Deer Run Camps & Retreats has been on a mission for over 20 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 cancelled their reservations, leading to a catastrophic decrease in operating revenue. Already this year, we have lost over $1.8 million dollars in operating revenue which is over two-thirds of our annual budget. We have eliminated every possible expense and, with heavy hearts, laid off about half of our staff.
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 cancelling their retreats for this fall and winter, we are still unable to cover operating expenses, even with a skeleton crew.
In order to continue the ministry of Deer Run Camps & Retreats for 2021 and future generations, we must have enough staff to maintain our facilities, take care of day-to-day operations plus plan, recruit, and prepare for next year’s camps. At this time, we have exhausted all operating reserve funds and, without your support, we do not know the future of Deer Run.
We firmly believe that Jesus has not brought us this far for this to be the end, so we are turning to you. 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.
We need to raise $1.5 million to sustain Deer Run through the fall and winter without having to lay off additional key staff and allow us time to plan for a future filled with campers and retreat guests.
Your support is greatly appreciated, and honestly, we may not be able to continue operating without YOUR SUPPORT.
Deer Run Camps & Retreats