In my short tenure here at CRC I've learned that there is always something new to learn! As the staff cares for 200 plus acres of land, maintains over a dozen buildings, hosts retreat groups, and prepares for summer programs we are constantly learning and growing. Often times we don't know what we don't know, until what we don't know goes wrong. When something breaks or doesn't happen as planed it is often not the ideal time to learn about that various circumstance. Yet, at camp and in the world, this is what happens to you and me on a regular basis! We learn and grow when crisis and unseen events come our way that we often would not volunteer to experience.
Gen Z will become even more influential than Millennials, but with a more practical mindset grounded in the present. They appear to be a true “throwback generation” that wants to work, save money, and not get stuck or trapped. Basically, as they told us during interviews, “We don’t want to end up like Millennials.” Marketers, managers, leaders, and others who think Gen Z will eventually “grow out of it” or suddenly start acting like previous generations should heed the warning of Blockbuster, Sears, and other legacy businesses that simply became part of the past within a single generation (thanks Millennials!). Gen Z will move faster and with even fewer ties to the way things were in the past because they simply do not remember a time before blazing-fast Internet speed, an African-American president, and being able to have anything you could possibly want delivered to your door with a single click (or not even having to click—just ask Alexa). This means the pressure is on other generations, including Millennials, to step up and pay close attention, begin to adapt swiftly, and do everything possible not to miss this huge Gen Z wave barreling toward them right now— as employees, customers, neighbors, voters, and citizens. All is far from lost, but choosing to delay a response or fail to make smart preparations now will only make the future more challenging for the non-Gen Z incumbent generations to employ, market, lead, educate, and influence this new generation.
Last year CRC was astounded by the generous support that you provided for the camp’s sponsorship fund! Without the generous support that is received almost fifty percent of our campers would not be able to attend summer camp. Thank you for playing a lead role in our camp ministry and providing a way for children to hear of Christ’s redeeming love! Last year we came close to meeting the camp goal of $20,000. Collectively we raised over $16,000 to help send children to camp! That is incredible! This coming year CRC will set out to raise $20,000! With everyone’s help we can match and exceed this goal!
I already have ten children on a waiting list in hopes to receive funds to offset the cost of camp. This list will only grow over the next several weeks and months.
I ask that you consider taking center stage for an encore performance once again. The summer programs are the heart and soul of CRC and during camp we are fully committed to investing in the hearts and souls of our campers. On average, half of our campers know Christ and I believe CRC is able to aid in building that firm foundation alongside of families and churches. The other half of campers have never heard of Christ, and the idea of going to camp to hear the Bible taught is a strange concept. Nevertheless we work hard in God’s grace to make his glory known. Will you join CRC as we eternally invest in young lives this summer?
The photos below are thank you cards written and drawn by summer campers. They love this camp and are grateful for everything you have invested into CRC. I ask that as an individual, family, business, Sunday school class, or even as a Church that you’ll provide money so that CRC can graciously give it all away to families who need the assistants in order to send their child to a week of camp!
For those desiring to support CRC for camp sponsorships please mark “Camp Sponsorship” on the memo line of your check. Unmarked checks will go towards general funds. You can also donate below! How much should you invest? The cost of camp is listed below. Any amount is warmly welcomed!
Discovery Camp - $99 | Pioneer Camps - $219 | Horse Camp - $329