Join us Saturday, August 29th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm as we tackle step one of the Monroe Lodge Bathroom Project.
A while ago Camp Christian was generously gifted some funding to do improvements to the bathrooms in the Monroe Lodge. This was done so the bathrooms could meet ADA requirements. The funding is there, now it’s time for people to be there to help get the work done. That’s where you come in! We need your help prepping the bathrooms for the renovation.
Please click on the link and RSVP through SignUpGenius so we know how many people to expect.
By The Christian Church in Ohio & Camp Christian Committee – Wednesday April 29, 2020
Dear Ohio Region,
For 70 years the summers at Camp Christian have been the highlight of the year for so many people. It’s abundantly clear from all of the messages of prayers and support we received over the last few weeks, as well as the number of RSVPs for our modified summer programming that Camp still holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the people of Ohio. The love and passion that so many show for Camp Christian is a great blessing. This has been, and continues to be an amazing and beloved community.
This is an update that we had hoped to never have to write. It is with broken hearts that we share with you the decision to not open Camp Christian for the 2020 summer season.
For the past month, the Regional Staff, Camp Christian Committee, Regional Treasurer and Regional Moderator have been in prayer and discernment. We have all been meeting regularly to discuss and plan for the possibilities of camp this summer. In monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and following the latest health and safety information from the Governor’s recommendations, we have determined that it simply will not be possible for us to safely or effectively open Camp Christian this summer.
A number of factors went into this decision, including the logistics of being able to purchase enough food, keeping camp clean, being able to have access to cleaning, safety, and medical supplies (so many of which are now being rightly prioritized by hospitals and medical centers), and enforcing safe social distancing practices for the youth and young people who would attend our summer programs. Above all, the health and safety of our campers has been our focus and our mission and with that in mind, we have decided to close Camp Christian for summer 2020.
To be clear, it is still the intention of the Ohio Region to have Camp next summer. This is not a permanent closure of Camp Christian. Although we will still need to do some fundraising and we may still need to adjust some of our logistics and health protocols between now and then, we will be working diligently this entire year to provide the safest and best camp season in 2021.
We are deeply saddened and grieving this loss. We know that many of us have been praying for a different outcome. We know that many of us have already suffered so many losses in the past couple of months, and to lose time at Camp too can feel unbearable to some. Please know that although we feel this is the right and responsible path forward, that does not mean that it is not a difficult and disheartening path forward as well.
In the coming weeks, the Directors and Officers of our various camps and conferences will meet virtually to begin discussions on alternative programming options we will be able to offer in the coming months. By the end of May, we will share with the Region what programming will be provided so that we may still find ways to fellowship together this summer. We cannot replace the green chair circles, the warm glow of the torch, or the ringing of the bell, but the Holy Spirit is still moving in Ohio and the billions of stars that we see in the night sky at Camp Christian are still shining.
We know that it has been difficult for many of us to hold on to hope in this strange season of our lives. Many of us are mourning now, and that is okay. Our God is with us in our grief. And when we are ready, God will move with us in hope and new possibility, finding ways forward through this camping season and the next. Ultimately, our God is a God of hope.
Our God of hope helped us receive over 450 RSVPs for our modified camp program when we set a goal of 400. Our God of hope helps us to imagine alternative programming opportunities that would have been impossible even 10 years ago. Our God of hope helps us to work together with Directors, Officers, Faculty, ADs, Counselors, and Staff to be able to connect with young people in contemporary and creative ways. Our God of hope helps us to know in our hearts that the mission of Building Beloved Community can never be cancelled or delayed, but springs forth like water from a rock in what feels like a desert season in our lives.
We are eternally grateful for your prayers and your passion for Camp Christian. Together we will move forward in healthy and faithful ways so that generations of people will continue to come to know the love of God through Christ at Camp.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to Regional Program Director Rev. Alan Dicken at email@example.com.
The Camp Christian Committee has a few things that we want to celebrate and share with all of you.
SUMMER CAMP: The number of campers who have already sent in their RSVP for our altered camp schedule this summer has been wonderful. As we ask and encourage you to continue to send in your RSVP’s for camp, we want to reassure everyone that thesafety of our campers, counselors, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Even though we are moving forward with an alternative schedule for this summer, we are constantly monitoring the ever-changing information sent out by our state leaders and keeping that at the forefront of our conversations. Should anyone’s safety appear to be compromised by the Covid-19 situation, we will alter our plans however necessary so that we are doing our part to keep everyone safe. Until that happens, let’s keep those RSVP’s coming!
