Steeprock Bay Bible Camp began as a dream of a Shantyman missionary named Curt Bork who had a passion for spreading the Name and Word of God His work along the Churchill line had been successful, but he envisioned something more. Accompanied by Frank Leggit, Tom Leggit, Ralph Salmond, Faller Sigurdson, and Dave Dyck, Curt Bork began the search for a site to open up a camp focused on serving First Nations children. After finding nothing suitable at Bell Lake, the group found an old campsite that had been used by Penner Logging. What was ideal about the site was the clearing within the bush, the close proximity of the river, and the access to the road.
In 1959, work began at the Penner Logging site to make it usable as a kid’s camp. With support from Abe Penner, the owner of Penner Logging, as well as other Penner brothers, work began. The windrow down the middle of the camp provided plenty of firewood, and was grubbed out by hand. From hours of hard labour to bringing in the first truckloads of kids, the makings of the camp were the result of open willing hearts and plenty of hard work. As the camp continued, buildings were raised and moved and directors came and went, but the gospel continued to be preached and children continued to be loved.
SBBC has stayed true to its ministry, recently celebrating 50 years of God’s faithfulness to the camp. Thousands of children have heard the gospel message and experienced the love of God at camp. Through their friends and families as they return home, many thousands more have been impacted. But there is more to be done! God is not finished with Steeprock Bay Bible Camp, and as we seek to experience God further together with the children and their communities, we anticipate building on the strong foundation that has been laid in the past.