Keep Up the MOMENTUM
Celebrating 65 Years
As Black Rock Retreat celebrates 2018 and a record number of campers, plans are already underway for 2019 with great expectations of what God is going to do. Black Rock Retreat offers a momentous opportunity for kids to grow in their faith and fall in love with Jesus. It is our prayer that many more children will be able to come to camp this year!
Please prayerfully consider helping Black Rock Retreat continue to provide amazing facilities and a space for kids to run, worship, pray… and just be kids!
Now, with momentum building, our four key goals for 2019 are:
- Increase our Endowment Fund, which helps send kids to camp, from its current $450,000 to $750,000 (an increase of $300,000 over the next three years)
- Expand our activity options for our summer camp and year-round retreat groups
- Enhance our facilities via upgrades and replacements to MRC kitchen equipment, facility heating systems, and more
- Eliminate our capital investment loan, which is currently $1.4 million
Our goal is to raise $600,000 each year for the next three years. We invite you to consider what God might be asking you to contribute to our momentum!
CHILDREN GROWING IN FAITH AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS
Here at camp, every game is planned, every chorus is sung, and every meal is served because of our heart for bringing kids into a deeper relationship with God. With your help, we can enhance the heart of what we do through these four critical areas of change.
Watch the MOMENTUM Build
GROW OUR ENDOWMENT FUND
The average cost of a week of camp is $410. Despite financial hardships nearly 300 campers each year can still attend thanks to scholarship funds. Our Endowment Fund helps pay for kids to come to camp with the interest on its current $450,000 fund level. Our goal is to move this to $750,000 (an increase of $100,000 each year over the next three years), allowing far more children to come to camp free of charge or at reduced rates.
EXPAND CAMP ACTIVITIES
New activities encourage campers to interact with and enjoy God’s beautiful outdoors. Plans are being made to add a pedal cart track with commercial-grade pedal carts, mountain bikes, and an expansion of the high ropes climbing tower. These new activities will provide hours of fun for even the most energetic children at summer camp, as well as expand sales opportunities for year-round retreat groups.
CAPITAL INVESTMENT PAY-OFF
Our building expansion has yielded huge results already: hundreds more campers than ever before, including a significant increase in the number of first-time attenders. We’ve cut our wait list nearly in half! With this new positioning for greater ministry comes the need to payoff the remaining loan from this important capital investment. If this new campaign is fully funded, Black Rock Retreat will be able to completely pay off the remaining loan balance. What a blessing that would provide!
Everyone expects a room to be warm in the winter. Everyone expect their food to be prepared in a kitchen with safe, functional equipment. Everyone expects the tractor to rumble to life when you turn it on. But the truth is, these background tasks – while not fancy and exciting – are the backbone of keeping camp running. Maintaining our facilities is of great value. No one notices the heating system until it stops working! We are committed to benefiting guests through improved heating systems, equipment upgrades, and more.
Gifts of every size are important, no gift is too big or too small. We are currently accepting cash donations and pledges. We would love the opportunity to talk with you!
Ways to Give
GIFT OF CASH
You may give with a check, cash, or debit card. You may give online below, or contact our development office.
A CASH PLEDGE OVER THREE YEARS
Rather than gifting your entire intended amount in a single year, you may pledge your commitment to make a cash gift over three years. (Reminders will be mailed.)
GIFTS OF STOCK
Black Rock Retreat would be honored to receive your strategic, tax-wise gift of stock. Please contact our office for more information regarding the best way to donate!
GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE
Real estate can be an effective way to make a gift to charity. Please contact our office for more information for the best way to donate!
Director of Development