Dear Camp Widjiitiwin Partner,

It’s all about relationships! That’s true of campers and cabin leaders; staff and leadership; donors and camp. We are stronger together and can accomplish more for the Kingdom’s sake when we work together. In the last five years we have built some terrific partnerships between Camp Widjiitiwin and individuals, families, churches, groups, donors and foundations.

Our five year partnership with Toronto Police 42 Division to bring at-risk-youth to Camp Widjiitiwin from Malvern and area of Toronto is a great Kingdom builder. Starting from 30 campers four years ago, our 2013 the target is 100 campers, making it one of our largest weeks of the summer. We are hearing about change happening back in the community from the kids’ experiences at camp. Very exciting!

Escape, our partnership week with Hughson Street Church in downtown Hamilton, is expected to have 60+ campers in two age groups (TNT & Blast) at camp this summer. Not only do we offer them new experience outside of Hamilton, but the gospel is presented to each one and Hughson is in their neighbourhood for follow-up.

Thank you very much for your financial partnership with Camp Widjiitiwin and the investment you have made in the lives of campers and staff. Relationships have always been at the heart of the success of Christian camping ministry and that is what most campers talk about when they get home – the friends they made. That, plus the FUN, games, food, campfires, activities and of course the Tuck Shop.

In the chart below you will see our 2013 donation targets; what has been donated or pledged so far and how much is left to raise. Over $73,000 for the season is still a very big amount to reach, but our God is bigger than our need. Last year, a week before we were to start the Malvern week we had just $9000 in hand with no commitment from a major funding partner and the office wanted to cancel the week. We made a decision to go ahead with the program because we believe God has called us to this ministry. Within a few hours of committing to the program we had a $10,000 donation. By the end of the week we had more than $20,000 come in. We met that funding target before the end of the summer. This year we have increased our fundraising commitment by over $25,000. All things are possible with our God!

Fundraising (Donations & Pledges)

Area

Target

To Date

Difference

Sponsorship

$4,000

$600

$3,400

Malvern

$47,450

$17,050

$30,400

Escape

$28,450

$320

$28,130

Ministry

$20,000

$8,336

$11,664

Total

$99,900

$26,306

$73,594

You can help send campers to Widji to experience life changing ministry. For every $425 in donations toward ministry programs, the full cost of non-ministry programs (meals, accommodations, recreation) for one camper will be contributed by Bible Centre Ministries.

This summer we are in need of a “new to us” camp van. We are seeking the donation of a certified 2005 or newer seven or eight passenger van. We use it for camper and staff transportation, town runs for supplies and a few hospital trips each season. Please contact me ASAP at 1-800-551-0168 if you are willing to help us with this big need.

Our themes for 2013 are: Lego, Destination: Australia, Western, Survivor Widji and 1990’s. Details about weeks, ages and themes are in the brochure. This summer we’re planning for a 10’ kangaroo for Australia, we’re planning to rebuild the waterfront wall, build a staff lounge/meeting room plus a new permanent entrance gate.

Our “20 for 20 Challenge” is designed to raise up sustained giving for camp that will raise up a consistent level of funding for Camp Widjiitiwin over the long term. The goal is annual giving with a five year commitment. You can donate at the $1000, $500 or $250 level. Our goal is to raise sustainable annual donations of $35,000. If you would like more information, please contact me.

Last year’s summer staff raised over $1600 for the Escape week so that I would shave off my beard. This summer’s staff is committing themselves to raising $3000 to send kids to camp. I’m not sure what I’ll have to do, but I suspect a Mohawk and some colour will be part of it.

Every child deserves to go to camp! This is your opportunity to help fund 100 youth at risk from the Malvern district in Toronto (partnership with the Toronto Police) and also 60 at risk children from the inner City of Hamilton (partnership with Hughson Street Baptist Church). ($99,900 required to cover the sponsorships and other ministry expenses).

Online donations can be made through CanadaHelps at this link: http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?charityID=s95409 then designate your gift to Camp Widjiitiwin in the comments.

We need you to stand with us so that Camp Widjiitiwin is a place where lives are changed in 2013 and for eternity. Won’t you join us in making Camp Widjiitiwin the best place for campers to meet Jesus and grow in Him? Come along for the journey.

Serving Him together,

Mike (Moose) Greenfield

Director, Camp Widjiitiwin

Being ambassadors for Christ to children and youth

Widjiitiwin – the way camp was meant to be… relational, central, natural, reaching out to campers, a loving community focused on Christ. It’s like coming home, it’s my camp!

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