We are a year round interdenominational Christian Camp located at Moberly Lake, BC.
We teach the application of biblical Christianity to the whole life. We support family, moral and spiritual value through team and mentoring
relationships in a recreational environment. We believe that truth is of little value unless it can be applied. We believe that a living model is
the best way to pass on applied truth.
Gary & Audrey Pryzner
Gary is our Camp Director. He does many things, but his greatest desire is to see people develop a heart for walking with Christ.
So whether he is doing research or paperwork, training staff or teaching campers he will be overjoyed when others begin to ask
questions about how to find God.
"Thanks for loving us, Gary."
Audrey is our Office Manager, and currently fills some of the duties of the Food Services Coordinator. She is always busy as a mother
and grandmother, and her love for campers is shown in similar ways. Audrey is desires excellence in the way people are served at camp.
"Thanks for your support as a faithful servant, Audrey."
Being an Assistant Director is a full load. Most of the time it means that Ruth is responsible to help the Director with whatever
is overflowing on his plate. Her off-season focus is to liaison with youth groups and local churches as a servant and as a presence
from the camp.
"The fruit of your labour is on its way, Ruth."
Brady fills our Program Facilitator position. He is responsible to maintain Camp's edge on the technical side of skills training. He therefore
develops the skills training program for our staff so that we can move forward safely with current industry standards in mind. Brady is also
responsible for the SWAT Program.
"I get paid to work outside doing the kinds of things that I love."
Beliefs & Goals..
Our faith based objective is… “To promote co-operative Christian fellowship and to provide a program that is designed for evangelism and the development of Christian
character in a recreative setting.”
We teach our staff that spiritual decisions must be voluntary because one value of an individual is
in their freedom to choose. Faith is by its very nature a personal matter, and outside pressure will only confuse. Our teaching is also
interdenominational in perspective, and there is no faith requirement to attend.
Mr. Walter McNaughton, a graduate of Prairie Bible Institute, responded to a letter from Mrs E Monge. She had asked
Prairie to send someone to start a Bible School in the north. Mr McNaughton travelled on his bicycle with 23 cents in his pocket. In 1933/34,
Peace River Bible Institute was established.
From its early days, PRBI set an example of outreach by starting many Bible Camps in the area, and encouraging their
support. In 1947, Emmitt Miller and Arvid Anderson helped Walter start a camp at the Taylor Flats army base. They used the quonset huts for cabins
and much of the army kitchen and utensils. When the Peace River flooded the area in 1948 the camp was moved to the Kiskatinaw River and was
called Alaska Highway Bible Camp.
Staff and students from PRBI, helped the Rolla Alliance and other local churches operate the camp for many years.
The camp had to cancel operations one summer because of polio in the area.
Changes included the addition of horse riding and a pool (dug-out lined with plastic). Farm grain sheds were moved to
the property to be used as cabins. Beds were made of straw. Emmitt was active with the camp for 24 years. Arvid kept in touch and prayed for the
ministry for over 40 years. The name was later changed to "Rock of Ages Bible Camp," until it merged with the Camp Sagitawa in 1971.
Doug & Janet Spinney visited Moberly Lake during a vacation in 1956. This visit prompted them to meet with Rev Bill
Ryans (Calvary Baptist, FSJ), Rev Don Miller (First Baptist, D Ck), and Bob Neufelt (McLaurin Baptist, GP). In 1960 they brought several car loads of
teenage boys to a rented site at Sunny Acres (private property on the delta of the Upper Moberly). The camp soon became known as Sagitawa. In
1966 a girls camp was added. But in 1967 Sagitawa became too large for Sunny Acres. God directed them to buy half of the Garbitt Estate (67 acres)
for $15,000. As a result, Camp Sagitawa held its first summer sessions at the present site in 1968.
The first buildings to go up were three 2-bedroom houses (no longer standing). Alden Spinney surveyed the property
and drew up the plot plan with a development sketch of where future buildings would be located. In 1970, under the direction of Mr. Art Whitford,
a 40' x 60' multi-purpose building, with kitchen and showers was erected (our present chapel). By this time, the camp acquired three horses, two
canoes and a sailboat.
Then in 1971, it was felt by those involved that God was making the way clear for Rock of Ages Bible Camp, and Camp Sagitawa to come together.
In August representatives from both ministries met to negotiate a merger. The name Sagitawa is a Cree word which was given to the place where the
Peace River joins the Smokey River. It was used symbolically by the camp's founders to refer to a place where the spiritual and physical parts of
a person come together under the Spirit of God. When the two camps joined, the name Sagitawa was retained.
The founding officers of the original society:
Rev Doug Spinney, Mr. Vic Wilk, Mr. Warren Ralston, Mr. Erwin Martens, Rev Don Miller, Mr. Clyde Spinney.
The first Executive after the merger:
Since then, the camp has grown into a year-round operation with a large emphasis on well trained staff and volunteers. Since 1992, over 200
volunteers assist each year. We believe that God is continuing to bless this ministry as we teach the application of Biblical Christianity.
President - Fred Walton, Vice President - Bernard Little,
Treasurer - Frank Luella, Secretary - Ken Harris.
Society and Board Information
Sagitawa Christian Camping Society consists of several member churches and many individuals.
Individuals may apply for membership in the Society by subscribing to the Statement of Faith and the constitution, and making a
minimum one time contribution. Applications are made to the Board of Directors who then bring a recommendation to the Society.
Local churches may apply for Society membership through the Board of Directors, who will make recommendation to the Society.
The church must ascribe to the purposes and doctrines as set forth in the Constitution. Churches are encouraged to give annually,
and to assist with representation on the Board.
Board involvement should not be taken lightly. Directors are responsible for policies that protect campers and staff, and for providing
excellence in the general direction provided for the full time staff.
The Officers are selected by the Society at the AGM to sit on the Executive and provide direction for the Board. Other Board members
are encouraged to sit on one of the working committees, such as: Program, Personnel & Publicity; Property; Finance; and Trail Rides.
The Camp Director is an ad hoc member of all committees.
We believe in relationship!
We believe that God created us to have good relationship, and that good relationship is evidenced by how we live at home, school,
work and in our community. We mentor children and youth by modelling the principles of caring for one another and being honest
We model whole life teaching.
“Sagitawa” is a Cree word, and its meaning changes from region to region. Local Cree interpret it as “the meeting place of two rivers.”
Our camp facilitates the kind of learning where we care for the whole individual – a place where the physical, emotional, mental, social
and spiritual come together.
We believe in excellence!
The value of our children and youth exceeds those values of our natural resources and technology. Yet our quality of life often depends
on those other values. We keep these in balance by reminding ourselves that excellence has more to do with how we treat people than with
what we own.
Camp Sagitawa is accredited with British Columbia Camping Association. Accreditation standards can be found on the