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Kaléo Program

Welcome to the official Kaléo Program Blog! This is a great place to get the latest on what the students are up to and what's been happening in the Kaléo Program. Visit the program website: www.kaleo.ca.(A Leadership Program of Camp Qwanoes & Briercrest)

Week 8: Prayer and Leadership

November 13th, 2018
This week the students were dedicated to prayer and leadership. The week consisted of having a prayer schedule that everyone signed up for at least twice for an hour each time. Some students were nervous to have to pray for an hour at a time so it was a good challenge for them. We set up different stations in the room to help guide the students in prayer. We had a request board, a journal, pages to draw and write on, psalms to read through, and a space to write down praises.

Week 8: Caving

November 6th, 2018
This week we had the opportunity to get some work done from the New Testament class that we just put behind us. Although we cannot be all work without a little bit of play in there. We had the opportunity to load up the vans early Thursday morning and head north to go explore some caves.
Only an hour and a half drive took us to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, one of the best places to explore caves in Canada.

Upon arriving we met our guides who explained what we could expect upon entering the caves. Then we split off into 2 ...

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Week 7: New Testament

October 30th, 2018
The students this week have been taught under Wes Olmstead in New Testament studies. They have been enjoying getting an indepth understanding of some key highlights of the New Testament. Wes walked with them through Mark in a way that will help them continue to study the gospels on their own. He gave them a quick snapshot of the rest of the New Testament.

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Week 6: Camp and Youth Ministry

October 26th, 2018
After coming off of a week of sailing the students started the first half of their Camp and Youth Ministry class with Sid Koop. Our students come from a variety of camp backgrounds and experiences. This class has helped them to articulate many things that they may have already experienced in working with youth, while also highlighting key strategies to use moving forward working with young people in our 21st century world.

This is our only class in the Kaléo ...

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Week 5: Gold Stream & SALTS

October 18th, 2018


We woke up thanksgiving Monday and it was a beautiful day, so we decided to hop in the vans and head off to Gold Stream Tussle. Gold Stream has a waterfall, which was not flowing a lot, but we still were able to enjoy it. Then we took a short hike up a hill to a tussle bridge!

Photo: Anna O'Drowsky

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Week 4: Surfing

October 16th, 2018

We started our journey early Monday morning loading our bags and the food we would need for the next 3 days setting off from the east side of Vancouver Island to our destination on the west, Tofino.

Excited for the waves that we would be riding over the next couple days we sang our way to a pit stop at Cathedral Grove. Cathedral Grove is home to Vancouver Island's largest trees, and ...

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Week 3: Introduction to Spiritual Theology

October 1st, 2018
This week the students had their first week of class!
This class is with Cal MacFarlane and is centered in living in step with God and discovering different spiritual disciplines to implement into their lives. Cal has been taking them through some fundamentals of the Christian faith and has given them information into the heart of our Christian walk. In order to help them grasp some of these concepts, he does many practical assignments with them. One of these assignments is a silent and fasting retreat. This is where the students before lunch on Thursday were given a cabin to stay in, and fasted from before lunch to Friday morning and were also not to have any communication with anyone else. This experience led them into setting aside time to be with Jesus and allowing Him to work through some things with the students. On Friday morning we all met at the dock and Cal led everyone in communion to break their fast and then we had breakfast together on the dock. It was a beautiful ...

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Week 2: Mount Albert Edward

September 24th, 2018

The students have all arrived here at Qwanoes. Despite the jet lag some of the students experienced they were all excited and full of energy to kick off with orientation. Students became familiar with the facilities here at Camp Qwanoes, as well as getting to know each other and the Qwanoes staff through games, beach parties, and enjoying meals together.

After a few days of getting to know the people that they would be spending the next 8 months with we sent everyone straight up a mountain. After spending Sunday evening dividing up food and camping equipment, we ...

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The Beginning. A Verry Good Place to Start

September 11th, 2018
So here we are, finding ourselves in the middle of September, once again gearing up to start Kaléo 2018-2019.  We are so excited for our students to arrive. We have been anticipating the day we get to welcome all the students here to Camp Qwanoes to begin the Kaléo program.

Kaléo Program Leaders (left to right):
Corey Reimer, Program Leader, Sarah McQarrie, Female Intern, Daniel MacCallum, Male Intern, Kurt Jones, Assistant ...

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Graduation 2018

May 8th, 2018

Just 3 weeks ago now the students officially completed their time at qwanoes as students in the Kaléo program. To start the graduation weekend off we hiked up maple mountain located right next to camp. After a short hike up the mountain we had our last chapel. This was a special time for so many students as they looked forward to how God is going to use them in light of how he has been at work in all of their lives thus ...

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Closing Retreat

April 30th, 2018

The last big out trip of our year was the Closing retreat. So on the Monday before Grad we loaded up our vans and headed up north of the Island to a familiar place, Mt. Washington. Our first stop on the way to our lodge was at Elk Falls.

April 6th, 2018

This last week we were at camping at French Beach which is located on the South-West end of the Island. We spent two nights there and marvelled at the beautiful scenery while doing some activities to take in Creation.

My son Brent is in the program and enjoying it so much. It brings tears of thankfulness to my eyes to see the beautiful things he's experienced already. What a special time of life that those in the program will never forget.
Margot Bandy