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 sizes lined up in four different heats to run the course.

In addition to running the race, each racer was challenged with raising $200 each for Evergreen. Teams enthusiastically accepted the challenge. We had a family raise over $2000! One eight year old racer in particular set herself to the challenge and raised just under $3000. It is amazing and humbling and inspiring to see our campers stand up and support camp. 


At the end of the day - our Tough Campers raised $15,001.00 for camp! It's a super amazing way to jump into our summer season. We're already looking to 2019 and our next Tough Camper Race (mark your calendar for June 8, 2019). 

Our first camp of Summer 2018 starts on July 3rd. That's only 17 days away! We have 60 spots left to fill in our summer camps and we know that God is going to continue to do amazing things at camp.

Pray for us as we finish out our Guest Group season this next week. Our AGM and Open House happens on Saturday, June 23rd. Join us on Saturday morning for our AGM and then stay for activities and a BBQ in the evening. Tell us that you're coming here.

If you've got time this summer - consider volunteering at camp!

Thank you again to all of the racers and everyone that supported a team in the event. We're looking forward to seeing the race grow next year!

.: jogee :.


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