Thirty-two hundred campers have spent the night at Camp Sagitawa since 2014.
The outfit aims to provide a multi-faceted ministry, as a benefit to a wide range of people groups. These programs are advertised and open to the community at large. Many campers come from the area within the circle of Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge and Mackenzie.
Moberly Lake camp director Gary Pryzner says the camp is a year-round affair.
“Our main camp is Sagitawa it is a year round site, we provide rentals to outside groups year round and family camps as well,” he says.
The camp used to need 55 staff, now it is down to about 40 people.
“We have expanded into Alberta through High Prairie Wilderness Camps.”
The group is owned and operated by Sagitawa Christian Camping Society, a non-profit society and registered charity. The Society elects a Board of Directors each year. The Board and staff work towards integrity, excellence and safety in all camping programs.
The camp has more than 1,800 attendees from Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort St. John. Another 1,000 hail from the rural areas of the region, taking in both Sagitawa camps and trail rides each year. At ;less than $500,000, the camp’s budget takes care of operational and about 60 percent or more of captial projects and expansion.
A new climbing wall is almost finished, while work on a new cabin as well as water filtrations and boiler upgrades are being prepared.
Chetwynd mayor Allen Courtoreille says the camp is a summer haven for the area.
“We really appreciate the work being done, and appreciate what Sagitawa does. It touches the heart when people care.”
PRRD director Dan Rose suggests that camp officials keep in touch with the regional district more.
“Let us help you channel some funding options.”