GrandCamp is by far the very best thing we've ever done with our four grandchildren. We've participated for four consecutive summers, and we all have the best possible time ever. The bonds created with those grands could not have been accomplished anywhere else! Family devotion times are the favorite of all of us. During these times, our discussions about the "important stuff" in our lives are made possible only within the camp experience. All four have learned to love the Lord with all their little hearts precisely because of the praise and worship at camp, and the spiritually enriching activities around those daily events. As grandparents, we have learned precious and invaluable information about grandparenting from the camp director, who is an incredible font of knowledge for us. The camp fees (reasonable by any measure) are well worth giving up everything else that could conceivably be done with the money.
Jim & Gwen Colfer; Grand Junction, Colorado
First, Cavin, Jim and I want to thank you so much for the DVD of GC 2012 that you put together for all of us, along with the photo album. We viewed it with Jimmy & Jack, who were visiting with their parents over the weekend. We all loved it! The boys wanted to take time with each and every photo to identify every single person they knew in each one. So, it took us quite a while to accomplish that task! Precious memories. . . .
What Jim and I knew would touch your heart is this: Jack told us when he was here that he was creating an art project on GrandCamp, and tonight he called for a little help with it. All the students in his fifth grade class were given an empty "Altoids" box to create something special with it. Jack decided to make it a memory box of GrandCamp. He's wrapping the lid and the box with paper, on which he can write or draw things. He decided that he wanted five of his favorite scripture verses inside of the box, and two around the sides of the outside of the box. He's drawing a picture of Christ Haven Lodge on top, with the name of the lodge at the top and 2012 at the bottom. On the bottom of the box, "I'm going to draw a picture of me crying, 'cuz it's the last GrandCamp." (Whew !) "Then I'm going to put a picture of Cavin and Gram & Grampa inside the box, too."
Omigosh........I"m a basket case. . . .
We have taken various grandchildren to GrandCamp over the last 10 years. Our experience has been that it is a blessing for us and our grandchildren. The spiritual content of the camp is geared for the kids to understand the truth of God's word and how it can be applied to their lives. Cavin talks very candidly to them about living their faith in a world that has in a large part turned away from God. Taking the children to camp helps us show them the importance that faith plays in our lives. We have taken them when they are young and they have all wanted to return even as they have grown to be teenagers. Camp is just simply a lot of fun for them and a great time for us to bond with them and make forever memories with them.
Wayne and Barb Scott; Loveland, CO
Grandcamp has been one of the best ways to spend quality time with my grandchildren. The drive to the camp is beautiful and it is a great time to talk with the children. The lodge is a welcoming place with nice rooms & bathrooms. The food is good and most children will like what is served. The program includes time together with the children and time for the adults to receive instruction and share ideas while the younger children do crafts and the older kids do a hike. The evening family time is great for reading a story and discussing the way we can use the lessons in our lives. The blessing ceremony is precious.
The entertainment highlight has been white water rafting and this summer horseback riding, barbeque and square dancing. The ropes course and zip line provided a real challenge. There is time to take side trips to points of interest. My grandchildren look forward to returning each summer.
Judy Ackley, Broomfield, CO.
We knew Jake was not thrilled to be coming to camp with us, and he let everyone else know that when we arrived. In spite of that everyone welcomed him and embraced him. When he resisted participating in the white water rafting trip, the leaders of the camp gently encouraged him to give it a try. He did and had a great time. At the end of camp he was awarded the Bravery Award.
The time we spent together in family devotions, engaging with other Christian families, learning how to be intentional, and experiencing the grace and love of Christ through the staff was life-changing for all of us. It so impacted Jake's life, that a few weeks after camp he gave his life to Christ. GrandCamp is high on our priority list for building a legacy that lasts forever with our grandkids!
The Lohn family has been blessed to have been a part of Grandcamp. Our granddaughters, whom we took to camp 5 years ago, still consider it a highlight
in their relationship with Grandpa and Grandma, as do we with them. We became closer to our grandchildren after that week and felt a closeness to them that we had
not experienced before, really getting to know them individually and seeing how God works in them. The "Blessings" were especially meaningful and I think it
had a profound impact on each of them.
Larry and Lois Lohn