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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.

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looking back
The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is a partnership of the Presbyteries of Beaver/Butler, Lake Erie, Kiskiminetas and Shenango

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LOOKING BACK...
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LOOKING BACK…

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.

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Both camps have a long, rich history of providing

Christian camping for the

youth and families of Presbyterian Churches of

northwestern Pennsylvania...

LOOKING BACK...
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LOOKING BACK…

Over the past six decades, thousands

of youth and family campers

have had

powerful faith experiences and

formed life-long friendships

while participating in

programs of outdoor ministry

in our church camps

looking to tomorrow
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...

LOOKING TO TOMORROW
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LOOKING TO TOMORROW

This fall

The Camping Association

is poised to launch a campaign to make church leaders and members more aware of the opportunities our camps provide

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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 fundsLOOKING TO TOMORROW
all in all camp lambec is in pretty good shape
All in all,

...CAMP LAMBEC

is in pretty good shape.

Capital Improvments
meanwhile at westminster highlands
...Meanwhile

at

Westminster Highlands...

Capital Improvments
capital improvments
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

Capital Improvments
capital improvements
Capital improvements…

In March 2006, a water engineer estimated the costs for needed improvements to be:

$60,000 – 100,000

to start

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At the same time, Highlands septic tanks are operating at capacity.

A new Sewage Treatment Plant is needed–

estimated cost:

$300,000 - 600,000

Capital Improvments
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Capital Improvments

And on the

Highlands ‘dream list’

Presbyterian Women have expressed interest in helping to provide a new dining hall

estimated costs:

$1,000,000 +

review
REVIEW

Before we can address any of these needs and dreams,

It is helpful to review

Changes in our Church

and Camp Attendance

1970 2005 number of churches 327 306 number of members 112 307 53 585
1970 2005

Number of churches327 306

Number of members112,307 53,585

REVIEW
  • membership
  • in the four presbyteries has
  • dropped by 52.3%
it is also increasingly apparent that the congregations of our presbyteries have fewer youth
It is alsoincreasingly apparent

that the congregations of our presbyteries have

fewer youth

REVIEW
and that recreational and spiritual needs and opportunities have also changed in our culture
And that recreational and spiritual

needs and opportunities

have also changed in our culture.

REVIEW
church camp participation in recent years
CHURCH CAMP PARTICIPATION IN RECENT YEARS:

2006 compared to 1996 as a %

LAMBEC YOUTH CAMPERS -15%

LAMBEC FAMILY CAMPERS -44.5%

HIGHLANDS YOUTH CAMPERS -46.5%

church camp retreat participation
CHURCH CAMP RETREAT PARTICIPATION:

2005 compared to 1996 as a %

RETREAT USE

LAMBEC +52.3

HIGHLANDS -51.5

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CHURCH CAMP PARTICIPATION IN RECENT YEARS:

The good news is that...

Retreat Use at Lambec

has shown a 50% increase over the past 10 years!

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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 %

CHURCH CAMP PARTICIPATION IN RECENT YEARS:
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CHURCH CAMP PARTICIPATION IN RECENT YEARS:

We still have good representation by age

in our youth campers.

church camp attendance in recent years
CHURCH CAMP ATTENDANCE IN RECENT YEARS:

The summer camp programs

as a whole

show a 35.3% loss

in the last ten years.

church camp attendance
CHURCH CAMP ATTENDANCE:

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

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CHURCH CAMP ATTENDANCE:

In summer 2006:

710 summer youth - projected 606 actually registered

230 family campers – projected

197 actually registered.

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CHURCH CAMP ATTENDANCE:

This participation shortfall of 137 campers translates into a 2006 budget deficit of approximately

$30,000

church camp costs
CHURCH CAMP COSTS:

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.

church camp support
CHURCH CAMP SUPPORT:

While our Presbyteries have so far maintained the same dollar support from year to year...

...that is the same as a loss against inflation.

church camp reality
CHURCH CAMP REALITY:

expenses

attendance

budget

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FUTURE ?

Now the CAPNWP Board believes they are standing at a significant crossroads.

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FUTURE ?

All our Hopes and Prayers

and all the Realities

bring us to a Decision Point.

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FUTURE ?

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

choice 1
CHOICE - # 1

Continue our programs

as we always have...

(continued next slide)

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CHOICE - # 1

...and at our current pace of lower registration and increasing costs:

We will have to

close BOTH Camps

by the end of 2009.

choice 2
CHOICE - # 2

Undertake a

renewed focus on camping,

requiring a sizable influx

of finances and energy.

choice 3
CHOICE - # 3

Continue to ownboth Camps

but only operate camping programs at one of them

after the summer of 2007.

choice 4
CHOICE - # 4

Operate only one location

and promote camping in other Presbyterian camps in PA;

i.e., Camp Crestfield &

Pine Springs.

choice 5
CHOICE - # 5

Sell one camp

so the other camp may be improved and funded

at a much higher level.

choice 6
Choice - # 6

Sell BOTH camps.

Encourage Presbyteries to offer scholarships to youth and adults who participate in camp programs and conferences at other locations.

choice 7
Choice - # 7

We offer this choice in order to allow those who are viewing this program to offer ideas we may not have considered.

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FUTURE?

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?

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FUTURE?

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.

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FUTURE?

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.

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