This fall, Crandall University’s CU Serves program sent a team of 30 to Kingswood Camp, located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, to help tackle a variety of projects from around the facility. The team was comprised of Crandall students from various undergraduate and graduate programs, staff, faculty, and even an alum. Partnering with Love Worx, a ministry of Faith Baptist Church in Fredericton, the team set out to complete a long list of tasks.
By the time the work was completed, four buildings had roofs repaired or completely re-shingled, a number of cabins were re-painted, a few acres of brush cleared and landscaping completed, numerous dangerous trees were felled and dispatched, a fleet of picnic tables were completely refurbished, four axe-throwing targets were rebuilt, and a very full woodshed was filled to the brim with newly split and ranked firewood. Students also had the opportunity to visit and serve at the Open Arms resource centre where the needs of Kentville’s residents vulnerable to food or housing insecurity have a variety of needs met.
Manager of CU Serves, Rev. Tim Carruthers, had this to offer in reflection of the trip: “How I wish you could all see what I saw as we came to the last afternoon of our trip. Students painted what felt like square miles of walls and moved enough brush and wood to populate a small forest – and you could see the weariness setting in on a cold, wet, November day. Then, as the first project came in for a landing, a group of students could step back and see the fruit of their labor. Shoulders heavy with wet clothes and hair soaked through rose with encouragement – proud of what they had accomplished. Then, the next group began to wash brushes and clean up painters tape, and the same sense of satisfaction of a job well done was apparent in the crowd. Again and again, across the site – the finishing touches on so many projects were completed – and a deep sense of satisfaction was apparent throughout the crew.”
Looking ahead to 2024, Carruthers is proud to announce that summer camps affiliated with our Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada family are invited to submit proposals for consideration. “We have some of the most incredible students on the planet and some of the best camping programs in the country,” said Carruthers. “It’s our heart to serve and bless these ministries across the region.” Interested summer camps can reach out to Tim directly for more information.