Camp Amnicon has been built by folks like you
There are a lot of memories built-in at Camp Amnicon
Maybe you remember the the story of a child who came back glowing and smiling from a wilderness trip. If you've been to Camp, maybe it’s a volunteer work-weekend, or a retreat, or a hermitage stay when you were met by the Christ-like love, laughter, and care that live here.
In forty-seven years of ministry, we’ve made a lot of Amnicon memories together.
On their first day at camp, we tell every camper and retreat guest that each building on the Amnicon site was built by volunteers. Campers and guests can feel the love ‘built-in’ to every structure by volunteers and donors just like you. These buildings, too, are full of memories.
In 1966, this piece of property was donated to Central Lutheran Church with the vision of starting a camp on Lake Superior—a laboratory for Christian community. And all along, it’s been community—it’s been you—that has made the magic of Amnicon real. The physical place and the people who care for it are the heart of this ministry.
Whether you were here in person or not, through your support you’ve built the camp from the ground up. You built the garage that would become the dining hall in 1967 and added onto it again; and again; and again. You dug the basement of the lodge in heavy red clay in 1968 and you put up the walls in the early ‘70s; you set up Concordia Chapel in the 1980s; you built hermitage cabins, and then you refurbished them as a sacred retreat space in 1998; you raised the money for a director’s house in 2001 and built a cabin for year-round staff in 1999; you built Adizokan Village, the new family camp site, in 2010, and replaced the lodge deck just this year in 2013.
Look how far we’ve come from that muddy patch of land we started with in 1966! I hope you’re proud of what you’ve built here. You’ve done it on volunteer work weekends and you’ve done it with church groups; you’ve done it with a hammer and nails, and you’ve done it with checks in the mail. (more…)
You’ve done it. But we’re not done.
If you’ve been to Camp Amnicon lately, you know we’ve got more work to do. There’s a boardwalk that stretches from the lodge to the dining hall, straight through the heart of Camp. Have you ever tripped on its un-even boards? Or slipped on it when it’s wet? I hope you’ve never had the chore of trying to shovel snow off of it! The boardwalk is becoming a hazard, and desperately needs to be replaced this year.
We have other projects too. Storm-damaged roofs need work; the camp’s electrical system needs an upgrade; the heating system in the lodge is ancient and could give out at any time.
As a friend of the camp, you know that we work on a shoe-string budget. We rely on volunteers, rather than paid contractors, whenever possible, and we work out discount deals with suppliers who believe in our mission.
Most of all, we rely on you. We always have.
Without your support, we’d be forced to make difficult choices. Let our buildings fall into disrepair and neglect safety concerns? Sacrifice our reputation for the best in wilderness adventures? Turn away poor groups who can’t pay?
There are many more Amnicon memories waiting to be made—but only if you pitch in and help. The camp counts on your prayers, volunteerism, and most of all, your financial support. Please show your support today. Your gift in any amount will help, but please consider giving $450 or more to support the future of the camp.
Thank you for believing in Camp Amnicon. I look forward to building a new memory with you soon.
In the Peace of Christ,
Amnicon has been serving kids since 1966