Crossways Connections
November 2017
All three camps of Crossways have achieved
ACA Accreditation Status!
The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced earlier this month that the three camps of Crossways Camping Ministries (Imago Dei Village of Clintonville, Pine Lake Camp of Waupaca, and Waypost Camp of Hatley) have received ACA-Accredited® Camp status for 2018.

"ACA Accreditation means that Imago Dei Village, Pine Lake Camp, and Waypost Camp were submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — and complied with the highest standards in the industry," said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission.

"Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization," Moore continued.

"Crossways and the ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth, fun, and faith development in an environment committed to the highest standards of safety," said Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer, Executive Director of Crossways Camping Ministries. "ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming."

ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. ACA's nationally recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp's operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to- date, research-based standards in camp operation. For more parent-focused information about accreditation, visit ACA's .
Connect With Us!
Are you a pastor or youth/confirmation leader? Have you reserved your week of confirmation camp for 2018? Click here to request your spot! We're filling up, so don't delay!

Information packets will be emailed after Thanksgiving. Also, watch for your promotional packet in the mail in December!
First Crossways Gala is a Huge Success!
The first Crossways Harvest GALA was held on November 3rd at Riverview Gardens in Appleton.  185  donors, alumni, volunteers, current and former staff and sponsors gathered to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries. This fund and friend raiser netted  $28,432  (our goal was $15,000)!

Guests enjoyed the silent auction, appetizers, musical entertainment, a three-course meal, camp songs and a program that included a historical slide show, awards and messages from staff and volunteers. A highlight of the evening was the keynote message by Mike Loos who inspired guests as he described the impact of Crossways on his faith, marriage, family and stewardship to support the ministry of Crossways. Special awards were given to Rev. Robert Herder, Servant Leader of the Year, Nancy Sack, Volunteer of the Year and Mike and Jenna Loos, Donors of the Year.  

To view pictures from the event CLICK HERE !

The Second Annual HARVEST GALA has been scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Mark your calendars to attend this enjoyable evening and support the Mission and Ministry of Crossways.

Two upcoming opportunities to GIVE:
2017 Advent Appeal & Giving Tuesday

Your support is needed to help us live out our Mission to "Bring People Together in Christ so Lives are Changed and Communities Enhanced". Our Advent Appeal is an opportunity to make a gift to support our programs that serve youth and adults of all ages at our three camps. Please consider making a gift when you receive the Giving Tuesday information online or an Advent Appeal letter in the mail. Make a Gift and Make a Difference!

A Blessed Advent,

Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer
Executive Director

Summer 2018 Registration is OPEN! Visit our website to learn about all the exciting programs coming to our camps in 2018. All registrations received by March 15th receive our "early bird discount!"

Here are a few more exciting discount opportunities:
  • First-Time Camper Discount: Youth campers new to Crossways are eligible to receive a $25 discount for their 2018 summer program!
  • Bring-a-Friend Discount: Youth campers who refer a new-to-Crossways camper for summer 2018 are eligible to receive a $25 per camper they refer, for up to four new campers! That's a total possible discount of $100.

For more details about our discounts, visit our Pricing, Discounts, & Financial Assistance page on our website!

maternity leave
Liz Locke, Registration & Communications Manager, is easing back into work here at Crossways following her maternity leave. Welcome back, Liz! We sure missed you.

For all inquiries regarding registration for retreats, summer camp, or booking private group retreats or events, Liz is your gal. You can reach Liz at our administrative office at (920) 882-0023 or by emailing
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