Countdown to Camp Contests

We’re only 45 days away from the start of summer camp season at Camp Greenwood and we can’t wait to see you there! To celebrate, we’re having a COUNTDOWN TO CAMP CONTEST.

Want to win $100 off your camp registration? All you have to do is go to our facebook page and LIKE this POST and TAG A FRIEND who should join you at camp! Anyone can enter, our winner will be chosen at random. Already registered? No problem, you’ll be reimbursed!

Winner will be drawn at Noon EST on Thursday, May 9th. Winner will be announced on this post and our Facebook Page. #countdowntocamp#campgreenwoodforever

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Tales of Camp Greenwood March 2019

Hello Friends and Family of Camp Greenwood,

It’s been awhile since the last Tales from Camp Greenwood, and I am excited to get back into the swing of writing them.   Many great things have been happening in 2019: staff are being hired, campers are getting registered, and the GMA Capital Campaign has begun.  Because of the result of the Dec 4th vote, The Presbytery has offered to lease the majority of Camp Greenwood land to GMA with the option to purchase it after three years and the board has put together a campaign to raise funds.

2018 8 Day Camp Funny Photo

Yet at the same time we are deep in planning for our 2019 summer camp season.  We have hired several staff members, but still need some summer staff positions filled and if you know anyone who would be a great asset to the staff this summer, they can apply here.  We are always excited to share the joy and love of Jesus Christ with more campers, so if you know someone who needs to experience this please have them register for camp here.

In preparation for my role this summer, I attended a conference in Ohio.  It was amazing to be surrounded by other camp professionals learning and growing.  It helped me to better myself, which in turn will help better the camp experience for our campers and staff.  Activities ranged from taking a guided walk (blindfolded) through the forest to find a single tree in order to really see and understand nature, to learning new songs and singing them with the other 150 participants of the conference.  To be honest it was rather interesting to be on the other side of the coin, as they ran the conference as if we were the campers and those leading sessions were counselors. It gave me a new perspective and I believe it has helped me understand more about the camper experience, which will help me connect more with our campers.  I am excited to bring many of the skills, team building exercises, and activities back to our staff to use with our campers.

2018 May Work Weekend (It Rained, but we are going to rake these leaves!)

If you would like to help the camp prepare, we are planning our annual work weekends for April 27th and May 18th.  We will have jobs – from sorting the arts and crafts closest to preparing the Health Lodge to raking/blowing the leaves.  We would love to have you join us! For more information, please click here.

A big thank to all our donors, volunteers, and those who pray for us continuously.  Without all of you, we could not continue the work we are doing to spread God’s never-ending love.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I know that, because of what you have done, you have blessed each camper, renter, and staff member who enters our property.

As Always,  Camp Greenwood Forever!

Jake Dayringer

Camp Greenwood Director

616.754.7258

www.campgreenwood.org

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Tales from Camp Greenwood July/Aug

Hello Friends and Family of Camp Greenwood,

Another summer has come and gone and what an amazing summer it has been.  We have been able to build relationships with 116 campers and we provided partial/full scholarships for 44 campers.  We have grown in many ways, have learned exciting new things (some from the amazing campers), and been able to make long lasting relationships.

Mid-summer a parent whom I have known for a few years (I had their children as campers when I was a counselor)  came up and asked me a question: “Why do you do this? Seems to me that it would be a lot of stress” I paused and thought about it for a second.  I couldn’t come up with a quick response which encompassed the vast answer which is truly why I do this. So the answer I gave was “It’s for the kids”.

Now that I have had time to think it over, that is, truly,  what the answer is, but there is a little more to it. It’s for the kids who have never had a relationship with God. It is for the 11 year-old that said their week at camp was spiritually transforming.  We do this for the children who struggle to remember how loved they are by God and God’s people. We do it for the kids who have grown up in church but don’t know Jesus personally. It is for the kids, from all walks of life who come to spend a week getting to know Jesus and getting to know new adults and kids who love Him.  It is for the child who came up to me as she was leaving with tears in her eyes to say “Thank you for making me stay (she was homesick and wanted to go the first night). I will be going home and finding a church, I will be coming back next year, and I will have a relationship with Jesus.”

