Camp Kintail Mission and Philosophies

Camp Kintail joyfully responds to God’s call by providing Christian hospitality and programming forming a community where people play, live, and grow in God’s creation.

G.R.O.W. Philosophy

At Camp Kintail we want to provide the best possible experience for every camper, retreat participant, volunteer, and guest to our site.  We believe that time at camp is the perfect opportunity for individuals to grow – spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.  Camp is a chance for children to grow into the people that God created them to be. To help our campers to GROW, we ask four questions before we make decisions. If we answer yes to all of these questions below, then we know that we are creating an environment in which growth is possible.

Staff and campers are onstage at the Outdoor Chapel with two people to the right playing guitars.

GOD – Are we putting God first?

A staff member named Typhoon is surrounded by three campers. Everyone is smiling and standing side by side.

RESPONSIBILITY – Are we being responsible and safe?

A staff member named Lobster is painting bunny whiskers on young campers' faces. The campers are smiling and laughing.

OUTDOORS – Are we enjoying and taking care of God’s creation?

Close up campfire with campers and staff seated on wooden log benches in the background and summer camp.

WELCOME – Are we being welcoming to everyone?


We foster and reinforce Faith in God – All are invited to and strengthened in their relationship with God.

We are a Worshiping Community – All that we do at Kintail brings us together in a community that joins with Creation in praising God.

We Focus on campers and guests – We are wholly committed to being attentive to the needs of our campers and guests, and make those our priority.

We Build up the Body of Christ – Our community is dispersed throughout the world, in ways that make a positive difference in local communities and congregations.

We cultivate and strengthen Leadership – Our community and our programs prepare and send leaders into the church and for the sake of the world.


Safety – Kintail is a secure place, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Play, fun, and joy – We are at our best when we work together joyfully, and play together enthusiastically.

Inclusion – We strive to include and honour everyone, regardless of background, abilities, or affiliation.

Growth and Learning – Persons are encouraged to learn new skills, grow in their relationships, and utilize their gifts.

Excellence – Whatever we do, we do to the best of our ability, and we strive to continually improve how we do things.

Stewardship – We make decisions which help all care for the world God has made.

An aerial view of Lake Huron and the beach front at Camp Kintail.