Consider for a moment these amazing realities of almost all camp experiences.
Camp is LIFE-GIVING. The benefits of camp to those children who attend are well-documented and rather staggering:
- positive identity
- social skills
- physical and thinking skills
- positive values and spirituality
Camp is LIFE-CHANGING. Not only is there immediate, measurable growth in each of those four developmental areas for nearly every camper, that growth persists and expands for months and years afterwards.
Camp is A BLAST! All these positive changes are happening while children are having the time of their lives. Many children describe camp as “the best week of my summer,” sometimes even “the best week of my life!”
LUM has always known that camp is extraordinarily beneficial. That’s why LUM has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s. And in spite of all the uncertainties caused by Covid-19, LUM is committed to hosting camp once again this summer at Hanging Rock Camp, where staff continues to work with local, state and CDC guidelines. Camp might have to look a little different due to Coronavirus, but the fun and friendship and life-enhancing benefits will remain the same.
LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10. The children come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. A typical week of LUM Camp involves nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and a top-of-the-line array of staff and counselors.
LUM Camp 2020’s theme is “Join the Green Side” (“May the forest be with you…”) and will take place the last week of July. LUM will focus on teaching children to care for their neighbors by caring for the environment (the planet) in which their neighbors must live.
LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150/child cost of camp. We ask the campers parents to pay $5/child, and ask our generous donors to cover the rest.
I would like to ask you to consider a gift of $150 or more to send a child to LUM Camp. Your “campership” (camp scholarship) will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – literally everything she or he will need to attend LUM Camp 2020.
- Sending $300 will allow 2 children to attend LUM Camp
- Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
- $75 will provide ½ of a campership
Only God knows exactly what LUM Camp 2020 will look like. But I feel quite confident that every child who attends LUM Camp 2020 and “Joins the Green Side” will enjoy the life-giving benefits and lively fun of camp.
LUM Camp is one the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere. There are so many children who are eagerly awaiting their chance to attend. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?
P.S. It costs $150 to send a child to LUM Camp. Contribute online (click button below) or place your campership in the mail (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).
Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM Camp. LUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.