Pre-SEP Silver Meadows Camp:

1994

Camp Director: Eric Warren
Location: Red Deer Meadows

  • This first year was at a rented camp facility in Red Deer. God really blessed that kick-off camp.
  • It was only four days, but the enthusiasm was there to continue.

1995

Camp Director: Eric Warren
Location: Red Deer Meadows

  • We enjoyed another year at the rented camp facility in Red Deer.
  • One of the counselors, Jim Pollock, approached Eric privately near the end of camp and suggested that we buy an 80 acre undeveloped property near Nakamun Lake one hour N.W. of Edmonton.
  • The price was right and the property showed good potential. It was 80% treed at the time.
  • Bill Davies was asked to coordinate initial development and made sure we had a long term site plan in mind.
  • Though no development existed, dozens of enthusiastic volunteers began working weekends in the spring to prepare the site for our first camp in the summer of 1996.
  • A bulldozer flattened out an area for an activity field and building sites.
  • Electricity was brought in and a state-of-the-art climbing wall was constructed.
  • We had state-of-the-art outhouses upon which we spared no expense!
  • Ken Harper made sturdy wood bunk beds to make sure the campers had dry secure places to sleep.

SEP Silver Meadows Camp:

1996

Camp Director: Eric Warren

  • Our first year in Sliver Meadows. Campers and Staff alike stayed in carnival tents, a temporary kitchen was built, power arrived, and a climbing wall was erected.
  • In the days leading up to camp it had rained a lot. It began raining again as campers arrived to the sight of a mud field dotted with expanding puddles.
  • Depression began to set in. We managed to get two loads of gravel in before the road became impassable.
  • Campers were given shovels and wheel barrows to make gravel trails through the muck.
  • Depression gave way to laughter and bonding as teens struggled, fell, got up covered in mud, but happily making trails.
  • The primitive nature of the camp that first year drew people together and gave them more vivid and radical memories. Who could forget the Tansy weed harvests!

1997

Camp Director: Eric Warren

  • The second year saw facility improvements as Al Pieper coordinated the development of the site.
  • Campers “upgraded” to Tepees, and a temporary dining hall was built.
  • We also said farewell to our Camp Director Eric. Thank you for your service!

1998

Camp Directors: Glenn & Tracy Flynn

  • We welcomed a dynamic duo to the directorship role, Glen and Tracy Flynn.
  • Campers continued to say in Tepees, and a temporary shower house was built.

1999

Camp Directors: Glenn & Tracy Flynn

  • We have embraced the Tepee accommodations.
  • A kitchen was built, and the power pole relocated.

2000

Camp Directors: Glenn & Tracy Flynn

  • Our last year in the Tepees!
  • A meeting hall was built.

2001

Camp Directors: Glenn & Tracy Flynn

  • We upgraded from the Tepees to dorms, when the Boys and Girls dorms were built. Woohoo!

2002

Camp Directors: Glenn & Tracy Flynn

  • We lost a long-time SEP SM supporter, Mrs. Gail Millman. She left a legacy and generous donation to SEP SM.
  • The Silver Meadows Camp Society was disbanded.
  • We also said farewell to our Camp Directors, Glen and Tracy. Thank you for your service!

2003

Camp Directors: Leigh & Heather Smithson

  • We welcomed another dynamic duo to the Camp Director role, Leigh “Smitty” & Heather Smithson.
  • The Jim Bos camp menu was introduced (yum)
  • An extra septic tank for meeting hall was added.

2004

Camp Directors: Leigh & Heather Smithson

  • The “Apprentice Program” begun this year to develop the young men and women who were leaving high school or were transitioning from camper to worker.
  • The concrete floor poured for meeting hall, thanks to generous donations of time and money.

2005

Camp Directors: Leigh & Heather Smithson

  • We lost another long-time SEP SM supporter, Jim Polluck.

  • Also, the playground built for the kids.

2006

Camp Directors: Leigh & Heather Smithson

  • The trailer park road way constructed
  • A shipping container delivered “the sea-can” to securely store camp equipment in during the off-season.
  • We also said farewell to our Camp Directors, Smitty and Heather. Thank you for your service! And humour.

2007

Camp Director: Jenny Straub

  • We welcomed a new Camp Director, Jenny Straub, a long time participant and volunteer at camp.
  • Leigh Smithson (Smitty) became the Camp Chaplin.
  • The trailer park spots were constructed.

2008

Camp Director: Jenny Straub

  • Another big construction year brought power into trailer sites and dorms
  • A new water well started.

2009

Camp Director: Jenny Straub
Governance: WCG

  • We now have a deep water well dug! Woohoo!

2010

Camp Director: Jenny Straub

  • We removed the temporary dining hall this year.

2011

Camp Director: Jenny Straub

  • The staff dorm floor was poured, and the temporary kitchen removed.
  • We also said farewell to our Camp Director, Jenny Straub. Thank you for your service!

2012

Camp Director: Jenny Pasanen

  • We welcomed a new Camp Director, Jenny Pasanen, another long time participant and volunteer at camp, and former Apprentice Director.
  • We welcomed the pre-teen campers
  • The new staff dorm was roughed in and major construction began.

2013

Camp Director: Jenny Pasanen

  • We unfortunately lost another long-time SEP SM supporter, Linda Straub. She has left a legacy in the kitchen around Alberta.

  • The staff dorm is ready, with showers and bathrooms.
  • The temporary shower is now gone!
  • We also said farewell to our Camp Director, Jenny Pasanen. Thank you for your service!

2014

Camp Directors: Clay & Gillian Houghton

  • We lost another long-time SEP SM friend, Don Harwood.

  • We welcome new Camp Directors, Clay and Gillian Houghton.
  • Clay and Gillian are fairly new to SEP Silver Meadows, but have served in SEP Camps in the UK, Texas, Orr (MN), California and Saskatchewan. Stay tuned for more!

2015

Camp Directors: Clay & Gillian Houghton

  • Electric lighting has been installed in the teen dorms thanks to a generous donation in memory of Don Hardwood from his widow Betty.
  • For the first time since camp started our fearless Chaplin (Smitty) was unable to join us for the entire camp, but he did show up for a cameo!