Crossways Connections
April 2018
Spring has sprung!

Well, according to the calendar at least. But in reality our three camps in Waupaca, Clintonville, and Hatley, as well as our administrative office in Appleton, received around two feet or more of snow over the weekend. And we all know what snow does when it's windy - it drifts. Some of our snow drifts are five to six feet in height!

The snowstorm forced most of us to change our plans. At Crossways, we had to cancel our highly anticipated annual B.Y.G. (Building Youth Groups) Retreat at Imago Dei Village, but the opportunity presented itself to potentially add a second retreat for this age group in October - more details on that later! Congregations had to cancel worship services, even rescheduling Affirmation of Baptism services. And families were prompted to break out the winter wear again as the weather gave us another opportunity for winter recreation.

Life does that sometimes, doesn't it? Every so often we are forced to change our plans. This might be annoying at best or heart-wrenching at its worst, but it does happen. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways we are always being reminded that we are not in control.

So when this happens - when we are forced to stop and pause or change course - we can try to resist. We can try, but we know where that leads: frustration, even despair. Instead, let's take relief in knowing we aren't the ones in ultimate control - God is. God's got this. No matter what "it" is, God is in control.

As we prepare for a busy summer at our camps we remember this daily. Historic blizzards in mid-April serve as great reminders, even when we would have preferred something less dramatic (and involving less clean up). Still, may you also be reminded of God's guiding hand each and every day. And hopefully God will "guide" you to camp this summer, when we hope to have less snow.

Gloria Allhiser
Associate Director, Crossways Camping Ministries
From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Elliana Brandt (Waypost) and Fozzy Preboski (Pine Lake) were born for snow days!
  • Waypost's waterfront isn't QUITE ready for swimmers just yet...
  • This shot of the tractor plow at Pine Lake with the picturesque arts and crafts hut in the back seemed too good not to share. Let's go make God's Eyes (an old summer camp craft)!
  • And finally, how long do you think it will take before Jess is rescued from her house at Imago Dei Village? (We're kidding. She can get out. But that's still a lot of snow!)
We know how life-changing working at camp can be - and we know how powerful an impact our staff have on our campers. We are still looking for individuals who can either work a full summer with us OR who would be able to work short-term (or as a volunteer) for one or two of our highest capacity weeks. We're especially in need of male staff (cabin leaders in particular).

Would you help us out by sharing our need for staff with friends and family, or perhaps even on social media? Word of mouth is the most effective way to recruit our staff and we would be so grateful for your assistance in spreading the word! To share our webpage with summer staff information, copy and paste this link:

Cabin leaders and program staff must be a high school graduate/current high school senior and 18 years of age or older, however other support roles (lifeguard, kitchen assistant) can still be in high school.

CLICK HERE to learn more about summer positions available for 2018 or to apply!
Crossways in the Community:
Bowl for Autism / Walk for Autism
We thought it would be nice to let you (one of our supporters) know that Crossways is also committed to supporting you - our campers, families, and communities - in ways that go beyond our own programming. Here is one of those examples!

Piece Together is a family program based out of Imago Dei Village for families with members of any age on the autism spectrum. This program has opened up so many relationships between Crossways and families/organizations in our communities. One of those organizations is Friends of Autism, Inc. We were thrilled to support Friends of Autism's recent Bowl-for-Autism event as a sponsor this past March. Some of our staff will also be walking in the April Walk-4-Autism, held Saturday, April 28th, in Kimberly, WI.

Community is one of our five core values at Crossways. We take this to heart and are so grateful for the opportunity to support and be present whenever and wherever we are able!

If you are interested in joining and walking with our staff at the April Walk-4-Autism in Kimberly, contact Jess Throlson!

Would you like to learn more about Piece Together? While our program is full for 2018, our webpage has lots of helpful information for families just starting to wonder if this might be a good fit for them in the future. Grant funding is often available through various agencies as well! Click here to visit our Piece Together page.
Do you know about all of the discounts we offer for our summer camp fees? Oh, the discounts! Here's a glimpse of how you can save on camp in 2018 *

  • Refer-a-Friend Discount: Campers can refer a friend to Crossways (this new camper must be a first-time summer camper with Crossways) for a $25 discount per new camper referred! Full-week campers can refer up to 4 new campers for a max discount of $100, while half-week campers can refer up to 2 new campers for a max discount of $50.

  • First-Time Camper Discount: All first-time youth campers (full-week and half-week) can receive a $25 discount!

  • 2018 Youth Gathering Participant Discount: NEW this month, we are offering ALL 2018 Youth Gathering participants (8th-12th grade) $100 off Mavericks, Settlers, or Leader-In-Training/LIT.

*A $100 deposit is required upon registration for all discounts. For more information please visit our Pricing, Discounts, & Financial Assistance webpage. You may also contact our office at | 920-882-0023.

Administrative Office
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm
912 N. Oneida St. Appleton, WI 54911
phone: (920) 882-0023 | fax: (920) 882-9474