What is our goal? To recoup $100,000 of lost revenue.
How will we reach this goal?
1 gift of $25,000
2 gifts of $10,000
3 gifts of $5,000
3 gifts of $3,000
3 gifts of $2,500
6 gifts of $1,500
6 gifts of $1,000
8 gifts of $500
10 gifts of $250
20 gifts of $100
There are opportunities at many levels to help camp recover from the COVID-related closure. Will you help camp be ready to re-open in 2021?
Make a one-time gift, or fill out a pledge card to let us know you plan to spread your support out over the coming months.
Each summer, gathered on the side of mountain tops, along the shores of lakes and streams, and around campfires, young people come to an understanding of their part in God’s plan. They make decisions to follow Christ, to dedicate their lives to service, and they develop an appreciation for the importance of creation and its stewardship. They experience the fullness of God’s love through the fun and fellowship of outdoor recreation and emerge from a week of camp stronger and more resilient, better able to navigate the challenges of school and popular culture. For all these reasons and so many more, Camping and Retreat Ministries is a vital and essential part of the church’s ministry with youth and children.
This year, because of coronavirus and concerns about the safety of our children, staff, and their families, kids across our conference will not experience camp. Trails won’t be trekked. Campfires won’t be lit. And, because of what won’t happen this summer, we are all diminished. It isn’t just our children and youth who have missed out. We have all lost an opportunity to reach our youth. More than a play date or vacation, summer camp immerses children in the stream of God’s loving universe in a way that forever alters the way that children see themselves, each other, God, and the Church.
How many times are new parents told “Enjoy this time. It goes by quickly”? How often do parents of grown children reflect that their time with their children at home was too brief? We have but a few years and a handful of opportunities to shape the lives of the youth and children that God has entrusted to our care. Making the most of every year, of every summer is critical.
Sadly, we can’t do anything about this summer and its lost experiences, but we can stand together in a way that will ensure that we don’t lose these experiences next year or in years to come. By taking steps to strengthen our camps financially through fundraising, we can ensure that when we are able to once again bring our children together safely, our camp and retreat ministries will be healthy and strong, able to play the critical part in youth and children’s ministries that we have for decades relied on them to play.
As of March 5th.