Sunday, November 5, 2017

Special Ops: Blitz Trip

What a day.  Literally, it was just shy of 24 hours!  Yesterday, we had a Special Ops crew in to build a deck.  Even with the three hour drive to camp they arrived before the sun came up and left well after the sun had gone down. 

What an impact to have their skills, energy, commitment and time.  Their investment in this Special Ops project is a huge blessing, keeps us moving forward and allows us to continue to honor our full time staff.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Lumber & Steel: Special Ops

Had a great weekend with some friends from Lumber City Church and Steel City Church.  They were a hard hitting Special Ops crew.  We made the winter switch, cleaned corners, nooks & crannies, built new decks and made a bunch of repairs in the gym.  They also brought a huge pile of items from our wish list.

Who doesn't love a little Lumber & Steel.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Shepherds Fall (Summer) Retreat 2017

It felt like summer this past weekend for our Shepherds Fall Retreat.  We had a great time reconnecting with campers, staff and volunteers from the summer. 










Sunday, October 8, 2017

Impact Story: Staff Housing

Spe-cial Ops
     /speSHəl  äps/

noun
     1. a camp project which requires a particular skill or set of skills to complete.
     2. a project or projects completed by the investment of skilled volunteers, causing greater momentum, efficiency and effectiveness in accomplishing our mission and realizing our vision.
     "After serving as part of a James Project group this summer, he came up for the weekend to build a deck.  What a great Special Ops project that honors our staff and enhances the new roof that was put on back in the spring."

adjective
     1. serving at camp as a lone volunteer or small group of volunteers.
     2. a trip to camp which is predicated by a specific project or task.
     "We are grateful for all the Special Ops volunteers who invest their time, energy and talent to serve at camp.  We couldn't do it without them.  It's a privilege to partner together to make camp great."





Thursday, October 5, 2017

Impact Story: Lakeside Fire Ring



The new fire ring at the lake looks amazing!  With comfortable & adjustable bench seating for 150 and firewood tucked away in the firewood shack, the new fire ring creates the perfect lakeside atmosphere for our campers, guest groups, James Project teams and volunteers.

A huge thank you to Refuge Church for bringing funding and skilled labor to create the new fire ring.  They took the blank structure of this monstrous fire ring, made the interior fire ready and covered the exterior with stone that matches our Picnic Pavilion.

We have been greatly blessed with James Project groups like Refuge Church that come to Arrowhead in full force - to serve in the kitchen, tackle projects around camp, immerse themselves in the program, complete a host of projects for our neighbors around the lake and take on specialized projects like our new fire ring.

Here's the old fire ring.


A special thanks to Chad, Marty, Tony (and Jeff)





Friday, September 29, 2017

It's Work Group Season

Had a blast this week with our friends (returning and new) from Hope Rescue in Reading, PA.  They got a serious amount of hard work done!






Impact Story: Walling, Roofing, Cleaning and Decking!

A big thank you to our friends at GBC.  On a very chilly spring (late winter) weekend this year they tackle a multitude of projects which have been a great blessing and will have a lasting impact.







Monday, September 25, 2017

Bocce Tournament 2017

One of our favorite fall events is the Bocce Ball Tournament we host for the local Special Olympics bocce teams.  The weather was hot and games were exciting.  Thankfully we were all able to cool off with lunch and enjoy the ribbon ceremony under the pavilion. 


A big "Thank you" to Senator Fred Akshar for visiting and cheering on the athletes!









Monday, September 18, 2017

Impact Story: The Shack

Thanks to some great friends our firewood has a new lakeside home.  In conjunction with re-grading, landscaping and the fire ring, the new firewood shack is a big part of all the lakeside enhancements.  No longer hiding in the weeds... our lakeside firewood has a storage spot that is accessible, holds more firewood and looks inconspicuously handsome.

Thanks to the all the VBS students and leaders at GBC for raising the funds to build the new firewood shack.  Thanks to our new friend Rich for serving at camp and building the new firewood shack.

It's a blessing to partner together - Building A Bigger Impact at Arrowhead.


I suppose we were going for a "ribbon cutting" look.  Yeah, we look cheesy... but the firewood shack looks great!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Impact Story: The Wheelchariot

A huge "Thank You" to the crew from Liberty Baptist who funded the fabrication of The Wheelchariot.  They made our Pedal Carts accessible to every camper this summer. 


No more watching from your wheelchair!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Kickstarting Accessibility!

A huge thank you to our friends at Kickstart Cafe.  Their recent Kickstart Your Community Dinner in partnership with Russell Farms was a great success.  Of course, the food was delicious and company was delightful.  The Community Dinner raised over $1,700 for Shepherds Camp! 

We have utilized the funds to purchase a Hoyer Lift and a Personal Ceiling Transport System.  Both will be a huge enhancement to our safety and accessibility at Shepherds Camp... making a week of camp possible for our campers who require more intensive care.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fruit Hoops

Fruit Hoops is our newest camp activity.  We are hoping it's popularity will rival that of Camper-Counselor Kickball.

For those of you movie buffs.... Yes, we did think about calling it Camp Quidditch, but we didn't want to be trendy by riding the coattails of a franchise.  That and the balls we use for this game could be mistaken for a variety of giant fruits (super-polyploids if you will).

Our campers enjoyed their first round of Fruit Hoops yesterday.  We can't wait to introduce it to our campers throughout the summer.