2019 Curbside Pickup Schedule

The schedule will be included with your next water bill.  

City of Morden...

Pembina Valley Bible Camp has a smaller camp size, which allows the staff to build more personal relationships with each camper, but what happens when there is more staff than campers?

PVBC offers a variety of camp experiences, including weeks that focus on activities like paintball, bikes, horses, and dance. Just under 300 campers went through these programs this summer, but their discipleship camp, which teaches teens 15-17 years old how to be leaders, was larger than normal this year.

Executive Director, Chris Harms, who has been at the camp since April 2016 says the group "more than tripled in size from last summer. It's really really exciting, probably one of the largest camps we've ever had in our discipleship camp in the valley."

After completing the discipleship program, campers have the opportunity to return as maintenance staff, cabin counsellors, and kitchen help, to name a few. Harms adds, "the one week, probably the biggest week, we probably had 20 more staff than campers because of all these discipleship campers coming back. It was really neat to see them interacting in a different way with campers."

These aren't the only campers that return to the camp every year. Some return to support the camp they went to as a child.

On Sept. 21-22, the camp is hosting its 19th annual Horse Ride-a-Thon, which helps keep the horsemanship program running. The fundraiser involves partaking in a trail ride through the valley, eating lunch among the trees, and then gathering together back at the camp for supper with everyone in the dining hall.

Harms says, "the program itself is really expensive to run. If we were to run a camp fee equivalent to paying for the program it would be really high." The fundraiser allows them to help keep camper costs low, and maintain the space for the horses, and their equipment.

On top of this event, on October 20th they have their 3rd annual Lumberjack Split and Stack. The whole camp runs its heat off of burning wood, a large feat in the bitter cold Manitoban winter.

For one winter they use 100 cords of wood. One cord can fill the whole bed of a pickup truck to the top of the cab.

The event gives teams of up to seven people three hours to cut up rows of wood with saws, chainsaws, or whatever they'd like. "Instead of us working at this all year, every spare moment that we have - all our effort went into wood cutting before and splitting - now we have one event," explains Harms.

"It's crazy . . . when you put 85 or 100 people around this pile it's actually surprising. You can literally see it just disappear," Harms adds.

Harms says PVBC is "incredibly grateful" for all the support from the surrounding community that helps keep the camp running all year long.

More Local News

CBSA To Reduce Hours At Snowflake Crossing

The Snowflake border crossing is going to close about five hours earlier starting next week. Canada Border Services is reducing the hours of operation at the border point from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.…

Morris Foundation Receives 'Round It Up' Boost

The Morris Area Foundation received a boost last week from the community and the Morris Bigway. The Round It Up fundraiser saw purchases voluntarily rounded up to the next dollar. "If your purchase…

Winkler Entrepreneur Says New Store A Second Chance

A new women's boutique, which opened in Winkler Saturday was a second chance at a dream for a local entrepreneur. Fashion designer, Dina Harder explains before moving Canada she owned a business…

First Female Councillor Hopes To Bring New Perspective To Rhineland Council

June Letkeman is humbled to be the first woman ever elected to council in the Municipality of Rhineland. She says she is proud of this accomplishment, and hopes she can make a difference and serve…

City Assembling Team To Spearhead Coming Meridian Exhibition Centre

The City of Winkler is restructuring recreation and tourism leadership ahead of the new Meridian Exhibition Centre construction. Key positions will need to be filled after longtime Director of Parks…

New PCH In Carman Still Awaiting Final Word From Province

Residents in Carman and area are eager to see construction on a new personal care home begin soon. A final plan for an 80 bed facility and a renovation to the Boyne Lodge was submitted to Manitoba…

More Resources Needed For Aging In Place

Gardens On Tenth in Altona is wrestling with the realities of tenants who are aging in place. The average age of residents living in the new Gardens building, The Manor and The Units is about 85 and…

Foodgrain Support Needed Now More Than Ever

The fight against global hunger isn’t showing any signs of letting up. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is an organization that works to eliminate global hunger. Gordon Janzen is the group’s…

Beet Juice Use Expanding To Other Communities

Two years ago, the town of La Broquerie began spraying their roads with a mixture of water, salt, and beet juice to increase vehicle traction and decrease costs. Since then, RM of La Broquerie Public…

Hollywood Actor Filming In Southern Manitoba

A Hollywood actor with roles in Avatar and Hacksaw Ridge will be filming a movie in southeastern Manitoba next week. Sam Worthington is the lead actor in the movie, Fracture. Location Manager Bernie…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide