Camp Nakamun is a summer camp and year-round retreat destination.


We host kids, youth and family camps in the summer, and welcome groups of all sizes to join us year-round for a few days to get away from the busyness and every day schedules of life.

Why Nakamun Exists

Our mission is to help people encounter God, enrich relationships, and experience creation.

Camp Nakamun exists to be an inviting, innovative, and growing summer camp, retreat ministry, and host facility. Our desire is to connect with communities and partnerships with our churches to reach children, youth, and adults with the message of Jesus Christ.

We are a non-profit charitable organization owned by the Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. We operate in accordance with the statement of faith, principles and directives of the Christian & Missionary Alliance of Canada.

What We Do

At our heart, we are summer camp! 7-8 jam packed weeks of camps with options for kids with all different kinds of interests.

We also host year-round groups, creating a welcoming and hospitable environment for them to feel relaxed and at home.

Our Location

We are located an hour NW of Edmonton. Not too far away, but just far enough to make it feel like you’re getting away!

Our main site is rests on the north side of Lake Nakamun.

Multiple Sites, one Mission

Up the road from our Main Site is our North Shore property and our Nakamun Ranch.

Our North Shore property is also home to our Nakamun Outdoors program. This is for kids that love being outside. Camping in tents, cooking over the fire, chopping wood, throwing axes and shooting arrows are all part of this experience.

This land also holds our Paintball fields.

We transport both Outdoor and Paintball campers to this site. Registration still takes place at the main Nakamun site.

Just 1/2 mile North of our Main Site is our Nakamun Ranch. Starting in 2016, we began running our Horsemanship and Ranch camps completely on their own at the ranch.

We have a new indoor riding arena and 5 cabins nestled in the spruce trees. Plans are in the works for a dining facility. Staying at the ranch means more time with the horses, just what our Horsemanship campers have been hoping for!

Horsemanship Camp registration takes place at the Nakamun Ranch.

Our Story

The story of Camp Nakamun really begins with the assignment of Jessie Hyde, from Ottawa, to do mission work for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination in this area, first in Fort Chippewa, then later in Onoway.

In connection with local ministries, the need for a vacation bible day camp and summer camp location was discussed. After running camps around the Lac La Nonne area, land came up for sale on the north side of Lake Nakamun. This was in 1947, and the price tag was $2500.

Children and Family Camps ran over the years, and in 1990, our multipurpose Lodge was built. This allowed ministry to expand even further year-round with school groups coming for band camp and church groups for retreats.

Leadership team

Getting Here

Google will usually give good directions to camp. However, go the Busby/Dunstable route if you want to avoid gravel roads. The best way to get to Nakmun from Edmonton is to head North on Hwy 44. Turn west at Hwy 651, go through Busby, then after about 20 km turn south at Dunstable school. After 7 km the road will curve to the west. Nakamun’s entrance is on the right.

Join our Year-round team

  • Work at Nakamun

    Work at Nakamun

    This is a year-round position needed asap.

    The role provides leadership to food services of Camp Nakamun to ensure that it is in alignment with this mission. It involves: leading the kitchen staff in preparing and serving our guests nutritious, quality meals; planning the menus; ordering the food and keeping the kitchen clean, organized and running smoothly.

     

    Main Responsibilities

    Team Member

    As part of the staff team for Camp Nakamun ministries this person shares in the responsibility to do all they can to ensure we are accomplishing our mission. Although there are many different roles on our team, we are first a team! This means there is a willingness to step outside of our specific roles in order to help us, as a team, accomplish our mission.

    Kitchen staff 

    • Train and oversee kitchen staff to enable them to be efficient in their work, and to understand the mission of camp.

    • Be the point person for other cooks to come to for questions about meals, etc

    • Work with the head cook to make sure all meals are prepared properly, are out on time and with sufficient quantities

    • Provides oversight and direction to the Ranch Caterer for the summer.

