The ministry of LPC is able to continue because of the ongoing support of individuals and families like you. Thank you for prayerfully considering financially supporting Lone Prairie Camp.
As has become our practice, below are various projects we would like to tackle during this unusual year to maintain and improve our programs and facilities. Thank you for your ongoing partnership – together we are impacting lives for eternity.
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2020 was a year of uncertainty including in regards to Lone Prairie Camp’s finances as we were unable to host summer campers nor collect rental income. Although our initial spring financial projections predicted a -$86,180.00 income deficit without summer camp, we are so grateful to report that through various grants, COVID subsidies, expense cutting and the generosity of our donors, LPC was able to finish our fiscal year on Oct. 31 with a balanced budget! Not only that, but LPC was still able to host a 2020 August long-weekend Family Camp, partner with various local church events and complete a large number of facility projects (including repairs to our chapel foundation and starting on a new cabin bathroom) that will help facilitate LPC’s ministry for years to come.
Many families’ finances are being negatively impacted by COVID-19 and we pray that your family is weathering this storm. If you are financially able to do so, would you consider donating towards some of the following projects? We don’t know what 2021 will hold and we pray that the coronavirus will be under control enough to allow LPC to safely reopen our doors to summer campers. However, no matter what this coming year brings, we commit to continue prayerfully and creatively seizing the ministry opportunities that arise. Supported by our generous donors, we hope to not only cover our fixed costs but hopefully also have sufficient funds to tackle many of the following projects.
If you are donating towards a specific project, please send us an email with the date, amount and designation because the reports for online donations can take up to 2 months before we can access them.
Cost: $14,495 granted in 2019 (Average of roughly $250 per Campership child)
Quantity: 60 Camperships granted in 2019
We anticipate a significant increase in subsidy requests this summer and need your support in order to continue ensuring that finances are not a barrier to campers encountering God at Lone Prairie Camp. Only 27% of our 2019 Camperships were covered by donations.
Cost: Approximately $25,000 (This number assumes a certain level of grant funding)
Quantity: 15 eight week equivalent summer staff positions
“The labourer deserves his wages” (Luke 10:7 & 1 Timothy 5:18) and although Lone Prairie Camp is extremely grateful for the many individuals and families who volunteer with us each summer, we recognize that many others have tuition and other expenses in the fall and therefore need to earn money during the summer. We intend to arrange sufficient staffing for us to run summer camps if doing so is allowed under government restrictions.
- $210 or $20/month covers 1 week of a summer staff position
- $830 or $70/month covers 1 month of a summer staff position
- $1,660 or $140/month covers an 8 week summer staff position
- Contributions towards our Endowment Fund help establish a long-term income source
COVID-19 Facility Upgrades
Cost: $3,400 ($399 covered by a designated donation)
Although Alberta overnight summer camps have not yet been approved for relaunch, we were blessed to host a group of staff and volunteers onsite who helped connect with camper families, worked on facility projects and even partnered with some offsite church events. We made sure to follow all relevant COVID-19 guidelines, but we also went above and beyond by installing a touchless faucet in the dining hall and would like to install additional touchless faucets in various other key locations. These upgrades would help keep any rental groups safe as we potentially host them during the off-season and benefit all our guests for years to come.
Connecting with Campers
Cost: $2,000 ($1,6001 covered by a designated donation)
Campers rarely receive “snail mail” and although postage and printing pictures adds up, campers cherish the birthday and Christmas cards we send them each year.
We think it is important to maintain this point of connection with our campers. Writing letters would be a fantastic way to ensure our campers know that we are thinking of them, praying for them, and that they are dearly missed.
So many memories and so many changed lives! Our chapel and dining hall have been facilitating ministry for many years but cracks in the chapel foundation have resulted in significant flooding of our dining hall on rainy days. Tackling this project included tarring the exterior walls to waterproof the cracks and laying weeping tile with drain rock before backfilling and landscaping. The kitchen entrance pad has also be expanded as part of this project.
As you can imagine, all this digging created a substantial mess and it was significantly easier to start new grass while we had minimal foot traffic. The post-construction landscaping also included expanding the size of our gravel parking lot.
Bathroom Building Reno
Another project we are hoping to accomplish this summer is renovating the bathrooms. Last year, we were blessed to be able to pour a new epoxy flooring (similar to the flooring in a pool change room) that is much easier to clean and improves the overall aesthetics of our bathroom. This year, we would like to finish the face lift by repainting the walls and ceiling, installing new light fixtures and mirrors, as well as updating some of our plumbing system. Updating the bathrooms would improve the quality of our camp and overall functionality of our facility.
Low Ropes Course
We have been slowly working on relaunching our low ropes course for several years and this summer presents the perfect opportunity to bring this project over the finish line. Creating a new low ropes course would provide campers and rental groups with a new and improved program activity. Low rope course elements foster teamwork and can be adjusted to challenge any age, group size and skill level.
Crystal Block Bathroom
The most ambitious project we starting tackling last summer is adding a bathroom to our Crystal cabin block. Although this has been a tentative plan since the building was constructed approximately 10 years ago, the LPC Long-Range Planning Committee has identified this as the next key facility upgrade. As an extra bit of confirmation, we were very pleased to receive permission to connect these new bathroom fixtures to our existing septic system. Much has been accomplished at this point including framing, plumbing & electrical.
Having a bathroom in our cabin block would not only be convenient during summer camp, but would also be incredibly helpful for family camp and rental groups such as church retreats. We received a $60,000 loan to finance this project and would like to pay this off within 5 years (ie. $12,000 + interest per year)
We will need many volunteers with trades experience in order to tackle these projects, especially the new cabin block bathroom. If you have carpentry, plumbing or electrical experience, please contact our office.
Have you ever considered contributing to an endowment fund or including an endowment donation in your will? Did you know LPC has established an LPC Endowment Fund and even small amounts are welcome? Designate your donation towards the LPC Endowment Fund or contact our office for more information. The interest from your invested contribution will be available to LPC each year.
Repay BGCA Loan Towards
Remaining: $108,069.07 (As of Dec. 1, 2020)
Through a combination of a provincial grant, donations and a loan from the Baptist General Conference in Alberta, Lone Prairie Camp was able to make several significant facility upgrades including a major kitchen renovation project and a new attached bathroom that will benefit our ministry for years to come.
The loan is structured like a mortgage which we are steadily paying off. However, donations towards paying back the BGCA loan could help Lone Prairie Camp pay back the money sooner and safe interest costs. We would like to pay back an extra $6,000 per year so future facility projects are not hampered by existing debt
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