Summer Program Update

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 405 attendees 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 adicken@ccinoh.org.

Signs of Hope

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

Photo Courtesy of Karen Rule

Important Camp Update

Camp Christian and the Coronavirus

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. And the 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 adicken@ccinoh.org.

In grace and peace,

The Camp Christian Committee and the Regional Staff

10335 Maple Dell Rd
Marysville, OH  43040
Website: http://www.ccinoh.org

Green Chair News!!

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!!!

Follow the link to purchase a Green Chair: https://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian/camp-christian-committee/green-chair-fundraiser.aspx

And another big THANK YOU to our team of volunteers who are giving their time and talents to make all these green chairs.

Good things happen when we work together!

Green Chair Fundraiser!!!

Green Chair Image

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) and to 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.

ORDER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

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.

Thank you for your help in publicizing this vital camp fundraiser.  The link here is a flyer you can print and post in your church. http://www.ccinoh.com/media/250170/camp_chairs___flyer.pdf

If you have questions, please reach out to the Camp Christian Committee at mycampchristian@gmail.com or contact Rev. Chad Delaney at pastormccc@gmail.com


NOTE: After you have made payment, you will recieve a more detailed order form to complete. To see this form ahead of time, click HERE.

Happening at Camp…

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:

  • Church World Service
  • Cleveland Christian Home
  • Hiram Farm
  • Ministries Across Generations
  • Ohio Council Of Churches
  • Week of Compassion
  • The Free Store at Camp Christian

We hope to see YOU there!

Registration information and options can be found on the regional website at:
http://www.ccinoh.com/regional-calendar.aspx?events=8819&action=details

$15.00 per person registered by March 19th ($20.00 March 20thand after)

ONLY 64 DAYS AWAY…

Did you know that the Early Bird Registration Deadline for camper registration is MAY 1st…..THAT’S ONLY 64 DAYS AWAY!!!!

There are Summer Programs at Camp Christian for Children and Youth from Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as Advance Conference for Young Adults. There are also two Disciples Fellowship Retreats which are open to all ages.

Registration materials for the Children, Youth & Young Adult Camps and Conferences are available and can be found on our regional website.

http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian/summer-programs/form-downloads-and-links.aspx

SIGN UP TODAY!!!!!!!!!

Project Update to Share

Late this past fall a big project began to help fix the drainage problem around the gym and around the cabin clusters on that same side of camp. The project was completed and now things are draining around those buildings the way they should be. This was a very necessary step that was taken in order to keep those buildings safe and in good working condition.

BUT…camp could REALLY use more gravel. If you are interested in giving to help meet this need, please contact Ted Nelson, Camp Christian CampSite Manager. His contact information can found on the regional website at http://www.ccinoh.com

WORK DAY REMINDER!

OUR 2ND WORK DAY AT CAMP CHRISTIAN is NEXT WEEKEND!!!!

 Saturday, February 8, 2020

 The day begins at 8:00 am and we work until Dark – Attend as you are able

All outside work on the lower Campus clearing brush, cutting down some trees, and chopping fire wood.

Please wear heavy duty, and temperature appropriate work clothes, boots, and gloves.

Anyone under the age of 18 MUST have a legal parent or guardian attending and working with them.

Lunch will be provided.

There is no charge to participate, but please complete the online sign up at http://ccinoh.org/events_details.aspx?id=449 or email CampChristian@ccinoh.org

If you have any questions about this or want to bring some of your own equipment, please contact Campsite Manager Ted Nelson directly at 614-214-4860.

Click HERE to download this information as a flyer to post!

Camp Forms are READY!!!

Dear Friends,
The Camp Christian Summer 2020 Camp and Conference registration forms and information are now available through the Regional website.  They are all available for download in one place on the Summer Forms, Downloads, and Links page. They can all also be accessed through each of the Ministry’s web pages and on each of the corresponding dates on the Regional Calendar. Please feel free to post and share this information with as many people as possible.

We also want to be sure to bring to your attention the option to make payments towards the registration fees. More information about this can be found on the Payment Plan PDF linked here and also on each of the program pages on the website.


Each Ohio Disciples Congregation will also receive a packet of hard copies of the forms and information in the mail over the next week or so.  I just wanted to be sure you knew where to access them online in the meantime.  We are looking forward to having another wonderful Summer at Camp Christian!!

(If the links above are not live for you, please copy and paste:http://www.ccinoh.com/camp-christian/summer-programs/form-downloads-and-links.aspx into your web browser.)