Seeds of a child’s fondest memories and strongest lifelong bonds are often rooted at summer camp. Folks at Trinity Lutheran Church know this, and for more than 20 years have made it a mission to ensure local kids are afforded such opportunities — even those whose families may not be financially equipped to make such investments or who otherwise lack the resources. All kids should be able to enjoy a childhood rich with exploration, hands-on learning, outdoor stimuli, social nourishment and love under God. All kids.
“It costs over $400 to send kids to camp these days,” says Director of Christian Education at Trinity Karen Hinderks. “Some of these parents send their kids to basketball camp and music camp and all that, and it can get very expensive.”
So every little bit helps. That’s why the Christian Education Committee at Trinity hosts an annual Campership Dinner, the freewill proceeds of which go toward sending kids to Bible camp. Each year the even raises about $150-$200.
“We’ve sent lots and lots of kids to camp because of this,” Hinderks says.
Most campers pack up and head to Lutheran Lakeside Camp in Spirit Lake, where the church has a long membership, she says. But many of the younger campers stay a little closer to home by choosing Riverside Bible Camp in Story City. Either way, the point is not missed and the fundraising efforts are ne’er in vain.
This year, the Campership Dinner will include a baked potato bar, spaghetti and pizza for a freewill offering, prepared by the seventh grade students and their families, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. A bake sale will continue from Saturday night’s worship on into Sunday, too, Hinderks reminds.
“This is a great way to promote camp for our kids,” she says. “And our members really come through for this every year. It’s a really big thing for our church.”
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