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Trout Week 7 COVID Update:
On Sunday prior to camper arrival, we had one leader from a rental group test positive for COVID – he had been on our grounds less then 24 hours and only had contact with our rental group leadership. He was sent home, and 4 staff who had close contact with him from that rental group were put into quarantine.
On Tuesday we had one Timber Ridge camper test positive for COVID. We received a call that her parents had tested positive at home, so we quickly tested the camper and found out that, although there were no symptoms, that camper was positive as well. We immediately sent that camper home, and following MDH guidelines, many of the campers in that cabin that were unvaccinated, close contacts were also sent home. Additionally, we called every camper parent of adjacent cabins to let them know what had happened. Our other two camps - The Point and Wild Woods – were not affected by this event as they are on completely different properties and there was no crossover between camps and events.
On Friday we had one full-time staff member (who was vaccinated) test positive for COVID. He was sent home, and two of his departmental staff were put into quarantine.
As you know, this summer we are still using cohorts and distancing between cabin groups as our main COVID mitigation plan. We feel this plan was a key element in helping us successfully contain and navigate these incidents. The MDH is also aware of these cases and has been helping us to make the correct decisions moving forward. Just short of 90% of our summer and full-time staff have been vaccinated.
We kicked off summer a couple weeks back, and it's so fun to see Trout Lake Camps full of kids.
Summer Camp Spiritual Impact
In our first three weeks of summer camp, 76 students said yes to Jesus for the first time and 164 campers committed to growing in their faith.
We also heard a story from grandparents who have two grandkids attending Trout the last few years. Every year the grandkids come home from camp on fire for Jesus. Right now the kids don't have a church to attend, but they said they want to be baptized. Over the Fourth of July weekend these two kids will be baptized in a lake in northern Minnesota by their grandparents.
"This is only possible by the ministry of Trout Lake Camps," one of the grandparents said.
These stories are the very reason we do camp in the first place. Thank you for your ongoing support that makes these stories possible.
Trout is a 'meeting place with God.'
Please continue to pray with us for an amazing summer. Camp has never been so full of kids, and it's amazing to see God at work. We're so grateful for your support.
On behalf of Christ, campers, and staff,
Welcome to Wild Woods! You've made it just in time for an unforgettable journey. The town's Postmaster has made a startling discovery: there is an old treasure hidden somewhere at Wild Woods! Everyone is going to have to work together to find it, but the Sheriff warned that in order to do that, it's going to take some real courage. In this premier adventure of our brand new camp, we will learn what it means to be Brave.
We are looking forward to a record breaking number of campers this summer! Our staff are excited to be here and serve God throughout the summer.
District Blitz Goes to Camp
Many of you know, we pivoted away from the conference format of our annual spring event hosted by Trout and the North Central District of the EFCA. District Blitz Goes to Camp featured core Biblical Teaching, Seminars, A Prayer Experience, and awesome camp activities experienced in youth groups. Thank you for all those that attended and experienced growth in their youth group communities. We had dozens of decisions for Jesus here at Trout including first-time decisions, Re-dedications, and students experiencing God calling them into FT ministry.
"It was so great being around people who share the same fire for Jesus as me."
"I love the interaction between the leaders and students. There were great biblical messages that had our kids engaged."
"We really enjoyed the prayer experience. It was set up very well and I loved the meaning behind it."
It's finally here! Trout Lake Camps' Wild Woods is a fully immersive week long story crafted for 1st to 3rd grade campers. The story is told through the characters, the buildings, and the activities. Campers can try canoes, crafts, mini golf, a giant slip and slide, and much more! At Wild Woods, campers don't just read about Bible characters: they meet them in the skits that they get to be a part of. The story world comes alive all around the campers in order to help them see how they are invited into God's Greatest Story.
Dear Trout Families,
The last six months have been a challenge for everyone, including here at Trout Lake Camps. But it's also been unbelievable. In the face of cancellations and closures, we took a massive step of faith and opened camp on July 5. Over 2,000 campers attended Trout and had the best week of their summer.
