Canadian Baptist of Western Canada

Urban Camping

“What I am about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don’t, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”               -Jesus     (Matt 18:3)‏

Through our Urban Camping umbrella ministry, the CBWC is bringing camping to the city to provide more children with safe, innovative and fun camping options where they can learn the good news about God in their own neighborhoods and communities.

These church and community-based programs offer a wide range of Christ-centred activities – from Bible stories to water sports — for children and youth that reflect the CBWC’s values of inviting faith, acting in mercy and cultivating leaders.

Our Story:

Camping thrives in the CBWC, as do camping leadership programs.  With camping trained young leaders that live year-round in urban settings we have the perfect recipe for Urban Camping. More local camps, lead by creative young leaders mean more kids celebrated and encouraged to belong, believe and then become.  For more information contact

Our Goals:

  1. To Establish and support a vibrant Urban Camping presence in every major city across Western Canada
  2. To Reach 10% of 1.7 Million kids in Western Canada
  3. To be a connecting point between young leadership and CBWC ministries

handsA prophetic vision filled with joy.  This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with cane in hand because of his age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” Zechariah 8:1-4

Through Urban Camping it is our dream to transform communities filled with pain and sadness into communities of deep joy.

Making Space to Play


means we challenge the status quo, we pay attention to our neighbourhood and anticipate and innovate solutions to social and spiritual brokenness, then we participate with God in mending that brokenness.


is about your particular neighbourhood, space welcomes all to belong, believe and become, and space is dynamic responding to whoever joins.

To Play

is an overflow of life, done for its own sake, play tests your limits (how high can I jump?) and play requires risk (everyone who plays knows they will eventually fall).  Play teaches us to live in and enjoy the present moment.


Resources to Get You Playing

Belong, Believe, Become: A CBWC Faith Formation Model

Values Clarification: Start with the values of your team.

Brainstorming: Ideas for where we are from who we are

Sample Budget

Sample Project Charter

Papers for Reflection

Exegeting your Neighbourhood

Stories to Celebrate


Rod Olson, Urban Camping Director

403.228.9559 ext 304

Rod directs the CBWC’s urban camping program so that local churches and people ‘on the ground’ can reach children and youth where they live in innovative ways.