JACKSON’S POINT CAMP (JPC) has been ministering to children and youth for the past 100 years when The Salvation Army moved its camp ministry from Clarkson to the newly acquired property in Jackson’s Point in 1916. 300 children attended that first year where now we see over 1,300 children each year that come through our Blaze Adventure Camp and our Instructional Camps on the south shore of Lake Simcoe.
Children stay in cabins and sleep on bunk beds in cabins that have the conveniences of home with a rustic feel to them. Activities at camp include a great Swimming Pool and our Splash Zone splash pad, archery, canoeing, sports, Arts ‘n Crafts, and a high ropes challenge course. All of the activities are meant to bring a fun adventure to our campers while providing an opportunity of growth through challenge, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment.
The Salvation Army supports families in need through our camping ministries, and sponsorship is available for attendance at our Adventure Camps through your local Salvation Army Church or Family Services. For information or sponsorship call the camp at (905) 722-5751, and we’ll connect you with your closest Salvation Army office.
NEWPORT ADVENTURE CAMP (NAC) witnesses one of the most beautiful Muskoka Sunsets on Skeleton Lake just 20 minutes from Huntsville, ON. Newport ministers to youth aged 10-15 through our Adventure Camping program, and campers sleep in cabins in the pines and Teepees in our Quest Village. Skeleton lake has many tales, but there is no tale when it comes to its formation. Unlike other Ontario Lakes that were formed by receding glaciers, Skeleton lake was formed by a Meteor strike, which explains its unique shape, a bowl. Our beach has 100m or sand at a shallow depth of 3 feet before it gently drops to depths of over 150feet in the lake’s centre.
Youth enjoy activities with a little more thrill quotient than their Blaze counterparts reaching heights of over 30 feet high in the trees on our Flying Squirrel, or running down one of three levels of mountain bike trails, to a day on our giant water toys. The camp has all of the traditional adventure camp elements, and our days finish with the sun setting over one of the most beautiful views in the Muskokas.
Like our JPC location, NAC offers sponsorship for our youth camping program where we challenge young people to live a life marked by integrity, and good character. In all of our camping programs we model for campers an exemplary life fashioned after the teaching and example of Jesus, and we instill in our campers the knowledge that they are loved, and God has a purpose for their life.
Captains Joyce and Josh Downer are the DYS for the Ontario Great Lakes Division, and the Camp Directors at Jackson’s Point Camp. JPC is special to them because it’s the place where the Lord called Josh as a Salvation Army Officer, and where God confirmed Joyce’s call to Officership. They will serve at JPC with their 4 children: Zoe, Joel, Trinity, and Theo.