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But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
As Chairman of The Board of Directors for Adventure Learning Centre and Camp and Adventure Learning Mission, I am pleased to welcome you to our site.
For over 25 years we have been welcoming both International visitors and the local Bahamian Community to our Camp and Centre. Both our Camp and Centre are committed to spreading the love of Jesus Christ through our robust educational programmes, community interactions and Camp lodging facilities.
Since inception, we have been able to eternally impact over 250,000 lives. Our team of Bahamians and Foreign Missionaries are engaged daily to provide memorable experiences for our visitors and we depend heavily upon your generous donations to impact even more lives.
We look forward to your support and to seeing you on our shores.
Board of Directors
A WORD FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I am so pleased that you have landed on this page!
For over the past 25 years the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp Retreat have been building on the vision of our founders Randy and Kim Grebe to making an eternal difference in the lives of Bahamians and all who visit us from around the world.
As a native son and a product of the ALC&C ministry, I am humbled to be leading this great organization at such an important time. I consider us as one ministry operating on two campuses with one goal - to make Christ known and to help persons to connect with him, themselves and each other. I have an amazing team of missionary and local workers who represent over eight nationalities. We all share a heart for doing ministry and we all do ministry from our heart.
On your next visit be sure to pet your favourite animal, immerse yourself in our planetarium dome show, explore our nature trail or wetland, discover God through our Science-Based curriculum, plunge down our super slide, discover and unleash your leadership potential through our values-based teaching, visit or pristine beaches, host your event, serve our communities as a mission worker or just take the time out to discover more of God around the campfire or during worship in our International Dining Hall.
Whatever you do when you arrive or for whatever reason you will come, I pray that you will leave more enriched and will feel the warmth of true Bahamian Hospitality and the love of Jesus Christ that lives among our 17-acre property.
Committed to Serve,
Dr. Kenneth Romer
FROM THERE TO HERE..
The adventure began in 1986 when missionaries Randy and Kimberly Grebe had a vision for reaching out to school children in the Bahamas. As a young, impressionable boy Randy experienced a school outing at a day camp in Wisconsin where he was given the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment The memory of that day is connected many years later in the Bahamas with a Christian ministers dream to utilize government-leased Crown Land for an educational program ministering to Nassau children. The merging of these divinely inspired visions by Randy Grebe and Pastor Hesketh Johnson provided the framework for planning what is now the Adventure Learning Centre.”Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” Psalm 127:1 was the guiding scripture as the application and permits waited to be approved. After four years of in-school visits, youth group outreaches, and tireless commitment, the Grebes were granted 3 acres by the Bahamian government. In January, 1992 the groundbreaking construction of the Adventure Learning Centre began. Financial donations and volunteer labor came in from seven countries. The initial phases of development included the barn, animal shelters, the pond and bridge, and the 30 observation tower with a 45 super slide. Today, the Centre includes the Adventure Play Kingdom, Animal Encounter and Nature Centre, covered Pavilion, Wetland Safari, Train Station, Horse Stable, Welcome and Empowerment Centre and multiple green spaces.
The original Vision, however, became a reality on September 13, 1993; with the official endorsement of the Ministry of Education and a Grand Opening Ceremony. The Adventure Learning Centre began reaching thousands of children through field trips to the islands only outdoor education program. The first group of students arrived on October 18, 1993. Initially, programs were designed for fifth and sixth graders. Today all ages from toddlers to grade 12 benefits from our facilities and diverse programs. Twenty-Five (25) years later over 150,000 persons have come through our gates and experienced the reason why we exist; to know Christ and make Him known.
Originally, ALC was generally not open to the public, but due to the growing demands for a faith-centered family environment its doors are now opened six days per week. It also periodically offers special family-oriented events. These began in 1993 and continue to grow to include celebrations such as our Easter Monday Fun Day, Missions and Cultural Fair, The annual Christmas Lights Extravaganza, Mid-Term Madness, Hosting of International Forums, Camp Experience Farm Trip, Thanksgiving Dinner and Birthday and Special Occasions Celebrations.
