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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta

32134 Range Road 63 Sundre, Alberta, T0M 1X0 Locations: Rocky Mountain House (view map)

Ages:
5 to 19 (Coed, All Girls, All Boys )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs
Programs:
0 available; 15 temporarily closed
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$79 to $599

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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta
 

Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Alberta. One of nine InterVarsity camps across Canada, we have been operating for more than 65 years. We offer camps for children and youth ages five to 19, as well as programs in leadership development. Campers chose from great activities like horseback riding, climbing, swimming, archery, and much more. We provide a highly personal and faith-oriented camp experience. We love seeing kids grow and mature as they discover how much God loves them. At Pioneer Alberta, campers have fun, develop confidence and independence, make new friends, and grow in their relationship with God. Please visit our website or call for more details.


The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta

 

Pioneer Camp Alberta is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities and facilities, all of it furthering the initial goals.


The 2020 Experience at InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta

We are heart-broken that due to the COVID-19 restrictions we cannot hold overnight camp at Pioneer Camp this summer. This is the first time in our history that the camp will not be filled with campers and staff and we grieve the lost opportunities to serve these young people and to work with our incredible team. Please stay in contact and let us know how we can support you in this unique season. While we are deeply disappointed, we fully support our government and health care leaders in their ongoing efforts to protect those in our communities who are most vulnerable.

For more information about our response to these closures, please visit our website.

For our Camper Families, we have created a [email protected] page with various links to our Social Media Pages and to our Virtual Campfires. Please visit our website to access these links.

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Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 0 program available; 15 temporarily closed.

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 11
Horseback Riding/Equestrian Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming|Volleyball
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 12 - 17
Wilderness Out-tripping Cost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 9 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 9
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 12 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Archery|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 9 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 12 - 17
Wilderness Out-tripping Cost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 9 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 17
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Archery|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 11
Horseback Riding/Equestrian Cost TBD
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming|Volleyball
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 9
Traditional (multi activity)
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 16 - 18+
CIT/LIT Program
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 12 - 14
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Swimming|Rock Climbing
COVID-19 alert:
Temporarily closed


Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 9
Traditional (multi activity)
Sundre,AB
32134 Range Road 63
Date TBDCost TBD
Wilderness Skills|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Swimming|Volleyball
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Camp Address
32134 Range Road 63, Sundre, Alberta
Other locations: Rocky Mountain House

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Reviews & Testimonials


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

We choose Pioneer out of a number of good options/recommendations of others because of your unique combination of camp length (4 nights for her first time), horseback riding, swimming and location (within a two hour drive of Calgary).


Camper Experience
Parent — Parent

She loved the relaxed feel and intimacy of staff and campers. The horsemanship and getting to be at a real, outside working camp was good for her and [she] loved it.


Year After Year
Parent — Parent

It is consistently great every year; horseback riding is a favourite, lots of great activities provided. And most importantly, the camp leaders are always amazing with the kids! That makes me feel at peace leaving my child there a week.


Activities
Parent — Parent

Wide games have always been the difference between Pioneer and other camps. I knew [our son] would have a great time because of the games. He went to [a different camp]…with some friends and said he would never go back. Pioneer was a great place for me to grow up. I appreciate the effort the staff puts in to make a great camp experience for the kids. Great job!


Activities
Parent — Parent

Adventurous out-trips for older campers.


Activities
Parent — Parent

Great selection of activities available.


Cabin Leaders
Parent — Parent

My daughter was anxious about not sleeping in her own home. The cabin leader helped support her through that. We couldn’t be more thankful that our kids had such a wonderful experience. Thank you!


Cabin Leaders
Parent — Parent

We have not experienced a lot of other camps…but I will say that it seems to be mostly the leaders that really make the difference. I love that the most meaningful time for our daughter is connecting with the leaders…hearing their stories/testimonies. It really has an impact on her.


Cabin Leaders
Parent — Parent

My daughter absolutely loves camp! She especially loves the connection to her cabin leader every year.


Camper Experience
Parent — Parent

Our daughter has never had anything bad to say about this camp. She counts down the days to camp every summer!


Camper Experience
Parent — Parent

Two weeks is a long time. My daughter had so much fun. We missed her more than she missed us!


Camper Experience
Parent — Parent

Loved it! My child dislikes a lot of stuff and yet he LOVES Pioneer Camp. High praise coming from him!


Camper Experience
Parent — Parent

My daughter and son rave about how much fun they both had and what amazing people they met. Excellent across the board!


