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Camp Luther 2017 Annual Report


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Celebrating God's grace in 2017 and looking forward to His abundant blessings in the future.

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Camp Luther 2017 Annual Report

  1. 1. Camp Luther 2017 ANNUAL REPORT A subsidiary ministry of the North Wisconsin District - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
  2. 2. Hidden Strength Dear Friends in Christ, It's not beautiful or impressive. It's not a great work of architecture or engineering. Nevertheless, this old bridge is still standing. For nearly 100 years it has stood strong.   The strength of this bridge goes unnoticed. Its hidden within.  "Rebar" is the reinforcing strength inside the concrete frame of this bridge.  It's these steel rods that significantly strengthens it.  Without it, this bridge would fail. It's you, who love and support Camp Luther, who is its "reinforcing steel." It's through your prayers, gifts, volunteering, and promoting that has allowed this camp to stand strong for over 70 years. The hidden strength of Camp Luther is in those, who through faith in Christ, who believe in this ministry, reinforcing it, keeping it strong.  Thank you for a wonderful 2017.  May the Lord continue to bless Camp Luther and all who reinforce it.  In Christ, Gary "Woody" Vought Executive Director 2 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.   Eph. 4:16
  3. 3. Our Mission Building up all people in Christ for service and witness to the world. "They always come home with songs and experiences in their minds and Jesus in their hearts!" 6292 Guests 3
  4. 4. Our Core Values Christ-centered Community Relationships Service Servant Leadership Provide a fun and safe Christ-centered  community where faith inspires a purposeful  and joyful life. Develop respectful and caring relationships which serve to provide a lifelong network of Christian mentors and friends. Teach, model, and practice servant leadership to encourage others to take positive action for building up  the Kingdom of God. Create experiences to explore and discover unique interests and talents that transform lives toward meaningful service to God. "I learned how Jesus will be there for you no matter what problem you may face.   Jesus is our anchor." 4
  5. 5. 5 Our Vision Statement “Through God’s Grace, Camp Luther will be nationally recognized as a premier Christian camp, embracing the challenge to produce the finest spiritual programs emphasizing; healthy relationships, leadership skills and service in a diverse world.  With an exemplary staff, quality facilities, and in the midst of God’s creation, Camp Luther will reach out to thousands of children, adults and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” 5
  6. 6. Summer Camp 2017 6 Kindercamp remains a very popular program with children, parents, and grandparents. Quest is an exciting new area of programming that challenges youth through off-site adventures.
  7. 7. 2498 children participated in a summer camp program. Youth and adults at Keweenaw Base Camp logged over 2,200 hours of service on-site and in the community. Over 1/4 of summer staff are preparing for church work careers. More than 670 campfires were made for devotions and cookouts. Campers attended from 23 states England and Japan! Over 21,840 meals were served to campers. 7
  8. 8. 212 Total Participants Keweenaw Base Camp Service - Adventure - Faith Development - Team Building St. Paul, Manawa, WI Our Redemer, Delavan, WI Our Redeemer, Moorhead, MN St. Paul, Arlington, NE Peace, Antigo, WI St. Paul, Prior Lake, MN St. Matthews, Worthington, MN St. Paul, Fort Worth, TX 8 St. Paul, Stevens Point, WI Zion, Wayside, WI Angel Adventures Extreme Immanuel, Merrill, WI Calvary, Watseka, IL Redeemer, Oakmont, PA Camp GAB, Milwaukee, WI St. Paul, Hillsdale, MI 2017 Groups Ignite   The Edge  Venture   IMPACT 2017 CampsTwo new year-round  family rental cabins Property Management by Northwinds Adventures
