Annual Atlantic Friends Gathering
Camp Geddie
a Presbytarian Church camp near Merigomish, NS
about 18 kms from exit 27 of Hwy 104.

Victoria Day Weekend, May 15 to 18, 2009
Friday Evening - Monday at Noon
Click here to register online

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Photo of Camp Geddie from the beach

See photos from 2003, 2004 (Camp Geddie!), 2005, 2006, 2007 (Camp Geddie!) and 2008 AFG's
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Come and join new and old Friends for the rejuvenation of spirits and friendships
at our annual Atlantic Friends Gathering. Atlantic Friends Gathering is an annual event linking members and attenders of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from across Atlantic Canada. Newcomers and enquirers are welcome to attend!

Seeking -- Youth Leader / Coordinator  -- click to see the notice for this position or contact Penni, Linda or Mel (contact details below)


Theme: “What does God mean to me?” 

Following on last year’s theme “What is my relationship to Christianity?” our theme this year is  “What does God mean to me?” To some, God has a traditional image acquired from traditional religion – mainstream churches’ definition of God from childhood.  However, many of us struggle with this and find it hard to use the term.  Some of us try to find new ways of experiencing and communicating what God means. How do we find “that of God” in ourselves and others?  In order to communicate our understanding of “God” as Quakers, what do we need to express ourselves and have a relationship with that entity?
As was experienced last year, this exploration will have a strong commitment to safety for all to express their thoughts about this topic delving deep into our personal beliefs. 

As with previous AFG's there are no compulsory activities. The healing atmosphere of being in a welcome nature retreat offers an opportunity to open ourselves up to whatever we feel leads us, and to make this, a weekend of renewal of our individual and our group spirit.

This is a weekend for fun and enjoyment for individuals of all ages.

The Young Folks Program will also feature plenty of scope for intergenerational activity. We are seeking a Youth leader/coordinator for our Young Folks Program – this is a paid position – if you know of someone who would fit the bill please contact Penni, Mel or Linda (email and telephone numbers below) or click to see the notice for this position.


Cost: $55 per adult for the weekend, or $25 per night, or $15 per day (for those not staying overnight). If you pre-register, you save $5 from the weekend cost (you can still pay on-site). Children and Teenagers are free! Anyone who cannot afford these fees may pay less or nothing. Anyone who can pay more is asked to donate towards costs for those who cannot. Check with you local Meeting re travel subsidies. In the AFG Budget we have a modest surplus and can assist the needy with travel and other costs, so that those who wish to attend are not prevented from doing so because of financial concerns.


Linch!

Meals: Potluck. Please bring anything and everything, with the idea of ease of preparation. Cooked in advance is very helpful. Casseroles would be nice! We will buy fresh milk, butter, tea, coffee, etc. We will need to bring the rest.

Kitchen is fully equipped. No need to bring dishes or cutlery. We will all take turns helping in kitchen during the weekend, but we are fortunate to have two seasoned food co-op Friends who will lead us towards our traditional amazing combinations!


Children: Children's program will be designed for the range of ages we expect to attend. This makes it very important that you register well in advance if you are bringing children with you. Children are encouraged to send us ideas for what they would like to see at AFG. As always we are looking for assistance with the children's program. If you feel led to help, please .

Peaceful Punks


Accommodations:Heated accommodations at the camp are in the main building -Irwin Lodge, which has sleeping capacity for 30-35 in double- and bunk-beds with shared bathrooms on same floor (It can accommodate most of those attending). Irwin Lodge also contains the kitchen, dining area and meeting area and library on the main floor. The entire building is heated and has a big open comfy fireplace. Bedrooms are heated. One bed room and nearby washroom on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible. There is also the Margaret MacDougall Lodge (A-Frame) which sleeps five with a kitchenette and bathroom.  There are also a number of unheated cabins available for ‘shiver and shake’ Quakers. With both of these options Campers must provide their own sleeping bags.