The last day to RSVP is April 26th!
GREEN CHAIRS: Our Green Chair Fundraiser has been a huge success! Over 30 chairs have been purchased and will be given a home at Camp Christian. We still have a few more chairs available so go to the regional website for more information and to purchase a chair. www.ccinoh.com
Thanks to the “Green Chair Crew,” that has been working on these chairs the past several months. No matter what happens this summer, the green chairs will be a great addition to Camp Christian for many years to come.
A THANK YOU TO TED: April 15th marked the one-year anniversary of Ted Nelson joining our regional staff as our Campsite Manager. The year has gone by quickly but all of Ted’s hard work and dedication to helping make Camp Christian the best camp it can be has not gone unnoticed. We are grateful for all he has done throughout this past year as well as his continued use of his talents and gifts to help fix, build, clean, and care for these sacred grounds which we call Camp Christian. THANK YOU, TED!
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5:16-18
Greetings Region of Ohio, Every day we are in prayer for our region. We are in prayer for all those who are church leaders, both clergy and lay. We pray for those who belong to our congregations. We pray for healing and hope for us all. We also pray for our leadership, that we may be guided by the Holy Spirit to do what is safe and faithful.
Every day we also take in new information about this Covid-19 situation, and we make adjustments to our daily lives in many ways. These recent updates and projections have now shifted from looking at our response to the virus in terms of days and weeks, to looking ahead in terms of months. That shift has caused us to look at how we will need to approach our camping program at Camp Christian.
embers of the Regional Staff, the Regional Church Council, and the Camp Christian Committee (CCC) have been staying up to date with all of the mandatory changes laid out by Governor DeWine. We know that we must comply with the best practices for the safety and health of those who come to Camp Christian. We also know that opening Camp at all is still at the mercy of this health crisis. But we know too that some people need Camp now more than ever.
As a result, we have come up with a creative contingency plan for this summer that allows us to still be able to offer summer programs for the youth and young people of Ohio. To offer a safe and faithful camping experience this summer, we have laid out the following:
Our programming will have to be postponed and we will begin the Summer Camp season in July.
Our summer programming will have to be condensed and we will offer one week for each of the age groups:
CYF Conference will be July 5-11, for youth in grades 9-12
Chi Rho Camp will be July 12-18, for youth in grades 6-8
Otter/Ribbit Camp will be July 19-25, for children in grades 2-5
Advance Conference will remain July 26 – August 2, for young adults ages 19-29
(Grandparents Camp is looking to reschedule sometime in the Fall)
The schedule and programming for each week will be slightly different than in past summers, and the details of those programs will be made public once the directors and leaders of the various weeks have a chance to organize and plan.
In addition to safety and health concerns, we are doing our best to be fiscally responsible with our regional resources. In order for us to be able to afford to open Camp, even in this postponed and condensed format this year, WE NEED to total 405attendees throughout the month of July, an average of a little over 100 people per week. In the coming weeks we will need attendees to RSVP (payment to be made at a future date) here https://www.ccinoh.org/events_details.aspx?id=455 so that we can have a good idea of how many campers we will be serving this summer.
It is essential that everyone who is planning to come RSVP’s by April 26th. If we do not have enough RSVPs, we will not be able to open Camp at all this summer.
We want dearly to believe in faith over fear and to operate out of a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity, which is why we have put this contingency summer camp plan in place. However, we know that things are changing rapidly in this climate, and we want you to know that we will also take steps to ensure everyone’s safety first and foremost. The Regional Staff and CCC will continue to meet in the coming weeks and months to continue to discuss our shared passion for camp ministry while putting health and safety at the forefront of all of our decision making.
Please continue to pray for one another and to pray for this region that we may be guided by God’s wisdom and discernment in this process. Thank you for your support, patience, generosity, and most importantly, thank you for your love of Camp Christian and every young person who has ever found a home here.
Peace and Blessings,
Camp Christian Committee & Regional Staff
Please direct all questions to Rev. Alan Dicken, our Regional Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this challenging time we are now living in, it can be easy to get lost in the darkness and miss the signs of hope that better days are ahead. So, the Camp Christian Committee thought we would help bring you one of those signs of hope with an update about our Green Chair Fundraiser.
And the update is….the first six chairs are now complete!
How FANTASTIC is that?!?!?!
It is exciting to think that in the coming months these chairs will be a part of a circle of chairs at Camp Christian where campers will sit in them as they share time with one another talking, laughing, sharing stories, telling jokes, and just being together during their time at camp.
