#GivingTuesday

Camp Mennoscah Association is joining the movement to support a global day of giving this Thanksgiving season. The purpose of the movement is to support charitable giving during the holiday season, whether that be through monetary donation or by volunteering time/resources. With global consumerism seemingly taking over the holiday season, this is a way to truly give back to communities and non-profits.

This year, on November 29th, we are having a camp gathering, #MojosMeetsMennoscah, at Mojo’s Coffee Bar in North Newton, KS from 5:30-8:30pm. At the event, monetary donations for Camp Mennoscah Association 501(c)3 will be accepted and sign-up sheets for potential volunteers (e.g. counselors, custodial/maintenance workers, etc) will be available. We welcome you to join us at Mojo’s, not just for giving, but also for a time of catching up, sharing stories, and making new memories.

Additionally, we are supporting the hashtag #UNselfie with a whiteboard for you to write why you support Camp Mennoscah, take a picture, and post it to your social media! Join the #UNselfie movement by posting a picture before the event holding this sign with written text saying why you support Camp Mennoscah; or, simply write why you support camp on some paper and use the hashtags #CampMennoscah, #GivingTuesday, and #UNselfie and post without the sign! Check here for more information about #UNselfie.

If you cannot make it to the event, remember you can donate to camp in many ways including sending your volunteer information to office@campmennoscah.org. Check our Donate to Camp page for information about supporting Camp Mennoscah through AmazonSmile and Community Rewards or to donate monetarily.

Concrete, Lumber, Nails, & Hard Work

Camp Mennoscah’s current project is underway! The kitchen addition portion of the project has been under construction since late September and more recently the walls have gone up. Preferred Builders out of Hesston began with the digging, as well as pouring the footing and floor; Scott Erb and Orlin Martens came out to do the preparatory work for the plumbing and electrical lines; and now, Miller Construction out of Newton is working to complete the framing.

It has been amazing to see the progress of this project from the very first day to today. To keep updated on the renovation project, like us on Facebook! Pictures and information are posted more often there. To donate to the Kitchen, Dining Hall, and Entrance Project, click on the “Donate Here” button to the right. That link also includes the floor plan and more information about the project.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

…summer?

While we expected the temperatures to drop and the frigid air, that we Kansans know all to well, to make its way to camp… it feels a lot more like March than it does October these days. The winds are blowing in excess of 30 miles per hour, the sun is providing heat, and I wore shorts to work today. SHORTS. Gardell is winterizing buildings – in shorts. Olivia is in the office – in shorts (without a blanket, mind you). Deborah is preparing the winter newsletter – in shorts. Michael is wearing shorts. I am wearing shorts. A great group of volunteers came out to take out the dam – in shorts.

We don’t mind the warmth, although it can make the work to prepare for the winter seemingly less important. The grass is still green, the deciduous trees have their leaves, snakes are basking on the pavement roads, flowers are surviving in full bloom, the monarch butterflies migrated through on a warm day, and sometimes we feel like we should be outside too. Like kids should be swarming the shelter, filling the cabins, and eating in the dining hall. Like Olivia should be staff training, the summer staff working like crazy, and our beloved volunteers arriving and departing in the normal summer camp ebb and flow.

Instead, we work on the winter things – with the preparations for next summer well in hand. Thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with our families, checking the furnaces and thermostats, and completing all of the tasks that have been pushed off for a while due to the busy season.

Autumn may come and go without us even knowing this year.

Dam Removal

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We are taking out the dam!

Sunday, at 2 p.m.

That is Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Meet by the sports shed when you arrive and we’ll have a hoot of a time. It isn’t supposed to be too cold, the high is in the 80’s! You can come and just watch, you can come and think you’re going to watch and then end up getting in, you can come and plan to help out. You can help with parts or some of the work, you can help with all of the work, or you can enjoy what it is to watch the river return to its natural winter state!

Make sure to bring extra clothes if you plan to enter the river or help with cleaning/moving boards. This tends to be dirty work.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Camp is Social!