That is why we do it. That is why during those crazy summer months we stay up and just watch the stars and get very little sleep.   That is why we build boats out of cardboard – a material that we all know isn’t going to work to well once it gets wet. That is why we let these children cover us with water, sand, ashes, muck, and shaving cream.  Because we get to watch and help them create long lasting relationships with each other and with God.

None of these amazing things can happen without the consistent support of our many donors.  The contributions, volunteers, and prayers are the lifeblood that keep Camp Greenwood moving forward.

Speaking about moving forward,  we have a few exciting events coming up and we would love you to attend.

 

Unplugged: Earth and Arts

Need a little bit of relaxation, join us for an adults Only weekend trying new activities and projects.   Learn new skills and create new passions. Put away the phone and pick up a new hobby from basic cookie decorating to repurposing with a flair, our guest instructors are ready to bring out your inner creative side and have you reconnect with it.

Unplugged: Earth and Arts is an adult only retreat filled with exploring your creativity in many ways.  Come spend the weekend Friday evening (5:30 pm) Sept 21st to Sunday brunch (10:00 am) Sept 23rd, learning innovative skills and enjoy the beauty that is all around you at Camp Greenwood.

Enjoy the natural environment with evening devotions and a Sunday morning worship service,  Come commune with nature, renew yourself, and invite your friends.

Registration can be found on www.campgreenwood.org just click on the banner that says “Registration for Unplugged: Earth and Arts”

Greenwood Ministries Annual Meeting \ Camp Greenwood Clean-up Day

On Oct 27th at 9 am we will be having our annual fall clean-up day and Greenwood Ministries Annual Meeting.  If you are looking for a way to volunteer this is your chance, we will be doing many projects around camp,  with the weather soon to be changing, leaves will begin to fall, and we will need some able bodies to help us take care of all of them.  If you like to get wet we will also need help taking down our waterfront for the winter.

After a long days work stay for our Annual meeting around 2pm and learn about all the amazing things we are doing here at Camp Greenwood, and a recap of what has been going on and where we are headed.  Vote in new board members or volunteer for a committee. Come be a part of Greenwood Ministries Association.

Again,  I cannot thank the amazing Camp Greenwood family enough for giving me to chance to be part of this amazing ministry.  It is because of the prayers, contributions, and volunteer hours that we are able to continue moving forward. Camp Greenwood has been a part of many peoples lives for many years, and I am honored to be able to continue something that has become a passion for me.  

With your continued support, prayers, and labor we will be able to continue building amazing relationships, learning exciting new things, and spread God’s love to everyone who enters the gates here.  For that again I thank you. I look forward to continue building these relationships with you and I hope we can continue spreading the love of God through Camp Greenwood Spirit.

As Always,  Camp Greenwood Forever!

 

Jake Dayringer

Camp Greenwood Director

616.754.7258

www.campgreenwood.org

Tales from Camp Greenwood June 2018

Hello Friends and Family of Camp Greenwood,

As I sit here and ponder about all the exciting things that have happened over these first two weeks of camp I cannot help but think about the giant web that has been created over the years.   If you know me you might think it is strange that I want to talk about a giant web as you would know that I have a huge irrational fear of spiders, but if you can imagine with me for a moment you will understand.  Think of Camp Greenwood as a huge web of interconnected people. Each point in the web is a person and their connection to each other are the strands. Over the many years of Camp Greenwood’s existence this web has grown to a unimaginable size.  Sadly, over the years this web also has taken a few hits and a few of those connections have been destroyed, which leaves some of us disconnected from the rest of the web and their trust with it.

Starting the year out I was ready to hit the ground running.  I was bound and determined to make this camp the place that I know it can be:  A place that shares God’s love with everyone who enters the threshold of Camp Greenwood’s land, which shares the amazing beauty of the nature that is all encompassing here, no matter which direction you look, and to show each and every person that they are fearfully and wonderfully made and that they make a difference.  

Quickly, I learned that it is going to take some time.  I had an unrealistic version of reality; that we would be able to fix all those connections and rebuild the trust that has been lost immediately. There has been a cyclical journey at Camp Greenwood, where everything will be going fine for awhile, then an issue appears and droves of alumni and supporters come out to the rescue.   Then they just kinda disappear as quickly as they arrived. It is time we change this cycle. It is time to let our Greenwood Spirit show consistently.

