People ask all the time – how are things at camp? This summer is rather a paradox.
Our camper numbers are up 20% over last summer. This is a phenomenal show of support for camp and the need for this ministry. However, numbers are still down from pre-Covid, reminding us that much has changed since 2019.
Campers are having life-changing experiences, growing in faith and developing socially. However, because of Covid-related contacts, we have had to cancel three sessions of camp, and some campers have missed out on this chance.
We have new programs happening: archery at Waypost, a special storytelling worship service at Pine Lake, and an escape room at Imago Dei Village. However the costs for maintaining our camps has increased dramatically due to the same inflation and supply chain issues that all of you are seeing.
We are living in a paradox. Amazing ministry is happening, but the practical details that keep camp happening are causing real challenges. In the near future, we will have specific opportunities for you to support Crossways financially to help preserve this ministry and keep camp going strong for generations.
We are grateful for your prayers as we enter the last month of our summer camp programming. As our campers are learning this summer, God's love is boundless!
Homecoming 2022 – Save the Date
Last fall, we decided to try something new. Instead of holding a fancy Gala dinner, we planned a Homecoming event to welcome people back to camp after Covid kept so many of us away. It was a wonderful day of reunion and outdoor fun. The response was so positive, we're planning Homecoming 2022.
Homecoming 2022 at Waypost Camp
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We're still planning all the details, but we hope you'll put a note on your calendar now. We'll have classic camp activities, a great meal, and a chance to tour the site. This will also be a fundraiser event, helping to raise campership money for our Summer 2023 campers!
Studies continue to remind us of the power of intergenerational faith experiences. Kids learn faith by watching adults live out their own beliefs. Parents, grandparents, extended family, guardians, chosen family – all of these people come together at camp not only to have fun, but also to share in common faith-building moments. Kids and adults make powerful memories that make great stories to share!
Piece Together Camp
One of our specialty weeks offers a camp experience tailored for families with a member on the autism spectrum. Staff pay particular attention to designing activities in a way that meets the needs of all family members. With their shared common life experiences, these families bond in significant ways, remaining connected between their summers at camp.
Have you remembered Crossways in your will or estate plan? When you make or revise your will or estate plan, or review your life insurance or retirement fund beneficiaries, please consider naming Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries as one of your beneficiaries.
At Crossways, we love Camp People -- the donors, advocates, and supporters who make this mission possible. Because of you, we are bringing people together in Christ, so that lives are changed and communities enhanced.