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A Letter from Executive Director, Heather:
Friends of Crooked Creek Christian Camp,

Who knew when we started 2020, that the next six months would bring life to a grinding halt with a pandemic? The staff and board began the new year with excitement as we looked forward to celebrating our 40th year. Forty years of living out our mission of serving the spiritual development of children and adults in the Midwest by providing Christ-centered programs, excellent facilities, and generous hospitality in a setting that celebrates God’s creation.

This certainly isn’t what we thought our 40th year would look like. Cancelling summer camp this year and having to close our doors to guest groups over the last several months has put us in a tough financial situation. The financial impact of our guest group cancellations over the last several months comes out to a loss of $104,773.75 

Over our 40-year history we have had our share of peaks and valleys and currently we find ourselves in a valley. We ask that you prayerfully consider a charitable contribution to help keep this ministry alive.
To ensure that Crooked Creek thrives for another 40 years and beyond, we need the financial support of our camp friends more than ever. Will you help us?

I recently received a note from the parent of a camper, who, when learning about the word Shalom and was asked if he ever felt shalom, or total peace and goodness, he immediately said “at camp” as he remembered a moment under the stars with his camp friends. This is the kind of story that motivates and encourages us to remain committed to our work in this ministry.

With your financial support, I know that there are brighter days ahead. I pray that we can come out stronger on the other side and continue to experience God’s faithfulness.
 
With Love,
Heather Bender
Executive Director
 
 
For more information on the impact COVID-19 has had on Mennonite camps, below is a link to an article from the Mennonite World Review:
http://mennoworld.org/2020/05/11/news/a%E2%80%88quiet-summer%E2%80%88some-mennonite-camps-cancel-programs/?fbclid=IwAR0x-p7h-XOdP-ZeE-Ag53UGBi31zVReU5YQlAqbtsHYF9r66qrqj3w0-hk
 
Please note, since publication of this article all 29 USA MCA camps have cancelled or modified their summer camp season.
Programming Update:
Social Distance Family Camp

Swimming and boating in the pond, water slide, archery and water balloon games were just a few of the many activities that happened during our family camp. We heard from our speaker, Emma Beachy, all about the importance of rest. Thanks to both Emma and Michael Swartzendruber who led us in wonderful times of singing together. 
Pool

The pool is now officially open! We're thrilled to have a brand new pool! Some of our favorite features are zero entry, the new pool deck and more space to play. We still have openings left if you and your family are interested in renting the pool. All it takes is a quick call to our office at 319-653-3611 to schedule your pool party and be one of the first groups people to enjoy the brand new space.
Crooked Creek Wild

We have officially canceled Crooked Creek Wild for this year. We are sad to make this decision, but look forward to having Crooked Creek Wild back next spring, 2021!
Upcoming Programs:
I Sing for Ice Cream: Date in September, more information coming soon!

This event will be taking the place of "Sing and S'mores" to help aid in social distance practice. All are invited to come enjoy a time of singing and ice cream sandwiches. Please bring lawn chairs to help with social distancing effort as well as a face mask/covering as they will be required at this event. We want to make this a safe event for all who want to come. We look forward to connecting with you all in this way! 
Wish List for Camp:
Tapered Candles
Postage stamps: First class and Postcard
Dark Tea Towels and Washcloths 
 
Open Calendar Dates:
August 7-9: Retreat Lodge and Pavilion
August 14-16: Retreat Lodge lower, Shepherd's Inn and Pavilion
August 21-23: Retreat Lodge
August 28-30: Retreat Lodge
September 4-6: Retreat Lodge and Shepherd's Inn
September 11-13: Retreat Lodge lower and Shepherd's Inn
September 18-20: Retreat Lodge lower
September 26-27: Shepherd's Inn
If you know someone not receiving the newsletter electronically, please let the camp office know and a paper copy will be mailed out! Or to be added to the mailing list, please email saralyn@crookedcreekcamp.org
For any other questions, comments or inquiries, please call the camp office! 
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