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Place Category: Outdoor Adventures
The Venue That Gives Back to Families in Need.
Today, our Family Camps are one to four day retreats that allows low-income parents and their children, who typically live in communities with high rates of domestic violence, gang activity, and drug use, the ability to engage in recreational activities that offer a positive and reflective experience that they would not have in their difficult daily lives.
Bissell Centre provides transportation to the camp, food for the meals, lodging, and materials needed for activities. Swimming, canoeing, volleyball, arts and crafts, and campfires are coordinated and led by the staff from our Child and Family Services Program.
Your Rental Helps
Moonlight Bay Centre is owned and operated by Bissell Centre as a social enterprise. All revenue from facility rentals goes toward operational expenses and to cover costs associated with sending children and families to summer camps at Moonlight Bay Centre.
In 1920, local businessman Mr. James Ramsey donated $300 to Rev. William Henry Pike of the All Peoples’ Mission (known as Bissell Centre today) for the purchase of land on Moonlight Bay, Wabamun Lake to establish a camp facility for the less fortunate to rest and enjoy outdoor living. Bissell Centre has been hosting “Fresh Air Camps” (as they were originally known) since that time.