Statement of Faith

God

We believe that there is one God. He is infinite and perfect, eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — each possessing the nature and perfections of deity, as well as the characteristics of personality. We believe that God is the creator of all things. We believe that God created individually the various groups of living beings, including mankind, as special acts of creation rather than through evolution.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ as fully human and fully God. We believe in his virgin birth by the Holy Spirit, His sinless life, His miracles, His death on the cross bearing the sin of all mankind, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven where He now is seated at the right hand of God, and His return to take the church to be with Him and to destroy the works of Satan.

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God, and that as a result of salvation, the Holy Spirit lives in us, empowers us to live the Christian life and gifts us for spiritual ministry.

Satan

We believe that Satan is real, the enemy of God, the author of sin, and the seducer of mankind.

Man

We believe that the first man, Adam, was created in the image of God. Adam sinned and, though the image of God has not been lost, as a consequence, all people are now born guilty before God and with a nature in rebellion against Him.

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ by His death on the cross made a perfect atonement for sin; that salvation is found only through Him; that all who believe in Him have the forgiveness of sins through His shed blood.

Scripture

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, which is therefore inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. We believe in the sole authority of the Bible, and therefore reject any claim that there is authority in tradition or in any supposed further revelation.

Life After Death

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the believers to the everlasting presence and enjoyment of God, and the unbelievers to everlasting conscious punishment.

The Church

We believe that the Church, the body of Christ is comprised of believers from every tribe, kindred, and tongue and is seen organized in local churches in accordance with the scripture.

The Christian Life

In our faith walk, we aim to guard and keep high standards for our individual testimonies, lest we be hindered or distracted as we strive to live faithfully for Christ in our society.

Dress Code

This dress code will be enforced upon approval of your application. Please carefully consider your wardrobe items so there will be no occasion for embarrassment at camp. Please do not bring or wear:

  • Clothing with symbols or words that may be offensive or viewed as dishonorable
  • Clothing that is torn inappropriately.
  • Any clothing, bottoms or tops that are too tight.
  • Shorts or skirts without proper leg length.
  • Halter-tops and spaghetti strap tops.
  • Bikinis / men’s speedo’s or otherwise skimpy swim wear. If that’s all that you own, be prepared to cover up with appropriate tops and bottoms. (i.e. tank-tops, board shorts, etc.)

Other Guidelines

  • Proper undergarments must be worn.
  • Men shall wear shirts while on the grounds. (no white “muscle-under-shirts”)
  • Tops shall be waist length or longer; no skin is to be seen between shirts and pants.
  • Swim wear shall be worn only during water activities, and not at any other time other than returning to your cabin to change.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Water games and some sports are the exceptions.
  • *Tattoo’s, body art, piercings: staff serving on site may be asked by leadership to either remove or appropriately cover up as deemed necessary. It is a vital consideration for our ministry to all the youth, staff, volunteers, parents and care-givers, as representatives of the valley staff team.

Code of Ethics

Authority

Respect the authority of the organization’s leadership staff, demonstrating a willingness to serve and be directed by others. I will respect the authority of parents in the lives of their children, as registered summer campers and rental retreaters.

Behaviour

I will always avoid situations with campers / retreaters and staff which could in any way be misconstrued as inappropriate. This means that I will build my strongest relationships with campers / retreaters and staff of the same gender, avoid counseling situations with campers of the opposite gender, and will never ‘date’ or ‘go out’ with a camper. I understand that any verbal or non-verbal sexual behavior with any camper and or staff is not appropriate. I will refrain from sexual relations of any kind outside of the marriage relationship which is only between one man and one woman as described in the Holy Bible. Any and every sexual activity that contradicts the marriage relationship between one man and one woman as described in the Holy Bible will be grounds for dismissal.

The Law

The laws of this country are to be honoured, understanding that government is placed in authority over me by God and appreciating that breaking the law can jeopardize the safety of myself and others as well as damage the reputation of this ministry
in its community.

Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances

As a Pembina Valley Bible Camp staff member, consider your individual as well as camps testimony and reputation. Total abstinence from alcohol on camp property is expected. Consuming alcohol, whether privately or in public off camp grounds is discouraged. The Holy Bible teaches us to be of sober mind. (Having “a drink” during a family celebration meal is one example of appropriateness.) Smoking is discouraged. All prescription and non-prescription drugs will be turned in to and administered by the camp nurse/first aid attendant. Do not use, possess or traffic illegal drugs at any time.

Peronsal Media

All media such as, but not limited to: videos, magazines, movies and music on the camp property must meet with the approval of the Camp Manager and or Director.

Work Environment

Pembina Valley Bible Camp is committed to a policy of providing and maintaining a positive work environment free of sexual and general harassment and abuse.