What’s Happening at Camp?
Winter Storm Damage
Last week during the high winds, rain and snow, several large trees fell down and damaged some buildings and property. Several volunteers showed up from the Mohican congregation (THANKS!) the day after the storm to remove the most critical trees, but we have lots more down. Our insurance company will offset the deductible on our coverage with any volunteer hours that are donated towards the cleanup. Please let us know if you can come for a day or part of a day to run a chainsaw or pick up limbs and brush. The camp will provide lunch and snacks throughout the day. Contact Dale at 330 621-4574 to let him know when you will be coming. Thank you!
All Jr High and High School Youth
Join us for a day of service and fun on Saturday March 25th, 2017, 9am-7pm. Our day will begin with doughnuts and hot chocolate and participants will be assigned to a team to complete some service projects around the camp. At 3pm we will shift gears and enjoy some fun camp activities including, fellowship, a bonfire, and a hot dog roast, and conclude with praise and worship for all. Please remember to dress for the weather, we will be working outside; work gloves and boots will be needed! There is no cost for this event but you must RSVP to Josh Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or text him (please include your name) at 614 551-6008 by March 22nd to let us know you are coming. Meals and snacks will be provided.
A Project With A Purpose
The camp continues to look for ways to reach out to new people and to provide a place for leadership development in our district. With this in mind, the Camp Administration has made the decision to immediately begin the renovation of Walnut Lodge so that it can be used to house Brethren Volunteer Service workers and staff. The building will be equipped with 3 self-sufficient apartments (1 upstairs and 2 downstairs) that can house up to 6 people in each unit. We anticipate the final cost of this renovation to be between 150,000 and 200,000 and we hope to complete the project in 2017. We are looking for additional gifts from congregations, families and individuals to add to the Capital Improvement funds we have available so that we can bring this project to completion as quickly as possible. Please prayerfully consider a one time gift from you or your congregation in 2017 to support this new opportunity to develop future leaders within our district and denomination.
Spring Work Weekend-We Need You!
Friday March 31 through Saturday April 1, 2017. Every year Inspiration Hills has a weekend dedicated to getting the camp ready for all of our summer campers. As our camper numbers grow, this weekend has become essential to offsetting the cost of bringing in outside help to complete projects such as wood splitting, graveling roads, planting flowers, cleaning out gutters, power washing buildings, roof repairs and painting. This year we will also be re-facing the Bible steps, building a Ninja obstacle course, and running electrical to the new pole barn. Please join us for all or part of this weekend; all meals and housing are provided for those who volunteer. RSVP to Dale Allen at email@example.com, or text him (please include your name) at 330 621-4574 by March 25th to let us know you are coming.
Summer Staff and Volunteer Counselors Needed
We are looking for mature Christians (over 18) to work with our campers this summer; if you are interested in working the entire summer or just one week, fill out an application, found at www.inspirationhillscamp.org, and get it to us ASAP. All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from the pastor of their home church and a current background check on file.
Counselors in Training
If you are 14 to 17, and want to volunteer at camp this summer, you must attend the CIT training May 12-13. You can find an application online at www.inspirationhillscamp.org, and get it to us before the training date. All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from the pastor of their home church along with their application. This training is free to anyone who brings along a completed application and letter of recommendation.
Summer Camp 2017
Branching Out, Connecting Through Christ
“I am the vine you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart form me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Do you still keep in contact with the Christian friends and staff that you met at camp? Some of our deepest, lifelong relationships are made at camp while worshipping God, hiking in nature, or just singing around the campfire. Many of our campers and staff agree that those “God moments” at camp have had the biggest impact on their lives as adults. Every year our campers and parents struggle with making the choice between attending church camp and a multitude of sports camps, summer activities, and athletic practices. When making those difficult choices, remember that summer camp is where many of our kids establish a lifelong a relationship with Christ, develop their Christian values, build support systems, and create those lifelong friends and mentors that stick with them for a lifetime. We hope to see YOU this summer!