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.

Women’s Retreat is almost ONE MONTH AWAY!

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WOMEN’S RETREAT IS ALMOST HERE!

We are anxiously awaiting the coming of spring and the warmer weather that comes with it. With April quickly approaching, we are also so excited for the Women’s Retreat season to kick off! We are looking forward to having hundreds of women here at camp during these two weekends. Here are some of the things we have planned for these weekends:

Craft Workshops: We have another great list of craft workshops available for guests during Women’s Retreat. Here are the craft workshops we will have this year:

Leather Earrings ($5 for one set or $10 for 3 sets)
Face Masks ($5)
Succulent Terrarium ($10)
– Wooden Picture Display ($10)

Chapel Sessions: As always, our focus during all of our retreats is sharing the Gospel and helping our guests grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our speakers this year are Robyn Dykstra and Challis Bower for Women’s Retreat 1 and 2, respectively. We are so excited to have these women share the Word of God with us and teach us how to live for Him each and every day. We are also excited to have Alicia Fowler to lead the women for both weekends. For more on our chapel sessions and our speakers, click here and select the “Dates and Speakers” tab.

Outdoor Activities: A highlight of every Women’s Retreat is the outdoor activities we offer. This year we are bringing back a lot of your favorites for you to enjoy, including our zipline, high ropes, archery, coffee shop, pontoon rides, and even trap shoot! For a complete list of the activities we offer, and a look at a sample schedule, click here and select the “Schedule and Activities” tab.

Dessert Room: One of our favorite parts of Women’s Retreat is the incredible food. We are excited for the great meals we will have, as well as the infamous dessert room we have every year. Our dessert room is a great place for you to hang out, catch up with friends you came with, and enjoy your choice from many different dessert options.

 

SPACE IS FILLING UP FAST!
Space for our Women’s Retreats are quickly filling up! Make sure you get signed up soon to reserve your spot! Click HERE for more information or to register!

Man Camp Starts TODAY!

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Today marks the beginning of our 2018 Man Camp Season! We are pumped for the hundreds of men to be here and enjoy a great weekend together.

This weekend we will have just over 100 men attend our first Man Camp. With March Madness just starting, we are looking forward to lots of basketball, incredible food, and watching our favorite teams play. The weather this weekend is also looking great so we hope to make good use of our zipline, high ropes, trap shooting range, and our huge man grill.

The thing we are looking forward to the most, though, is hearing the Good News of Jesus preached. We would love to have you join us in prayer for this weekend and that God will work in the hearts of these men.

The Generator is Up and Running!

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Last year, as part of the Keeping Faith Campaign, we were able to purchase a generator that will power the Chapel, Evergreen, and the Lodge (including the Dining Hall) in case of a power outage. We are excited to share with you that this generator is now completely hooked up and up and running!

We want to say THANK YOU for all of your support towards the Keeping Faith campaign. The generator is a huge addition to camp because, not only will it keep lights on when the power goes out, but it will also eliminate any potential distractions during power outages during chapel sessions and while guests are on campus. One of the most important roles the generator will play, though, is supplying power to our dining hall and the large refrigerators and freezers we have on campus. On any given weekend, we could have thousands of dollars worth of food in our kitchen. With the generator, we now won’t have to worry about having to throw out food due to the power being out.

We appreciate your support in helping us continue to improve Camp’s resources. We are very excited with what the future of Miracle Camp looks like and would love to have you partner with us in our mission to glorify God and share the Good News of Jesus with more and more people every year. If you would like more information on the Keeping Faith Campaign, or if you would like to help support us with a financial gift, visit www.miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith/!

Check Out the Topics for this Year’s Man Camps!!

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Our first Man Camp will be here in just two weeks!! We are looking forward to four incredible weekends, with hundreds of men, and seeing how God works in their lives. Here are the topics our speakers for the year will be teaching on:

Man Camp 1 – Dan Busse

Dan will be focusing on raising the bar on our faith, expectations, and outcome in life. He will be asking the question, “We are living, but have we found life?” In Dan’s first talk, on Friday night, the topic will be “What Matters Most?”. He will be diving into Luke 6 to look at three key questions to help us discover God’s plan. Saturday morning’s topic, “Who Am I?”, will look at our identity and what God has for us through passages in Ephesians. The third message, titled “Fear to Focus”, will come from John 5 and will challenge us to shift our focus and think about how fear keeps us from embracing the life God has for us. Our final session, on Sunday morning, will be centered around Colossians 3 and 4 to look at legacy and the need for community.