  9. 9. Mount Olive Weston, Confirmation Peace Antigo, Leaders St. Germain Ev. Free, 2nd Wed. Youth Angel on my Shoulder, Angel Adventures Westminster Presbyterian Rockford Peace Eau Claire, Youth Retreat PALS Pastors Retreat Angel on my Shoulder, Camp Hozhoni Three Lakes School Outdoor Ed St. Johns West Bend, Youth LWML Young Women’s Retreat Peace Lutheran Antigo, Confirmation Pilgrim Lutheran Green Bay, Confirmation 2017 Guest Group Retreats Winter, Spring & Fall Retreats St. Paul Prior Lake, MN Class Trip North Wisconsin District Board of Directors St. Johns West Bend, Men's Retreat First Lutheran, Rice Lake Women's Tour Angel on my Shoulder, Camp Angel Teetzen Village Retreat North Wisconsin District New Workers Retreat DC Everest Dance Team Building Retreat Covenant Community Presbyterian Servant Event LWML Fall Retreat, North Wisconsin District, Circuit Visitors Wisconsin DNR, Youth Hunting Retreat Congregations Participating in Group Programs Beautiful Savior, Plover Faith, Appleton Our Savior, Escanaba Shepherd of the Hills, Greenville St. Paul, Stevens Point Faith, Green Bay Hope, DePere Immanuel, Wis. Rapids St. John,Townsend St. Luke's, Wisconsin Rapids St. Mark, Symco St. Paul, Amherst Trinity, Ironwood Zion, Aniwa St. John, Kellner Faith, Appleton Hales Corners, Church Our Savior, Eagle River Redeemer, Marquette St. Mark's, Wausau Zion, Wayside St. Paul, Luxemburg Trinity, Green Bay Trinity, Athens 109 Family Cottage Retreats 9 St. John, Merrill Faith, Appleton Faith, Chippewa Fall Shepherd of the Hills Greenville St. John, Pulaski St. Johns, Withee St. Mark, Symco Trinity, Burr Ridge Zion, Wayside Bethlehem, Altoona Christ, Chippewa Falls Immanuel, Downers Grove Sion, Chatham SS Peter & Paul, Houghton St. Mark's, Wausau St. Matthew, Eau Claire Christ of the Bay, Green Bay Christus, Clintonville Faith, Green Bay Trinity, Ironwood Zion, Oneida Cross, Sun Prairie St. James, Shawano Christ, Marshfield Zion, Colby Sion, Chatham Pilgrim, Green Bay Raized, Green Bay & St. John’s, Luxemburg Peace, Park Falls Peace, Antigo Zion & Christ, Turtle Lake Our Savior, Eagle River St. Martin, Clintonville St. Paul, Wittenberg St. James, Shawano Pilgrim, Sumico Zion, Ashland Grace, Augusta Congregations Participating in Traveling Day Camp   Over 880 attended Winter Retreats! 
  10. 10. CAMPAIGN GOALS: Every Kid to Camp Outdoor Ministry Fund Building Projects   $150,000 Annually $350,000 Annually $2.5 Million And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31b Thank you for your support of the Filled with the Spirit Campaign!  With more than $1.3 million in commitments, momentum is building for this important comprehensive campaign that will impact the future of Camp Luther for generations. Your commitment to this campaign blesses children through Every Kid to Camp, ministry programs through the Outdoor Ministry Fund and funding of the Retreat Center and new Community Center.  Proceeds to Every Kid to Camp will provide first time camp experiences to 300 campers annually at no cost to the family and provide financial assistance to many others. The Outdoor Ministry Fund provides essential annual funding of camps, retreats, improvements, Junior Counselors,  program development and more. Building projects funded through Filled with the Spirit will provide 1.  New housing in the lower level of the Retreat Center.  2.  A new Community Center will enhance the Camp Luther ministry           through increased space for meals, food preparation, storage, and         meetings.  Thank you for helping us reach our goal for the build out of the Retreat Center lower level!  10 Groundbreaking September 2019 COMPLETED!!
  11. 11. Campaign Giving Update Thank you for supporting this ministry.  You can give online at or through the mobile Pushpay app.  2017 Golf Challenge Net proceeds:  $15,270 for Every Kid to Camp Thank You!  $900,770 in cash donations in 2017! Thank you Thrivent members for choosing Camp Luther in 2017! Thrivent Choice $32,282  Join us Friday, June 29, 2018! Outdoor Ministry  Every Kid to Camp  Capital Improvements  TOTAL CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS     $229,150   $ 38,400 $1,318,000    $1,585,550 11 CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS 12/31/2017 "Our daughter came home from camp rejuvenated and stronger in faith."
  12. 12. "It was great to see how much he grew in just one week." Your support  2017.   12 Thank you for supporting the ministry of Camp Luther.  Together we are encouraging thousands of children and families in the faith each year.  Thank you to the North Wisconsin District LCMS for supporting Camp Luther through an annual subsidy  and line of credit. 37.6% overall increase in Investors! Giving Update Approximately 1/3 of annual operating needs and scholarships are provided through your financial support. Lee Belmas Honorary Every Kid to Camp Endowment: $36,448.70 Camp Luther Endowment: (unfunded) Camp Luther Endowment Funds Balances For Information on these funds, please contact Shelly Karolus, Director of Donor Relations.
  13. 13. Finances and Stewardship Remaining Balance on Retreat Center Mortgage:  $12,499.89  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.   I Peter 4:10 13 ONLY 3 PAYMENTS LEFT!