    • Give spiritual leadership and guidance to other staff under this position, including praying, answering spiritual questions and demonstrating a level of spiritual maturity

    Food Management 

    • Plan weekly menus for guest groups

    • Organize inventory each week in freezers and stock room

    • Complete grocery order Mondays and Thursdays each week

    • Ensure each stock order is correct and acceptable

    • Coordinate with Hospitality Manager for any changes with menus or meal times

    • Maintain a high standard of food quality

    • Take care of weekly dietary issues and ensure preparation of necessary alternatives for guests and staff

    • Work with health inspector as it relates to food, food prep and food handling.

    Cook

    • Cooks and helps out in the kitchen

    Community Connection

    Being a part of the staff team at Camp Nakamun includes a commitment to be a part of the community around Nakamun. This can include: community leagues, events, coaching, panels, schools, church, volunteer fire department, community cultural events, etc.

    Qualifications:

    • Cooking and kitchen management skills

    • Strong work ethic and willingness to serve and be flexible

    • Ability to work with others and individually

    • Current Food Safe Certification

    • Commitment to the vision and mission of Camp Nakamun Ministries

    Length of Employment: This is a year round, full-time position.

    Camp Cook

    This is a year round full or part time position, based on a 40 hour work week starting as early as June 2021.

    Reports to: The Hospitality Manager and Director of Operations.

    Purpose: Support the on-going ministry of Camp Nakamun by preparing and serving our guests, campers, and staff with nutritious, quality meals.

    Responsibilities:

    • Organize kitchen and kitchen staff each day to efficeintly prepare meals for guests, campers, and staff.
    • Make sure all meals are prepared properly, are out on time, and with sufficient quantities.
    • Understand dietary issues and prepare any necessary alternatives for guests, campers, and staff.
    • Handle stock when it arrives and ensure that it is correct and acceptable.
    • Maintain a high standard of food quality and kitchen cleanliness.
    • Coordinate with the Hospitality Manager any changes with menus or meal times.
    • Give spiritual leadership and guidance to other staff under this position, including praying, answering spiritual questions and demonstrating a level of spiritual maturity.

    Requirements

    • Cooking and kitchen management skills.
    • strong work ethic and willingness to serve and be flexible.
    • Ability to work with others and individually.
    • Current Foodsafe Certification (can be taken during job start up).
    • Commitment to the vision and mission of Camp Nakamun.

    Camp Cook

    This is a full time, summer position starting as early as June 2021.

    Reports to: The Hospitality Manager and Director of Operations.

    Purpose: Support the on-going ministry of Camp Nakamun by preparing and serving our guests, campers, and staff with nutritious, quality meals.

    Responsibilities:

    • Organize kitchen and kitchen staff each day to efficiently prepare meals for guests, campers, and staff.
    • Make sure all meals are prepared properly, are out on time, and with sufficient quantities.
    • Understand dietary issues and prepare any necessary alternatives for guests, campers, and staff.
    • Handle stock when it arrives and ensure that it is correct and acceptable.
    • Maintain a high standard of food quality and kitchen cleanliness.
    • Coordinate with the Hospitality Manager any changes with menus or meal times.
    • Give spiritual leadership and guidance to other staff under this position, including praying, answering spiritual questions and demonstrating a level of spiritual maturity.

    Requirements

    • Cooking and kitchen management skills.
    • strong work ethic and willingness to serve and be flexible.
    • Ability to work with others and individually.
    • Current Foodsafe Certification (can be taken during job start up).
    • Commitment to the vision and mission of Camp Nakamun.

    Negotiated.

    To apply or for more information please contact Debbie Toews at kitchen@campnakamun.com or call 780-967-5585.  Resumes can be mailed to the above address.

Leadership FAQ

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    Who owns Camp Nakamun?

    Camp Nakamun is a charitable, non-profit organization owned by the Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

    The camp operates in accordance with the statement of faith, principles and directives of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination of Canada.