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Giving Tuesday 2018- 2pm Update

November 27, 2018

As we crossed the lunch time hour here at camp, I’ve been anxiously watching the approach of the $10,000 mark signifying a full match of our initial challenge grant. The good news came in the form of a text from a pastor who was a former camp staff letting me know that his entire church had rallied together for a combined donation to push us over the top. Beyond any dollar amount, I am immensely humbled by the conversations and connections that have happened throughout today— a reminder of the power and scope of our camp community.

We aren’t done yet. Now that we have passed our initial $10,000 challenge grant, we are ready to match another $5000. This new challenge is offered up by the Board of Camp and Retreat ministries in support of the transformational experiences made possible by a high ropes element.

When we match this next $5000, we will have reached out initial $30,000 goal to build the climbing wall and zipline portion of the course. And we won’t be done then either. There are plans to expand beyond, but we’ll cross that rope bridge when we get there.

If you haven’t given yet, now’s the time! If you have, who else do you know who wants to be part of this successful effort?

Thanks for partnering with Lake Lucerne and the Board of Camp & Retreat Ministries today!

http://www.wiumcamps.org/donate/

Collin Grooms
Site Director – Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center

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01Nov '18
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Giving Tuesday 2018 - Reaching Higher Toward the Future

Giving Tuesday 2018 - Reaching Higher Toward the Future

November 1, 2018
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Campers experience lifelong impact when they come to camp, try new things, and learn together as a community. You can invest in the lives of campers by helping us build a high ropes course at Lake Lucerne.

Our priority in planning this high ropes course was to focus on our mission to build community and equip disciples. We’ve worked with ABEE, Inc. — Wisconsin-based leaders in the high ropes industry — to design unique elements that other high ropes courses don’t have. Some elements of our course will allow up to eight participants at the same time (instead of the usual one or two), working together on the skills of teamwork, creative problem solving, resiliency, and positive communication.

Ultimately, your excitement for our camps and your generosity will determine the size and scope of the project. Our first goal is to raise $30,000 on Giving Tuesday. This amount will allow us to get started by building a 40-foot climbing wall and a 300-foot zipline!

Thanks to the generosity of lifelong Lake Lucerne supporters, we already have a $10,000 challenge grant to help us get off the ground. That means on Giving Tuesday, November 27, your gifts (up to $10,000) will be doubled.

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When we pass the initial $30,000 goal, we work toward raising the funds to build the additional team challenge elements. These elements are brand new, never-built-before concepts that allow groups to test and grow their skills together. We’re looking forward to announcing new goals throughout Giving Tuesday.

Mark your calendars now for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — November 27, 2018. Continue to watch Facebook and email for more information on how to give and to make sure your donation can be doubled.

Together we will all reach higher for the future!

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13Jul '18
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Trying new things

Trying new things

July 13, 2018

When I visited camp this week, I was on the beach as a camper climbed into a canoe for the very first time.

She was scared. This was her first time doing something new. She was worried. She had some physical health concerns, and she didn’t want to get hurt. She was nervous. This was in full view of about 50 other campers. She was also a bit older than your average camper, because she was one of the grandmothers at our Grandparent/Grandchild camp.

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But she wasn’t the only one trying new things. I saw a grandmother spend time playing pedal kart basketball with a bunch of teenage boys. She didn’t move as fast as they did, but her smile was just as big.

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I saw a grandfather diving into the dusty ground of the Gaga pit, playing just as hard as the young campers. I don’t think he won, but he stayed in until the last few rounds.

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According to American Camp Association research*, “children became more adventurous at camp, and that enabled them to try new things.” My entirely unscientific observations at camp suggest that perhaps the same is true of grandparents. Camp makes us more adventurous. For some, that means a first-ever canoe ride. For others it means doing the silly actions to songs at campfire. And for others it means being brave enough to share a story or insight during Bible study.

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In Joshua 1:9, we read, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

At camp, we are blessed to spend 24/7 in a setting of intentional Christian community. Our days are infused with our faith. Lots of campers tell us God is easier to see and hear at camp. Maybe that’s why we’re more adventurous at camp. But this word from Scripture reminds us that we can be brave wherever we go, because God is indeed always with us.