  14. 14. Thank You, Volunteers Workbee Weekends Side by Side Junior Counselors Medics Guest Pastors RV Volunteers Other Volunteers 182 46 64 10 10 4 25 2017 Camp Luther Volunteers of the Year Mt. Olive Lutheran Weston, Men's Ministry Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:18 341 Volunteers! 14 2017 Volunteers
  15. 15. Steven Edwards Fremont, WI Meranda Eggebrecht Marshfield, WI Terry Hanstedt - Chair Pulaski, WI Thane Bublitz Neenah, WI Rev. Steve Hulke Stevens Point, WI Rev. Chad Ott Marquette, MI Ryan Paszek Rhinelander, WI Amy Pflieger Minocqua, WI Bruce Plautz Plover, WI (NWD Alt.) David Reineke Antigo, WI (NWD) David Selmeyer Antigo, WI Carl Treankler Atlantic Mine, MI Kris Wesser Apple Valley, MN Thane and Melissa Bublitz Neenah, WI Anne Hartman, Chair Eau Claire, WI Phil Kirchner Suamico, WI Tim and Linda Mattson De Pere, WI Jamie Nelson Ringle, WI Rick and Ruth Steinke St. Germain, WI Julie Wilkins LaGrange, IL Rev. Jim and Kathy Wiebel Appleton, WI Karla Arrigoni Rice Lake, WI Rev. Joel Brandt Waunake, WI Meranda Eggebrecht Marshfield, WI Mike Henning Appleton, WI Judith Hintz Mount Juliet, TN Renae Miracle Mequon, WI Thomas O'Neill Crystal, MN Brian Parker Marshfield, WI Clay Reisler Bonduel, WI Emily Schutte New Prague, MN Nathan Schwanz De Forest, WI Thank You, Board & Committee Members 2017 Board of Directors Campaign Steering Committee 2017 Advisory Council 15 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 At home with the Lord. 12-23-2017
  16. 16. 15 2017 Junior Counselors Brennen Anderson, Antigo, WI McKenna Anderson, Ironwood, MI Garrett Anklam, Wausau, WI Wyatt Anklam, Wausau, WI Madelyne Arrigoni, Rice Lake, WI Emma Barger, Bayside, WI Nathan Bauknecht, Crandon, WI James Behrens, Appleton, WI Kaitlyn Betts, Nekoosa, WI William Brown, Birnamwood, WI Meghan Busse, De Pere, WI Daisy Campbell, Three Lakes, WI Jordan DeLara, Antioch, Illinois Marlowe Eldridge, Verona, WI Aidan Fayhee, Rockford, MI Seth Fohr, Park Falls, WI Emily Frick, Athens, WI Ben Malme, Green Bay, WI Elli Martysz, Marquette, MI Loren McMahon, Madison, WI Savannah Miracle, Mequon, WI Paul Mroczenski, Athens, WI Lilly O'Brien, Marshfield, WI Emily Ott, Marquette, MI Brigitta Perron, Chatham, MI Dawn Pettyjohn, Green Bay, WI Leah Pietrangelo, West Bend, WI Hannah Price, Yorkville, IL Lauren Priem, Eau Claire, WI Zach Reineke, Antigo, WI Bennett Reisler, Bonduel, WI Samuel Retz, Boyceville, WI Lauren Ritzer, Eagle River, WI Evan Rosenau, Appleton, WI Savannah Ross, West Bend, WI Nathaniel Rudnick, Plover, WI Simeon Schult, Merrill, WI Olivia Showers, Sun Prairie, WI McKayla Siegel, Eau Claire, WI Matthew Stank, Antigo, WI Julianna Stieber, Wausau, WI Karly Thoe, Appleton, WI Alaina Thompson, Denmark, WI Samantha Wegner, Greenleaf, WI Madeline Wilkins, LaGrange, IL Brady Wisniewski, Withee, WI Matthew Ziemer, Green Bay, WI Elizabeth Gartland, Neenah, WI Lauren Geurink, Appleton, WI Adam Gosse, Green Bay, WI Sam Holzbauer, Eagle River, WI Tiffany Houle, Odanah, WI Zachary Hoven, Grafton, WI Samuel Jordan, Stevens Point, WI Megan Keyser, Wauwatosa, WI Noah Kinsman, Pewaukee, WI Stephen Koch, Merrill, WI Bradley Korb, De Pere, WI Bradley Kratzke, Wittenberg, WI Riley Kubisiak, WI Rapids, WI Heidi Langley, Calumet, MI Leah Leonard, Medford, WI Hannah Lull, West Bend, WI Matt Lyons, Augusta, WI 16
