2015 Annual Report – Pilgrim Point Camp Committee

– from Kim Shaffer, Pilgrim Point Camp Committee, Chair

The Committee’s key issues are:
1.  How to accommodate the increased usage by Congregational Retreats and Wayzata Community Church’s youth camps
2.  How to pay for upgrades to the facility to deal with the increased demand and extend the useful life of the camp.

Wade Zick, Associate Conference Minister of Faith and Formation for Children and Youth, and Rev. Robin Raudabaugh and Gigi Nauer, Site and Program Co-Directors, provided strong leadership for the 2014 camp program. We are sad to see Wade leave the Conference – he has been instrumental in the resurgence of outdoor and youth ministry in Minnesota. We wish him well in his new position. Gigi is returning for the 2015 season, Robin has resigned, and a new Assistant Director, Jenifer Busky, has been hired. Programs this summer will be on the theme “Sticky Faith.”

Camp was used for programming that helped develop healthy, vital congregations with the weekend retreats.  The camp was used for programming that assisted with faith formation for all ages.  In 2014 the number of participants (1682) increased from the previous year.  4 new congregations participated in weekend retreats in addition to 100% of congregations returning from 2013.  Registration for the Conference 2015 youth camps continues to be strong.

Facility upgrades completed in 2014 included new roofs for the Annex and Rec Hall, carpeting in the Rec Hall, a new riding lawn mower, new dock sections, golf cart, and repairs to the Gazebo bathrooms and POEM lounge.

Wayzata Community Church’s use of the facility in June continues to increase (their advanced registration for 2015 is up 25% from 2014), and more groups are using the facility in May and October.

The Camp Committee thanks all those who made financial contributions in the past year.  We are also grateful to the Conference staff and the many volunteers who helped support the camp ministry.