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Welcome to the official 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: Leadership Program of Camp Qwanoes & Briercrest)

Week 18: Introduction to Theology

January 15th, 2019
This week the students took part in their first class of the semester - Introduction to Thoelogy.
This gave them the ability to think through some thoelogical concepts and for some it helped solidify their foundation.

The students had a really busy week. During the evenings they had small group and were doing a lot of research for their debates which took place on friday morning. Friday afternoon they had their exam.

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There and Back Again: Christmas Break

January 8th, 2019
We are back in the full swing of things, this time in a whole new semester. Our students have all safely returned from their Christmas breaks and are jumping straight into the second half of their Kaléo lives.

We finished the semester with a mug gift exchange. there was a variety of mugs that appeared, from practically sized, to enormous, to absolutely goofy. We ended our time together giving each other quick encouragements, or pointing out different things in ...

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Week 13: Foundations of Church Ministry

December 12th, 2018
This week the students had their final class of the semester - Foundation of Church Ministry. This class gave the students the ability to think through the practical things about the Church in a way that lead them to have a better understanding about why the church exists and what it is for.

Between class time and small groups students had a lot of time to ask questions and discuss different elements of the church throughout the week. The students found this week really benefical as many of them contemplate whether Church Ministry is what they would like to pursue ...

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Week 12: Christmas Festivities

December 6th, 2018
After a couple weeks of hard work, the students were all ready for a change of pace before the next class came around. So over the past week, they had a variety of Christmas festivities that they took part in.

On Tuesday morning we loaded up the vans and took all the students to Victoria for the day.

Everyone broke off ...

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Week 11: Love Crofton

December 3rd, 2018

This last week the students took part in Love Crofton. Love Crofton is an event where all the students would take part in helping out the community.

There was a group of four students who were placed in leadership over the project and they had organized a day to make, cut out, and ...

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Week 10: Old Testament

November 22nd, 2018
Back at another week of classes. This past week the students had the opportunity to take part in an Old Testament class taught by Don Taylor.

Once again it has been a very busy week, full of information. The students got to learn about the grand story of the Old ...

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Week 9: Prayer and Leadership

November 13th, 2018
This week the students were dedicated to prayer and leadership. The week consisted of having a prayer schedule that everyone signed up for at least twice for an hour each time. Some students were nervous to have to pray for an hour at a time so it was a good challenge for them. We set up different stations in the room to help guide the students in prayer. We had a request board, a journal, pages to draw and write on, psalms to read through, and a space to write down praises.

Week 8: Caving

November 6th, 2018
This week we had the opportunity to get some work done from the New Testament class that we just put behind us. Although we cannot be all work without a little bit of play in there. We had the opportunity to load up the vans early Thursday morning and head north to go explore some caves.
Only an hour and a half drive took us to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, one of the best places to explore caves in Canada.

Upon arriving we met our guides who explained what we could expect upon entering the caves. Then we split off into 2 ...

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Week 7: New Testament

October 30th, 2018
The students this week have been taught under Wes Olmstead in New Testament studies. They have been enjoying getting an indepth understanding of some key highlights of the New Testament. Wes walked with them through Mark in a way that will help them continue to study the gospels on their own. He gave them a quick snapshot of the rest of the New Testament.

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Week 6: Camp and Youth Ministry

October 26th, 2018
After coming off of a week of sailing the students started the first half of their Camp and Youth Ministry class with Sid Koop. Our students come from a variety of camp backgrounds and experiences. This class has helped them to articulate many things that they may have already experienced in working with youth, while also highlighting key strategies to use moving forward working with young people in our 21st century world.

This is our only class in the Kaléo ...

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Week 5: Gold Stream & SALTS

October 18th, 2018


We woke up thanksgiving Monday and it was a beautiful day, so we decided to hop in the vans and head off to Gold Stream Tussle. Gold Stream has a waterfall, which was not flowing a lot, but we still were able to enjoy it. Then we took a short hike up a hill to a tussle bridge!

Photo: Anna O'Drowsky

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Week 4: Surfing

October 16th, 2018

We started our journey early Monday morning loading our bags and the food we would need for the next 3 days setting off from the east side of Vancouver Island to our destination on the west, Tofino.

Excited for the waves that we would be riding over the next couple days we sang our way to a pit stop at Cathedral Grove. Cathedral Grove is home to Vancouver Island's largest trees, and ...

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