Statement of Faith and Christian Standard of Conduct
Pleasant Bay Kids Camp

STATEMENT OF FAITH AND STANDARD OF CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

There are many opportunities for Christian young people and adults to become Involved in our Summer Ministry.   The staff are the spiritual centre of the camp - each individual member from Program and Waterfront Directors, to maintenance, to kitchen/dining, to counsellors and activities' staff, to Nurse and LIT Leaders etc.  Therefore a profession of faith in Christ, obedience to Biblical standards and a quality of Christ-likeness are required.  The spiritual objectives of camp (as a body of individuals we each seek to exemplify Christ, leading others to Him, and encouraging young believers) will only be achieved as each staff member consistently lives out their Biblical faith.

     Pleasant Bay holds to a Statement of Faith;

         the Statement of Faith records our corporate beliefs which have their basis entirely in the Bible.

     Pleasant Bay also requires a Christian Standard of Conduct based on biblical values;

         the Christian Standard of Conduct highlights key areas which promote safety and individual accountability.

It is important that you read these documents below as you will be required to attest on the application form that you have read, understood, and agree with the specific points identified, and also the general spirit of their principles. 

Christian Standard of Conduct

Statement of Faith 

For info: The underlined areas are LINKS which can be clicked. 

In the New Testament, Paul speaks to the young Christian, Timothy, who is ‘a true child in the faith’ -   “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Pleasant Bay was founded in 1963 on Christian principles (see Statement of Faith) and  remains a Christian camp to this day.   Threaded through all the fun of summer camp we share the news with kids that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11 states  ‘And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”.  

 If we are true Christians we have repented of our sins, received forgiveness and ‘become a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5 v 17); because of Christ’s death on the cross, we have a new status before God.   Yet in this life we still struggle with sin, so Christians work intentionally to strive (with God’s strength through reading His Word, in regular prayer and through support of other Christians) to "put them all away" (Colossians 3 v 5-17) , so that we are able to walk worthy (Phil 1 v 27) of who we belong to.    We are called to put off the old sinful nature (Colossians 3 v 1-17)  and put on the new nature “which is being renewed in knowledge …”. 

No matter how long we have each been a Christian, we are all at different levels of maturity in our Christian life often unrelated to our numerical age, and we are all striving against one sin or another no matter how long we have been Christians.  While all the areas listed below may not be sinful in and of themselves, at camp, historically there have been situations where more overt guidelines have been needed for all staff to ensure safety and high standards.

 

The following are key areas where you will need to exercise Christian maturity:

- to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana (in all its forms), or any illegal drugs;

- to abstain from all forms of pornography whether print or electronic;

-  to guard your speech at all times with staff, campers, and before God, which includes bad language, jokes, derogatory comments directed towards and about others, gossip, and all areas of confidentiality; 

- to dress modestly and appropriately for the activity including beach wear - e.g. avoid clothes that are revealing, bikinis (even with a t-shirt over the top), and speedos; 

- to remove (temporarily or otherwise) any piercings which may impact safety when taking part in specific camp activities.  This will be at your own discretion or at the request of the Director; 

- to cover any tattoos that could be considered morally offensive.  This will initially be at your own discretion or at the request of the Director; 

- to avoid situations where you may be alone with a camper at any time of day or night, out of eye-sight or hearing range of another member of staff; 

- to restrict entirely any interaction with another member of staff which might be interpreted as a ‘relationship’ by campers, staff, parents etc (either day or night, on or off duty, male or female);

- to ensure that your interaction with campers (and their parents) be of the highest standard of care in words, action and general approach;

- to approach each other with graciousness, patience, understanding, mutual respect, and compassion especially given the demands of long camp days/weeks, while not undermining the standards that are set;

- to recognise that should any of the above require investigation by the Director without a satisfactory outcome then it will result in either a suspension for a specified time, or dismissal.

Ephesians 4 v 1-3 

.. walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another

in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Bible - We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God, that the sixty-six books as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.

(2) God - We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

(3) Christ - We believe in the absolute and essential deity of, on His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.

(4) Holy Spirit - We believe in the absolute and deity of, and personality of, the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.

(5) Satan - We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.

(6) Man - We believe that man divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.

(7) Salvation - We believe that salvation is by sovereign, electing grace of God; that, by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all- sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.

(8) Future Things - We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the resurrection of the just and the judgment and conscious eternal punishment of the wicked.

(9) Religious Liberty - We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.

(10) The Lord's Day - We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.

(11) Civil Government - We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the earth.

 


Hiring Practice is based on Pleasant Bay's understanding of provisions set out in: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/policy-preventing-discrimination-based-creed/8-defences-and-exceptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 


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