April 24, 2017
The start of our 2017 summer camp season is about two months away. Before we know it, campers will be onsite, moving from activity to activity, having fun and learning about our Savior. This summer, we expect to impact over five hundred young people with the Gospel of Christ. There is much preparation we want to do, even need to do, before they arrive. Yet our years in service at Greenview have taught me that the phrase “ready or not here we come” applies to summer camping ministry.
Staff arrives June 22nd for orientation, while the first campers arrive June 23rd for our basketball camp. Between now and then, we need to:
The number and size of the tasks that need to be done would overwhelm Donna, Jon and me. I say would because history has shown us that God has usually motivated His people to give of their time, talents and resources to assist us in these tasks. I am writing at this time to ask for your help this year. On the back page of this newsletter, you will find a list of volunteer opportunities, a partial list of projects to be completed and a list of funding we need to raise to help our summer ministry be effective in impacting youth and families for Christ. Would you prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you play a part on His ministry team at Greenview this summer?
Would you consider a gift of your time during camp?
We can usually use extra hands in the kitchen. We especially need help on the following days: lunches from 10:30 – 1:30 on June 23rd and 30th, July 7th, July 10-14 and 24th – 28th. Also, we could use help with cookouts from 4:00 – 7:00 on Thursday July 6th and 13th, and Friday July 14th and Aug 4th.
We can use Jr. and Sr. Cabin Counselors for the weeks of June 26th. July 3rd, July 10th and July 31st.
We can also use people in support roles, such as caring for the facilities and grounds. Tasks include, but are not limited to weeding, mulching, weed eating and janitorial help. There is a lot of cleaning to do every Friday night or Saturday as we change groups from one week to the next.
Would you consider a gift of your talents to help us complete a project? Projects, we would like to see completed by the start of camp include:
Would you consider a gift of your resources? Your gift now will help meet the following needs:
Every year there are young people who cannot come to camp unless we find financial assistance. Full price for a week of day camp is $110. Full price for a week of elementary overnight camp is $210 and full price for a week of middle school overnight camp is $225. Most campers can pay some towards their total.
Every year we need to replace some of our athletic equipment, arrows for archery and paddles for canoes. This usually amounts to about $300 per season.
Water sports are always a favorite when the weather gets hot. This year we want to build a waterslide that would stay up for the season. Materials necessary to build the slide will cost about $500. After serving us faithfully for five years, our pool needs a new liner and filter. Replacement of both before camp will cost around $750. Finally, we would like to buy a pond aerator to help with algae growth and promote conditions which encourage a healthy fish population. This would cost about $1,800.
Greenview at a Glance
Many people think of us only in terms of a traditional summer camp ministry, however we do much more. Here is a list of the types of things we do during a normal year: weddings, banquets, church picnics, church socials, family retreats, receptions, off site events, family reunions, special events, birthday parties, holiday parties, group retreats and many uses of the gym.
Thank you for your support of Greenview Bible Camp in 2016.
During the summer of 2016 we ran eight different camp sessions and hosted approximately 200 day campers and another 175 resident campers. In addition, there were about 20 high school students, 10 college students and close to 20 adults who either worked or volunteered at camp. We had the opportunity to impact many young people with the Gospel and saw many make a profession of faith or grow in the Lord as a result of their time at camp.
We partnered with a variety of groups such as Release Time, Crossfire Ministries, Lancaster County Christian School, the Police Athletic League from Lancaster, and an Inner City Word of Life Club from Reading. In addition to the traditional summer camp programs, we hosted a wedding, three wedding receptions, two church picnics and a number of event type activities sponsored by either the camp or local churches.
During the period of time from October through December, we hosted seven weekend retreats, eight family holiday parties and a number of fall events and hay rides. 2015 was our busiest fall ever and 2016 eclipsed all of 2015’s numbers.
Looking ahead to the months of January through May we expect to continue being busy hosting retreats (in what we think is one of the most peaceful retreat centers in Pennsylvania) and events as well as groups that use the gym in our Sensenig Activity Center. An Open House is being planned for May. We would encourage you to bring kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends to camp that day. We cannot reach young people with the Gospel and help them grow in the faith unless we spend time with them!
The biggest change in 2016 was the addition of Jon Rohrbaugh as a full-time staff member. The camp board began a search in the fall for 2015 for additional staff. After looking at staff needs and identifying responsibilities, they created a job description, spoke with candidates, and issued a call to Jon to join us as a full-time missionary at Greenview.
Jon has worked with us on a part-time or seasonal basis for almost 10 years. His first official day in his new position was January 1st 2016. During his first year, Jon has served as the primary person responsible for maintenance at camp and as our summer camp program director. Jon has begun the process of raising support and has raised about 75% of his goal for 2017. He is still looking for a few partners who would contribute $25, $50 or $75 a month to his support this year. Would you pray about this need?
There are a number of ways you can help us now.
For the second year in a row we have a special opportunity for you to help our ministry. Last year generous donors provided $25,000 in matching money for all gifts made to the building fund during the month of February. Because of that matching money and the giving it generated we were able to significantly reduce our mortgage principle. We are pleased to announce that this year we will have access to another $25,000 in matching money for building fund gifts in February.
With the money raised this year we want to make upgrades to Cedar Lodge and pay on the mortgage principle. The upgrades include adding air conditioning, adding to the existing heating system and replacement of windows and doors.
Can you help us reach that goal? Each dollar you give will be matched. Simply write Nehemiah or Building Fund in the memo line of your check and make sure we receive it by February 28th.
Let us know if you have questions. Thanks again for your support!
Steven E Rohrbaugh
Director, Greenview Bible Camp