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Jordan Rauh

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Fun!

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With our staff all here and campers coming in just a few short days we are so excited to share with you how our staff is preparing for Summer Camp and how much we long for your camper to have the best week ever!

FUN!

It might sound shallow, but we truly hope that every camper has one of the best weeks of their life while they are at Miracle Camp. We truly do believe that campers have as much fun here as at Disney World!

CREATIVE PROGRAMMING

Our summer staff makes it a priority to put in the extra effort to plan creative activities for Summer Camp. Our all camp games, like Gold Rush, are some of our favorite activities that we program. Every year, we love using our creativity to provide new and excited games and activities for our campers.

THINGS YOU CAN’T DO AT HOME

We have be blessed with lots of awesome things that provide an experience that is way different from anything that our campers could do at home over the summer. Some of our favorites include our zipline, climbing wall, tubing, the blob, paintball, and so much more!

MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS

Camp wouldn’t be the same without the other campers and staff members that your child will meet while they are here at camp. It always brings a smile to our faces to see the friendships that campers can make after just a week of being together.

It is such a joy to us to see campers having one of the best weeks of their lives here at Summer Camp. If you would like to check out more about Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Spiritual Growth

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Our Program Office staff has been here for almost a week now preparing for Summer Camp this year! We are so excited for the rest of our summer staff to arrive this upcoming Tuesday and begin training for this summer. As we touched on last week, safety is our number one priority. Right along with it, though, spiritual growth is one of the main reasons we exist and put so much effort into our Summer Camps.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Right behind safety, our second priority at summer camp is to make sure that each camper grows closer to God while they are here. We want to make sure that the Bible is preached clearly and relevantly to every camper and that each counselor challenges campers to apply God’s word to their life. Our desire is to see you son or daughter learn more about Jesus Christ and grow in their walk with Him.

ONE ON ONES

Another way that we encourage and challenge your child in their walk with the Lord is through one on one conversations they have with their cabin leader. These discussions are put into place so that each cabin leader can help each camper grow closer to God personally. Our staff is trained to challenge students to read and apply God’s word and to spend time in prayer.

CHAPEL SESSIONS

Campers get to experience 2 chapel sessions each day that include worship and a Bible teacher who will communicate God’s word on a level relevant to the age of the campers. We believe that the Bible is powerful and changes lives and we want campers to experience this each week.

DAILY DEVOTIONS

After the morning chapel session, campers will spend some time outside with their Bible and daily devotional. Our desire is to see campers reading and studying God’s Word both here at camp and continue these habits as they go home. Each cabin will also come together after each evening chapel session for cabin devotions. These times provide a space for cabin leaders to lead discussions on what the speaker talked about during the session and allow campers to see how this topic applies to their life now.

Our staff is focused on helping people know God in a deeper way. We believe that relationships are the heart of ministry and each summer, our Summer Staff will pour their hearts and lives into the campers in their care. If you want to see more about what Summer Camp is like, click on the button below!

What We Teach Our Summer Staff: Safety

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Our Summer Staff starts arriving to camp in just a few short days! As we prepare for this summer, we want to give you a little insight on some of the things we teach our Summer Staff!

SAFETY

Our first summer camp priority is safety and we take it very seriously. We have safety training, policies and background checks in place to ensure your camper will have a safe week of camp. But the most important thing we do for safety is take hiring seriously. We believe that our staff is one of the safest summer camp teams in the nation.

During our staff training, we spend numerous sessions preparing our staff for a myriad of issues that could arise during a week of Summer Camp, including topics such as homesickness, bullying, and what to do in an emergency situation. We prepare our staff to always value safety over any other aspect of camp. Each week of summer camp, we have trained medical staff who are qualified to handle a potential emergency situation. We take every precaution to make sure everything we do is as safe as possible and we make sure we are prepared if an injury or emergency should arise. We also hire 8 lifeguards to be at the waterfront during free time, which is 6 more than is required by law.

Safety is the most important aspect of our Summer Camp and we do everything that we can to make sure you child is safe while they are here at camp. If you would like more information about our Summer Camps, click on the button below!

SUMMER CAMP!!!

