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MCA - CCI Linked Conference 2024

March 5-7, 2024
(Thursday is an extended day offering more sessions, worship,

and/or free time)
At Camp Arnes, MB


For all camp professionals in Manitoba, NW Ontario and beyond…register now.

Cost for MCA or CCI member camps:

Full Conference - $175/person

Wednesday only or Thursday only, no overnight - $65/person

Pre-conference training - $75/person + course fee (TBD)


Cost for non-member camps of MCA or CCI:

Full Conference - $200/person

Wednesday or Thursday only, no overnight - $75/person

Pre-conference training - $85/person + course fee (TBD)


(Shared accommodations; limited accommodations available for couples or individuals;

please indicate request at registration)

Check out all the incredible learning and networking opportunities we are offering this year:

Keynote speaker: Joel Hilchey

Joel Hilchey Executive Producer & CEO, Beanstalk Creative

Joel is an ideas guy. His gift seems to stem from a strange combination of observation, insight, and blatant disregard for conventional thinking.

He's also a juggler (literally and figuratively). In addition to leading the Beanstalk Creative team, he maintains a busy schedule as a keynote speaker, creating unforgettable spectacles on stage. He's the father of 3 kids, 2 of whom co-habitated a uterus, and he attempts to be a good husband. Joel has authored 3 books, (2 of them with Brandon Love), and he taught engineering for over a decade at McMaster University, where he was named one of the Top 150+ Alumni. He’s a seasoned barbershop quartet singer, he formerly chaired the board of the world-renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir, and he's a semi-competitive joggler (that's right... juggling whilst jogging).  Learn more at


Keynote speaker: Craig W. Douglas

Craig has been involved in camp and youth ministry for over 35 years, an astounding feat given that he is only27 years old. Thanks to a very tolerant staff and board, he has served as Executive Director at Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge, BC, since 2005. He has a wife and two adult children.


He has written two books: Pillow Fights & Sleepless Nights (Christian camp leadership) and Two Paths (Christian discipleship). These can be ordered wherever books are sold or directly through him.


He enjoys hanging with his family, hiking, kayaking, playing guitar, teaching, traveling, reading, and playing European board games. Basically, he has far too many interests to be particularly good at anything, but he is passionate about following Jesus and helping the next generation grow and succeed.

Visit him at

MCA-CCI Linked Conference, March 5-7, 2024 & Pre-Conference Training, March 4-5



Pre-Conference Training
Monday March 4

4 pm at Camp Arnes: Psychological First Aid

Ends Tues at 5pm


Tuesday March 5 – MCA Led

1:30 –        Optional Tour at Gimli Bible Camp (and Camp Massad, weather permitting) *if GBC only, then 3pm

4-6 –          Arrival & Registration at Camp Arnes

6 pm –     Supper

7:00 pm – Keynote Session 1 – Joel Hilchey

8:00 pm – Fun, interactive Trivia Nite hosted by Camp Arnes staff

9:30pm -   Networking, board games, night skiing or hike & late-night snack (fire? tractor ride?)


Wed March 6 – MCA & CCI/Canada MB Linked

8:30 am –                Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 am – Breakout Sessions #1 (3 options)

10:45-11:15 am –  Coffee break

11:15-12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions #2 (3 options)

11am-12 pm –       Vendors set up

12:30-1:30 pm –    Lunch available whilst visiting vendors & listening to 2-minute infomercials.

12:30-2:30 –           Vendors & lunch

2:45 – 4:00 pm –   Breakout Sessions #3 (3 options)

4:15 - 5:45 pm –    Camp Arnes Tour, Free Time

6 pm –                      Supper

7:30 pm –               CCI Welcome, worship and devotional (James & Terry from PVBC)

8:30 pm –               Networking, free time, board games, outdoor activity, late night snack (fire? tractor ride?)


Thurs March 7 – CCI/ MB Led

8 am –                      Breakfast

9 am –                      Worship and devotional (James & Terry from PVBC)

9:45 – 11 am –      Breakout Sessions #4 (3 options)

11 am –                   Coffee break

11:15 am –             Keynote session #2 – Craig W. Douglas, CCI

12:15/30 pm –      Lunch

1:15 pm –               CCI Manitoba – meet the team, hear their plans and share ideas/feedback

3 pm –                     Final wrap up & goodbyes (snacks for the road)

Breakout Sessions #1

  1. Conflict Resolution – Joel Hilchey

  2. Project Management - Andrew Milton, Roseau River Bible Camp

  3. 2STLGBQ+ inclusion: defining values – J Fiedler, Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC), Winnipeg

Breakout Sessions #2

  1. Training when no time to train – Joel Hilchey

  2. Staying Gospel-Centric in a Secular Society – Craig W. Douglas, CCI

  3. Accreditation Preparation – Kim Scherger, MCA

Breakout Sessions #3

  1. Creating Successful Fundraising Events - Steve Klassen, Winkler Bible Camp

  2. 2STLGBQ+ inclusion: language and accommodation tips – J Fiedler, SERC, Winnipeg

  3. The Power of Marketing Belonging – Richard Bankert, Bankert Marketing Inc.


Breakout Sessions #4

  1. Communication: The Key to Staying in Common Purpose – Holly Epp, SCA/CCI

  2. Why Horses? – Tim Stevens, Teen Ranch, CCI

  3. Building to Obscurity – Jon Drebert, CCI


Complete Purchasing

Bankert Marketing

Complete Purchasing
Gordon Food Service
Camp Manitou Training Centre
Portage Promo
Samson Brand
Transport Canada


Pre-Conference Training (at Camp Arnes): Psychological First Aid
This course equips learners in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief on others, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model - a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social well-being that teaches learners how to support themselves and others to cope with the effects of various types of stress. The course uses primarily case-based learning and includes the latest evidence from the international community. The course recognizes the different supports we need such as the emotional, physical and spiritual.


Note for Course Participants
While mental health first aid programs teach how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency, Red Cross Psychological First Aid is a resiliency-based program for everyone that offers prevention and coping strategies for dealing with different types of stress resulting from various types of trauma.


Camp staff –directors, program directors, program/activity leaders, cabin leaders


Monday check in at4pm at Camp Arnes – settle in, introduction, dinner, evening session; Tuesday –all day until supper


Psychological First Aid Instructor – Audrey Hicks, Camp Manitou


Members $177 (includes accommodations, meals, course and material)
Non-members $187 (includes accommodations, meals, course and material)

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Keynote speaker:
Joel Hilchey

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Keynote speaker:
Craig W. Douglas

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