Through the generous support of many donors and volunteers, the facilities at All Tribes have changed and grown significantly over the last 50 years.
Our log Main Lodge is the heart of camp and includes the dining hall, kitchen, chapel meeting area, camp office, and the "porch" - the ever popular hangout spot for campers. Dedicated in 1992, the Lodge is used for many kinds of events. Whether large or small, its size feels just right. There might be some authentic stuffed animals around, too.
Gymnasium and Recreation Centre
The Millie Jacobs Troyer Centre includes a large gymnasium, camp store, and games room. The gymnasium can be used for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, rainy day games, and for banquets and meetings with up to 300 people. The games room offers ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, and comfortable couches for hanging out. The camp store, known as "The Tuck Shop" (we aren't sure why...), offers snacks, camp clothing, and books.
Each of our four new camper cabins are named after a fur-bearing mammal: Beaver, Otter, Ermine, and Muskrat. Each cabin accommodates two counsellors and ten campers. Large adjoining doors that are open for summer camp can be closed and magically turn each cabin into two motel-style units, each with their own private bathroom and shower. The cabins are fully insulated with comfy in-floor heating, and each half offers one queen and five twin beds. All together, the new cabins provide four summer camp cabins, or eight private motel-style units for retreats and other events.
Although the teepees at All Tribes are no longer made of canvas, we still have some of our iconic camper housing. These teepees serve both as staff accommodations and overflow camper cabins. Unlike the old teepees at All Tribes, these include electric heat and are insulated, along with electric lights. Believe it or not, they can sleep up to five.
The natural amphitheatre is used primarily for Adventure Bible Camp VBS as the beginning and ending meeting place each day for all campers and staff. Features include seating built from cedar half logs, flag poles, wooden cross, and a natural stone platform. The amphitheatre is a frequent site for skits, songs, and shenanigans - all surrounded by nature!
Our camp swimming hole is often called Bernie's Beach. Funny thing is...there is no beach, and it is not warm like a beach, either. Being spring-fed, crystal clear cold water, makes a plunge in the placid pool not for the faint-hearted, and more of an extreme sport! In the middle of the pond is the Aqua-Hut, a favourite spot campers love to visit (don't worry, there is a bridge, you won't have to swim to get there!). There also might be some frogs and brook trout you can find as well. And as you would expect, we have Red Cross NLS trained lifeguards ensuring everyone stays safe whenever the "beach" is open.
What is a camp without an area for a bonfire and bonfire songs? Years ago, the campfire circle was part of the Cook Shack where camp meals were prepared and eaten. Today, the bonfire circle is where the camp family hangs out, cooks s'mores and sings silly songs many evenings during camp.
Millie Jacobs Troyer, our Founder, built this cabin as her personal getaway in 1967 with the help of many individuals. The authentic log cabin has a beautiful puddingstone fireplace, and features Millie's lifelong collection of authentic furniture and rare antiques. Water is still pumped by hand from the spring-fed pond below, and an electrical service has been installed in recent years to replace the propane lights and protect this treasure from fire. At Christmas, a real treat is popcorn and apple cider with Millie next to the fireplace.
The Shower House serves as the camp's central bathrooms and showers for all campers. Also included in this building is the camp laundry and cleaning supplies area. Built by Ron Beaupre, the Shower House is a real advance from the original "wee-wee teepees" first used at Camp. With Millie's conservation influence, the building includes instructions for campers on how they can conserve one of the earth's most precious commodities - clean water.
REG HAWDON ATHLETIC FIELD
Our large sports field is used for softball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, wiffleball, steal the bacon, and many other games and activities. It also serves as parking for larger events held in The Millie Jacobs Troyer Centre. Reg Hawdon, his son John Hawdon, and Brent Gilbertson built the field. Our amazing facility manager, Jake Stubbe, has made further improvements to the field, making it a great athletic surface for campers and staff to enjoy.
This unique cabin is full of trapping equipment used by Millie's longtime friend Jim Reed. Jim inspired many and although he passed on in 1999 at the age of 93, his legacy continues. Inside Trapper Jim's you'll find memoirs of his life and some of the traps he used here on our beautiful Island. Trapping is an important part of our northern and Indian heritage, and today Mike Nadjiwon, a local trapper, continues Jim's legacy sharing with kids and adults the practical realities of trapping - then and now.
Small Group Shelters
Pictured above is our newest small group shelter, used for VBS classes, outdoor meetings, and picnic meals. Some of our shelters have been around for years, but you can't find a better outside classroom for any group. Regardless of their age, the shelters all keep the rain off and still let you enjoy the natural beauty all around!
What is now known as the Sports Shed, was once the cutter and buggy storage building on the original farmstead. It is the only original building that remains on the Camp property. In 2008, it was updated with new siding and doors by Bernie and Mike Nadjiwon. Today, it serves not only as our storage building for games and athletic equipment, but also as a class shelter during VBS each year.
Our motorhome and trailer park offers both electrical and water connections for up to six RVs. Also available is a sewage dumping station for when that is necessary. Commissioned in 1992, the RV sites are used by visiting campers and speakers.
Around our 100 acre property is a network of hiking trails that meander through the gorgeous open maple bush. Keep your eye out for trilliums and deer. Make sure you stay on the marked trail however, many can attest, that once you are off the trail, it is very easy to get turned around! Over the years, our Facility Managers, Jake and Shawna-Lee Stubbe, have transformed the original paths into beautiful new trails, ideal for a morning or afternoon walk.
Playing in the Tire Playground is a highlight for our younger campers who love to climb up the tire triangle, climb over the tire snake and hide inside the massive tire, donated by Gilbertson Enterprises. A long, green culvert was converted into a play tunnel that kids can crawl through in the Tire Playground as well.
This pioneer wagon is one of All Tribes' rare and interesting treasures. Kids love to visit this wagon, where they can let their imaginations run, enjoy a picnic lunch or even sleep for the night. The covered wagon also features pots and pans hanging on the side like those the settler's may have used.