Camp scholarship fund grows

Every cold can of pop and chewy cookie was more than a snack at the 2018 Annual Conference. Purchases at the Snack Corner support scholarships for young people attending Michigan Conference camps. ~Facebook/Michigan Area UM Camping

Michigan United Methodist Camping thanks those who purchased snacks at Annual Conference.

Thanks to hungry and generous members of the 2018 Annual Conference, donations to the Camp Scholarship Fund exceeded $9,400, approximately $800 more than last year.

“We are tremendously grateful for the gifts given through the snack table at Annual Conference,” said George Ayoub, Executive Director of Michigan Area United Methodist Camping. “Contributions will go a long way to help send children to camp where their lives will be changed through Christ.”

This year’s snack station also offered information about the camping ministry events, programs and facilities. Camp swag — water bottles, travel mugs, pens and stickers — was also available. The $9,400 represents cash, checks and online donations before expenses. Many donors stepped up and sponsored a camper for a day with a $70 gift, and were given a special button good for free snacks throughout the event.

Site directors attended Annual Conference on Saturday to meet with conference members and visitors. Conversations focused on how local congregations and United Methodist Camps can be in ministry together.

An especially important question was raised by camp supporters in local churches. “How can we send more campers when there are fewer children in our congregation?” Here are some answers to that question:

  • Meet with a local school principal or guidance counselor. Ask them to offer names of children whose lives might be blessed by the opportunity to go to camp;
  • work alongside a school to help them meet the needs of children. While building relationships in the community, you can extend an invitation to camp;
  • offer camp scholarships to the children who attend your Vacation Bible School, even if they don’t attend your church;
  • remind adults we have adventurous and leisurely camp events for young adults through senior adults. You’re never too old to meet God at camp!

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