Updates in the sand

Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a month! The leaves are finally beginning to fall and the summer smells are beginning to fade as we are preparing for our final retreats of the year. Join us for our Fall Scrapbooking and Crafts Retreats on November 3-5 and 17-19. The closing of the Main Camp Kitchen is coming up quick, and we will certainly be looking for extra help during the first few months of next year to help out with the kitchen and dining hall renovations. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office@campmennoscah.org if you want to help out!

In September, we had our Mental Health Spiritual Retreat and the start to Work and Play camp. October 1 was our Annual meeting, with a wonderful turn out of about 65 folks – thank you for joining us! During the meeting, we heard stories of camp impacting the lives of youth and adults alike. We recognized three incoming board members, three outgoing members, Jim Yoder for his dedication to building new houses on this rock, and Kelly Stucky for his innumerable years and gifts as Senior High Program Director. There was laughing, and crying too, and most definitely the presence of God among us as we said thank you for another great year! Work and Play camp begin with a small number, but we got plenty crossed of our list. A huge thank you goes out to our dedicated Work and Play folks! The remainder of October has included preparations for the winter, retreat weekends, and a trip to Bethel College for Fall Fest.

We are taking out the dam!

Join us on Sunday, October 8th around 2pm for the annual removal of the dam. We’ll be meeting by the dining hall and venturing to the river once all of the needed materials are ready. Remember to wear river appropriate clothing and shoes if you are planning to help out! If you wish to come and spectate, that’s great too – we hope to see you all at camp soon!

Summer Youth Camp Success!

551 campers.
239 program staff.
10 summer staff.
4 permanent staff.
1 AMAZING SUMMER.

We call that a success. A huge thank you to our camp community for supporting our ministry by sending campers to camp! We discuss community a lot at camp – probably because ours is an amazing one – and that community truly blossoms during the summer months. Come rain or shine, 110 degrees or 70 degrees, campers and staff are always excited to spend a week at camp. Thank you for your laughter, for your service, for your smiles, and for your endless support of this camping ministry. We will see you next summer!

(or sooner)

Remember, there are still plenty of Camp Mennoscah activities to get involved in! Mental Health Spiritual Retreat is up next, then Women & Girls, Work & Play, and many other volunteer opportunities, too. Check out our retreats page to see what we have planned or plan your own visit here and give us a call (620-297-3290) or email us (office@campmennoscah.org) to make a reservation.

It’s Camp Time!

Campers.
Counselors.
Creation.
Community.
CAMP.

We are thrilled that the summer has begun and campers, staff, and families alike are bringing this place to life with their laughter and love. With three weeks of camps already complete and five more to go, we are filled with excitement! Whether you have already been to camp or you are yet to come, you are a beloved part of this camp community and we cannot wait to see you. Register for camp if you haven’t already, and make sure to pack your bug spray.

It’s CAMP TIME!

#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!