In December 2017 a joyful group traveled to southeast Minnesota to enjoy two beautiful advent/Christmas concerts and to participate in worship at three ELCA colleges: Augsburg, Gustavus, and St. Olaf! The trip was a huge success and all participants enjoyed it immensely. Here are a few snapshots from the weekend. Thank you to Pat Hrdlicka for sharing!
APPLETON, WI - The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced in November that the three camps of Crossways Camping Ministries (Imago Dei Village of Clintonville, Pine Lake Camp of Waupaca, and Waypost Camp of Hatley) have received ACA-Accredited® Camp status for 2018.
"ACA Accreditation means that Imago Dei Village, Pine Lake Camp, and Waypost Camp were submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — and complied with the highest standards in the industry," said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission.
"Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization," Moore said.
On Monday, December 11, Crossways and North Central Conservancy Trust closed on a conservation easement years in the making. The following is a press release from NCCT:
North Central Conservancy Trust (NCCT) has partnered with Crossways Camping Ministries’ Waypost Camp to protect 88 acres and over half the shoreline of beautiful Mission Lake in southeastern Marathon County. On December 11, 2017, a conservation easement was signed that will forever protect a cedar swamp, bogs, and forested knolls that once were a summer home to indigenous peoples. The oak and pine-clad highlands hold a magnificent view across the lake. Tall hemlocks and wetlands line the shore, and diverse aquatic plant communities provide habitat for a robust fishery...
Greetings, Crossways supporters! We have some big news to share.
Effective December 31, 2017, Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer will conclude his role as Executive Director at Crossways and transition into a part-time, semi-retired position as our Capital Campaign Director. This re-positioning of Jake and his role/responsibilities will direct the needed time, attention, and resources to the Capital Campaign launching this month.
The first Crossways Harvest GALA was held on November 3rd at Riverview Gardens in Appleton. 185 donors, alumni, volunteers, current and former staff and sponsors gathered to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries. This fund- and friend-raiser netted $28,432 (our goal was $15,000)!
Guests enjoyed the silent auction, appetizers, musical entertainment, a three-course meal, camp songs and a program that included a historical slide show, awards and messages from staff and volunteers. A highlight of the evening was the keynote message by Mike Loos who inspired guests as he described the impact of Crossways on his faith, marriage, family and stewardship to support the ministry of Crossways. Special awards were given to Rev. Robert Herder, Servant Leader of the Year, Nancy Sacks, Volunteer of the Year and Mike and Jenna Loss, Donors of the Year.
A HUGE thank you goes out to the Gala Planning Committee, who worked hard all year long to plan this event. Thank you to the committee and the volunteers to put our dreams into action and executed a wonderful event! We can't wait for next year - mark your calendars for November 3, 2018 (to be held at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, WI).
Here are a few snapshots from the evening - thank you to Ben Robarge, our event photographer!
Piece Together is our one-of-a-kind family camp program for families with members on the autism spectrum. As we've listened to people talk about what matters most to them we've learned that it's family. Having a child with autism doesn’t change that, but it can make family time challenging and connection hard to come by. Children with autism and their families need a unique type of situation to feel physically and emotionally safe to connect, rejuvenate, and play together.
Piece Together gives families the opportunity to come together to play, relax, and enjoy each other all while being taken care of in a supportive, understanding environment. Fellow families understand your experience, because it's their experience, too. Camp staff are friendly, understanding, and highly trained to respond to the needs of your children and family. Activities are designed to be sensitive to the unique needs of spectrum families!
It's Piece Together week at Imago Dei Village this week and we wanted to share a few snapshots. As you can see, campers and staff are having a great time!
If you're interested in learning more about this program visit our Piece Together webpage or email Jess Throlson, Camp Director at Imago Dei Village.