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Kaleo Blog

Kaléo 2018

Welcome to this year's 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)


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.

March 24th, 2018


The students are currently wrapping up their second last course of the year! In this past week they have enjoyed learning all about Paul and his letters through the guidance of Brian Westnedge, M.A., in their Pauline Epistles class. 



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March 14th, 2018

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

In the past week and a half the students alongside with preparations for their Pauline Epistles class have had a few mini adventures including: Cabbing, Rock Climbing and Curling. Starting on the Monday before last we dropped our Crab traps into the water to see what we would catch.

March 13th, 2018

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

In the Past Weeks the students have returned from ...


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February 1st, 2018

(Photo by Joel Cross)

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January 31st, 2018


How do you best embrace the 8 months of the Kaléo Program? Adventure, Ministry, Community, Leadership, and Academics this is what you are participating in. How do I give you anything except encouragement to do well in such a high intensity program? First you should know that you all are doing great! I’ve ...


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January 26th, 2018

(photo by Julia Hood)

This Past Week we were with the Students at Mt. Washington enjoying some time hitting the slopes. We spent the week at lodge right by the bottom of the lodge, close enough to ski into. We were blessed with some great skiing conditions during  our time at Mt. Washington. During our time there we ...


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January 14th, 2018



The students are back after a well deserved Christmas break and they have already dived into their next class. This past week the students were taking Introduction to Christian Theology taught by Meril Dyck, MA.

December 7th, 2017


This week the students have been in class taking Foundations in Church Ministry taught by David Lee, DMin. During this class week the students have spent a decent amount of time discussing issues facing the Church today as well as what it means for them to live out their God given ...


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December 2nd, 2017

(Photo by Kaitlyn Willems)

This past week was a transition week for the students from Introduction to Old Testament with Don Taylor, DTh, to getting ready for Foundations in Church Ministry with David Lee, DMin. On the Thursday however the ...


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November 25th, 2017


This past week the students have were in their 2nd last class of this semester, Introduction to The Old Testament, taught by Don Taylor, D.Th. Along with a writing a couple of papers and having a lot of reading, the students had been working at putting together a film encompassing the message of the Old Testament. Their video aired yesterday and all the Qwanoes staff came out to watch, laugh and celebrate the students hard ...


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November 20th, 2017

(Photo by Julia Hood)

The weekend before last some of the students were serving here at camp in our Senior High Retreat. A few of the students were able to serve by being counsellors as well as many more served on our maintenance team, in the dishroom or in the kitchen. On top of being able to put into practice this heart of service at camp, during the week our students were involved in what we call Love ...


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November 9th, 2017


This past week has been our prayer and leadership week, in which we have had several leadership seminars including sessions lead by both Ryan Morgan and Taylor Williams. These seminars throughout the week gave the students a chance to evaluate their own perspectives on what leading well means, and how to implement that in their own lives. Along with this, the students have had someone in ...


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November 8th, 2017


Kaléo 2018 

My name is Sarah McQuarrie and I was the recipient of the leadership award last year. There is actually so many things I could tell you, so I am going to try and choose some highlights here of what I believe I learned about leadership t


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November 4th, 2017

(Photo by Julia Hood)

CAVING!
In the past week the Students have been hard at work studying and preparing for the exam they wrote this past Tuesday for their class, Introduction to New Testament. Yesterday we drove up to Horne Lake Regional Park, to go exploring in the Horne Lake Caves! We had a guided tour of three caves which included a ...


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November 3rd, 2017


Kaléo 2018,

My name is Virginia Flahr and I was nominated this past year for the “Adventure Award.” First off, I’m totally stoked for all of you to be here! I believe that from the moment you hopped on that ...


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October 26th, 2017



Introduction to New Testament!
This week the ...


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October 21st, 2017


CAMP AND YOUTH MINISTRY
This past week the students finished off the first half of their Camp and Youth Ministry class with Sid Koop. Class went from Monday to Wednesday and Sid will be back in the New Year to finish off the second half of this class. Along with being in class this past week days the Students were also gearing  for class next ...


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October 15th, 2017

(Photo by Joel Cross)

October 5th, 2017

(Photo by Kaitlyn Willems)
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October 5th, 2017



A Special Message from Kaléo 2017 Award Winner (Last Years Class)


September 28th, 2017


THE FIRST CLASS!
Earlier this week the students began their first Briercrest course of the program year. The class, Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Cal Macfarlane, Ph.D.,  is all about what it means to be formed by the Spirit through His work in their lives and through the ...


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September 27th, 2017



A Special Message from Kaléo 2017 Award Winner (Last Year's Class) 

When I used to think ...


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This has been the most shaping and formative year of my entire life. This program is designed to help you grow at a rate I wouldn't have ever thought possible.
Levi Vanderkwaak