New Fund Raiser for October Fall 2020 announced 

 

 

 

 

 

See their web page for details on how to help them keeping "running"!  http://cavespringscamp.on.ca

Each year Trinity supports Cave Springs Camp with donations and contributions to their "Wish List"

for camp craft or kitchen supplies.

Please read this announcement from the camp and prayerfully consider a donation.  

 

Cave Springs Camp

The year 2020 was going to be an amazing year for Cave Springs Camp… 

We had worked tirelessly to expand our little camp operations to include a year-round community hall and lodge as well as year-round programming. We were going to unveil the fruits of our labours in June for the whole community to see! We were genuinely excited about these changes, as we saw that it was the solution to keep our summer camp viable for decades to come. We were in fact leaving a legacy for thousands of children. 

In January, our world, as we knew it, changed. 

The coronavirus pandemic shut down pretty much everything. At the time we thought it would be for a few weeks and then it would be over. We were wrong. As the state of emergency was extended several times, we became increasingly aware of the dangers of this virus and we began to realize that camp may not happen this year. 

 

Usually in April and May, Cave Springs Camp counsellors visit various congregations across the Niagara Region for Camping Sunday to talk about the camp and to solicit your support in the form of bursaries that enable children to attend camp, financial contributions for the ongoing operations and the capital upgrades. We would include a wish list for tea towels, oven mitts, balls, and other camp equipment which you always so generously donate to us. And some congregations have their own bursary fund to encourage their children to attend camp. 

 

Over the years, we have been humbled by your generosity. 

This year, as we were preparing for Camping Sunday, the Nova Scotia mass-shooting occurred. It was not an appropriate time to talk about camping; it was a time to mourn. 

Now we are dealing with the overwhelming consequences of COVID 19 and the provincial shut down on overnight camps. With concern for the safety of the children and our staff, we have also made the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel our day camp program. To run the program, we would be required to hire additional staff (counsellors, cleaning crews and medical support) while at the same time have fewer campers. 

So, for the first time in 69 years there will not be summer camp in 2020. 

 

This, of course, creates dire financial implications. Operating revenue is being reduced to unmatched levels; yet our expenses essentially remained the same for the first part of this year as we, optimistically, prepared for the camping season. Now, we are faced with refunding registration fees for those families who have registered their children for this year and have no reserves to pay staff for work already performed. To say we are facing stressful times is an understatement. 

And to add to our great disappointment, we aren’t able to rent out Legacy Hall as we have been waiting since the first week of March to obtain our final inspection on the building, delayed because of the restrictions caused by the virus. 

It has been heartbreaking to see the hard work of our board and staff be thwarted. 

And yet we have hope. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Please pray for the ministry of Cave Springs Camp. Camp is a place that eases anxiety and brings joy to children and youth. We believe our community will need restorative spaces like this more than ever in months to come and we look forward to the day when children, youth and adults are once again hiking the trails, climbing the high ropes, swimming in the pool and gathering for dinner in the halls. 

So, as in other years, even in our isolation, we are asking for your continued financial support. Please consider making a personal contribution to our operating costs so we may ensure that we do not enter 2021 with a huge deficit. 

Donations may be made by cheque to Cave Springs Camp, P.O. Box 115, Jordan Station, ON L0R 1S0 or they can be made on-line at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cave-springs-camp-inc/ 

We are fully committed to welcoming campers back for summer 2021, knowing that, even in this time, God continues to be at work. 

Blessings, 

David Reid,, President, 

Cave Springs Camp Board of Directors 

                                                    Do you remember this much happiness from camping experience??

Trinity United Church Thorold 

905-227-4644  /  tuc@vaxxine.ca