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More than 2,100 kids made significant spiritual decisions last summer at Trout Lake Camps. This is the heart and soul of what we do, and we're eternally grateful for the opportunity to do this work.
Those decisions happen because Trout is a place where kids can unplug, have an amazing time and be open to a spiritual encounter. That's why the old sign at The Point calls Trout a 'meeting place with God.'
We need your help with two upgrades to maintain that positive environment:
1. Chapel Upgrades
We're working to upgrade both chapels at The Point and Timber Ridge:
• Timber Ridge: Thanks to incredible growth, we're renovating and reorienting the stage, turning the layout sideways. It means kids will sit closer to our chapel speakers, creating a more engaging experience. We'll also be upgrading the stage, lights and sound booth.
• The Point: We want to clear out the current, inflexible bench seating and replace it with stackable chairs. This will give us a multipurpose space that's more flexible when the weather changes. We'll also upgrade the A/V system and bring it up to date.
We need $45,000 to make these chapel upgrades. The Bible teaching that happens at chapel is a vital part of camp, so help us ensure we have the best platform for sharing the message.
2. New Mattresses
We play hard all day at Trout, which means it's important for kids to get some rest at night. Otherwise we have cranky kids and it's a lot harder to have fun. So we care about something as practical as a mattress. The last thing you want a kid to remember about their time at camp is the mattress (if they do remember the mattress, it's never good).
We need $8,500 for 100 new mattresses. A clean, comfortable mattress is a must for first impressions with parents and campers. We buy only the best commercial grade youth mattresses, the kind that are hygienic and easy to clean. Ideally, kids will never think about them, but we still need to have them.
The Trout Experience
Please consider investing in the entire Trout experience. We already have $20,000 in seed money for these projects, and I'm grateful that together we can help fund the remaining needs.
Thank you for your support.
*Use drop down "Chapel and Beds"
Dear TLC Partners,
Your involvement over the last 12 months has been extraordinary. Together we added a new cabin at Timber Ridge, a new cabin for staff across the street from the horses (that will be occupied shortly), replaced the main water line at The Point, replaced vehicles, and upgraded our boat docks. Also, you funded a beach renovation which will begin when the ground thaws. Lastly, the scholarship fund is still getting donations to help more campers experience TLC this summer. Amazing!
Thanks to volunteers we are able to build staff and camper cabins at approximately $78 per square foot. That is an extremely good price which means your donations go further.
Your involvement over the last 12 months has been extraordinary.
Thank you for investing into God's ministry at Trout Lake Camps. With your gifts, volunteers doing the building, Trout controlling the expenses, God changing lives...the ministry is a huge success.
On behalf of God's ministry at Trout - thank you.
PS. Check out the new staff housing unit...only siding, carpet and furniture left to install.
Christmas 2018 - DONATE
Dear Friends of Trout,
We've had another incredible year at Trout Lake Camps with record summer and day camp attendance—over 5,100 campers. God continues to change lives at camp, and we're so thankful.
It's an incredible privilege that parents trust us with their kids, and we don't take that lightly. That's why we constantly work to improve Trout Lake Camps. We have two urgent projects we need your help with:
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. We believe money should never keep a child or teen from coming to camp and hearing about Jesus. That's why we offer scholarships—to make the Trout experience available to everyone, regardless of income. But scholarships only happen because of generous people like you.
2. Beach Improvements
The Trout Lake beach is an unforgettable part of the summer. But it takes a lot of work to make that possible. This year we want to add more of the popular Wibit inflatables that magnify the jumping, splashing fun of the water and finally replace that ancient slide from the 1970s. We'll also add showers to the beach, which will dramatically reduce swimmer's itch and keep kids coming back to the beach.
The great news is we have a matching gift for these two projects—which means we only need $32,000 to make scholarships and beach improvements happen. Donate before December 31 and your gift will be doubled up to $20,000. You can donate to either project or put your gift toward both.
If you believe in Trout's mission of reaching kids for Jesus, please consider a year-end gift knowing that it's doubled dollar for dollar. We need partners like you to join us in making Trout better.
Your commitment to Trout is cherished and appreciated—thank you. May God bless you and your family this Christmas season.
On behalf of Jesus and kids,
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.)