The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is a partnership of the Presbyteries of Beaver/Butler, Lake Erie, Kiskiminetas and Shenango . LOOKING BACK... LOOKING BACK… Camp Lambec began operation 59 years ago as a large group conference-style camp.
The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is a partnership of the Presbyteries of Beaver/Butler, Lake Erie, Kiskiminetas and Shenango
Camp Lambec began operation 59 years ago as a large group conference-style camp.
Westminster Highlands began operation 48 years ago offering small group outdoor ministry experiences.
Both camps have a long, rich history of providing
Christian camping for the
youth and families of Presbyterian Churches of
Over the past six decades, thousands
of youth and family campers
powerful faith experiences and
formed life-long friendships
while participating in
programs of outdoor ministry
in our church camps
The Camping Association Board has wishes and dreams
to make the quality faith experiences we provide available
to more campers and
to upgrade and improve the facilities of our two camps...
The Camping Association
is poised to launch a campaign to make church leaders and members more aware of the opportunities our camps provide
At Camp Lambec there are ongoing cabin renovations and a new beach access has been completed. Work on the new Springfield Staff and Retreat lodge is on hold pending receipt of additional construction funds
All in all,
is in pretty good shape.
The Camping Association is facing some needs for
major capital improvements
While the Highlands water supply tests safely, years of high iron content have deteriorated pipes and affected the taste and appearance
of the Highlands water supply
In March 2006, a water engineer estimated the costs for needed improvements to be:
$60,000 – 100,000
At the same time, Highlands septic tanks are operating at capacity.
A new Sewage Treatment Plant is needed–
$300,000 - 600,000
And on the
Highlands ‘dream list’
Presbyterian Women have expressed interest in helping to provide a new dining hall
Before we can address any of these needs and dreams,
It is helpful to review
Changes in our Church
and Camp Attendance
Number of churches327306
Number of members112,307 53,585
It is alsoincreasingly apparent
that the congregations of our presbyteries have
And that recreational and spiritual
needs and opportunities
have also changed in our culture.
2006 compared to 1996 as a %
LAMBEC YOUTH CAMPERS -15%
LAMBEC FAMILY CAMPERS -44.5%
HIGHLANDS YOUTH CAMPERS -46.5%
2005 compared to 1996 as a %
The good news is that...
Retreat Use at Lambec
has shown a 50% increase over the past 10 years!
Our Camper Retention rate is high:
More than half of all campers who participate return to camp again.
CAMPERS ENROLLED IN 2004: 983
NUMBER RETURNING IN 2005: 555
RETENTION PERCENTAGE: 56.5 %
We still have good representation by age
in our youth campers.
The summer camp programs
as a whole
show a 35.3% loss
in the last ten years.
Both youth and family participation this past summer was lower than last year…and lower than the registration numbers projected when our 2006 budget was adopted
In summer 2006:
710 summer youth - projected 606 actually registered
230 family campers – projected
197 actually registered.
This participation shortfall of 137 campers translates into a 2006 budget deficit of approximately
Even with fewer summer counselors in 2006
(at the Highlands 21 vs. 25;
at Lambec 6 vs. 8)
our overall staff salaries,
equipment and operational costs are higher.
While our Presbyteries have so far maintained the same dollar support from year to year...
...that is the same as a loss against inflation.
Guess where we are on the following chart?
CHURCH CAMP REALITY:
Now the CAPNWP Board believes they are standing at a significant crossroads.
All our Hopes and Prayers
and all the Realities
bring us to a Decision Point.
While we have already committed to operating programs of
outdoor ministry at both camps
in the summer of 2007,
we need to take action about
future long term operation
by mid 2007
We see the following possibilities
as our options:
Continue our programs
as we always have...
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...and at our current pace of lower registration and increasing costs:
We will have to
close BOTH Camps
by the end of 2009.
renewed focus on camping,
requiring a sizable influx
of finances and energy.
Continue to ownboth Camps
but only operate camping programs at one of them
after the summer of 2007.
Operate only one location
and promote camping in other Presbyterian camps in PA;
i.e., Camp Crestfield &
Sell one camp
so the other camp may be improved and funded
at a much higher level.
Sell BOTH camps.
Encourage Presbyteries to offer scholarships to youth and adults who participate in camp programs and conferences at other locations.
We offer this choice in order to allow those who are viewing this program to offer ideas we may not have considered.
The Camping Association Board (which includes four members elected from this Presbytery)
is committed to continuing to offer the significant faith experiences that camp provides.
Our challenge is:
WHERE and HOW
can we best do that?
As The Camping Board struggles with the challenge of making
a long term decision
about this ministry,
we seek YOURinput.
Please take the time to complete the response form we have distributed today
Return it to us today or
mail it to the Camping Office.
Meanwhile we ask that you keep in your prayers
those who will make the decisions about this ministry and
those who will be directly affected by those decisions.
We thank you for your support.