Christian Camp & Retreat Center for 70 years in Perrysville, OH

2022 Yearly Recap- A word from Executive Director, Matt Grant Blink and then you’ll miss it. This has been what 2022 has felt like here at camp this year. While it has gone by extremely fast so much has happened. As we enter 2023, I wanted to provide a quick update on camp, along with our direction for 2023. Ever since my arrival in 2018, I have been looking to assemble a camp team who will work to take camp to the next level. It took a bit of time but 2022 saw the addition of some new year-round seasonal staff. In February we hired Tyrique Anderson, as our new program director. Later in the year we added Teresa Fox as our new kitchen director and DeLaney Snyder as our housekeeping coordinator. We also just hired a new maintenance director, John Fox. I am extremely excited to have this team in place, and truly feel that this is the group that will improve upon existing foundations while building strong new ones. We began summer with high hopes of another great season. Within a few days of camp, we had one of the worst storms in decades. We were not sure if it was a tornado or straight-line winds, but tree damage here was extensive, camp roads impassable and electricity knocked out. Fortunately, no injuries or building damage was reported but program areas were heavily damaged, and our zip line was taken down by a large tree. Given the extent of the damage and electricity repairs days away, we made the decision to send the campers home. The power was finally restored days later and several days of initial cleanup made it possible to open camp again the next week! The remainder of the summer went as well as it could go as we continued to play catchup and cleanup of many areas around camp that were still affected. Unfortunately, the storms impacted us in more ways than we imagined. To begin the summer with something that destructive was a bit discouraging but we knew that God had bigger plans and were confident we would overcome it. We saw an outpouring of volunteer support to help us clean the mess along with our staff who pitched in to prepare camp for the rest of the summer. Our camper goal for 2022 was 350, and although we only had a total of 285, 140 of them rededicated their lives to Christ or began a relationship with Him for the very first time. God was truly working through our camp, and we are so blessed to be a part of it. The remainder of this year has been spent hosting various retreat groups as well as laying the groundwork for many new projects to be completed. With the assistance of a tree harvest over a year ago, we were finally able to complete a project years in the making; finishing the interior of our main office. For over ten years it had appeared the same, cubicle walls, concrete floors and no ceiling. Thanks to H and H Construction, they were able to turn our office into a more professional environment for our summer camper families and guests. The project took almost six months to complete but it’s finally done! In the months ahead we will be unveiling some new plans and projects as well as collecting donations to construct a brand new Zipline.  This Zipline will be double the size of the older one, making it an 800ft Zipline and will include better ways to enter and exit from it.  The total project cost is close to $30,000 and we have already raised close to $5,000.  We need your help and resources to meet this goal and get a new program element that will excite our campers for 2023. In closing, I just want to thank all of you, for your continuous encouragement, and support.  We would not be the camp we are today if it were not for donations, volunteers, campers, retreat groups and your endless support.  We are extremely excited to start another year and look forward to the impact God is calling us to deliver in 2023.