Dear Friends of Camp Amnicon,
Here’s one nice thing about being a supporter of an adventure camp: it’s easier to remember that all of life is an adventure. At Camp Amnicon, every day is an adventure, full of challenges and opportunities—and like all good adventures, the friends you travel with make all the difference. Thank you for being one of those friends!
It’s a good time to be Camp Amnicon together. The momentum is palpable. The adventure is on.
Let me explain what I mean.
We’ve just come off of the biggest summer in five years, and the new family camp program has already had a powerful effect on the families it touches. Thanks to your generous Campership giving last spring, new partnerships with churches and organizations have cropped up as we seek to bring the neediest kids and families into the woods.
Around the site, new roofs and furnaces are being installed all over camp, all funded by your generosity. This month we’re breaking ground on a new staff house—funded by a designated gift—which will offer stability and longevity to the camp staff.
New long-term staffers are coming on board—an investment in the future of our ministry together and sometimes a tight squeeze in our tiny shared office!
Do you see what I mean about momentum—and about adventure? As the world changes, Amnicon is keeping up, and you who love this camp are making it all possible. This camp is not content to rest on past success.
Every gift, large and small is moving Camp Amnicon forward.
But adventure, by definition, is challenging—even risky. When my colleague Bethany Ringdal talks to campers before they head out ‘on trail’ to canoe or hike, she often reminds them that adventure is “worthwhile discomfort and healthy risk-taking.”
That’s what we’re doing here.
For over five years—ever since Central Lutheran Church made the difficult decision to cut funding for Camp Amnicon—we’ve been an independent non-profit. That means that we’re entirely dependent on individual supporters, like you, for our operating budget. Programs like trips and retreats cover some, but not all, of their own costs. When it comes down to it, the future of this ministry counts on you.
Do you see what I mean? We’re in this adventure together—you and I and the kids.
The growth and investment that the camp is currently undergoing does, like all investments, carry real risk. Some organizations respond to this kind of uncertainty with fear, looking back and shutting down. At Amnicon, we’ve chosen to respond in faith instead.
I have faith that we’ve been called to a difficult and important task—to showing people of all ages their own worth, and to inviting them to the adventure of truly living. I believe we’ve only just begun this work.
And I have faith that you also believe in this calling. Whether you’ve experienced Amnicon’s loving ministry yourself as a camper or guest or staffer, or have seen a child come home from camp aglow with the light of love, you know what I’m talking about.
Together, we’ve signed up for the adventure of this work of love. It isn’t easy. But it is worth it.
I’m writing today to ask you to support Camp Amnicon with a financial gift. Any amount will help keep this ministry growing, but please consider a gift of $400, or maybe even $500.
I don’t ask this lightly—I know you’re thoughtful about how you use your resources—but I do ask seriously. The adventure is on. The need is great. Will you be a part of it all?
In love and gratitude,
Alana Butler, Executive Director