Rebuilding this amazing web of connection cannot be done by one person,  it is going to be an army of alumni and supporters. It is going to take a family connected together by the love of God to mend these broken connections and rebuild this web.

Is it a huge feat that we have to take on ahead of?   Yes. Is it an insurmountable feat? No. We have a God, who is bigger than any issue that will rise up against us.  We have a God who is caring and loving. And above all we have a God who wants nothing but one thing: to build a web connected with you.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our mission to spread the love of God.   Your support has been an amazing blessing to each and every person who has traversed through Camp Greenwood.

Let’s reconnect those strands that have been broken and make all our connections stronger so that no matter what issue arises our web stands strong.  Reach out to those connections you made here and let that Greenwood Spirit show!

As Always,  Camp Greenwood Forever!

Jake Dayringer

Camp Greenwood Director

616.754.7258

www.campgreenwood.org

P.S.  We still have some room for more strands to be created.  If you know of a camper looking for a place to go please send them our way.  Let’s make new connection and make our web even bigger.

* First picture is from 2013 Teen Serve Week  ** Second Picture is from Music in the Woods/Radical Leadership 2018

Tales from Camp Greenwood May 2018

Hello Friends and Family of Camp Greenwood,

I woke up around 7 am on May 19th to the sound of rain on the roof of Embudo.  A thought ran through my mind: oh no I hope it doesn’t rain all day. As most of you may know, May 19th was the date of our May work day.  A quick glance at the weather app on my phone and found out it was going to rain pretty much all day. That wasn’t going to stop us! We had 54 people from Holt, Mason, North Kent, a group of 7  summer staff from the past 6 years, and a few others from here and there. We got the cabins clean, raking done, the volleyball court spruced up, the shop organized, and the damaged shore dock removed; all while in the rain.  Back on our April work day we had 24 people who helped rake leaves, clean cabins, and even spackle some walls that were in need of some repairs.

Nothing can stop the Greenwood Spirit.  Thank you to all those who showed up for our work weekends, and to all those who have continued their prayers for this place.  Camp Greenwood cannot exist without our alumni and supporters. We are a family connected through Christ, and the experiences that have happened here, whether that be back in 1955 or present day.

So what’s next; where do we go from here?

Camp Greenwood has been in a state of transition for many years, and because of that it hasn’t been able to thrive the way we all know it can and will do again.  Before we get there, we have to mend, repair, fix not only the campgrounds, but those relationships that have been broken or strained. But everyone knows “it takes years to build trust, but only a second to break it.”  Repairing the grounds is the easy part, all that takes is a little money. Rebuilding the trust takes time.

I hope that I have started down the path of trust with these letters and the church visits.  Getting out into the congregations, I have learned so much and have started building relationships.  I plan to continue building the trust through our summer camp program this summer. I vow that it will be an amazing summer camp program filled with fun, wacky, life changing experiences and all of it done through the Love of God.

What else does Greenwood need?

Campers.  We need campers registered!  We are currently at ¼ the number of campers that we had last year.   If you know of anyone who has a child aged 5 – 17 and they need a fun, God filled experience, please share our information with them.  If you have a child that age please sign them up. I know that summers are getting as busy as the school year, with more and more kids getting involved in more and more activities, but do not forget what Camp Greenwood has done to change your life.  Give us the chance to allow life changing events to happen in your child’s life, or neighbor child’s life, or the life of the kid in the cart next to you at the grocery store.

Donations. If you don’t have campers to send, please provide camperships!  

Lastly, if you know of anyone who is male, 18 years or older, and looking for an exciting, wacky, fun-filled summer job, please reach out to us.  We had a full staff, and then had a few of our male staff members drop out due to other obligations. We need to have another male counselor in order to provide for all those extra campers you are about to send our way!

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We pray you are able in some way: prayer, volunteering, monetary donation, or camper sign ups, to continue our relationship and keep Camp Greenwood touching lives for Christ through a fantastic summer experience.

As Always,  Camp Greenwood Forever!

 

Jake Dayringer

Camp Greenwood Director

616.754.7258

www.campgreenwood.org