Peacemakers Summer Camp

Global music, outdoor adventure, and more!

Program Theme

Be a Peace Maker

This program will focus on themes of peacemaking in local and global contexts.  Each day will focus on a different region and/or global justice topic. 

Global music will play an important role in the program, especially songs of peace and justice from the global South. 

Campers can look forward to outdoor games & sports, crafts, land-based learning, and more!

On the go? 

We’d be happy to get back to you regarding any questions about the program.

Drop Off & Pick Up Times


8:30-9:00 AM: Camper drop-off

4:30 PM: Camper pick-up

Spiritual Formation with Integrity

Not so sure about a church program?

Fair enough. The bible and Christian doctrine have been (and continue to be) used to reinforce oppressive structures that harm individuals and communities. 

Let us be transparent:

We do not see the bible or the Christian tradition as superior to other traditions or ways of being and knowing, but rather as one path. For us, it is the path we have inherited, so we take seriously challenging the parts of our tradition that get in the way of loving as we feel Jesus taught.  We also work to better live out the parts of our tradition that we feel help communicate the presence of divine love in the world. 

Read more by selecting the dropdown tab: “What is your approach to spiritual formation and religion?”

What is your approach to spiritual formation and religion?

At Trillium, we tend to take the bible seriously, but not literally.

What does this mean?

This means we see the stories of the Hebrew scriptures and early Christian writings as sacred gifts with which we can engage to learn more about what it means to be human in relationship with the divine, with each other, and with all of creation. We do not consider the bible to be ‘science’ or a rulebook to be received unquestioningly. We consider each biblical writing as a product of its cultural context, written by a particular person for a particular audience.

Learning more about the people who wrote and read the texts in the bible can help us better understand how they experienced God and the world, which can challenge us to better understand our own relationship with the divine and each other. 

At times, we will engage with partners from other spiritual traditions, as a way to deepening our understanding of each other and the sacred. 

You can trust that your child’s and family’s beliefs and practices will be respected as having value in their own right. In fact, we always look forward to learning from them!

You can also expect that the portions of the Footpaths program lead by Trillium staff will assume the presence of a loving “God” (the divine) beyond and in all creation, discuss Jesus as embodying this loving presence, engage in diverse prayer practices, and teach that questions, doubts, and differences are important parts of spiritual engagement. 

The resources we use are primarily the Ralph Milton Lectionary Story Bible and materials published on the blog “Here We Stand.” 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Trillium’s Youth and Family Coordinator Nathan Mantey with any questions or concerns about the program content. (

What if my child has never been to church?

No problem! Our program does not assume that participants have any particular religious background.  We will be learning with and from each other.

We already have a faith community. Is this program for me?

We encourage families who already have a strong connection with their own faith community to give this program a try.  Don’t worry, we don’t want you to abandon your home church.  This is a mid-week program and will include participants from several churches and denominations.

We are aware that many Lutheran, Anglican and other protestant churches do not have the numbers or resources to justify a quality faith formation program or Sunday school.  Many families we speak to feel like their kids don’t have peers or community at their home church. 

Trillium’s Footpaths program is designed to develop community relationships for kids, in an inclusive learning environment, while respecting each family’s religious background and views.  We learn better when we learn together!

What safety measures do you have in place?
  • A staff member with current CPR/First Aid training will be onsite at all times during the program.
  • Staff and volunteers 18 and up are required to complete a child safety training in order to participate in the program.  This training includes education on how to recognize signs of child abuse and how to report concerns. 
  • Staff and volunteers 18 and up are required to submit a vulnerable sector police check to participate in the program. 
  • The supervision ratio is 1:6.
What kind of snacks are provided?

Snacks will include items like:

  • Veggie sticks
  • Fresh fruit
  • Yogurt tubes
  • Goldfish crackers

If your child has dietary restrictions or allergies, please note this in the medical info section of the registration form.

What does it mean that your program is "inclusive"?

Trillium Lutheran Church is affirming of people who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.  We feel called to affirm and welcome the queer community as part of living out our faith. 

We do this in a visible way because so many queer folks have been marginalized by people claiming to represent the Christian church.

We recognize the need for transparency and accountability with regard to welcoming people who have been historically marginalized by church institutions.  You can read about our welcome policy on the ReconcilingWorks website.  ReconcilingWorks is an advocacy organization  based in St. Paul Minnesota and maintains a registry of affirming Lutheran congregations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Trillium is also inclusive of people who are marginalized because of other subjectivities. 

Part of our welcome statement is excerpted below, but we encourage you to read the full welcome statement here

“We embrace all those who have ever felt excluded by the Church because of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, economic circumstance, or family status… Whatever your country of origin or ancestry; whether you are a believer, a doubter or a seeker; in Christ’s love, we welcome you.”

How much does it cost?

The registration cost for our program is $200.

Why are you charging for families to participate? What if I can't afford it?

It is important to us that our programs are both affordable and professional.  Footpaths is a full-scale care program.  While we do have several volunteers, we employee 6 youth and young adults as Footpaths staff in addition to our family ministry team.  Charging a small registration fee helps us to cover the staffing costs as well as expenses like registration software, child safety training, snacks, and equipment.

It is possible to register on a sliding scale (pay-what-you-can) by making use of our camper bursary fund.  To access the camper bursary fund, contact, Monica, office administrator at 519-8861880, or by email at

You can choose to use the camper bursary fund to cover half or all of your registration fee. 

Early Bird Pricing


$80.00 – Register before May 3rd

$100.00 – Register Before May 31st

$200.00 – Regular Pricing

Pick-up and Drop-off Location

From the Willow St. entrance, you’ll find our lobby by using the three wooden doors.

From Allen St., drive past Luther Manor apartments to find the Trillium Parking lot. Enter the building through the middle metal door.

Trillium Lutheran entrance from Willow St.