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Scroll up and look a little bit right, do you see anything new? Our social media icons have been added! Each individual icon will take you to Camp Mennoscah’s page within that social media website. You can always use a CTRL+click to open these website in a new window. Updates about what is happening at camp and many of our pictures are located on our Facebook page. Twitter and Instagram also updates about the things going on at camp and allow for other social media user to interact with camp more directly.

Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@campmenno) and Instagram (@campmennoscah). Don’t forget about our hashtag #mennoscah2016, for this year, and look for the new one come January!

Annual Meeting 2016

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Everyone is invited!

Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting is September 18 at 5:30pm in the Dining Hall. There will be a couple of videos from the summer, information about the kitchen/dining hall renovations, and time to catch up with other camp folks. The meeting is part of our yearly Work & Play Camp, so make a full day of it! Join us for worship in the morning, lunch, and then enjoy an afternoon of free time before the annual meeting. No cost. Donations accepted for meals and, of course, the kitchen/dining hall renovations. Please register if you are planning to attend for the full day or if you would like to come out for Work & Play Camp. Call us at 620-297-3290, register online, or contact us via email.

Bring your smiles, your laughter, and your support. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Thank you!

 

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Left: 2016 Summer Staff before the summer
Right: 2016 Summer Staff now

Summer 2016 is now officially in the books! With camps ranging in size from 23 campers all the way to 119 campers, our total camper count this summer was 566. Counting 9 summer staffers, 3 permanent staff, many volunteers, and an array of counseling, kitchen, and directing staff – the total working folk out at camp this summer nears 175! Although if we count each person for every week they volunteered, rather than only once, then our numbers reach 250!

This is a big, heartfelt thank you. To everyone who has been to camp, brought kids to camp, volunteered at camp, prayed for camp, introduced someone new to camp, or simply liked camp on Facebook. You are our incredibly loving community and Camp Mennoscah could not exist without you. Thank you for your smiles. Thank you for your laughter. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your never-ending support and love. Camp Mennoscah is blessed. Blessed to have all of you supporting and participating in the ministry of this sacred space.

Thank you again!

Camp Mennoscah Announces Michael Unruh as New Executive Director

Michael Unruh 080416The board of the Camp Mennoscah Association is excited to announce the selection of Michael Unruh as its new executive director. Camp Mennoscah is a Christian Camp located near Hutchinson on the banks of the Ninnescah River.
“The Board of Directors is excited Michael accepted our invitation to become executive director. He brings a passion for youth and Christian camping. Michael has experienced Camp Mennoscah as a camper, summer staffer, volunteer and program director. As part of a strong team, Michael will help Camp Mennoscah continue to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to renew themselves, their relationships, and their connection with God.”
Unruh’s first day in his new position is September 6, 2016. He commented “I am both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to work with the passionate board, staff and volunteers of Camp Mennoscah, a place that has played an enormous role in my own faith development. Building on strong relationships with churches, families, and campers, I look forward to a bright future, where we will always be looking for ways to better serve our guests, as well as envision how we can more completely provide for our guests in the future. My hope is that all who come to Camp Mennoscah may experience renewal in their selves, their relationships with other people, their connection with nature, and their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”

Camp Mennoscah is a 501c3 with close ties to churches of the Western District and South Central Mennonite Conferences. Camp Mennoscah provides opportunities for families and church groups to retreat as well as planned programs for youth camps, special interest groups, family camp and retirees retreats.

Everybody’s Got a Place in the Choir…or Camp!

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Camp Mennoscah has plenty of space at our summer youth camps and we’re ready for you to sign up!  Go online (look on the right side of this page) or call us at 620-297-3290 and we’ll add you to our list of campers.  Our theme this summer is Fearless Faith: Courage in Community.  We’re looking at all the great and wonderful ways that the faith of those who came before us strengthens us as we are called to be a community that embodies the love of God.

Bath Houses Complete

The wonderful new bath houses that so many volunteers have worked on are complete.  We’ll still be working to get those last details in place, but the Men & Boys Retreat already enjoyed their spaciousness and huge number of showers, sinks, and toilets.  We have also already discovered that plungers are a necessary item for even new bath houses.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who worked on these bath houses, gave generously, and spent time in prayer.

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