  17. 17. The 2017 Summer Staff “Rocket” – UW-LaCrosse (Rochester, MN) “Ry-Dog” – Concordia St. Paul (Minneapolis, MN) “Snacks” – NMU (Traverse City, MI) “Berry” – Lakeland University (Mukwonago, WI) “Bullseye” – Kitchen Assistant ( Mondovi, WI) “Badger” – Kitchen Assistant ( Bonduel, WI) “Banjo” – Concordia Wisconsin (Oxford, MI) “Fro- Yo” - UW- Stevens Point (Greenville, WI) “Finn” - Concordia Wisconsin (Crandon, WI) “Cheese” - Concordia Wisconsin (Courtland, MN) “K- Bubb” - Concordia Wisconsin (Nekoosa, WI) “Beta” - Concordia Wisconsin (Fort Wayne, IN) “Captain” - Concordia Chicago (Menomonee Falls, WI) “Lochness” - UW- Stout (Forest, WI) “Clef” - UW- Stevens Point (Antigo, WI) “Skis” - Concordia Wisconsin Houghton, MI) “Arnie” - UW- Madison (Wrightstown, WI) “Toast” - Lawrence University (Lagrange, IL) “Poto” - Concordia Wisconsin (Rice Lake, WI) “Colorado” - UW- Whitewater (West Allis, WI) “Jazz Hands” - Valparaiso University (Antioch, IL) “Berea” - Concordia Wisconsin (Fort Wayne, IN) “Peaches” - Concordia Wisconsin (Appleton, WI) “Kapooky” - UW- Madison (Rochester, MN) “Mak” - UW- Madison (Marshfield, WI) “Smiles” - UW- Eau Claire (Shawano, WI) “Tale” - UW- Eau Claire (Whitefish Bay, WI) “Snowflake” - Marquette University (Kaukauna, WI) “Pearl” - Concordia St. Paul (Antigo, WI) “Ifoo” - Martin Luther College (New London, WI) “Fruit” - UM- Twin Cities (Wetmore, MI) “Psych” - Concordia Wisconsin (Abbotsford, WI) “Disney” - UW- Eau Claire (Ashland, WI) KBC Staff Girl Counselors Boy Counselors Community-Relationships-ServantLeadership-Service  Specialty Staff Program Coordinators 17 “Sky” – UW-Madison (Green Bay, WI) “Nova”– Concordia Wisconsin (Eagan, MN) “Band-Aid” – Concordia Wisconsin (Medford, WI) “Striker” – Concordia Wisconsin (Marshfield, WI) “LoLa” – UW-Eau Claire (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) “Sling-Shot” – Concordia Wisconsin (Marquette, MI) “Groot” – Concordia Wisconsin (Antigo, WI) “Willow” – Concordia Wisconsin (Antigo, WI) “Suds” – UW-La Crosse (Eau Claire, WI) “Meyer” – Concordia Chicago (Antigo, WI) “Rocket” – UW-LaCrosse (Rochester, MN) “Rilla” – UW-Eau Claire (Rhinelander, WI) “Surge” – U of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
  18. 18. Camp Luther Year-Round Staff For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12 Bales Bailey Welch Canteen Manager Indigo Shelly Karolus Director fo Donor Relations Kardia Beth Lutz Director of Programs Beemer Blaine Welch Director of Guest Services Kash Kristina Aschenbrenner Business & Finance Manager Pistachio Sheryl Puracchio Development Associate Reader Chris Frank Office & Accounts Payable Ren Laurinda Boone Food Service Manager Sojo Hannah Ness Program & Communications Manager Rock Roxanne Burkum Office Administrator Swoops Janette Marien Keweenaw Base Camp Community Outreach TLC Becky McFaul Housekeeping Manager Rescue Rick Campbell Maintenance & Improvements Director Ra Myra Clancy Cook Woody Gary Vought Executive Director Marcus Huff Base Camp Director 18
  19. 19. Hammock Village Office Wall Rebuild SailboatsNew Fireplaces in "Tree" Cottages Lower Retreat Center Rooms Lower Retreat Center LoungeLakeview Cottage Remodel Pine Forest Timber Harvest 2017 Property & Facility Improvements Thank You!! 19
  20. 20. 1889 Koubenec Road Three Lakes, WI 54562 715-546-3647 14603 Love Lake Rd Atlantic Mine, Michigan