Deer Run Camps & Retreats has been on a mission for over 22 years to provide excellent camps and retreats that inspire a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthen relationships with family and friends. Now we need your support to continue.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel all 2020 summer camps and most retreat groups since March have cancelled or postponed their reservations, leading to a catastrophic decrease in operating revenue. Already this year, we have lost over $2 million dollars in operating revenue which is over seventy-five percent of our annual budget. We have eliminated every possible expense and, with heavy hearts, laid off about half of our staff and reduced hours and salaries for others.
We have adapted our facilities to provide opportunities for individual families to experience Deer Run together during this time. However, because admissions for families is limited and because most school groups and churches are still cancelling their retreats for this fall and winter, we are still unable to cover basic operating expenses through generated revenue alone. Even with all these cuts our operating expenses are exceeding our operating income by about $50,000 per month.
In order to continue the ministry of Deer Run Camps & Retreats for 2021 and future generations, we must have enough staff to maintain facilities, take care of day-to-day operations plus plan, recruit, and prepare for next year’s camps. After refunding approximately $1 million due to cancellations, we exhausted our operating reserve funds by the end of July. Without additional support, we do not know the future of Deer Run.
Through the generosity of many individuals we have been able to cover the shortfall for the last four months. We need to raise approximately $500,000 in the next few months to cover our operating shortfall for the winter and spring and to provide minimal operating reserves going into the summer. It is our hope that by next summer we will once again be able to cover all operating expenses through generated revenue.
We firmly believe that Jesus has not brought us this far for this to be the end, so we are turning to you again. We need the support of our campers, summer staff alumni, retreat guests, and everyone who believes in the power of camp as a resource to impact lives for Christ and strengthen families.
Your support is greatly appreciated, and honestly, we may not be able to continue operating without YOUR SUPPORT.
Deer Run Camps & Retreats