Still Affirming Camp

My apologies for the long time – no posts. Life happens. We get busy. We work on other things. The one thing I can assure you is that we are not any less focused on affirming our camping ministries in the Ohio Conference than we were the day this movement started.

Our Affirm Camp has met with our consultant, Jody Oates from Kaleidoscope Inc. twice over the past 6 months and we will be meeting with him again this Tuesday, October 11th in Mansfield. Jody will be walking us through some of their preliminary findings and recommendations. The hope is that we will be able to get a final report from his team before the holidays and present their findings to the WRA & EOA Councils.

As it is the ground continues to shift and move around us as we continue to do this important work. Many of you have probably seen the email from our former Conference Moderator, Tim Smith, on the current state of our Outdoor Ministries. If you have not read this, you can read it HERE.

In this letter to the Conference he shares that things are going well and going so well that the Board of Directors has decided to NOT sell either of our campsites and open up Templed Hills to outside rental groups and to contract with U.C.C.R. (United Camps, Conferences and Retreats) to run the operations at Templed Hills. This decision obviously affects the work we are doing in some ways, but it also provides us with an opportunity to partner with the Conference and use the results and recommendations from Kaleidoscope to lay out a long term vision plan for our summer camp program and for Pilgrim Hills.

I have some questions I am awaiting answers to regarding contradictory statements in the letter from Tim Smith and statements made in the Outdoor Ministries Financial Report presented at this month’s Division of Outdoor Ministries Meeting. I will share anything I learn as soon as I hear it in a future blog post.

In the meantime we are excited to launch a new campaign later this week. Watch for more details coming soon.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Happy Camping! -Nate




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