Family camp offers your family an opportunity to vacation at Haines Lake while enjoying great fun, good food and services, excellent spiritual teaching and fantastic fellowship. A chance for your whole family to grow in your walk with Jesus Christ.
Peter and Tarah Stock have been enjoying family camp ever since their older two children were tiny. They now have four children (Matthew, Sarah, Tobias, and Jessie-Kate) who have come to associate summer with memory making at Camp Koinonia. Last year was their first time filling the role of program directors and they had a blast! Party planning and hands-on learning are ongoing activities in the Stock household so directing is a natural family affair. Every age group is considered when coming up with great ways to enjoy the riches of camp’s natural setting with loved ones. Peter and Tarah work from their home in Orillia, Ontario. Peter is a writer and political consultant and Tarah is a marketing and branding consultant. Peter was first introduced to Camp Koinonia as a Teen Camp camper and has been involved ever since.
Peter’s journey has been a long one, and briefly it goes like this: his childhood was spent near Bancroft, ON, just south of Algonquin Park. His father was an evangelical pastor, and on a warm June evening at the kitchen table in 1964, Peter made a clear decision to follow Jesus at the age of six. Years later, to his surprise he traced his father’s footsteps and became an evangelical pastor, himself. Following seminary, in the 1990s he joined a mission organization to assist several evangelical churches in Europe, from ministering to Iranian refugees in Vienna to pastoral work with a small congregation in the inner city of Paris. The highlight was in 1996, when he met his (future) wife, Simone, in Linz, Austria. They married at a castle in the Alps in 2000 (true story!), and returned to Canada in 2003 with their daughter, Victoria (then two). While pastoring in evangelical churches in ON, he also earned a PhD in theology (biblical studies) at St. Paul University in Ottawa.
It was in Ottawa that they joined the Anglican Church in North America, and Peter was ordained a priest the next year. To his surprise, the journey was not over. He and Simone sensed God’s call into the Catholic Church, and were received in August 2015. He is now two years into a five-year process (at least) of becoming a Catholic priest. The journey continues…
Simone Robinson is originally from Austria. As she was writing her Master’s thesis in psychology, she arrived at a deep conviction that there is more to the soul than what psychology teaches. These questions brought her back to her Christian faith. After marrying a Canadian pastor (whom she met in Austria), they moved to Canada in 2003 and pastored several evangelical churches. After having enjoyed life as a stay-at-home mom for several years, Simone got her certificate as a Christian life coach and is now also a trained spiritual director. She is currently working as a spiritual director, offering one-on-one sessions and retreats. Additionally, Simone also works with churches and other organizations on the topic of restorative practice (a highly practical tool for conflict management and culture change), as well as teaching on the topic of “fast and effective decision-making.”
Typical Schedule for a day at Family Camp
7:00 a.m. Polar Bear Swim
7:30 a.m. Wake up Bell
8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Lodge and Family Devotions
9:00 a.m. Women’s Prayer Cabin / Staff Chapel and Meeting
9:30 a.m. Men’s Prayer Cabin
10:00 a.m. Adults Program in the Lodge / Children’s Program in the Craft Lodge
11:30 a.m. Swimming Lessons
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Tuck Shop
2:30 p.m. Free time / Free Swim /Activity Time
4:00 p.m. Tea Time
4:30 p.m. Swimming Lessons
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Family Program and Snack
9:00 p.m. Adult Program in the Lodge / Babysitting Rounds / Childcare in cabins.
11:00 p.m. Lights Out