This summer, we hosted two family camps. The first was at Camp Thunderbird in Sooke, BC, in June, for our Vancouver Island families, and the second was at Camp Stillwood near Cultus Lake in late September, for our Lower Mainland families. Each camp hosted 12–14 families and included many of these fun activities: kayaking, archery, ropes course, rock climbing, bubble soccer, nine-square ball, laser tag, and arts and crafts. New friendships and heart connections were made, oodles of marshmallows were roasted, and many fond memories were crafted. A huge heartfelt thank you to our hosts and helpers, Kristin Avis and Stephanie Vink at Camp Thunderbird and Sabrina Robertson and Heidi Scorgie at Camp Stillwood.

Here is a sonnet written by heart mom Doreen Queen-McIntyre. “Stillwood Sonnet” is a Shakespearean sonnet (iambic pentameter) in the style of Shakespeare’s prologue to Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Scene 1.

Stillwood Sonnet

Two teams—they match in dignity
In fair Camp Stillwood where we lay our scene.
New laser grudge—laid down for unity
Midst grass and trees near Cultus Lake serene.
We gathered here to play in fall sunshine;
Nine square, ropes course and archery above;
Relax, chit chat then paint your heart wind chime:
Reminders of heart-strength and family love.
Forth from the fire—heart warriors arise;
From pain and strain to new courageous life.
Each day they wake with peace and hopeful eyes;
To bravely walk our world away from strife.
Big heart, warm smile, we’re present. We attend.
We’ve learned, like hearts, teams help people mend.

—Doreen Queen-McIntyre (heart mom) ♥

Camp Stillwood

Camp Thunderbird

“CHN Family Camps” is from our fall 2022 newsletter, Heart Matters. See our Newsletters page for more stories and to subscribe.