On December 3, 1993 The ALC was given ownership of the facility formerly known as Joy Bible Mission, located just five hundred yards from the center. We moved into one ministry spread over two campuses. Today, this 10 acre wooded property is known as the Adventure Learning Camp Retreat and serves as a major facility that accommodates international mission and local groups. The Adventure Learning Camp Retreat has 6 cabins that sleep 90 people, International Dining Hall, Kitchen Facilities, Camp Fire Area, Recreational and Activity Centers, Nature Trails, Private Lodging House, Agricultural Farm and a Bahamian-infused bathhouse. The facility meets the needs of the short term mission teams who visit to serve the people of the Bahamas with the hope only found in Christ as well as many local groups who are looking to escape the familiar and connect with God and each other in an authentic environment.
In 1998 the Media Center, including a 24 Planetarium, was completed for the purpose of expanding its program to reach both primary and high school students. To date this is the only Planetarium in the Bahamas and Region. It continues to be an exciting opportunity to present astronomy based curriculum sharing the wonders of the universe and its starry host while including the message of salvation as scripture itself declares the heavens declare the glory of God. It has also expanded to take students through a journey through the human body in its dome shaped facility to support our science program while reminding students that they are God's Masterpiece.
The ALC property is adjoined with several acres of indigenous coppice forest and mangrove wetlands that reach to the ocean. Over a half mile of nature trails wind through the white land and black land coppice forest where students discover the beauty and importance of these scarce natural resources. A newly constructed 350 ft boardwalk into the wetlands was completed in January 2014. The boardwalk now allows the students to go where only their imaginations had gone before, directly into the wetlands. An associated two story wetlands observation tower literally gives them a bird’s eye view over the vast raw beauty of God’s creation. Thousands of people, from local bird watchers to school children, enjoy the native wetlands and coppice areas we are striving to conserve. In 2018 we launched our Brilliant Resilience of the Wetlands Program which serves as a major research opportunity for schools, universities and environmental groups.
As it was over 25 years ago, today we hold fast to Gods unchanging word as we move forward. “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1.
We exist to live out the message and mandate of Jesus Christ to the people of the Bahamas through our words and witness through innovative educational programs, Camp Retreat Experiences and Community Interactions and Partnerships. It is our desire to see The whole Bahamas know Christ beginning with the children and offering discipleship opportunities for our local and international communities.
Through engaging each childs and teens imagination and curiosity, the Adventure Learning Centre provides them with hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences to discover God’s creation and also discover their sense of value and purpose. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not forbid them; for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Our Adventure Camp exists to serve local and foreign groups by providing memorable experiences of outreach and discipleship. Our desire is to see persons who visit our camp challenged to grow in their faith while experiencing the escape of island life. In our authentic Bahamian-infused environment they should leave feeling more connected to God, each other and the communities many of them come to serve.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
o We believe in one God, eternally existing as a trinity of persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in personality, knowledge, power, authority, holiness and love.
o We believe in Jesus Christ, the virgin born Son of Man, truly man, yet truly God. We believe in His sinless nature and life, His substitution, sacrificial death on the cross, and His bodily resurrection and ascension.
o We believe in the Deity and person hood of the Holy Spirit, equal with the Father and the Son. We believe His ministry to the world is to convict of sin, righteousness and of judgement. We believe His ministry to the believer is to regenerate, indwell, baptize into the Body of Christ, sanctify, en-gift, empower and direct.
o We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God and is the sole source of authority for doctrine and conduct.
o We believe man was created in the likeness and image of God, innocent in nature and having the faculty of free will. Through disobedience man fell from his sinless state and became sinful in nature and practice, and in need of grace and salvation. In his lost and ruined state, man could not save himself.
o We believe that God has provided the means for mans redemption through the voluntary, substitutionary, atoning death of Jesus Christ. We believe that through faith alone in the finished work of Christ, man can be forgiven, reconciled to God, and justified righteous in Gods sight.
o We believe the church is the Body of Christ, made up of all who confess Him as Saviour and Lord; who through repentance of their sins, and acceptance of His gift of eternal life, enter into the family of God through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
o We believe the head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, gave the church two ordinances, water baptism and the Lords Supper. Neither of these is a means of grace, but each is designed to be a public testimony to the believers identification with their Lord.
o We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His church. It is our duty therefore to live in readiness for His coming.
o We believe in the resurrection of the just to eternal glory and the resurrection of the unjust to eternal judgement.