Camp Memories
Camper Parent — Parent

Our son came home from the Horsemanship Skills Session 1 Camp. He had such an amazing week and thought the Camp Leaders were so great.... Frozone, Cricket, Mowgli, Pud, Rapunzel, Acorn, Pelican, Shakes and the "Horse Husband and Wife" (lol! He couldn't remember their names). Can you please pass on a sincere thank you to all of them? He will have memories that will last a lifetime and we as parents are so grateful for the kindness and care he received. Everything was "awesome"....from the Wide Games, the yummy food, to the camp fire songs to the riding and roping!! He's already looking forward to next summer :)


Camp Staff
Parent — Parent

Amazing love for all the kids in attendance.


Camp Staff
Parent — Parent

[They have a ] passion for living in faith and the dedication to each youth that attends.


Camp Staff
Parent — Parent

The staff is amazing. I just can’t say enough.


Family Camp
Parent — Parent

An opportunity to face challenges and grow as a family.


Full Days!
Parent — Parent

There are horses, great food and plenty of it, the out-trip is exciting, the layout of the land makes the games and the activities fun.


Full Days!
Parent — Parent

Horses and being outside and doing many activities that are fun and challenging. The kids get so much personally and spiritually from the experience.


Growing Up!
Parent — Parent

Empowering and [provided] a lot of confidence and excitement to my daughter.


Growing Up!
Parent — Parent

Adventurous. Boys to men. Healthy.


Growing Up!
Parent — Parent

Camp was so amazing for her last year. It totally got her out of her shell! Her confidence was through the roof after camp! [It was] like she was a whole new young girl!


Location
Parent — Parent

It’s a sleepover camp and it’s not in the city. It’s an opportunity for our children to grow both spiritually and in maturity


Location
Parent — Parent

Pioneer Camps are far from town, teaching kids to embrace their time there and helping them learn vital skills in becoming adults. Pioneer teaches the kids skills other camps don’t.


Location
Parent — Parent

Close to home and lots of age categories to choose from for our large family.


New Experience
Parent — Parent

Our son noticed the Lego Theme right away when we arrived. From not wanting to stay, he didn’t want to leave. I watched him play 9 Square. That was a relief for his first camp experience!


New Experience
Parent — Parent

It’s a very safe and diverse camp. My daughter has asked numerous times to go back again next year. I’m so grateful that her first time at camp blew her mind. Thank you so much for providing such a safe and wonderful experience.


New Experience
Parent — Parent

Amazing! Our daughter’s first experience was all we wanted it to be.


No Electronics
Parent — Parent

I think it was great that no electronics were allowed. It is good for kids to leave them at home.


No Electronics
Parent — Parent

Clean living in fresh outdoors, with horses. As a parent, I think the no electronic device rule is great!


Registration
Parent — Parent

The support in registering and financial support makes this camp possible for my son to attend. My son always comes back with great and exciting stories, telling of all the new friends he has made and always has something positive to say about his mentor.


Riding
Parent — Parent

The time she gets to spend with the horses and having pure “kid” time is priceless!


Riding
Parent — Parent

Horses and God. Perfect combination!


The Right Balance
Parent — Parent

Relaxed. Fun. Flexible. Supportive environment. I appreciate the religious component, and my son doesn’t mind that part either!


The Right Balance
Parent — Parent

Welcoming. Educational. Personal development. Incredible!


The Right Balance
Parent — Parent

Fun. Easy-going. Adventurous.


Upon Arrival
Parent — Parent

When we arrived our son became shy and didn’t want to join the other campers. [His cabin leader] came and asked him to play Frisbee and it was just what he needed. Thank you!


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

How outdoor minded it is, coming from the city it is great to let the kids experience a whole week of being outside, enjoying nature, etc.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

My daughter comes from a split household and I believe this allows her to forget about problems and lets her be a kid.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

Good Christian content. Love the way campfire is done. Like the variety of activities and physical boundaries are pushed a bit.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

Long standing traditions, well-established, reputation and programs that focus on our kids.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

Our kids were challenged by the horses and waterfront and overcame some of their fears! What a success!


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

Pioneer Camps are far from town, teaching kids to embrace their time there and helping them learn vital skills in becoming adults. Pioneer teaches the kids skills other camps don’t.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

I love the Christian programming. My kids loved the campfire songs and we are still singing them!


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

The people, the kindness, the positive atmosphere, the feeling of security, the cohesion, the landscape.