And that, is a really great thing.
Yes, we still don’t know how things will unfold just yet with all that is going on in our world right now. But we know that eventually we will be back at camp. And when that time comes, we will be ready for every camper, counselor, assistant director, director, ministry associate, volunteer, and visitor because we have continued to press on doing the work that needs done because we have remained focused on the hope of better days ahead.
We are grateful for ALL who have purchased chairs and we are grateful to the hands that continue to work diligently to build the chairs. THANK YOU doesn’t seem like enough but it is a place to start. THANK YOU to ALL.
We hope this update about the Green Chair progress brings some hope to you that better days are ahead.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Php. 4:6-8
We are all coming to terms with the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. We are well aware of the numerous organizations and businesses that have closed their doors in recent days or have had to alter what they do in a significant way. We have learned that is not always possible to plan too many days in advance as situations continue to change. However, the Camp Christian Committee does have an eye on the future even if our knowledge of what the future holds may be limited.
Our Camp Christian Committee met online in recent days to discuss what this upcoming summer might look like as far as our outdoor ministries are concerned. We want you to know that steps have already been instituted as far as cleanliness and sanitization are concerned which are likely to remain in place even when the coronavirus is behind us. Andthe most important thing to hear is that no decisions have yet been made concerning our summer program.
As the days are unfolding, we are creating contingency plans to address some possible scenarios for the summer. So even though we are keenly aware that circumstances might change, we are planning for our summer program, counselors have been recruited, and ministry associates have been hired.
Here is a way that we need our churches to assist our planning: Continue to encourage the early registration deadline of May 1st. We have made the change that No payment is required at the time of Registration, rather the May 1st date is to secure your spot and will guarantee the Early Bird rate. This is necessary to help us prepare for the summer. As we move through these weeks and possibly months ahead, we will allow time to help us determine when payment will officially be due.
We are aware that this situation is constantly changing and evolving. As more information and possible restrictions are made public, we will do what we can to meet as a committee and address the evolution of our response as quickly as possible. Currently, we have our next committee meeting planned for April 22nd, but we also know that we may need to meet before then. We will do everything we can to give ongoing updates and communication as the situation unfolds. Thank you for your patience with us as we are also figuring out the most faithful way forward in this time.
These are unsettling times yet as Christians we are called to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12. Let us be in prayer together for our shared ministries and the staff that helps us carry them out.
Please direct all questions to Rev. Alan Dicken, our Regional Program Director, at email@example.com.
In grace and peace,
The Camp Christian Committee and the Regional Staff
Our Green Chair Fundraiser is off to GREAT start. 12 chairs have already been sold in less than a week! A big THANK YOU to all who have purchased a green chair so far. We still have many more chairs that we hope to sell so keep passing the word along!!!
The green Adirondack chairs at Camp Christian have become almost a tradition at Camp. The conversations and fellowship that happens around the circles of these chairs during the summer is regularly listed as a favorite amongst Campers.
Every summer the campers express a desire for more green chair circles. With this in mind, the Camp Christian Committee has put together a fundraiser to include the whole region as we provide chairs for the campers while raising needed funds for camp.
Our plan is to make 45 chairs (20 to stay at camp, the other 25 going to peoples’ homes) andto raise $10,000.
The funds raised will go to Camp Operations (repairs, general maintenance, utilities, kitchen needs, and supporting staff members).
We are building and want to obtain sponsors for 20 chairs that would ultimately remain at camp. We will also take orders for up to 25 more chairs that people can buy for their own use. Sponsored chairs staying at camp would include a dedication plate on them with wording chosen by the sponsor.
Ordering will end when all the chairs are sponsored or sold, or the end of April. Credit cards are accepted. Purchased chairs may be picked up at camp during the Camp Christian Market Day on May 2, or delivered to your church in late May, if you prefer.
Disciples Connect Spring Luncheon ALL are invited!
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 Camp Christian, 10335 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
11:30am – Gathering & Fellowship
Noon – Luncheon
1:00-3:00pm – Presentations
This Disciples Connect luncheon is an opportunity for Ohio Disciples to come together in fellowship and learn more about mission and ministry opportunities with some of our partners in wider church ministries here in Ohio and beyond. In cooperation with each other, we are all able to serve and grow in our faith as a community. All are invited to attend this event and discover ways that you and your local congregation can assist and participate in these valuable and life-changing ministries.
We will be featuring and have speakers and presentations from: