It has been my privilege to chair the Continuing Our Heritage: Excellence for the Next Generation capital campaign for Christian Camps and Conferences, Inc. This is the organization’s first capital campaign since Brookwoods opened in 1944.
The past several years have been challenging for many organizations engaged in capital campaigns, and some might question why we are now engaging in such an activity for Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost. Quite simply, it is because the camps’ needs do not disappear in challenging times. We have even more kids that need scholarships to attend camp. The opportunities to minister to additional campers through purposeful cabin expansion are ripe. In addition to these opportunities, the camps need to maintain the existing facilities to ensure they are safe and continue to provide a quality environment for the campers and guests.
The capital campaign focus’ on three major areas. First, the establishment of an Inspiration Point Scholarship fund containing annual and long-term endowment goals. We desire that an experience at camp be available for as many campers as possible, and a robust scholarship fund will work to make that goal a reality. Second, we need additional cabins at Deer Run and Moose River Outpost so we can continue to expand to allow us to minister to more campers. The new Deer Run cabin has been planned since 1997 when the Board of Directors established parameters for the size of a quality camp experience at Brookwoods and Deer Run. At Moose River Outpost, the tremendous growth we have seen in the last 5 years established the need for an additional 4 cabins. Finally, the largest single project in the Campaign will be the renovation of the kitchen and dining hall area at Brookwoods and Deer Run. Additional space will allow for a single seating of all campers together for meals, and the kitchen will be properly sized and upgraded for the appropriate number of meals served.
The “quiet” phase of the four-year campaign started in the fall of 2010, and I am pleased to report the Board of Directors unanimously supported the campaign and pledged $1,000,000 toward a “Victory Goal” of $3,100,000, and the “Challenge Goal” of $3,500,000. During 2011 the Board sought additional leadership pledges and gifts leading towards the “public” phase of the campaign, and in 2012 we announced the campaign and reached out to many members of the camp families with large banquets in New York City and Boston.
We would like everyone to participate in this campaign. I would encourage you to check out the links on the left side of this page to see the updated progress on the giving and on the construction already started. You can make an on-line donation, or contact Bob Strodel, the Executive Director, or me for additional information on this endeavor and to do your part to secure the future for the next generation at camp.
Chairman, Continuing Our Heritage Campaign