#SaveTheWhale

Summer is quickly approaching and we are still exploring fun and safe options to replace The Whale playground. To keep our community involved and bring us closer to our funding goal, we began a GoFundMe fundraising campaign. We are very excited for the new playground to come! Check out our page and consider donating!

Come & Visit Camp Mennoscah!

There are currently openings for our facilities this summer and we would love to have you at Camp Mennoscah! Our Retreat Center and Bluestem facilities are perfect for family gatherings, reunions, or for a weekend away from the busyness of life. Main Camp works great for school groups, larger gatherings, and church retreats. Current available dates for each of our facilities are listed below and our pricing sheet is located here. Contact us at office@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290 for more information!

The Retreat Center accommodates up to 30, with a main level kitchen that is fully equipped with refrigerator, stove, pots & pans, and table settings for 30, plus gathering areas and bathrooms on the both the upper and lower levels. The building has a total of 17 sleeping rooms, most with two twin beds and a shared adjacent bathroom (four persons per bathroom). A comforter and pillow are provided at this location, and linens are available for rental at $7 a set, or you are welcome to bring your own.
Available dates for the Retreat Center:  May 26-29 (Memorial Day Weekend), June 10-11, June 24-25, June 30 – July 9, August 4-6, August 12-13

Bluestem is a split level house (3 stairs going up, 9 stairs going down) located on the township (dirt) road before you reach the main camp driveway. It has three bedrooms on the main floor and one main bathroom. Each room has a double bed; one room has two double beds with an attached bath. Also on the main floor, there is a living room and a large kitchen area that is fully equipped with refrigerator, stove, pots & pans, and table settings for 20. The basement has two rooms with three bunk beds each and two bathrooms. The basement has a gathering area with foosball & ping pong tables.  A comforter and pillow are provided at this location, and linens are available for rental at $7 a set or you are welcome to bring your own.
Available dates for Bluestem:  May 26-29 (Memorial Day Weekend), June 2-4, June 24-25, June 30 – July 9, July 15-26

Main Camp is larger facility, accommodates up to about 130 during the summer months, including rustic cabins, and an air-conditioned bunk house. The cabins sleep about 10 each and the bunk house has three rooms of bunk beds, sleeping about 12 each, plus a smaller family room with two bunks and a full sized bed. The rental of Main Camp also includes the large kitchen, dining hall, and shelter area, plus the two bathhouses located in the two cabin areas.
Available dates for Main Camp:  May 26-29 (Memorial Day Weekend), June 30 – July 9

 

Have You Registered for Camp?

We hope so!

Our summer youth camps are a great time for kids of all ages to come and enjoy God’s creation. We offer camps for those going into 3rd grade (fall of 2017) all the way to those who just graduated from high school (spring of 2017). Most of our camps are a from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning, although our younger camps are shorter. We offer a range of activities including crafts, nature, swimming, recreation, interest groups, free time, Bible study, and singing. Check out our activitiesyouth camps, and frequently asked questions pages for more information about what we do at camp. If you would like to learn more about our program directors for each week of camp, visit our summer youth camps page.

Follow this link or click on the “Online Registration” button on the right of the page to register for camp! We hope to see you there!

Putting in the Dam!

We are returning the dam to the river on Sunday, April 9th!  Both spectators and helpers are welcome around 2:30pm for an eventful afternoon.  Meet at the sports shack for instructions if you would like to participate. The dam will go in regardless of the weather, so please plan accordingly.  We hope to see you all there!

New Boys’ Cabin

Wow! The new boys’ cabin is coming along quickly as the summer rapidly approaches. We have had many gracious volunteers help us out with this project and we are so grateful. First Mennonite Church of Newton, KS did the clearing of trees, dirt work, and concrete foundation. Grace Hill Mennonite Church of Whitewater, KS has completed the framing, roofing, and is currently working on the trim and insulation. Many volunteers, both from these churches and others, have been out to camp to help build the new structure. We are thankful beyond words for their donations of equipment, time, and skills.

Check out the progress that has been made on the new cabin!

New “Whale” Playground Structure

Have you heard about the new playground structure?
We are in the process of planning to build a new “whale” that is expected to be completed before the beginning of summer youth camps. Aaron Dyck, architect and creator of the new whale sketches, is pictured here. The many hours of work he has put into this project are personally volunteered. We thank you, Aaron, for all of the great work you have done!

Olivia Bartel, camp director, said this of the plans, “In talking with campers, summer staffers, and families, I heard that people wanted the new structure to be similar to the previous one. I heard the slides weren’t fun because they weren’t slick. People liked the idea of having some new components. They liked the idea of having benches on the south side and a separate toddler area.” As it often is with new and exciting projects, we need the support of our community to fund this whale-sized project.

The funds raised at the recent Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction Fundraiser, including sales of desserts and donations, totaled $5,470! A huge thank you to all who attended and gave to this project.

Below are the most recent renderings of the new structure. Check them out!



Do you miss camp?

If so, never fear! We have all sorts of retreats coming up and we would love to have you join us. If you would like to attend any of the retreats below, please use this or any other online registration link to register! If you are unable to register online, contact us at 620-297-3290 for a paper registration form.

Scrapbooking and Crafts Retreats: March 3-5 & March 17-19
Youth Volunteer Weekend: March 10-11
Camp Gathering at Mojo’s Coffee Bar: April 3rd, 5:30-8:30pm
Retirees’ Relaxation Retreat: April 24-26
Men & Boys Retreat: April 28-30

Project Renovate

Wow, there sure is a lot happening at Camp Mennoscah these days! With the renovations to the Kitchen & Dining Hall project underway, the plans for the new playground structure begun, and the work for the new boys’ cabin being done as I type – we are busy here at camp. As is often the case with change, it can be a bit hard to see old buildings go and additions made in their place, but it also means that we are growing and adapting to meet the needs of our community.

Change is exciting!

We have had so many wonderful people involved in our projects here at camp, and we are grateful. If you have been involved with our projects – big or small – thank you. The help we receive from volunteers, local businesses & churches, and donors continues to make Camp Mennoscah a space and place for all.

Check out the pictures below to see what we are working on:

Summer Staff Applications


Above: Camp Mennoscah Summer Staff 2006

We know that many of you have had ants in your pants about applying for 2017 summer staff. The wait is over, we are now accepting Summer Staff Applications! Go to http://campmennoscah.org/application/ to apply online. Contact Camp Mennoscah with any questions or concerns regarding your application. We cannot wait to meet our new summer staff!

All Things New

It’s a new year!

As 2017 begins, the excitement for the upcoming Camp Mennoscah retreats and camps has us shaking in our boots. We cannot wait for all of the new adventures that this year will bring. From scrapbooking and crafts retreats to Senior High summer camp, the anticipation makes our hearts skip a beat. We are so excited to introduce Camp Mennoscah to some for the first time and welcome back those that have been coming for years. We are gleefully looking forward to seeing the smiles on campers faces and to learning new things from our retreat attendees. Mostly, we are striving to experience God in new and old ways.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving
New birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving
New men, women new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song, to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”