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Trout Lake Camps – Join Us As We Close Our Fiscal Year End ($20,000 Matching Gift)
The 2018 summer camp season is coming to a close: Last call for s'mores, one final leap from the blob into the lake, and one more round of musical pie.
Every year when the last camper has left and we have a chance to catch our breath, we're incredibly grateful for this meeting place with God. Every year these numbers are a testament to the work God is doing in this place:
• 683 campers said yes to Jesus for the first time.
• 1,382 campers want to go further in their relationship with Jesus.
• 106 campers want to go into full-time ministry.
• 4,336 campers attended Trout Lake and we served another 843 campers in the Twin Cities through our day camps—for a grand total of 5,179 kids.
• 25 summer staffers served at Trout from 13 different countries.
We play hard at Trout, and all those campers having all that fun takes a toll on our facilities and equipment. Wearing things out means we're making the most of them, but it also means unexpected replacement costs.
This year we seem to be hit with a number of expenses we didn't plan for, and it means we're coming up short—by $50,000—for the end of our fiscal year (Sept. 30):
• A week before camp started our main water line at The Point completely failed and had to be replaced.
• The average Trout vehicle is 19 years old and has 169,000 miles—we get a lot out of them. But this year those breakdowns came too often and we need to replace and/or repair some vehicles.
• This year our boats were in and of service getting repairs, which really hampers what has always been our most popular activity.
We're hoping to close this funding gap and maintain a decade-long tradition of hitting our financial marks. Your donation will help us get there and ensure that Trout can handle another year of heavy use. The great news is ever dollar given between now and Sept 30th will be matched up to $20,000. If you believe in the Trout experience and our mission of reaching kids for Jesus, please consider making a donation before Sept. 30.
Dear Friends of Trout,
Summer is coming. We’ll soon be busy preparing Trout Lake Camps to welcome thousands of eager campers. They’ll splash in the lake, make forever friends and have an opportunity to hear the gospel message.
Last summer 3,028 campers made spiritual decisions at Trout.
As that summer camp season approaches, we need your help with two important needs:
We try to make a week of camp at Trout Lake as affordable as possible. But there are still families who simply can’t afford camp.
That’s why we offer scholarships—to make the Trout experience available to everyone, regardless of income. We believe money should never keep a child or teen from coming to camp and hearing about Jesus.
Our scholarship needs continue to grow every year. This summer we expect 185 campers will need scholarships, totaling $35,000.
But scholarships only happen because of generous people like you. Your donations ensure camp is accessible to everyone, regardless of their income.
Will you help fund scholarships at Trout Lake Camps?
2. Staff Housing
Our team has grown in recent years, and we’re putting them up everywhere we can:
- Rehabbed 1960s storage facility known as the chalet.
- 35-year-old remodeled mobile home trailer.
- One of our oldest camper cabins (using it for staff limits our total camper capacity).
- The Stoneridge basement—which is actually pretty nice, but with our growing middle school camp we need the space for chapel.
So we’ve got 60 summer staff crammed into these four spaces. On average, these staff get less than 40 square feet of living space per person—and a bed takes up half of that.
We desperately need new housing for summer staff.
We’re ready to build a new Timber Ridge cabin to ease this housing squeeze. We can build a 14-person cabin for $45,000. We’ve got the logs and volunteers ready to go, we just need the money. This won’t completely solve our housing problem, but it will be a big step forward.
Summer staff work directly with our kids and share Jesus through everyday conversations and deep relationships. We need to care for our staff as well as we care for our campers. This investment in quality housing will improve staff morale, retention, and recruitment.
Will you help us take better care of our summer staff?
Between scholarships and staff housing, we need to raise a total of $80,000.
But there’s good news: We have a matching gift of up to $30,000 for these projects. Donate before June 1 and your gift will be doubled. You can donate to either project or put your gift toward both.
Help us take full advantage of this generous gift and address some important issues at Trout Lake Camps.
You Make Trout Happen
With summer quickly approaching, these are Trout’s pressing needs: scholarships and staff housing. They directly impact our mission to tell kids about Jesus.
- Scholarships ensure that Trout Lake Camps will always be a meeting place with God for everyone.
- Adequate housing gives our summer staff a place to rest and recharge, which is vital for them to be able to pour into our campers.
Please consider a donation to these two projects. You always come through for Trout and these kids, and I know this year will be no different. I’m always grateful that I can rely on you to fund these urgent needs. Thank you for your support.
On behalf of Christ, campers and our staff,
We had lots of great men at Men's Weekend. Good seminars, lots of fun activities, and our first ever Chapel session broadcasted over Facebook Live.
At Men's Weekend each year, the men raise money for something we use at camp. Last year it was a Mini Excavator, and this year the men raised $11,300 and we were able to buy a 2000 GMC one ton truck with a dump box. It will be used in the construction of the new camp, Wild Woods, by hauling logs and other building material. It's 4WD and has plow mounts. We were also able to purchase a sander for it so we can sand our roads this winter.
Big thank you to all the men who gave generously for this truck!
This summer we broke ground on the bath house at Wild Woods. It will accomadate campers who will be staying in the Castle and the Tree House cabins. Thank you to the many volunteers and donors who made this project possible.
We are finishing up Sr. High week at camp and we are pleased to announce we had more than 200 campers. That is a record high attendance for Sr. High week in the last 10 years. Praise the Lord!
We've just completed our new high ropes course at Timber Ridge. Be sure to check it out this summer.
(For Timber Ridge 6th graders and up.)
Huge thanks to all the TLC partners who helped raise enough money to completely overhaul one of our pontoons. It is basically brand new. The money raised exceeded our goal so we ended up purchasing two covered bays to keep the newly renovated pontoon clean for years to come. Thanks for helping drive our mission forward. The kids will love it this summer!
New for 2017 - Timber Ridge High Ropes course with 40 elements!
We set the poles in the “old rifle range” location at Timber Ridge this week so that we could build our new High Ropes Course in the spring. Thanks to Marty and several other volunteers for helping out. ALSO, special thanks to the Men’s Retreat offering for purchasing our new excavator - it was so helpful in digging 7 foot deep holes in the very rocky sandy soil for 18 - 50 foot tall poles!
We can’t wait for spring to have our new activity available for Timber Ridge campers.
Last weekend at men's retreat, hundreds of men gave over $20,600 to this project. We are now able to purchase a compact excavator which will be used to help build our newest camp called Wild Woods. This equipment will also be used to replace over 3,300 feet of retaining walls at The Point. Thanks 2016 men's retreat.