Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

Zao is a camp ministry of the CBWC.  Find out more about our denomination at, and more about its other camps here.

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

The ACMG is Canada’s internationally recognized professional association of trained and certified mountain guides, hiking guides, and climbing instructors. It is dedicated to protecting the public interest in mountain travel and climbing instruction. Our lead guide is certified with the ACMG as a backpacking guide and is a current member. Our goal is to have all Zao staff guides obtain ACMG membership by completing its rigorous exam certification process. We use the ACMG Scope of Practice for terrain guidelines and as a part of our risk management policy.  Read more at

Outdoor Council of Canada

Zao is an associate member of the OCC.  We are able to deliver outdoor leadership certification courses for individuals interested in field leadership. These courses are popular among seasonal camp staff and school teachers who bring students on field trips.  Find the OCC

We were picked as one of the 2014 Best Outdoor Programs as selected by as an outdoor ministry program.  OutdoorLeaders is a hub of gospel centred wilderness program resources. It is edited by author Dr. Ashley Denton, who wrote the book Christian Outdoor Leadership.