Forward Thinking... 2019 is almost here!


December is here, and Christmas is right around the corner!
For us at Zao, this is the time of year to plan, plan, plan! If you have had a look around our website recently, you will notice that we already have dates up for summer 2019. We have been hard at work brainstorming what would be some fun, new, and exciting camp options for this coming summer, along with our classic favourites. New on the calendar in 2019 will be surfing, and kayaking camps. We are broadening our horizons to include more water-based activities, and allow for a greater variety of participants with different skills and abilities. While the dates are already posted, our registration links won’t be posted until the new year. If you want to know more about any of the camps being offered, get in touch with us!

Continuing for its third season is the GLT program (Guide Leadership Training), which we offer in partnership with Wildside at Camp Imadene. This is an 11 day program on location at Wildside in July where participants learn the ins and outs of being a Christian Outdoor Leader. We offer certification in first aid, canoeing, an entry level guiding certificate with the OCC (Outdoor Council of Canada), and instruction in caving, rock climbing, setting up tarps, knot tying, and so much more! There are opportunities after completion of the training for successful candidates to do practicums with Zao, or Wildside when available. At this point there is the option to continue training with a second year in the program, and potential for a third year if the demand is there. Even if participants do not come back for more training, the experience and knowledge gained in the program is highly desired in the outdoor industry, and all the skills learned will no doubt contribute to a career in the outdoor industry if that is a desired outcome. It is our goal to not only train up young leaders, but also prepare them with faith based knowledge and skills to continue on their own faith journey. This is a great program for high school age students that are keen to get experience in the outdoor industry, continue building their faith, and want to grow as leaders in a safe environment. Find out more about the GLT program here. Registration will open in the new year.

Alexis recently did an interview about her journey with Zao, and what we do as a ministry with the CBWC for their newsletter, Making Connections. If you are interested in reading the article (after you finish this one, of course!) click here

If you are reading this and you are from a church or some other organization and you are thinking, “Gee, these outdoor programs sound really neat! It would be fun to organize one for our group”, fear not! We have set camps during the summer months with open registration, but we are more than happy to set up custom programs too! If you want a day of rock climbing, a week long coastal hike, a weekend alpine trip, an afternoon paddle, or something else, we can make it happen! Get in touch with Alexis to make your plans a reality!

We have some more exciting news to share that we hope you will enjoy. We now have an option for online giving through our denomination, the CBWC (YAY!). Click here to go to our donation page. From there you will see the options for giving, and the link to the CBWC donation page. There are options for one time gifts, as well as setting up monthly giving. All donations made through the CBWC are tax receipt-able and contribute directly to Zao in helping cover our operating costs, and reducing our camper fees. If you would like to donate to something specific for Zao, please include a note with your donation and we will ensure it goes to the right place. Zao does not have its own charitable status at this point in time, so until that happens the CBWC takes care of things for us, which we greatly appreciate!

Are you an aspiring outdoor leader, or someone that wants to make a difference with a Christian Outdoor Ministry? We are hiring interns and guides for this coming season. Head to our Join the Team page to learn more and find our application forms.
Zao is currently looking for more people to join the board team. If you are passionate about outdoor ministry, or are a member of a CBWC church, contact Board Chair, Bill for more information: | 1.403.975.1993. |

Box 844, Errington, BC, V0R 1V0