*Henderson, K.A. (2012). Challenging activities and camp. ACA Briefing Papers Series. Retrieved from

http://www.acacamps.org/volunteers/care/carebriefings.

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05Jul '18
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Swimming in the rain

Swimming in the rain

July 5, 2018

Ezekiel 34:26: "I will give them and those around my hill a blessing by sending the rain in its season. They will be rains of blessing."

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Too much rain is never a blessing. Whether it falls as a downpour during a dangerous thunderstorm, or adds up over days of steady rain, too much rain causes problems. Flooding. Crop damage. Erosion. Outdoor activities canceled. Mud everywhere.

Not enough rain is never a blessing. Drought is a very real threat in many areas of the world. Crops wither in the field. Animals migrate outside their territory to find drinking water. Wildfires can be more destructive.

But just the right amount of rain, at just the right time, is indeed a blessing. These campers thought the day-long rain would cancel their swim time. But as there was no lightning anywhere, down to the beach they went!

Counselors kept their towels dry under an umbrella, then everyone jumped into the water. When it started raining harder, some of the campers didn’t even notice, because they were already wet from swimming. Others discovered that swimming in the rain can be the most fun way to swim!

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27Jun '18
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All the eggs, all the eggs are broken!

All the eggs, all the eggs are broken!

June 27, 2018

When you’re the only one in the swim area with pockets, you get asked to hold onto a lot of stuff: glasses, watches, and this week, an egg. That’s right; an egg.

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22Jun '18
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Love Remains

Love Remains

June 22, 2018
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Can you even have camp in a conference room?

So began the debate among camp supporters, probably a decade ago now. You can play games indoors, you could roll out sleeping bags on the floor, and there are certainly fewer mosquitoes. But do you lose something important about the nature of camp (see what I did there?) if you move it into a space designed for indoor meetings?

We started experimenting with where camp happens in 2016 when we introduced Camp in the Community. Counselors packed up totes of their best equipment, then went out to a United Methodist congregation to hold day camp for one week. All of our locations had outdoor spaces, but urban nature isn’t the same as living in the woods.

This summer, the counselors brought their totes to the hotel where Annual Conference happens, and they provided a camp experience for elementary-age kids while their parents were in session. Between a scorching heat index, a busy parking lot, and several downpours, the experience was nearly completely inside. In a conference room designed for indoor meetings.

But when I stopped by for a quick visit, I saw that one thing was identical, no matter whether camp was at Lucerne, Pine Lake, a church, or the Marriott. As we read in 1 Corinthians, “faith, hope, and love remain.” Love remains. Campers care for one another, counselors care about their kiddos, and everyone practices loving God.

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12Jun '18
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I believe...

I believe...

June 12, 2018
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Weeks before our first campers arrive, the summer staff move into their bunks and begin a time of intensive training. Before the lifeguard certification, before the boundaries training, before learning silly songs, Bible study, or games, they talk about why they're here.

We have future pastors, here to learn how to share their faith. We have future teachers, practicing their skills at working with children. We have future leaders in all areas, mastering the skills of communication, teamwork, creativity, and persistence.

This year, the staff started out by writing their own creed. Armed with a stack of sticky notes, each person wrote several statements about camp, beginning with "I believe..." After all the notes were read and assembled, this statement emerged:

 I believe in camp. I believe that camp is a community where everyone experiences love and belonging. I believe that people can change, and camp is a place where change can happen. I believe in dirty hands. I believe in the constant glory of God in whatever we do and wherever we are. I believe every week is “week 1.” I believe that you are not done learning just because you can teach. I believe in asking for help. I believe you can. I believe hydration can fix almost everything. I believe laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that means laughing at yourself. I believe in the opportunity to selflessly serve Christ. I believe there’s more than one way to toast a marshmallow. I believe in showing forgiveness. I believe that coworkers become family. I believe in creating new games, songs, and holidays. I believe that every week of camp is the best week ever. I believe in sunscreen and bug spray. I believe it’s easier to teach children than to fix adults. I believe that your inner mindset rules over your outer well-being. I believe in carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. I believe everyone should be able to entertain a cabin with a box and a tennis ball. I believe leadership can be a push from the back, a pull from the front, or a guiding hand from the sides. I believe in the knowledge that children have to share. I believe in the healing powers of a scotcharoo. I believe God wants us all here. I believe in us.

