Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Volunteer - noun - a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise (Camp Evergreen) or undertake a task (scoop poop at the barn).  Volunteer - verb - freely offer to do something (lead a cabin of campers). 

We've had a total of 58 volunteers join us over the first four weeks of summer camp.  Why do I like volunteers so much?  Two reasons.  The first is very practical.  Simply stated there is no way that we could run summer camp without volunteers.  From helping out in the kitchen, to keeping our flowers watered, to mowing lawns, to washing lost and found, to scooping horse poop (our horses poop an awful lot), to teaching activities, the list could go on and on.  We need volunteers because the size of our ministry is too large to do by ourselves.

The second reason I like volunteers is because they are inspirational.  When you volunteer and are willing to help us out, we feel your energy.  We feel your encouragement.  We begin to think, we can do this, we can push through one more week.  Suddenly the ministry before us doesn't seem quite so daunting.

Let me share with you - from just this past weekend - why our volunteers are so encouraging.  We've just finished up three weeks of summer camp.  If you've served at camp, you know first hand how tiring it can be.  We are supposed to take the weekend off to rest.  However, one of our volunteers decided they would spend most of Saturday sanding picnic tables - instead of resting. 

As I was walking Saturday night, I met a second volunteer cleaning and vacuming the kitchen window right by the stove.  In case you missed that, this was Saturday night around 7 pm.  How encouraging is that?  They wanted to make sure the window was clean for Ken and his kitchen crew.  A third volunteer was dropping off their RV Saturday night so two nurses who don't have an RV have a place to stay while they are here at camp.

And finally, if that's not enough (that is certainly enough in my books) first thing Sunday morning I bump into a fourth volunteer who is up early watering and taking care of our flowers at the Welcome Centre.  Isn't that awesome?  Can I get an AMEN?  You four know who you are and I just want to say a HUGE thanks for not only serving us, but for encouraging us. 

I mentioned in an earlier blog, "there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."  At Camp Evergreen, I've witnessed that first hand - over and over.  To the remaining 54 volunteers who have served us so well this summer, may God richly bless you for your service!

We are still looking for volunteers (Heros really) to join us in August and also into September and October.  Your gift of time will bless us beyond what you can imagine!

Oh and by the way - we are reaching higher this week on the new homes.  More on that next week!

Thanks for your ongoing support.

Bob "Ranger" Kroeker
Executive Director

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