Okanagan Anglican Camp (Camp Owaissi)
Camp Owaissi does a significant piece of youth ministry in our diocesan life. The camp sits on the shore of Lake Okanagan approximately 25 minutes from downtown Kelowna. Despite its proximity to the city the camp feels far from the bustle of urban life. Every summer we host children aged 7 to 16 for seven weeks of outdoor activities, faith formation, and community building. Year after year campers and staff return and we hear the same feedback repeatedly. For them, Camp Owaissi is a place of community and fun. Our camp is the place where these young people want to spend their time. We are aware of what a gift this is and we take the stewardship of that gift very seriously. It’s our goal that Owaissi will continue to be a safe, fun place for young people to enjoy community and to explore questions of faith.
Over the last few years, Owaissi has seen an increase in camper numbers. The summer of 2015 had a registration of 224 while 2016 and 2017 had registrations of 363 and 366 respectively. The summer of 2018 saw over 410 campers spend part of their summer with us. This cycle of growth is allowing the camp to look at longer term issues such as management structures and infrastructure. While there are real challenges, Camp Owaissi is in the rare position to be a model of Christian community to children from various church and non-church backgrounds. Click here to go to the Camp Owaissi website.