Program:

On Friday evening you can arrive any time after 5:00 pm. We will have a pot of soup on.

! Details on programme schedule will announced  soon !


Recreation:

Camp Geddie has a wide open field, spectacular beach, a place for a campfire at night, and many hiking trails, with an amazing view of sunsets that are literally show/workshop stopping. The large field area covered with short grass that would not hide dog doo very well. This field area is an ideal place to fly kites, play soccer, ball, etc. Camp Geddie is owned and operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada and is accredited by the Camping Association of Nova Scotia.

See the camp's web site at http://www.campgeddie.ca

Dance!

Linked hands at Camp Geddie 2004           


List of what to bring:

Readings: We are asking people to consider bringing a short reading to AFG that reflects a deeply held belief or concern of yours. We hope to create multiple opportunites for people to get together in worship-sharing or discussions about the readings and ideas that Friends bring.

Toiletries: soap, towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

Scent Free: Please do your utmost to make this a Scent Free event. Avoid wearing or bringing scented products -- such as soaps shampoos, lotions, creams or gels – as well as other personal care products and scents and perfumes. Use Scent Free laundry soap and softeners. The camp is also a Smoke-Free and Alcohol-Free zone.

Sleeping stuff: Sleeping bag, blankets, pillow. Remember that while the rooms in the lodge are heated, the cabins can get really cold at night, and you have to bring all of the items necessary to keep yourself warm. Mattresses only are provided in the rooms and the cabins.

Food: Food will be potluck. So please bring food items. Casseroles would be helpful. Also, as you gather your food together ensure that simplicity of preparation is a consideration. The committee will provide stables such as milk, butter, tea, coffee, etc. We will need to bring the rest.

Clothing: Remember that while during the daytime it can be quite warm, the evenings are still brisk. So a range of clothing options may be needed, from t-shirts to mittens/sweaters. Rubber boots and raingear may also help you.

Other Misc: Fly repellent, sunscreen, flashlight, batteries, musical instruments, canoes, kayaks, and swimming suits for the extremely brave. Your ability to have fun, humor!

Pets: If you need to bring a pet please talk with Mel Earley, the registration Friend, well in advance of the gathering. Our aim is to ensure the interests of all creatures are respected without conflict.


How to get there: Directions to Camp Geddie:

From Truro and West – Take Trans Canada Highway #104 past New Glasgow exits to exit 27. Then take Highway 245 towards Merigomish. Camp entrance is about 18 kms from the Trans Canada Highway – watch out for Camp Geddie Road sign.

From Antigonish – take  Hwy # 104  to exit 27 – then follow directions as above.

See also: Google Maps for Camp Geddie

Aerial view of Camp Geddie

Camp Geddie is owned and operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada and is accredited by the Camping Association of Nova Scotia


Registration: Please try to let us know if you are coming. It makes the organizers' work much simpler This is particularly important if you are bringing children, as we need to know what ages to plan for, and what materials to prepare. Click here to register online. Alternatively, a phone call, an email or just plain old snail mail will be sufficient. We need to know names, ages of children, preferred type of accommodation, # of nights you plan to be there, and we might be able to help connect rides together for car-pooling, although check within your own Meeting first. Please or call him at 902-455-6222 or write to 2770 William Hunt Ave Halifax NS B3L 3V1. BOOK NOW PAY LATER!


Contacts: Penni Burrell, tel. 902-678-1229, Linda Foy, tel. 506-538-7863 or Mel Earley tel. 902-455-6222. Email sent to will go to all three organizers.


Info last updated: 2009-02-22 3:53 PM

See photos from 2003, 2004 (Camp Geddie!), 2005, 2006, 2007 (Camp Geddie!) and 2008 AFG's
Click on the year to see those year's pictures.
Note the 2006, 2007 and 2008 slide shows require the Flash plugin.


Theme | Cost | Meals | Children | Accommodations | Program | What to Bring | Directions | Registration | Contact