Man Camp 2 – Rich Ratts

Rich Ratts will be focusing on the theme of Acting Like Men. The sessions for this weekend will be centered around a couple key verses: 1 Corinthians 16:13 (“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”), Nehemiah 4:14 (“After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’”), and Luke 2:52 (“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”). Each message will encourage guys to “act like men” according to the four domains mentioned in the life and growth of Jesus as recorded in the passage from Luke. Session one will focus on growing in wisdom (intellect), session two on growing in stature (physicality), session three on growing in favor with God (spirituality), and the final session on growing in favor with men (relationally).

Man Camp 3 – Tom Harmon

For our third Man Camp, Tom Harmon is back as our speaker! The chapel sessions will be centered around the book of Daniel. In the first session, Tom will talk about “Daniel’s Moment in Time” by looking at the first couple verses of the first chapter. Saturday morning will focus on “The Making of a Man” through Daniel 1:3-9. That evening, we will dive into Daniel 2:44-45 to take a closer look at Daniel’s message. In our final session, Tom’s topic will be “The Making of a Prophet” based out of Daniel 6.

Man Camp 4 – Nate Hamblin

Nate’s main theme for this weekend is Man Prayers: Exploring simple, gospel-centered prayers that invite Christ to form and shape His life in our everyday lives. Nate will kick off the weekend in Luke 1:26-38 by looking at what God desires to do IN & THROUGH us. The next morning’s session will look at 1 Kings 3:1-15. In this message, Nate will talk about our desperate need for the wisdom of Christ to rule in our hearts. On Saturday night, Nate will look at Mark 9:14-29 and about how we are all equal in our need for Christ’s grace to daily overcome our unbelief. The last session will be based on the passage from 2 Kings 6:8-23, centered on praying that the Lord will open our eyes that we may see.

If you would like more information on what goes on at Man Camp, more about the speakers, or have any questions, visit our website at www.miraclecamp.com/mancamp!

Summer Camp is Coming!

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It might still be February but this warmer weather is showing us that summer is right around the corner! In less than 100 days, our Summer Staff will be getting ready for our first week of campers!

Summer Camp is one of our favorite times of the year. We love seeing campers experience things they can’t do at home like blobbing out on the lake, riding the zip line, and meeting lots of new friends from all over the Midwest! Our large group games, like Gold Rush, Atomic Domination, and Hunger Games are always a blast and give campers a chance to have fun and play games with hundreds of other kids at a time. Archery, paintball, the Climbing Wall, and the craft shack are just a few more of the incredible activities we offer here at camp.

More than all the fun and games, though, we love Summer Camp because we get to see these kids spend a whole week learning more about who Jesus is and their need for Him through chapel sessions, cabin devotions, and one-on-ones that each camper gets with their counselor. Our entire mission is built around facilitating life change by helping people grow closer to God. All of the hard and exhausting work that our staff puts in to each week of the summer is worth seeing kids grow in their relationship with the Lord.

If you would like more information on Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summercamp!

Update on the Keeping Faith Campaign!

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The Keeping Faith Campaign began, and continues to be, a vision for ministry here at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. It celebrates how faithful God has been over the past 50 years of ministry, while also looking ahead to the next 50 years and beyond. This campaign has focused on three opportunities to continue sharing Christ with more and more people every year: ensuring safety, adding capacity, and being good stewards.

Ensuring Safety: Safety is our number one priority. Whether guests are at the waterfront or going down the zip line, we make sure they are secure with safe equipment and trained staff. One of the additions to camp that we have been most excited for through the Keeping Faith Campaign is the addition of the tunnel, which has allowed hundreds of kids, families, and guests to cross the road safely. We have been so grateful that we were able to begin the Keeping Faith Campaign with the addition of the tunnel and continue to provide a safe place for those who are on our campus.

Adding Capacity: Each year, we have to turn guests away due to lack of space. We want to be able serve as many people as possible and not have to turn anyone away who desires to experience life-change. The Evergreen Project is one of the ways that we are looking to increase the number of guests we can have on campus. As you may have seen, we are thrilled by all of your support to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are already under way with this renovation and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring so construction can continue!

Being Stewards: We believe in excellence here at Miracle Camp. This does not always mean building new facilities every year. It can also mean taking responsibility to care for and improve the facilities we already have and, therefore, being good stewards of the many things God has blessed us with. This is one place that we are excited to be heading in the future. Throughout the next few years, we are hoping to update and remodel many of the buildings and facilities we have around campus. We desire to pour into and care for the guests that come to camp and we want nothing to distract from their experience here. With your support we can continue to improve camp and be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with.

THANK YOU!

Again, we want to thank you for all of your support of camp throughout the Keeping Faith Campaign so far. We look forward to your continued prayers and financial support as we look ahead to the future of Miracle Camp!

Want To Get Involved?

We would be thrilled to have you join us in our mission to serve the local church and see the message of Jesus preached to thousands every year! We would love you to prayerfully consider supporting camp with a financial gift and prayer. If you would like to donate to the Keeping Faith Campaign, click here!