Dear Campers and Camp Supporters:
Spring is on the mountain top, and green leaves are budding on trees, colorful wildflowers are popping up, and Daisy Doodle is going crazy chasing lizards. The snow is gone, and it is wonderful to see new vegetation. Our earth has amazing restorative energies and we all must continue to be protective stewards of its wellbeing and abundance.
I have been walking around Camp thinking about the presentation I will make at the PWSD District Assembly meeting this weekend. I am thinking about all that has been accomplished and all that is still yet to do. The common theme for me has been that every accomplishment resulted from the heroic efforts of individuals who have made a personal commitment to the survival and health of Camp.
There are so many heroes to thank – firefighters, donors, volunteers, staff members, and the Board of Directors.
The San Bernardino fire crew assigned to battle the fire around our camp worked tirelessly to save all of our buildings. They even acknowledged that our fire clearance efforts were evident (thank you volunteers and staff!). Because of that noticeable effort, the crew felt compelled to work extra hard to save our cabins.
Then came the multi-faceted initiatives that were identified to ensure the camp’s survival – both physical and financial.
We took immediate actions to protect the campus from potential spring mud and ash flows.
Our stewardship committee, chaired by Pat Gordon, sprang into action and fundraising outreach began. We identified that we needed $50,000 per month to cover basic fixed operating expenses plus money for some important refurb/repair projects during this period of extended closure. And again, heroes stepped up and donations, along with loving tributes to camp, came pouring in.
And there were heroes who helped in so many other ways – donating their time, talents, and skills to help Camp. The number and variety of tasks undertaken by volunteers are both staggering and heart-warming. Please know that all volunteer efforts are deeply appreciated, especially during this extended closure with loss of camper-fee revenues.
Our heroic Camp staff has a long list of things to accomplish over the next 5 months—top on the list is the renewal of Craig’s Cabin after 25 years of wear and tear. Campers will return to updated bathrooms and kitchen in fall 2021. A brand-new composition shingle roof will be installed and roof decking repaired. It’s so hard to accomplish big projects like this when we have campers year-round, and the staff is determined to have Camp spruced up with many improvements for you to enjoy when we are able to re-open this fall. The whole staff, including Daisy Doodle, are yearning for your arrival to Camp. In the meantime, please stay connected and participate in the Adult and Youth virtual camps listed elsewhere in this newsletter.
Camp celebrates its milestone 60th anniversary this year, and we invite you to help us celebrate “60 Years of Love.” Please join with us for a grand celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021. First Church San Diego will be the host site for our anniversary party, and we expect to have lots of campers and supporters join in the fun and programming! Get involved in the fun now by submitting stories, memories, and photos of your time at Camp. See “Campers Say and Do” below for details.
Thank you for your continued support through your volunteer efforts at Camp and through your meaningful monetary gifts and caring thoughts.