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Connecting Milwaukee’s Children
Charitable Giving Initiative
Diverse summer camp programs
Commitment to urban youth ministry
Connect college students with local churches
Weeklong summer camp experiences for upper elementary through high school students.
Reflecting our local population, we serve a cross-cultural group of students, diverse in culture, race, age and economic background.
Tend to Birch & Ranger (our goat and sheep)
Paddle on lakes & rivers
Explore our glacial history by biking & hiking
Discover cultural history at nearby petroglyphs
Our counselors believe that all campers are children of God, loved by Christ – and we spend the week showing that love to campers through all that we do.
New friendships through shared experiences in the outdoors; healthy relationships with young adult mentors; working together on service projects…
URBAN YOUTH MINISTRY
To be a greater asset to Milwaukee’s youth, we are committed to working with urban congregations to help with their year-round youth ministry programming.
Expected results of this work include…
Greater involvement in youth development
Strong camper retention rates and new camper enrollment
Strong youth ministry leading to a strengthened Church
WORKING WITH LOCAL
As we use this new location to develop future camp and youth leaders, we expect to become a greater asset for Milwaukee’s youth, local congregations and the greater Church.
Through a unique arrangement with Lutheran Campus Ministry of Greater Milwaukee, we have relocated our office to the Corner House across the street from the student union at UW-Milwaukee.
Creating a place for local college students to develop leadership skills, prepares them to…
…work with local churches, support year-round youth ministry, and act as a mentor while encouraging youth to…
…grow in faith, aspire to a life of great purpose and, of course, attend summer camp at Camp Indian Sands…
…and, perhaps go on to college
serve as a mentor at a local church, work as a camp counselor,
…and start the cycle all over again.
SUMMER FUN 2009
For more information about our summer programs, check out the article in “Stories of Faith in Action” with this picture on the cover.
“I liked being in a Christian place. I’m going to make my mom bring me to church when I go home.”
“During the shout outs at campfire”
“When we were at the park”
“At the nature place where we worked”
“At the Campfires in the songs”
“In the games, like the obstacle course”
To read more about our livestock experience with Birch and Ranger, read our latest newsletter.
SUMMER STAFF 2009
Pictured: Jennessa, Kate, Craig, Emily, Chancie, Terra, Pierre, Victor, Wantee
This is summer program director, Victor. He’s either leading one of our service projects over at the Mecan Nature Center – Renewable World Foundation or about to pull a prank.
Odds are good that its a pinecone ambush.
“I enjoyed the small size of the camp. The staff, especially at awards night, really made all of the kids feel included.”
This is Craig, showing just how far he’ll go to provide health care assistance to an injured camper.
Second year counselor, Wantee – either he’s all decked out for Capture the Flag or he’s getting ready to dance with the Jabbawockeez.
Counselor Kate serves as archery instructor, butterfly enthusiast and caretaker of the animals… and apparently she also juggles fire.
A Public Service AnnouncementFrom Jennessa
Research, thoughts and inspiring words for why we camp…
“The organized summer camp is the greatest contribution America has made to education.”
-former Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot
“Children are plugged into some kind of electronic medium an average of 5½ hours a day.”
Kaiser Family Foundation
“All children learn at about the same rate (at least in terms of basic skills) during the school year.
True for all socio-economic groups
Differences in achievement between (poor/middle-class children) are based in inequalities that children experience outside of school.”
Cooper, Nye, Charlton, Lindsay, & Greathouse
And on behalf of the kids – Thanks!