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Crossways Connections
2017 August Issue
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. (Isaiah 43:2)

Last week we concluded the last of our on-site programs for the 2017 summer season. Nine weeks of Superman graces, Gospel Lights, and buddy checks. Nine weeks of cabin devotions and highs and lows before bedtime. Nine weeks of learning about Jesus' love and sacrifice and how the water of life nourishes our body and our soul.

Indeed, when we passed through rough waters this summer God was with us!

When storms arose, God was there: campers and staff were always safe! When campers grew homesick, God was there: staff were present, caring, kind, and thoughtful. When groups became stuck in a certain low ropes challenge course element, or a camper needed an extra "boost" to make it up the rock wall, God was there: staff and campers learned how to be faith-filled problem-solvers and cheerleaders for each other. 

You may recall that Crossways recently participated in a study called The Effective Camp Research Project. It's purpose was to identify the effects, the impact, and the reach of a faith-based camp experience. Last year we learned that faith-based camp is powerful because it is Relational, Participatory, Different From Home, A Safe Space, and Faith-Centered.  This year we learned just how powerful - following a week of camp the majority of campers: 
  • Felt strengthened in their faith,
  • Experienced first-hand the unconditional love of Jesus through the kind and caring attention of our staff,
  • Grew in self-confidence,
  • Came away with a strong desire to increase their involvement in their home church or local faith community.

(Of course, we discovered a whole host of other great benefits and effects of camp. To read the results of the study, CLICK HERE!)

To sum up, this summer proved to us again (and again and again) that God is ever-present in our work at camp. Camping ministry is vitally important to the faith lives of young and old alike! 

We are blessed to be able to God's work at Imago Dei Village, Pine Lake Camp, Waypost, and at our Day Camps (and at our administrative office in Appleton, too!).

From the bottom of all our hearts, THANK YOU for supporting the mission of Crossways this summer. Most importantly, thank you to God our Creator, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer for guiding us, redeeming us, and keeping us going. Praise God for another transformation summer of camping ministry! 

Belay on,
Gloria Allhiser
Associate Director
Crafting Retreats
Click the image above to be directed to our website to learn more about the craft retreats coming to Pine Lake and Waypost this fall! Online registration is available for all our adult/craft retreats, but a paper registration form is also provided for those with limited internet access. Contact our administrative office to learn more about these enriching weekends (920-882-0023 or Remember, crafting is often more fun with a friend. Bring one with you!
Scrapbooking Retreat
October 13-15, 2017
Pine Lake Camp

General Crafting Retreat
November 10-12, 2017
Waypost Camp

Quilting Retreat
November 17-19, 2017
Pine Lake Camp
Men's Retreat
Join fellow brothers in Christ for this rejuvenating weekend away tucked in the northwoods at Waypost Camp! Enjoy cool misty mornings, perfect for reflection and spending time in Scripture, hike the trails, drink good coffee, engage in thoughtful conversation about faith and life, and more!
Men's Retreat
October 20-22, 2018
Waypost Camp

Visit our website for cost & registration details!
Don't miss out on our fall youth retreats! We have exciting things in store this season for youth in grades 1-8. Visit our website for details on how to register and to discover which retreat(s) are best for your ministry!
Seeds Overnight Retreat (Gr. 1-3)
October 28-29, 2017
Pine Lake Camp

Jr. High Blast (Gr. 6-8)
November 3-5, 2017
Imago Dei Village

Interested in bringing a youth group to camp for one of your own retreats?
Contact our administrative office to learn more about booking our camps for a private group retreat! We provide excellent facilities, meals, and can potentially add programming depending on your retreat needs. Contact us at 920-882-0023 or

Boats for Sale:
Fishing Boat and Sailboat
We have a fishing boat for sale at Imago Dei Village! It's a 14-ft boat in good condition and it comes with a fish finder. Asking $650.

Also available is a handy dandy sail boat! Includes all components and is in good shape, though sail has a few small tears. Asking $300 or best offer.

Any interested parties should contact Jess Throlson, Imago Dei Village Camp Director, at 715-823-2902 or email
Speaking of Boats...
Thank you for our new kayaks at Pine Lake and our new pontoon boat at Imago Dei Village!
This summer, Wanda Fischer and Mary Lindsley of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton, organized two brat frys to raise money for "Kayaks for Kamp!" Because of their hard work and the support of volunteers who spread the word and staffed the events, as well as patrons who came out to enjoy a tasty meal, enough money was raised to purchase six 12-foot kayaks for Pine Lake Camp! These beauties are being delivered to Pine Lake this week and we can't wait to get them on the water. Thank you Wanda, Mary, Trinity Lutheran of Appleton, and everyone else for your great support of this endeavor! Paddle on!

In May we had to say goodbye to our old pontoon boat at Imago Dei Village. Thanks to generous donations from longtime supporters and family campers we were able to purchase a new (gently used) pontoon boat for Imago Dei! It's beautiful and makes a great addition to our waterfront. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. 
Our good friends at Good Shepherd (Green Bay), Bethel (Green Bay), and Peace (Pulaski) are hosting another Bike for Crossways event this fall! This exciting ride is taking place Sunday, September 17. Registration begins at noon and the ride kicks off at 1:00pm. A 6-mile route and 17-mile route follow the scenic Mountain Bay Trail! These rides are perfect for everyone from the seasoned cyclist desiring a longer ride to the family of five needing to keep a slower pace. 
Registration Fees & Details:
Before August 27th:
  • Individuals - $25
  • Families - $50 (2 or more)
After August 27th:
  • Individuals - $30
  • Families - $60
All registrations include trail passes, trail maps, a t-shirt, refreshments along the route, and a post-ride cook-out. Registrations received before August 27th are guaranteed a t-shirt (registrations received after August 27th are not guaranteed a t-shirt). 
maternity leave
Liz Locke, Communications and Registration Manager, will be going on maternity leave in late August  through late November. We are thrilled about this new addition to our Crossways family.

If you have any questions about existing account balances, contracts, or future contracts, please contact Liz as soon as possible. 
Support Crossways!
Crossways Camping Ministries
912 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911
p: 920.882.0023 | f: 920.882.9474