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Our Story

Our Story

As early as 1881, the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church held “Bush Meetings” in Ontario. This style of Camp Meeting was the predecessor to Christian Camping in Ontario.

In 1925, camp sites in Kitchener and Stayner were purchased.  The Kitchener site hosted camp meetings for nearly 40 years, after which it was donated to Emmanuel Bible College.  The white pine acreage on Scott Street in Stayner was purchased in from the Gartlan Estate for $1500 to become Stayner Camp.

Our site on Round lake has a history of camp ministry going as far back as the 1950’s.  Previously, the property was owned the Middleton Family and operated as Franklin Middleton Memorial Camp, and later as Camp Kirjatharba.  In the 1970’s, leaders in the Missionary Church saw the need for additional camp programming with a lakefront property.  Pastors from our northern Ontario churches found the property for sale in 1971, with the stipulation that the property must be sold to an Evangelical church group that would operate youth camps.  The camp was purchased in 1972, and we ran our first summer as Camp Mishewah in 1973.

Our 50th anniversary in 2022 is fast approaching, and we have some special events and plans in the works.  In preparation, we want to hear your camping memories and stories. Continue checking back here for more information on how we will be collecting them.

Timeline

1971

Reverend Bill Smith brings news to the Missionary Church East District Conference of a lake-front property for sale near Killaloe, ON.

1972

The Round Lake property is purchased in January by the Missionary Church. A work bee is held on Labour Day Weekend.

1973

The name Mishewah is chosen, meaning "heart" in Algonquin. The first summer camp programs are directed by Ross & Audrey Gardiner.

1979

The first week of Mishewah Family Camp takes place, directed by Rev. Bill Smith

1984

A new chapel is built by Bob Shantz, a contractor from the Missionary Church in North Bay, and is dedicated on July 1.

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