What Do You Like About Camp?
Parent — Parent

Gave my child more confidence and self-esteem.


Year After Year
Parent — Parent

My son comes home so completely happy and satisfied year after year – he looks forward to camp all year long.


Year After Year
Parent — Parent

Most anticipated week of summer! Real life experience. Fun. Memories to last a life time!


Year After Year
Camper — Camper

I had a fantastic time. I would like to come back next year.



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins
  • Dorm or Building
  • Tents

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Upcoming Events

  • September 08, 20202020-2021 LEAD (Leadership Experience and Discipleship) Internship Program
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta, PO Box 660, Sundre, Alberta
    Join us Tuesday, September 08 from 11:55 pm

    We are currently taking applications for our 2020-2021 LEAD (Leadership Experience and Discipleship) program. 

    The L.E.A.D. program is an 8 month opportunity for ages 18-25  that will change the way you lead for a lifetime. Practical, real world skills and experiences are the primary teaching tools for character, spiritual and leadership development.

    The 2020/2021 L.E.A.D. program runs from September 8, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

    For more information about this amazing program, please visit: https://www.pioneercampalberta.ca/staff-volunteers/lead/  


  • October 23, 2020Pumpkin Party
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta, 403048 Buster Creek Rd., Rocky Mountain House, AB
    Join us Friday, October 23 from 08:00 pm

    Pumpkin Party: Ages 11-19

    Camper Reunion Event

    October 23-25 | Pioneer Ranch

    This is our Ranch Happenings' Camper Reunion Event for All Lodge/Ranch Campers Ages 11-19!! It’s a great opportunity to come together, share stories from summer camp and create some new memories!

    For some, it will be a return to familiar spaces and faces. For others, it will be an opportunity to become familiar with the Ranch and Ranch Staff prior to next summer when they graduate from camp sessions at the Lodge to those at the Ranch! There will be horseback riding, canoeing, wall climbing, archery, wide games, great Bible discussions, pumpkin carving and more!

    • Location: Pioneer Camp Ranch, Rocky Mountain House
    • Dates: October 23-25
    • 8 pm Friday – 2 pm Sunday
    • Ages 11-19
    • Cost: $140 (+GST)
    • Bring A Friend Discount: 15% off camp fees for you and a friend IF your friend is a first-time camper at Alberta Pioneer (Discount will be applied by Pioneer Camp Office once both campers have registered).
    • Parent Drop-Off: Friday @ 8 pm
    • Parent Pick-Up: Sunday @ 2 pm
    • Transportation is also available from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer: One-way ($35+GST) or Round-trip ($70+GST)

    Registration Closes: Friday, October 15

    Questions? Call us or email us if you have questions! 403-6385-2660 or [email protected] 

    Hope to see you there! 



Director's Message

Ruth Lewis, Executive Director

We love kids. We love seeing them discover they can do more than they realize. We love watching them develop life-long friendships. We love listening to their laughter. We love seeing them grow and mature as they discover how much God loves them. We love welcoming them back to camp, year after year.

Our Pioneer Lodge site in Sundre  is primarily devoted to Elementary aged campers 5 - 11 year olds, while our Pioneer Ranch site Rocky Mountain House is devoted to Junior and Senior High ages.

Out-Tripping is a key element of our Ranch site, where campers at Senior Girls and Senior Boys go on a four to five day Out-Trip,  either Backpacking, Hiking Base Camp, River Canoeing or Horseback Riding. We believe that as young people experience nature and the great outdoors, they begin to see more of who God is.

Founded in 1951, Pioneer Camp Alberta is part of a network of nine InterVarsity Camps across  Canada operating under the names Circle Square and Pioneer. We are committed to seeing young people transformed by the love of God actively at work in their lives.


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $79 to $599 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount if paid early $25
Discount for 2nd child $75
Discount for 3rd child $100
Discount for 4th child $100

In the News

June 16, 2020 - Join Pioneer Alberta's 2020/2021 LEAD Program!

Are you 18-25 and unsure as to what you are doing with your life in September? Plans up in the air due to COVID-19 restrictions? Try LEAD! ...

June 9, 2020 - My Mountain Top Experience with LEAD by Jessica Grant

What is the LEAD program at Pioneer Camp Alberta? Join Australian intern Jessica Grant as she shares about her journey. ...

March 31, 2020 - At the Lodge: Alanna's Reflections

Last week I said good-bye to our LEAD interns... ...


Associations

  • Christian Camping International Associations
  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations


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