Dear Friends of Amnicon,
Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support of the ministry of this camp and all who come to it, as campers, as staff, as visitors.
We are now in the midst of our 2010 summer season! Every week, excited church and at-risk groups from across the state arrive at camp and are greeted with open arms by our summer guides. Adizokan Village, the newest ministry at Amnicon, is receiving its final preparations before its first groups arrive. A bear box, fire ring and water station have been added to the rustic family and group camp to help those who come feel taken care of.
You, as our invaluable friends and donors, are an integral part of making sure that all our youth, from all backgrounds, feel welcome here, as one camper has already shared this summer:
“I just wanted to take the time to say thank you. I’ve never been here before and already I feel like I’ve always come here. I feel like if ever things get tough for me I can close my eyes and remember this moment, how things are right now. You’ve made me feel so at home.”
Because of your ongoing support, Amnicon continues to make new collaborations with youth programs as well as maintain consistent relationships over many years. Many of the youth from these groups would not be able to afford an experience at Amnicon without the loving support and financial contributions of caring donors like you. Be assured your donation fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.
Thank you again for your generous support!
Alana Butler Simon Gretton
In 2009 Amnicon and its supporters were able to see that a campership doesn’t just pay for a camper’s experience at camp, it goes much farther than that. Camperships provide opportunities for under-funded programs, enabling Amnicon to work with “at risk” youth and provide positive programs. The lives of the youth as well as the quality of the programs that share in an Amnicon experience are both enriched. Beginning this New Year, we wish to give abundant thanks to the many folks who made the total of $22,490.00 raised in camperships this past year possible. In our thanks, please share in a prayer given by one of the campers from an at-risk group this summer during the first night’s campfire on the Lake Superior beach:
Thank you for the gift of this beautiful Amnicon beach.
Thank you for the sand and the ants and the connections you’ve made between us all.
Thank you for all of these reminders that we are one in you.
Inner-city, foster-agency, reservation, and social service programs are realizing more than ever that an Amnicon trip provides nourishment in areas where their youth are deeply hungry. This past year Amnicon received more requests than ever for scholarships for these youth to attend camp. In a culture desperately disconnected from the natural world and deeply searching for spiritual truths, these experiences are as important as ever, perhaps more than ever. Creating a space where a young person can truly delve into the mysteries of God’s creation, be encouraged to step outside of their box, where the reality of our interconnectedness stirs us toward more compassionate acts, all of this takes the committed and ongoing support of donors like you! We will need to work hard in 2010 to continue this fabulous outreach ministry. For now, please rest assured in our thankfulness for your generous ongoing support and keep your eyes posted for the next time Global Giving and Amnicon will team up for a matching funds campaign. Meanwhile, you are always welcome to call Amnicon with any questions or to add your wisdom to this process. 715-364-2602.
Thank you very much for your support to Camp Amnicon through Global Giving. Thanks to your support, Amnicon met the qualifications of the American Open Challenge and will be permanently listed on Global Giving’s nationally-searched website. As a result, your gift to Amnicon is of immeasurable value, as it will continue to provide positive experiences for youth that transform their lives forever.
Woods, water and campfire have once again played their life-renewing role in our 2009 summer season of wilderness trips. These elements, along with small-group community-building and faith sharing, combine to create the kind of intensely powerful life experience that so many campers strive to put into words:
“I will never be able to express all that this trip has meant to me. This has truly been the best camp experience I’ve ever been a part of. No, even more, this is the best experience I’ve ever had. It is the most incredible week of my life. I am going to keep the community we built going on back at home.” – a first time camper, 2009
Almost half of Amnicon campers this summer came from foster homes, reservations, inner city and low-income communities, or mental health related programs. Because of your care and financial support, Amnicon can provide the power of wilderness and Christian compassion to youth of all different backgrounds. In addition, your gift makes it possible for Amnicon to expand its collaboration with new inner-city programs as well as long-established ones. In the past two years alone Amnicon has experienced a doubling in the request for campership funds. Your donation greatly helps us meet these requests. Global Giving connects donors like you to community-based projects that need support like Amnicon. In turn, Amnicon fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.
Thank you again for your generous gift!
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