Why is it called 'The Forma Project'?
'Forma' is the Latin word for "form" and it perfectly encapsulates what we want to see in the program: disciples of Jesus formed by Christ in preparation for life. As the potter forms his clay, or the blacksmith forms his steel, so too, Christ shapes us more and more into His likeness. We call it a 'project' because we see it as an endeavour for you to invest in. This is your project of formation, and the object is you!
Will you definitely be running the internship?
The application deadline is November 15th. Because of the community-minded nature of this program as well as the needs, investment, and sacrifice of the camp and its employees, there are certain parameters in order for this internship to run.
- Minimum number of accepted applicants: 3
- Maximum number of accepted applicants: 6
Right now it looks very likely that we will meet our minimum number, and we are currently planning to begin the internship in January. However, if the minimum number of accepted applicants is not met, we will cancel the program, at least for this year. We will be in close communication with applicants throughout the process.
What is the schedule like?
Because of the varied nature of Camp’s off-season, The Forma Project’s schedule will also vary greatly throughout the year.
Monday to Friday will be full, and typically spent in learning and service, even though the daily schedule may change from week-to-week. Students will enjoy in-class training and online modules, as well as Bible and book studies, recreation, community events, and free time.
See the ‘Events’ section for some of the important dates, and this tentative schedule to get an idea of what a typical atypical week may look like.
Do I get free time?
Yes! Each weekday you will have a block of time set aside for you personally, as well as most weekends. Due to programmed events or the needs of guest groups, free time may not always be in the evenings or on weekends, but we know its value and strive to provide personal time consistently.
What do weekends look like?
Although the weekdays of the program are fairly structured, weekends will typically be a time of rest for students and leadership. Interns have Saturdays to catch up on assignments and relax. We know that everyone unwinds in different ways, so you may find yourself spending solitary or social time. Reading a book, visiting the winter market and thrift store, playing disc golf, or ‘car-stopping’ to a beach are all great options. Sundays are for communal worship and rest. Some weekends will also be spent traveling as part of the Forma program, to bless others, and to promote Camp. Such weekends are typically followed by a day or two off ‘in lieu’ of time spent working.
What church will I attend?
Students are expected to attend a weekly worship service, and will share from their experiences when we reconvene on Mondays.
Here at Camp we host a weekly church service called ‘The Church At Hope Bay’. It is an informal and eclectic group of believers who come together to worship Christ and share about our experiences, insights, and challenges.
It would be good for you to spend significant time connecting with this group, but you may also want to get to know the other churches on the island: the United Community Church, St. Teresa’s Roman Catholic Church, and St. Peter’s Anglican Parish.
Will I have homework?
Although a good portion of the assignments can be completed within the class or module time, there will be some requirements to work on in your own time. Some of this may include reading in preparation for a book study, journaling, and other special research or writing assignments. The main thrust of this program is not academia, but as with any endeavour, growth comes with doing work, and we want to challenge you to work hard in all you do, as unto the Lord.
What about food and accommodations?
We have plenty of living space here on Camp property. The tricky element is figuring what accommodations will work best, based on the interns who come. It is likely that students of the same gender will share cabin space together.
Most meals will be prepared by the students themselves. With the help of leadership staff--especially in the beginning--interns will learn how to plan menus, buy groceries, and cook for the appropriate number in our commercial kitchen. They will be invited to eat some meals with the leadership families, and will be encouraged to make connections and dine with friends outside the camp context.
Are guests or pets allowed?
If you have friends or family who would like to visit, please talk to the leadership first, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Arrangements should not be made when they will interfere with the scheduled program.
Please do not bring pets.
What are the challenges?
For those who have experienced Hope Bay in the summertime, we need you to be aware that Camp is entirely different during the ‘off-season’ months.
- The climate is wet and cold, and there are much fewer people on site. Hope Bay becomes a place of intimacy and quiet, and while that is a blessing for some, unless effort is made to stay physically and socially active, others may feel isolated and melancholy.
- One of the greatest challenges to face are interpersonal. When our experiences don’t align with our expectations (even as simple as washing your own dishes), it’s easy to become offended, or worse, to let bitterness fester. When living together as a small community in shared space, differences are quickly evident and must also be quickly reconciled.
- Some of the physical work can also be a challenge, encountering new tasks and projects to troubleshoot, and even the simple challenge of doing manual labour.
- And for some, the coursework and homework will be stretching as you encounter questions you’ve never wrestled with before, as well as a heavy workload.
What will I have access to while I’m there?
Pender Island boasts over forty ocean access points, as well as numerous hiking trails and viewpoints. There are a number of quaint shops, cafes, artisans, and even a 27-hole disc golf course. This island has a unique ‘Car-Stop’ option for getting rides around, as well as a community bus that runs on weekends. To find out more about the island, visit our ‘Where We Are’ page.
Several amenities and necessities that will be available to you here at Camp:
- Laundry Facilities
- Commercial Kitchen
- Wi-Fi for coursework and communication
- Sports and Games Equipment
- Heated Accommodation
- Quiet Workspace
- Communal TV & DVD Player
Please note that you will NOT have access to:
- Camp vehicles (unless meeting specific insurance and leadership requirements)
- Long-distance phoning
What should I bring?
A complete packing list will be emailed to accepted applicants, but consider these items that you may not think of:
- Laptop computer or other device to stream teaching modules and write assignments. (Browse inexpensive options).
- Gmail / Google account
- Bedding for a Twin mattress
- Rain gear and rubber boots
- Slippers for cold floors
- Clothing for the cold, wet winter
- Clothing for the hot, dry summer
- Hiking boots/shoes
- Guitar or other instrument to play/practise
- Pastime hobbies (eg. knitting, colouring, board games, etc.)
You may also consider bringing your personal vehicle or bicycle if you’d like freedom of transportation