I believe in camp. I believe that camp is a community where everyone experiences love and belonging. I believe that people can change, and camp is a place where change can happen. I believe in dirty hands. I believe in the constant glory of God in whatever we do and wherever we are. I believe every week is “week 1.” I believe that you are not done learning just because you can teach. I believe in asking for help. I believe you can. I believe hydration can fix almost everything. I believe laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that means laughing at yourself. I believe in the opportunity to selflessly serve Christ. I believe there’s more than one way to toast a marshmallow. I believe in showing forgiveness. I believe that coworkers become family. I believe in creating new games, songs, and holidays. I believe that every week of camp is the best week ever. I believe in sunscreen and bug spray. I believe it’s easier to teach children than to fix adults. I believe that your inner mindset rules over your outer well-being. I believe in carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. I believe everyone should be able to entertain a cabin with a box and a tennis ball. I believe leadership can be a push from the back, a pull from the front, or a guiding hand from the sides. I believe in the knowledge that children have to share. I believe in the healing powers of a scotcharoo. I believe God wants us all here. I believe in us.

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29Nov '17
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Giving Tuesday 2017 - Final Numbers!

November 29, 2017

First and foremost, we’d like to thank everyone who ensured our #GivingTuesday success at WIUMCamps, as well as all of you who participated and donated throughout the day. This day demonstrates the power that we all have to change the world. It also shows that there are millions out there who believe in doing good and helping others, which in and of itself is very inspiring. 

Throughout the day, we received $53,479 from 213 donors. At the end of the day we also received a generous gift from the WI United Methodist Foundation. Which means our 24-hour, grand total is:

$63,479!

I am floored and amazed at this generous outpouring of support for our camps. 

The dollars we raised will go toward overhauling the roof of Amphlett Hall. We’re ready to call a contractor and get started on this project as soon as weather will allow.

In case you missed it, or were unable to donate, you can still contribute at www.wiumcamps.org/donate

Again, we’d like to thank everyone who was a part of this special day! 

Grace abounds,

Sharon L. S. Cook
Coordinator of Camp, Retreat, and Age-Level Ministries

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28Nov '17
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Giving Tuesday 2017 - 6 PM Update

November 28, 2017

If you haven’t been watching updates on Facebook, you are going to be blown away by how much we’ve raised so far. Ready?

$25,705.00

You should see the smiles and hear the joy in this office every time a new donation alert comes in. We’ve had donations from as far away as Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas. Gifts as large as $5,000 and as small as $10. Every dollar, every gift gets us all closer to preserving Amphlett Hall for the next generations of campers. 

We are still accepting donations for this project until the very end of the day. Look for an email from us tomorrow morning with our final total. 

Grace abounds,

Sharon L. S. Cook
Coordinator of Camp, Retreat, and Age-Level Ministries

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28Nov '17
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Giving Tuesday 2017 - Noon Update

November 28, 2017

It has been such an exciting day already! It’s just noon, and so far we’ve raised an astonishing $18,395! As I was telling one camp family this morning, this is a tremendously humbling experience to see the depth of love and care so many have for this place.

But we aren’t done yet. As we reached our $10,000 matching grant, I reached out to a long-time donor and asked if we could somehow keep going. So we did. So we matched another $5,000. And you all quickly blew past that goal as well.

And yet, we still aren’t done. We’ve had a donor reach out to us to offer a third matching grant for an additional $5,000. We are on our way towards matching $20,000! And I’m confident this isn’t the end. The generosity of God’s people is a remarkable thing to witness. 

For those wondering, if we were to exceed the cost of the roof replacement, there is always a need and plan. Most importantly, surplus funds would help us insure that camper scholarships will always provide a path for anyone who wants to experience camp, can. We will also continue looking at improving the audio/visual equipment in Amphlett Hall so we can more easily present digital media, have a permanent sound system so even a full dining hall can hear, and projection so we can share video clips and photos to help enrich faith-growing experiences. We never have a shortage of ways to continue grow the ministry at camp!

