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2018 Solomon Cramer Grant Recipients

06 Feb 2019 8:24 PM | Jen Burch (Administrator)

Congratulations to all of the United Methodist Camp/Retreat Ministries who received 2018 Solomon Cramer Grant funding for your innovative, youth-serving projects. 

Baltimore-Washington Conference Retreat & Camping Ministries  ($3,000)

                The camp partners with Baltimore Metropolitan District and seeks to eliminate barriers to summer camp experiences for youth in Baltimore who are impacted by high rates of violence and poverty. The program offers Spring Break Camp which is a 1-week camp offering arts, crafts, worship and activities. Residential Summer Camp offers week-long programs at West River and Manidokan throughout the summer and reaches a predominantly African-American population.


Camp Chestnut Ridge ($3,000)

                This camp launched a new Traveling Day Camp in order to expand summer camp opportunities for youth from underserved ethnic populations who may not otherwise be able to attend camp. The lower cost of the Traveling Day Camp, and the central location within the community of Chestnut Ridge will allow for more children who do not regularly attend camp to have a camp experience. Chestnut Ridge strives to create a diverse population among campers, and is located within the community of the participants, which helps overcome issues with transportation.


Camp Chippewa ($3,000)

                This camp has encompassed the mission to provide an atmosphere in a simple, outdoor setting where individuals can experience the presence of God in nature, for a relationship with Jesus Christ and others, nurture one’s journey as a disciple of Christ and experience spiritual and personal growth and renewal. Camp Chippewa offered a high-school camp for the first time which focused on leadership and was held at their camp site.


Camp in the Community ($3,000)

                This camp is a week-long day camp for children in poverty. The camp operates in partnership with a host church located in an impoverished community within the Holston Conference. A high-quality summer camp experience is offered to those who could not otherwise afford to attend summer camp.


Cedar Crest Camp ($3,000)

                The camp has a two-fold initiative including empowering immigrant faith communities in the Tennessee Conference and to inform and transform the camp culture to better serve the children of these communities. Through this initiative, children from immigrant areas were shown support, love and empowerment. Space was created to facilitate cross-cultural conversation within the camp experience to better inform staff and campers about the richness of sharing in multiple contexts of life experiences.


Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center ($3,000)

                The initiative seeks to build greater partnership and collaboration between UMC churches, local school and the AME Zion Church to strengthen, develop and renew congregations and communities in an effort to make disciples. The Voyages initiative offered camp experiences in a local church setting. The churches worked together to provide this experience to 200 children who were able to experience camp within local churches.


Go Camp NTC ($3,000)

                The camp provided camping opportunities for kids in underserved communities in North Texas which focused on faith formation, community outreach, and nature conservation. The camps were mobilized to bring the experience to communities where they would not otherwise have camp experiences and offered a way for those populations to connect with the United Methodist Church.


Lakeshore Camp & Retreat Center  ($2,000)

                The Camp Hope series is dedicated to at-risk youth from difficult, impoverished and/or minority populations. There are nine camps that focus on drug and/or alcohol abuse, anger management or sexual abuse. The funding focused on Camp Grace, which is a week-long camp for girls age 12-15 who have experienced sexual abuse.


Next Generation Ministries, the Missouri Annual Conference ($3,000)

                The initiative provided on-site camping ministries as a tool for children, youth, and young adults to encounter Christ. The camp was brought to local churches, which focused on low-income families who would have difficulty with the cost and transportation to a camp site. Local church volunteer staff help to provide one-on-one Christian mentoring and participate in reflection and discernment exercises with campers.


Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries ($2,000)

                The Directors’ Leadership Week develops a combination of secular and spiritual skills that develop principled Christian leaders who are prepared to serve. The program fosters a relationship between Pecometh and the local church to develop young leaders. Campers are chosen by their church with the understanding they will be placed in a position of leadership within the church in the following year.

Applications for 2019 Solomon Cramer grants are due by March 1!

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