built, along with the storage units. The estimated cost to replace – $50,000
Cabin B Renovated
Most of the cabins that our campers sleep in were built in the 1960’s. While the structures are relatively sound, the electrical, insulation, siding, windows and doors need to be replaced. Estimated cost to upgrade 13 cabins – $100,000 – $120,000.
In July 2019, Cabin B was renovated as a prototype for the cabins. It is much more energy efficient. The cost to upgrade the cabins is approximately $8,000/each. Our desire is to renovate one of the large cabins and one of the smaller staff cabins (two/year) over the next 6 -7 years.
Currently, the pole that services camp is reaching the end of its life. The cost to replace the pole is approximately $3,000. (In June 2019, we replaced the hydro pole at the dining hall for about $2,500). Whether beavers taking down trees, or stormy weather, power outages are a common thing at camp.
Gymnasium (Heater and Lighting)
The gym is gets used a lot in the late spring to early fall. With it not being heated, it limits the amount of use during retreat seasons, in particular when the weather isn’t cold enough for the ice rink and snow hill, and in the spring, when the grounds are in the thawing process. A 400,000 BTU propane heater would be installed, along with fans to push the heat down. The estimated cost to have heat in the gym – $9,000.
In November 2019, all of the lights in the gym were replaced with LED lighting / fixtures.
The siding on the gymnasium is several decades old and needs to be replaced. The cost to replace the side on the gym is going to be well over $20,000.
Many hours of fun occur on the hockey rink each winter. The current process takes a fair amount of snow to pack down, and then numerous floods to get the hockey rink ready for hockey. Snowfalls and inclement weather can impact the quality of ice, not to mention the amount of labour involved. The new hockey rink would have a concrete pad with drainage, that could be flooded with 3-4 inches of water for ice, and be covered (likely with a steel roof and open sides), to minimize the impact of the weather (snow and sun). In the summer, basketball poles / nets could be put in place, providing a shaded area for our summer campers to play baskeball. The estimated cost to build the new hockey arena – $175,000.
Until this can be completed, three of the poles need to be replaced, with new lights being installed on all of the poles for the area. Update: Three new poles and new LED lights were installed in November 2019.