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Summer Camp begins in just under 40 days!!! We couldn’t be more excited for the many staff, camp aides, and the hundreds of campers that will be here this summer! One of our favorite parts of Summer Camp is seeing campers learn more about the Gospel, make lots of new friends and watching them have one of the most incredible weeks of their life. Here are the dates for this year’s summer camp!

Middle School 1: June 10 – 16
Junior High 1: June 17 – 23
Senior High 1: June 24 – 30
Grade School 1: July 1 – 4
Junior High 2: July 8 – 14
Senior High 2: July 22 – 28
Grade School 2: July 29 – August 4
Grade School 3: July 29 – August 1
Middle School 2: August 5 – 11

Space for Summer Camp always fills up quick so make sure you register while there are still spots available! Click on the button below to register or learn more!!

Man Camp Work Day Projects!

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It’s been a couple weeks since our final Man Camp work day of this year. We are so thankful for the men who volunteered their time and energy to help make Miracle Camp an even better place.

New Hiking Trails: One of the biggest projects that the men worked on was creating hiking trails on the new land that was purchased a couple years ago. The men spent hours clearing brush, sticks, and thorns to make wide trails that our guests are now able to enjoy!

Cleared Area for Paintball Course: In addition to clearing lots of trails, some of the men took on the task of clearing a large area as the new location for our paintball course. This new area will provide a larger, more enjoyable space for our paintball games.

Whitewashed Walls in Game Room: Our game room now has a brighter feel! We hope this improvement will continue to support the smiles and laughter of our guests who enjoy this space.

As always, we are so grateful for the help we receive from our faithful guests and supporters. Miracle Camp wouldn’t be the place it is without your generosity and contributions and we thank you for supporting us in creating a place where the gospel can be preached to more and more people every year. For more information on how you can get involved, or the projects we are working on now, click the button below!

Culinary Arts Internship Opportunity!

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For over fifty years now, Miracle Camp has existed to facilitate life change by helping people draw closer to God. While the year-round events we facilitate for our guests are designed with this in mind, Internships also provide a meaningful avenue for us to facilitate life change for transitioning students. Interning with us provides opportunities for personal growth while serving alongside our full time staff in a specific area of interest.

Knowing how to choose a career path without the benefit of much work experience can be a challenge even for the most prepared students. While schooling can enlighten us with new ideas, the classroom doesn’t often provide opportunities for practical application. An internship, on the other hand, provides specific opportunities to gain valuable experience in a field before committing to a future course.

Your vocation represents the biggest time commitment in life, and the place we have the most opportunity for relationship with others. For our interns, this means we equally value the work that happens behind-the-scenes and on the stage; no matter what type of career path you are preparing to take, our program will give you the tools to see your workplace as a mission field for you to creatively pursue your God-given purpose.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts “the demand for head chefs, cooks and other culinary specialists is on the rise. The agency has gathered the numbers and determined that the field will grow by an estimated 9 percent between 2014 and 2024.” Here at Miracle Camp, Chef Beau Graf has been faithfully serving our guests since 2014. As a trained chef with over 16 years of experience in commercial kitchens and working with vendors, Beau is excited to share his knowledge and help prepare interns with skills for ministry in culinary arts.

Applicants for the Culinary Arts Internship will be eager to learn basic cooking principles, knife technique, baking and grilling, as well as more restaurant management skills like ordering, inventory and production planning.  In addition to team-based training and individual career coaching, the Culinary Arts intern will receive ServSafe Certification and attend the CCCA Cooks Advance Retreat.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Culinary Arts Internship, in addition to accepting 2019 applications for our other areas of emphasis. For more information, click on the button below!

Framing Has Begun on the Evergreen Project!

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The renovation of the Evergreen Project is coming along well! We want to share with you a little of what is going on right now!

Before Christmas, concrete footings and walls were poured for the entire perimeter of the building. The large steel beams and I-joist were also set in place for the new meeting room floor. This spring, our maintenance team and contractor have been hard at work continuing concrete foundations for outside door stoops and porches and large HVAC unit foundations as well as part of the inside floors between the cabins. We also have just begun putting up the wood framing for the perimeter walls and roof trusses and enclosing the building! It is so exciting to see this building be transformed and we look forward to being able to serve our guests better through this renovation!

