On Monday October 20th, the Outtatown guys from both sites separated from the girls for a week at Camp Evergreen in Alberta. It didn’t take much time until everyone bonded and meshed into a large community apart from the girls. We did activities such as horseback riding, high ropes courses, wilson ball and rock climbing. While at the camp, we were challenged by the staff to climb a designated route up the climbing wall, which was intentionally designed to be very difficult. There was only one person able to climb the wall along that route and it was Andrew from our site. Needless to say, he gained bragging rights for the remainder of the week.
During our time at Evergreen, we had a speaker named Kevin who’s overarching theme for the week was “fully loved as you are fully known.” He talked about how we are already fully known by God, flaws and all, yet are still unconditionally loved because of the richness of God’s forgiveness and grace. Throughout the week, Kevin also made tangents into subjects such as male sexuality and what standards Jesus calls us to live by if we are truly serious about being his disciples and letting him become the centre focus of our lives.
Midway through the week, we had the opportunity to travel to Canmore and hike a mountain called Ha Ling. For the majority of our trek, we were walking at what seemed like a 45° angle up the mountain. The sights were beautiful along the way and once we reached the peak, we could see the entire city of Canmore down below. It was a breathtaking experience.
Towards the end of our time at Evergreen, we had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A exchange with the girls at Pioneer Camp. We split into three groups and took the time to write down any questions that were burning in our heads about the opposite gender; the girls did the same. Overall, the exchange was a success and we learned certain things that as guys, we might not have had the opportunity to learn otherwise.