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Greetings from Crossways! 

    As we reflect back on 2022 and begin to look ahead at 2023, we wanted to inform you of the important work of the Crossways Board of Directors as we manage through the transition of Executive Director.
     After thoughtful discussion and consideration, along with consultation with the leadership at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, we have determined our best approach is to bring on a seasoned and experienced Interim Executive Director to work with the board and lead the organization through the process of preparing for our next long-term leader.
     As a result, the Board has unanimously voted to hire Scott Merrow as Interim Executive Director of Crossways Camping Ministries, effective December 1, 2022.  Scott has spent more than thirty years working in the camp and conference center profession and non-profit organizations.  His experience includes working with boards, staff and stakeholders as an agile, forward-thinking leader that builds strong, thriving, financially fit organizations that continually seeks to use resources efficiently to produce maximum outcomes and impact.  Scott started his career in camping at Calumet Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in New Hampshire and has worked with organizations with varied missions including youth and family ministries, disability programs, juvenile justice, and community centers in underserved neighborhoods.  
     Scott lives in New Hampshire and will make visits to Wisconsin monthly in addition to working remotely.  The board is confident in this arrangement and has agreed with Scott on a detailed outline of the tasks that it is asking Scott to accomplish during his time with us. Among this work is developing the board to create a mission and vision for a sustainable and impactful ministry.  Scott will also focus on staff development, stakeholder outreach, and will serve as a resource for industry best practices.  Now is a great time for the board to be in consultation with someone as adept at helping non-profit ministries evolve as Scott.
     Scott will be with us through June 2023 by which time the board is anticipating being in the process of calling a permanent executive director.  During this time of transition, The Board is committed to ensuring having the right person be in place at the right time.  While Summer 2023 is a good goal, the timeline remains flexible.
     If you would like to get in touch with Scott to welcome him or just to say 'hello,' he can be best reached at

Thank you,
The Crossways Board of Directors
Matching grant update
What a joy it is to announce that we have met the challenge from the Synod Endowment team. You all raised $50,000 in just six weeks. That will now be matched by the Synod Endowment Fund. This means we raised $100,000 in October and November. What a blessing as we end a challenging year. 
You reached this goal, but it's not too late to participate in making Crossways stronger for 2023. We rely on your partnership to ensure that all campers belong just as they are, build meaningful relationships, and discover and deepen their faith!
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It's registration season – we are ready to see you!
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In addition to all your favorite experiences, this year we are adding:
  • Mission Camp, a week for campers and congregations that may not be able to organize a traditional mission trip experience.
  • Onsite Day Camp, a week for younger campers to experience camp without staying away from home overnight.
  • Wilderness Backpacking Trip, a week to get far out into the wilderness of the Porcupine Mountains with experienced leaders.
We know it seems early to talk about next summer, but the best way to make sure you can come during your first-choice week is to sign up early!


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