About

We’ve got a story to tell

In 1922 the Convention of Baptist Churches of BC appointed a camp committee. Its instructions were quite specific: “to enquire into, and investigate, the desirability of establishing a permanent Baptist Summer conference and camp, the design of which is to furnish, chiefly, a rallying place for young people of our churches and congregations, and to combine in its program, instruction, inspiration, recreation and rest.”

Following those instructions, Keats Camps was established and we held our first camp in the summer of 1926. As a ministry of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, we have been providing fun and exciting weeks of camp every summer since then.

Keats continues to be a special place and continues to be so for all who visit. Thriving during the summer months, our property comes alive with almost 2000 campers, staff and all of their visiting family & friends. The fun continues year-round with our various rental groups, retreats, work parties and Outdoor Education programs. We believe in mentoring our campers and staff and helping them build a faith in Christ, as well as the self-confidence and abilities that will help them in all walks and stages of life.


Mission

Proclaiming Christ through quality camping opportunities and discipling Christian leaders.


Vision

Anchoring A New Generation For Life

Leadership Team

Stan Carmody

Executive Director

Stan has been involved with Keats Camps for over 10 years working in many different roles. He has cooked in the kitchen, directed the Deckhands and transported thousands of pounds of candy on to the Island. He loves to get his hands dirty and do the jobs no-one else will do. Have a random question regarding Keats? Stan will likely have the answer.

Stan has a huge passion for camp ministry and how it changes young peoples lives, the way it did for him. He is received his Youth Work degree at Columbia Bible College. His schooling included an internship as the Youth director at Kitsilano Christian Community Church, which grew his love for youth and children.

Stan is married to his amazing wife Sydney, who also has a heart and love for camp ministry.

Shelby Gregg

Office Manager

Shelby’s role at Keats Camps is the Office Manager. She works tirelessly behind the scene to support and assist all of the Keats Camps staff in the many roles that they hold. Registration, communications, finance, fundraising – she has a hand in virtually everything that goes on at Keats Camps– and we’re better because of it.

Shelby has lived all over the world and miraculously ended up at Keats Camps. From living in London to the Okanagan and from working at stadiums around the world to the CBWC, her work experience is as diverse as her hair is curly­– very. Shelby has a passion for encourging people in their skills and gifts, training and developing them to grow in who they are.

Randall Olson

Facilities Manager

As Facilities Manager, Randall ensures that the Keats Camps property runs smoothly all year round; whether building new additions on the property, repairing whatever is broken, or any myriad of tasks that come his way, Randalll has his hand in it.

Randall Olson first came to Keats in his early 20s. Having grown up on a farm in Alberta he came to BC for a bit of an adventure, and received more than that. He met Amanda that first summer, got married the following year and then worked at Keats again at the time his daughter was born. Following time in Vernon, where three sons were born, the family of six moved to Alberta so Randall could be closer to be a support for his mom. There, and in Vernon, he operated a small construction company doing residential builds and some other unique projects. He also coached many hockey and soccer teams where he was known for his steady encouragement and joy in working with kids. Moving back to BC in 2014, Randall continued to do residential construction and also worked as a set builder in film.

Randall and Amanda are looking forward to a new time of being at Keats Camp and contributing to the community.

Sophie Wirch

Program Director

As Program Director, Sophie works around the year to prepare & plan for our action-packed summers of youth camping. From hiring staff to building schedules, she uses her administrative skills to ensure “smooth sailing” for staff, volunteers, LEAD and campers.
Sophie grew up attending youth camps in BC and has spent several summers on staff at Keats, cabin leading and scrubbing dishes with the Deckhands.

She is a recent graduate from UBC’s Honours English Literature program. The thread tying these two seemingly dissimilar passions together is her love for storytelling. In her role, she is most excited to mentor and equip the Summer Staff team and see them grow – as individuals, workers, and in community – through sharing the stories of God working in their lives with one another.

Looking to join our year round team?

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