Spencer “Reptar” Thompson
Hi! I’m Spencer, and I’ve been going to Kwasind for as long as I can remember. From attending family camp’s when I was a baby, to signing up for my first week of camp by myself when I was 7, to now being a staff alumni I could go on and on about what Kwasind means to me. My family is a Kwasind family through and through, and knowing that 3 generations have attended Kwasind is heart-warming.
One of my most memorable times at Kwasind as a camper was in 2011 when I attended the LIT program. That summer changed my life. I learned so many new things in regards to out-tripping, my own personal relationship with God, and meeting lifelong friends along the way. Kwasind is my home. Kwasind is a community of fellow believers to join together to show Christ’s love to all. After being on staff from 2012-2017, being able to work for the camp under 2 different directors was a treat to see that passion behind growing this ministry. My favourite memory of being on staff has to be leading the LEAP group for 2 years. The experiences we shared camping in Temagami/Wanapitei and the bonding of the group was something special to be a part of.
The opportunities I’ve been given and the absolute privilege it was to serve at Kwasind will be with me forever. I am so excited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Kwasind, and be able to celebrate the many milestones ahead.
Staff 2011, 2012
Kwasind means more than one could fit in a paragraph. It is a place where unlikely friends become forever friends. It is a place where the stresses of a year melt away and everyone can learn and love God. I grew and developed into the person I am today because of the summer’s I spent at Kwasind. Kwasind is a place of love and joy, where the best memories are made. Kwasind will forever hold a special place in my heart. From the tuck shop to the camp fire stage; from the beach to the island; from the point to craft cabin, we are Camp Kwasind and we’re off the wall!
Julien “Mimic” Busse
I find it strangely difficult to express what Kwasind means to me. In terms of my story, it has been a second chance at developing disciples through camp ministry. Where I have been able to express myself and my creativity through developing new ideas and implementing them in a safe context. In regards to my leadership, it has been a reminder of getting back to the basics of praying first, focusing on Christ, and living out the great commission. In general,
I see Kwasind as a community of soul-friends, where people with different upbringings and world-views, come together with the mutual bond of being “camp people”. Kwasind is a circus of misfit people pulling off the greatest show; a team of mutants with superpowers; an Acts 2 church; a playground at recess; a table to be fed at; a game changer; and a sanctuary of solitude, silence, and stillness. Kwasind is, and is becoming, home. May I walk these paths singing praises forever—amen.