We had the usual amount of stress and challenges this summer, but nothing really out of the ordinary. The ordinary includes an ambulance run - we had one. The ordinary includes homesick campers and discipline challenges - we had both. But through it all God was at work as 140 campers made a first time decision to follow Jesus. One hundred and forty - how cool is that! (Very)
376 more campers expressed spiritual growth this summer. That is exciting and that is why we work so hard all year. 159 Bible were given away and my favourite story is that one of our Roughin' Boy campers wanted two extra Bibles for his parents!
So in answer to the question, yes it was a good summer and I can hardly wait until next July!
Reaching Higher continues to move forward and the more we move ahead the more we realize how much work needs to be done before we can start building the new lodge.
At the end of August we hired Clifton Associates to drill for geotechnical investigation and slope stability. (I thought briefly about using one of those words for my blog word of the week...) Most of you already know that we want to build the lodge close to the bank overlooking our lower playing field and canoe pond. We received good news that our ground is solid and we can build closer to the bank than we had originally thought.
We are also working closely with SD Consulting Group and have narrowed down our septic options to six (or maybe seven)! How exciting is that! (OK not that exciting but still...) We want to narrow our options down to the one best option by the end of October. We've drilled three test wells and need to do some further soil sampling.
We found out just before summer started that we received a grant from the Calgary Foundation to help us with fundraising. Now that summer and those first few crazy busy weeks of September are over we are focusing on the funds needed to build the lodge.
It's good to be back in the blog saddle again!
Thanks for your continued support.
Bob "Ranger" Kroeker
*Please note that no horses were injured in the filming of this weeks blog word of the week and a fully trained wrangler (we'll miss you Naemi) was in control of Alf the entire filming sequence. That is why Ranger was able to wear a "cowboy" hat and not a Helmut - oops helmet.