If you would like to know more about the Evergreen Project, or our Keeping Faith Campaign, click on the button below!

Ice Camp Recap!

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It’s hard to believe that it has been over one month since our last Ice Camp of 2018! We praise God for an awesome Ice Camp season and thank you all for your continued support of Miracle Camp’s Mission. Take a look at this story from Mya, a student who came to Ice Camp, and see how coming to Ice Camp has impacted her walk with the Lord:

Miracle Camp is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. They’ve got everything at Ice Camp: good food, crazy winter fun, amazing worship, life-changing chapel sessions, and it is a great chance to get away with your youth group! My favorite thing is tobogganing and snow tubing, but my youth group also always enjoys the Broomball tournament and the scavenger hunt. And of course, we always love the camp food (you’d have to be crazy not to!) But apart from all the fun and the good food, camp has changed my walk with Christ. The worship is incredible and the presence of God is so apparent throughout the whole camp, especially during chapel. At camp I get to worship God in such a personal way; it is like the whole room comes alive whenever we start to worship: dancing and singing, with hands raised, it is a truly beautiful thing. Every year I am amazed by the speaker who always is willing to put themselves out there and are never afraid to push your buttons. What makes chapel so different from church at home is that they speak directly to our age and what we are going through right now, not what we might be going through when we’re forty years old. After every chapel session, you get to spend time in breakouts with your youth group. These are very unifying experiences for your youth group; everyone shares their opinions and thoughts on the Chapel session and the things that really stuck out to them. This year at camp we talked about how it is because of Christ that we are alive. After chapel, our youth group spent a lot of time opening up to each other about what we were going through and we spent a long time praying for each other. We all spent time soaking in the overwhelming love of God and many of us felt we were receiving a wake-up call from God. All of us agreed that we were going to take what we had learned at Ice Camp back home and keep encouraging one another to stick with it. After Ice Camp we made a prayer group chat for our youth group. Because of the wake-up call I received at Ice Camp I have also really devoted myself to prayer and time spent in God’s Word, and the time has become more meaningful than it ever has. I will remember the amazing memories I have made at Ice Camp for years but the strength they gave to my walk with Christ will stay with me my whole life. That is why Ice Camp means so much to me.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the highlights of Ice Camp this year:

2,540!

This year, through Ice Camp, we were able to serve 2,540 guests from 61 different churches! That is 103 more guests than we had last year! We were blessed this year with lots of snow for the majority of our weekends and we loved being able to see the fun the students had on the tubing hill, playing broomball, basketball, and dodgeball, and working on the treasure hunt! Some of our favorite parts of these weekends, though, were listening to the speakers during the chapel sessions and seeing students pouring out their hearts to Christ, like Mya said above.

We again want to thank you for your continued support of Miracle Camp. It is our joy to share stories like Mya’s with you of how God uses events like Ice Camp to change the hearts of students. We appreciate your continued prayer for God to work in the lives of guests that are here and look forward to what God will do in the next few months!

Grade School Summer Camp April Discount!

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For the whole month of April, we will be offering a discount for any Grade School Summer Camp registrations! Starting this Sunday, if you register your son or daughter, enter the code below and receive $25 off the cost of Summer Camp for Grade School 1 or Grade School 3 (half week) or $50 dollars off for Grade School or 2 (full week).

DISCOUNT CODES

Grade School 1 – “25OFFGS1”
Grade School 2 – “50OFFGS2”
Grade School 3 – “25OFFGS3”

Our mission to facilitate life change by helping others grow closer to God and to glorify Jesus Christ. We exist as a camp to share the Good News of Jesus to everyone who comes on our campus, no matter how old or young they are.

Every year, we love have new kids here at camp. One part of Summer Camp that we have potential to grow is our Grade School weeks. We hope that this discount will help bring more Grade Schoolers to camp and be impacted by hearing the message of Jesus preached through the chapel sessions and through one on one conversations they have with their counselors. Check out more of what a week of Grade School camp looks like by clicking here.

If you would like to register your child for camp this summer, head to www.miraclecamp.com/gradeschool.