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Bachelor of Ministry - Camp Ministry

A Four-Year Program (120 credits)
Program Coordinators: Al Mertes, Dennis Landon

Match your interests and gifts to the major that best suits you through Prairie's Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills to do ministy while equipping others for ministry.

The BAM Camp Ministry program combines experiential and classroom instruction. Much of the program is in an actual camp setting allowing students to learn leadership, administration, discipling, Bible teaching, and other skills within a reality experience. Students learn to use the camp as a tool for ministry (both technical/hard skills and soft/relational/interpersonal/communication/ leadership/ group skills necessary to lead others) Strong emphasis is placed on developing a philosophy of Christian camp ministry so you can run your own camp.

The third or fourth year is spent at Camp Forest Springs (Wisconsin, USA), allowing students to gain extended hands-on experience in camp ministry while earning academic credit to fulfill program requirements.

The Camp Ministry Program is:

  • For people who would like to prepare for traditional camping ministry in a vocational ministry or a vocational context.
  • For those who would like to work in camping in a secular setting with a Christian theological perspective.
  • Excellently suited for the second career person preparation.
  • For persons who are already in camping vocational ministry or job who would like formal education.

Program Objectives

Prairie's BAM program will equip you to do the following:

  • Effectively study, understand and interpret Scripture.
  • Understand the principles for effective ministry in a variety of applications and situations.
  • Realize the global mission of the Church and its implications for your life.
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the context of effective ministry.
  • Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings
  • Realize and develop your God-given gifts and passions for use in ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
     TH 211 Creation to New Creation
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (200 or above) (15 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
HF/SS Electives (12 cr)
HF/SS electives 200 level or above (6 cr)
HF/SS elective 300 level (3 cr)

Camping Major (33 credits)
CA 300 Camp Management
CA 310 Camp Maintenance
CA 320 Promotion & Public Relations
CA 330 Food Service Management
CA 340 Camp Counseling OR
     YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
CA 341 Camp Organization (6 cr)
CA 342 Camp Administration
CA 350 Camp Programming (4 cr) OR
     OL 151 Introduction to Outdoor Programming (3 cr)
CA 360 Camp Teaching (1 cr)
CA 370 Camp Safety (1 cr)
CM 269 Camp Practicum (3-4 cr)

General Electives (6 credits)


For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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