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Be a Volunteer Camp Counselor – LUM Camp 2019

Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?
LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 2. Make this the year you make a difference in the lives of local children. Please share with others who may be interested.

For more information, click HERE.

LUM Annual Staff Retreat – Productive Day

Focus on Diversity, Racism & Inclusion

Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main focus of this year’s retreat on diversity, racism & inclusion. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, led the retreat using White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo for the retreat curriculum (with permission from C-Span). The LUM staff members watched DiAngelo’s recent presentation on C-Span Books — and related it to their work at LUM. It was powerful retreat — everyone was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow. The staff also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. Everyone is now refreshed and motivated to improve their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

To view White Fragility – Video Online, click HERE.

LUM Staff Retreat 2018


Recently, the staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main retreat topics for discussion were LUM Volunteers and the LUM Social Justice Ministry including the Campaign for Hoosier Families as well as the LUM Immigration Clinic. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving volunteers and clients better in all of the LUM program areas.

Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.

Picture above L to R — Row 1: Kaitlyn Hettinger, Saidie Spikes, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Linda Hicks; Row 2: Fanesta Williams, Tricia Sembroski, Joe Micon, Connie Kepner Davis, Tiffany Finch-King; Row 3: Danny Pillott, Amanda Bajzatt, Connie Decker, Nate Gick, David Heckert, Josh Prokopy, Ben Murphy; not pictured: Pablo Malavenda. To view more photos, click HERE.

LUM Staff Retreat 2017


The staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry recently participated in a daylong “retreat.” The LUM staff gathered at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.




The main retreat topics for discussion were reviewing job duties, feedback on the LUM “clients” website, and planning for LUM’s future. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving clients better in all of the LUM program areas.



Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, students & families.



Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.



Picture above L to R —
Row 1: Nikolas Ballard, Amanda Bajzatt, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette;
Row 2: Lafayetta Tellis, Gina Williams, Joe Micon, Cindy Haley;
Row 3: Tiara Neal, Joshua Holmes, Tricia Sembroski, Clarinda Crawford, Ernie Haupt, Ben Murphy, Linda Hicks;
not pictured: Pablo Malavenda


LUM Camp — Kick Off!


46642 2016 LUM CampLUM Camp 2016 officially kicks off TODAY. Each Summer, Lafayette Urban Ministry offers kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of their summer break – more friends, more accomplishments and more belonging. LUM Camp is filled with fun and educational activities aimed at enriching youth. Campers will experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, share and trade interests with friends — all while enjoying the outdoors and group activities.

LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old. They are children who come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. The 2016 LUM Camp theme is On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away. The theme will focus on the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016.

LUM Campers will learn about our state’s rich history, famous personalities, contributions to science, agriculture, sports, and the performing arts. They will leave camp proud of their Hoosier heritage and inspired by the opportunities that await them in the years to come as citizens of our great state.

When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, academics, safe spaces to play, and health. Through LUM Camp and the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, Lafayette Urban Ministry helps children “close the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.


If you would like to make a donation to LUM Camp, click HERE.


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LUM Camp Parents & Counselors Prepare


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LUM Camp 2016 officially begins tomorrow, August 2, when all of the LUM Campers arrive at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp. But preparations have been under way for months.

Last Thursday, the parents of LUM Campers (above) met with the camp directors to get last minute instructions and to ask any questions about the program. LUM volunteer camp counselors (below) also met last Thursday to begin the orientation and extensive training for LUM Camp.


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Excitement is building. Thanks to the LUM Camp planning team, LUM Camp is ready to go! In just about 24 hours the campers will arrive— and LUM Camp 2016 will begin.


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LUM Camp—Celebrating the Indiana Bicentennial


IN 200LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere.

It is the week of August 1 at the beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County.

There are nearly 100 children who are waiting for the chance to attend.


The 2016 LUM Camp theme is…


On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away


The theme will focus on the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016. LUM Campers will learn about our state’s rich history, famous personalities, contributions to science, agriculture, sports, and the performing arts. They will leave camp proud of their Hoosier heritage and inspired by the opportunities that await them in the years to come as citizens of our great state.

Over 50 years ago, LUM Camp was started with a simple goal of giving inner-city children a chance to experience a week of camping. Today it is that and much, much more. With your generous help, the magic will happen again this summer. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp.


Won’t you consider a gift of $150 to send one child to LUM Camp 2016?


Your campership will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies — everything he or she will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp—On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.

Give your LUM Camp scholarship online at www.lumserve.org/donate.


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Sponsor a LUM Camper — Like Eddie


Summer 2016


Dear Friends,rh

It was 35 years ago that young Eddie Opperman attended LUM Camp. Along with all the other campers, Eddie had just finished another full day of activities. There had been swimming, horseback riding, great camp songs and a fun hayride. On this particular day, the 42nd Royal Highlanders had been at LUM Camp too.  Dressed in their green, plaid kilts and bright red coats, the Highlanders were teaching the campers to play the bagpipes.

After supper, the full regiment came together for a grand performance. There were glittering sword dances, precision marches, military drums and of course the piercing sound of bagpipes echoing through the fields of camp. As the performance drew to a close, the Highlanders called out:  “Eddie Opperman, front and center!” Eddie had been an especially fast learner on the recorder earlier in the day and they wanted to showcase his special talent. I remember how Eddie stood proudly in front of the entire camp and performed a rousing rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle” – on the bagpipes! The entire camp cheered and Eddie grinned from ear to ear.

For almost 50 years, scenes like this have been the trademark of LUM Camp. We provide our campers with a safe and supportive environment to try new things, learn new skills and to build wholesome memories. But LUM Camp is about so much more than great memories. For you see, on that very evening, the 42nd Royal Highlanders asked young Eddie Opperman to join the regiment.

Eddie has now retired from the Highlanders. But he credits the regiment with providing him the discipline he needed to finish high school and graduate from Purdue University with a degree in accounting. Ed Opperman is now a Certified Public Accountant and owns his own accounting business in Lafayette — the firm Edward Opperman, CPA. And it all started during a week at LUM Camp 35 years ago.


LUM Camp is a weeklong ocampvernight camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old. They are children who come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp includes all the things a great camp should: morning chapel, nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, campfires and an outstanding staff of camp counselors. But along with these, LUM Camp teaches our campers that learning is fun!


Our 2016 LUM Camp theme will focus on Indiana’s Bicentennial Anniversary.

Campers will learn about our state’s rich history, its famous personalities, its contributions to science, agriculture, sports, and the performing arts. LUM campers will leave camp proud of their Hoosier heritage and inspired by the opportunities that await them in the years to come as citizens of our great state.


LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp.  We only accept children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150/child cost of LUM Camp.  That’s why I am writing to you. I am hoping that you will consider a gift of $150 to send a child to LUM Camp. Your campership will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – everything he or she will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.

  • Sending $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide three camperships
  • $75 will provide one-half of a campership.

Thirty-five years ago young Eddie Opperman found an opportunity at LUM Camp that he was able to transform into a positive life-changing experience.  It has happened to LUM Campers every year since.  With your generous help, it will happen again this summer.


LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere.  It will take place during the week of August 1 at beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County.  I know of nearly 100 children who are waiting for the chance to attend. Please, won’t you help build their futures by offering to them the gift of LUM Camp?

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PS — It costs $150 to send a child to LUM Camp. Mail in your campership or contribute online at www.lumserve.org/donate


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