The mission of the Nemeiben Lake Canoe and Bible Camp, as an interdenominational arm of local churches, is to use the unique opportunities of the wilderness environment to develop committed followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring youth and adults out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light, to build them up in the knowledge of God, and to prepare them to fill a ministry role in areas where God has gifted them.

 

Rev Bill MacLead, then pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Saskatoon, established the camp in the late sixties. Bill's love of canoeing and of the north lead him and his son, Tim, to explore Nemeiben Lake.

Camping on the Steward Peninsula, near the government portage trail, Bill believed it would make a wonderful spot for a wilderness bible camp. His desire was to share this pristine display of God's creation with young men from the city.

 

The first camp, in 1969, was an "out-trip" know today as the "Loop" - a 160 kilometer canoe trip to the Churchill river. Those trips eventually included 'girls only' out-trips - and, later, co-ed camps. As time progressed, out-tripping weeklong camps gave way to weekend youth and adult retreats.

 

Many great men have served the Lord faithfully in this ministry. But from Bill MacLead to the present leadership, the emphasis is not to worship creation itself but to use creation to point to the Creator, the Lord of all heavens and earth, and to His personal message of His love and grace available to each of us.

 

 

Although Nemeiben Lake Canoe and Bible Camp ministers to campers province-wide, the main core of campers come from the Saskatoon and the LaRonge area. With a demographic of nearly a fifty-fifty split between adults and children, the camps offered are - youth retreats, family camps, father-son fishing camps, and, newly re-introduced, out-tripping canoe camps to the Churchill River.

 

 

Effective January 1st, 1990
Officers: Tom Day, David Toth, George Budd

Motion from the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Nemeiben Lake Canoe and Bible Camp, February 9th, 1990. "MOTION the acceptance of the presented constitution. SECONDED and CARRIED."

ARTICLE I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the "NEMEIBEN LAKE CANOE AND BIBLE CAMP" hereafter referred to as "the camp".

ARTICLE II - Location

The location of the base camp for the organizations operation is on Nemeiben Lake, twenty miles northwest of Lac La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. The camp is located at the Head Lake Channel portage on the southwest side of Nemeiben Lake.

ARTICLE III - Purpose Statement

The mission of the Nemeiben Lake Canoe and Bible Camp, as an interdenominational arm of local churches, is to use the unique opportunities of the wilderness environment to develop committed followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring youth and adults out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light, to build them up in the knowledge of God, and to prepare them to fill a ministry role in areas where God has gifted them.

ARTICLE IV - Statement of Faith

WE BELIEVE:

1. The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. In one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. In our Lord Jesus Christ: God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work and His personal return in power and glory.

4. In the salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

5. In the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. In the Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.

7. In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

(in agreement with Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)

ARTICLE V - Organization

1. The Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of five individuals and a maximum of twelve, all of whom shall be born again believers in Jesus Christ, in good standing of sound evangelical churches, and in agreement with the statement of faith of the camp. This board shall be a self-perpetuating body and new members may be appointed as necessary at the annual meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of the directors who are present.

The Officers of the Board shall be elected at the annual meeting for one-year terms beginning the day after the annual meeting. They shall serve as the executive committee to give direction to the business of the Board. These officers shall be: the chairman, the vice-chairman, the secretary, and the treasurer and a person may hold more than one of these positions.

A board member can be removed from the board by a 2/3 majority vote of the entire board, for conduct inconsistent with the mission statement of the camp. (Amendment 2003)

2. Business Meetings.

The whole of the Board of Directors shall meet at least three times a year of which one of these meetings will be the annual meeting. The annual meeting should be held as soon as possible after the end of the fiscal year, with a minimum of one week's notice being tendered to all Board members. Meetings of the Board may be called by the chairman or any two members of the board. There must be at least two thirds of the active board of directors present to constitute a quorum.

The fiscal year shall run from January 1st to December 31st.

ARTICLE VI - Amendments

Amendments to this constitution may be made only at the annual meeting of the camp by a two-thirds majority of votes cast. The proposed amendments must be presented in written form and discussed at a board meeting at least three months prior to its adoption.

ARTICLE VII - Provision for By-laws

A supplement to this constitution known as the By-laws shall embody the stated duties for the officers of the board and the committees the board sees fit to form, methods by which board members are appointed, parliamentary rules and regulations for the activities of the camp. Rules and regulations adopted at officially called and announced board meetings shall be written out in good form and added to the By-laws when so decided by a meeting.

ARTICLE VIII - Property Rights

If the Board of Directors should vote to dissolve the camp by at least a three-quarters majority of votes cast, then, after the liabilities have been cleared, the remaining property and equipment shall be given to a non-profit organization engaged in like or similar purposes to the dissolved camp.

If a division should occur among the board of directors, the group adhering to the constitution of the camp shall retain all property and equipment.

ARTICLE IX - Non-profit Status

This camp shall function without purpose of financial gain for its members and any profits or other gains of the camp shall be used in promoting its stated purposes.