The pandemic didn't stop our mission to reach kids for Jesus.
Summer campers having fun and staying safe together.
Here's what one camper parent said:
"I heard all about Trout for three hours straight on the way home today. My daughter had an incredible week. She was raving about everything, from the games to swimming, chapel, worship, night games, the food, her cabin leaders, the treats—the list goes on and on. Huge thanks to your team for creating a first-rate experience where kids can meet Jesus and grow in their faith while having a blast at the same time!"
Hundreds of summer staff and volunteers helped make the summer of 2020 epic:
• 165 campers said YES to Jesus for the first time.
• 256 campers said they want to renew their relationship with Jesus.
• 19 campers said they want to go into full-time ministry.
The ever-changing health guidelines and running a smaller, socially distanced camp made for an intense summer. But we made it: Our team responded remarkably, God provided funding so we didn't need to take on long-term loans, and best of all, we didn't have a single COVID-19 case among campers or staff.
Nobody knows what the future holds, especially with the ongoing pandemic. But we're hopeful for a return to normal in 2021 (or at least closer to normal). For Trout, that means reaching kids for Jesus. So we're planning to come back from COVID-19 literally bigger and better than ever before.
In 2021, we hope to open Wild Woods, our newest, 100-acre camp.
Wild Woods is an amazing new experience for first through third graders. We've been planning this for nearly a decade and are so excited to finally open it. We know Wild Woods will be another "meeting place with God" in the long history of Trout.
But as we look ahead to 2021, we need your help. Unlike a lot of ministries, we've survived the pandemic without laying off employees or taking on additional debt. But we managed that by burning through our rainy-day funds. 2020 is going to end in the red, there's no avoiding that. But we want to be able to start 2021 strong.
In order for Trout to run full throttle in 2021, we urgently need to refill the tank. Here are a few of the expenses we have to cover:
• Keeping all our current full-time employees.
• Paying the bills and maintaining our infrastructure.
• Providing camper scholarships so Trout is never out of reach for anyone.
• Final touches to Wild Woods that we couldn't complete this year due to the pandemic.
Here's What We Need
We're hoping to raise $550,000 so we can dive into ministry next year at full strength. That's a big ask, so we're going to need everyone to dig deep financially and give generously between now and the end of February. That's when our planning and promotion for the 2021 summer season will kick into high gear.
The great news is every dollar you donate is doubled. Several donors have come together to offer a dollar-for-dollar match up to $275,000. That's an incredible help.
Parents, if you love how God impacts your kids at Trout then consider making a plan to get involved. Grandparents, if you want generational impact for your grandkids, think about a legacy gift to Trout. Maybe you have never given to Trout in the past and now is the time to take that step of faith and participate.
Please consider how you can help us meet this goal:
• If you've never given to Trout before: Consider a first-time gift of
$100 between now and February 28 (that's 55 cents per day).
• If you normally give $100–$500 per year: Consider a special year-end
gift of double or triple that amount during November or December.
• Remember that camper fees don't cover 100% of the cost of camp,
so we've always relied on generous donations.
These are unprecedented times, but we can rise to meet the challenge.
Grateful for Your Support
I've been at Trout for over 15 years and we've faced our share of difficulties, but nothing like this pandemic season. Through it all, I'm grateful for the emails, comments, and prayers. I'm grateful for everyone who supports Trout and makes this ministry happen. Thank you.
On behalf of Jesus and the kids and teens who love Trout because of what God does in their lives, prayerfully consider how you can be involved.
Your friend at Trout,
"The best part about Trout was getting out of the house and acting like a kid again! Being at camp is a standard for summer, so the ability to keep that tradition was so important. Thank you." -Camper Parent
One camper from last week was tested upon returning home after not feeling well. The test was a precaution, we will share test results as soon as we hear.