You have to love when a plan comes together. Our Tough Camper Run was one of those plans. We've been tossing it around for several years now - wondering if it would fit in our "family" of annual events. We're always excited about the idea of welcoming families and new people into our Camp Evergreen world and we really started feeling like an obstacle race - one that could challenge not only individuals but families and youth groups - could be just the right fit.

We set to planning the course - which basically meant that John (a.k.a. Dish[Rack]tion) consistently ran the developing "course" several times a week over the last five months until we had a path that we were happy with. Then came the obstacle design. We researched, we met with some experienced race organizers, and obstacle experts and started planning our event.

The weather was perfect as seventy racers checked in for the race. Costumes, custom-made shirts, and families of all different ages and s…

Calling all Kingdom Workers!!

Today we received 10 camper registrations. That may not seem like a lot but when you're 89% full - 10 campers make a big difference. We only have 126 spots left in our summer camps. We truly are down to the last stretch. We're wanting to see every. single. spot. filled. We want 1041 campers and 43 families hear the Gospel this summer - we want to see Lives Transformed by the Power of Jesus.

To do this, we need staff. We need volunteers. Each May and June, we bring in about 30 staff to work our Outdoor Education and Guest Group ministry. During this time - our discipleship programs and summer games are being written and designed - summer magic is being crated. At the end of June, 30 staff becomes 70 and we are joined by nearly 100 volunteers in the following two months. These are not youth, young adults, lesser young adults, and grandparents who are wasting their summer or finding something to do to fill their time...they're building the Kingdom of God. They are using some…

Tough Camper Run!

There's a new thing happening this spring at Camp Evergreen. For the first time ever - we are doing an obstacle race called the Tough Camper Run. This race will be the first of its kind here at Evergreen and will raise money for our camp programs.

The race is being designed so that families, individuals, and youth groups can race together in a fun new way. Teams are encouraged to dress up in a theme (like bumblebees, unicorns, or something even crazier) and race to see lives transformed! Each racer is encouraged to raise $200 each in pledges for the race. That can seem like a lot - but kids are really good at raising money...especially when they dress up. Who can say no to a 5 year old dressed as a bumblebee? Our goal for this fundraiser is $25,000.

Prizes will be given for Top Fundraiser in each category, Best Dressed, and more!

Here's the skinny about the race:

1km - 3km - 5km Distance Options with an obstacle area containing 8-9 obstacles in each distance. Obstacles get p…

We need your help!

Every spring and summer, we hire countless staff to lead groups, schools, clubs, and summer campers through our programs. These young adult staff, many who attend Bible colleges and universities across our country, make significant sacrifices when they decide to work at camp. They make the choice to work for less to do amazing Kingdom work. 

One of the things that helps us hire and pay some of these college and university students are Summer Grants. Every year that I have worked at camp (seasonally and full-time), we have received atleast two summer grants. These grants are specifically for staff who are currently students and are intending to return to school in fall.  The government is pretty flexible with these grants allowing us to make some minor changes after we've received them.  Students from Bible School are eligible.  University and Community College are also eligible.  Last year we received seven grants totaling just over $30,000.  Camp Evergreen doesn't make any pro…

WinterFest Family Camp and Fun to Come

Nearly two weeks ago we concluded our WinterFest Family Camp. It was a raving success and we're already hearing families talk about who they will be inviting next year. We're excited to see this camp grow like our two summer family camps.

There are a lot of people who wonder what there is to do out here in the winter. Well - let me tell you... Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, Snowshoeing, Jug 'n' Jog, ice skating, hockey, Red Neck Curling, Snowsculptures, archery, zipline, crafts, and more and more and more. Evergreen in the winter has its very own magic - besides who doesn't want some hot chocolate and cookies fresh from our  gator while they're waiting to ride the zipline?!

We invited our families to join our Winter Family Olympics. They had their very own "coaches" and competed in a number of different kids of events including Snowsculptures, Red Neck Curling, Giant Dutch Blitz, Jug 'n' Jog. Medals were given out, trophies were won, and it was …

Little but Mighty

Nearly always - when I write about our little Sparks or Jr. Explorer campers - that's how I describe them: Little but Mighty. There are very good reasons that I do. These are campers who are generous, caring, truthful, excited, and energetic. Not at all to say that our other age groups aren't - but there is a little extra dose of all of that in these little ones. They can imagine the world as a better place and will act on it - one little act of kindness at a time.

Sparks and Jr. Explorer camps are our slowest to fill - most often because parents are bidding their time, gently asking their young ones if they would like to come to camp. Put yourself in their shoes...

Child (with big, giant doe eyes):
What's camp? What am I going to do there? Are you (my parents) going to be there? Do I know anybody?Will I like the food? I mean...I only like KD and hot dogs...Will I get KD and hot dogs?How long? Like how many sleeps? Can I stay with my sister or brother?Can you (my parents) c…

Big Gifts

In the last week I have been struck by something I want to call wild blessings of simple gifts. I'm calling them wild because they've just really encouraged me in what we do here at camp and in all sounded good in my head. :)

I'm going to tell about the two examples of these blessings and how regular people have decided to bless camp out of their own means.

The first one was from a parent who called in to pay for their child's camp last week. As I wrapped up the details to do the payment - the parent stopped me and said that it wasn't just her child's camp that they wanted to submit payment for. The parent took a moment to explain that for the last couple of years they have had to apply for our Campership Aid Program so that their daughter could come to camp. They talked about how it was a Godsend that they were able to still send their child to camp even though the finances weren't available at the time. The parent said that their financial si…