If you haven’t given yet, now’s the time! If you have, who else do you know who wants to be part of this successful effort?

Thanks for partnering with Pine Lake Camp and the Board of Camp & Retreat Ministries today!

http://www.wiumcamps.org/donate/

Nick Coenen
Site Director – Pine Lake Camp

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19Oct '17
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Giving Tuesday 2017 -- are you up for the challenge?

Giving Tuesday 2017 -- are you up for the challenge?

October 19, 2017

You can make a difference for two generations of campers.

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06Jan '17
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Register for Summer 2017!

Register for Summer 2017!

January 6, 2017

Registration 2017 is open!

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30Nov '16
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12,608 Thank Yous & 12,608 Responsibilities

12,608 Thank Yous & 12,608 Responsibilities

November 30, 2016

As summer was wrapping up, the thought was floated "How do we use the chapel more?" Lack of water and restrooms, stifling heat, rickety stage and lack of space flexibility were all sited as barriers to that dream. But we decided to dream big and make the big ask. Could we raise enough funds to reclaim the chapel as a center point of Lake Lucerne? What if we tried to do it in just one day?

Yesterday we proved that barriers are not something we should see as stopping points but as opportunities  to grow closer as a wider camp community.  Yesterday we received $12,608 from 94 people and were supported by prayers, social media posts, and conversation by countless others. To this we say thank you. With the matching funds we now have over $25,000 to reclaim the chapel.

The journey doesn't end here. "We" is being used in the collective of camp staff, donors, and those who come to camp. This is now our project to #reclaimthechapel.

We will continue to update as the on-the-ground work of the chapel moves forward. We hope you will continue to engage with us through your prayers, conversation, and attendance! 

We are reclaiming the chapel and you made it possible. Thank you.

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29Nov '16
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One last #givingtuesday update

One last #givingtuesday update

November 29, 2016

It's been a long day for us at camp, accepting donations and posting blogs. Donations are still coming in tonight. We'll be writing thank you notes for a long time.

Now we're settling down in front of a cozy fire to rest up, so we will be ready to share the grand total with you tomorrow. Look for an announcement in your email, on Facebook, or on our website.

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us;  glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20-21

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29Nov '16
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Giving Tuesday: *new* update

Giving Tuesday: *new* update

November 29, 2016

What an exciting day to be part of WIUMCamps! It's 5:00 p.m., and in one day, we've raised

$10,700!

This is amazing! We are so grateful to all of you who have already donated. If you haven't given yet, you can still be part of this movement. You can help us Reclaim the Chapel! Remember, all gifts are now matched up to $15,000!

www.wiumcamps.org/donate

 

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29Nov '16
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Giving Tuesday update

Giving Tuesday update

November 29, 2016

It's 2:00 p.m., and so far we've raised...

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29Nov '16
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Reminder: How to give to make sure your dollars are doubled

Reminder: How to give to make sure your dollars are doubled

November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday is finally here! If you're ready to join us in our goal of raising $10,000 in a single day, here's the 5-step process to get involved.

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28Nov '16
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How do you raise $10,000 in one day?

How do you raise $10,000 in one day?

November 28, 2016

How do you raise $10,000 in a single day?

Together.

We've been praying and planning for months, and we're ready for you. Tomorrow is the big day. Join us as WIUMCamps tries something we've never done before. Help us raise $10,000 in a single day. Together, we can Reclaim the Chapel and share the good news of Jesus Christ for generations to come.

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27Nov '16
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Hope and anticipation at camp

Hope and anticipation at camp

November 27, 2016

As you enter into this holy season of hope and anticipation, we at camp would love to partner with you. Include us in your prayers, in your plans for next summer, and in your year-end giving.

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26Nov '16
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Chapel Memories

Chapel Memories

November 26, 2016

Centennial Chapel at Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center has been our spiritual home in the woods for over 50 years. Here are a few of our favorite memories: camp worship, staff blessing, a wedding, and casual conversation! Please post your chapel memories -- in pictures or words!

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