LUM Camp 2020 - Best Week of the Summer
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up: "Gearing Up for Camp"
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he shares information about LUM Camp 2020. Please take a minute to watch the video.
LUM Camp 2020 - A Letter from Wes Tillett
Camp is Life-Giving & Life-Changing
Consider for a moment these amazing realities of almost all camp experiences. 

Camp is LIFE-GIVING . The benefits of camp to those children who attend are well-documented: 
  • Positive identity
  • Social skills
  • Physical and thinking skills
  • Positive values and spirituality

Camp is LIFE-CHANGING . Not only is there immediate, measurable growth in each of those four developmental areas for nearly every camper, that growth persists and expands for months and years afterwards.
Camp is A Blast! The Best Week of the Summer!
Camp is A BLAST!   All these positive changes are happening while children are having the time of their lives. Many children describe camp as “the best week of my summer,” sometimes even “the best week of my life!”

LUM has always known that camp is extraordinarily beneficial. That’s why LUM has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s. And in spite of all the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, LUM is committed to hosting camp once again this summer at Hanging Rock Camp, where staff continues to work with local, state and CDC guidelines. Camp might have to look a little different due to Coronavirus, but the fun and friendship and life-enhancing benefits will remain the same.
This Year's Theme - "Join the Green Side"
LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys & girls, ages 8, 9, and 10 .  The children come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. A typical week of LUM Camp involves nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and a top-of-the-line array of staff and counselors.  

LUM Camp 2020’s theme is “Join the Green Side”   (“May the forest be with you…”) and will take place the last week of July. LUM will focus on teaching children to care for their neighbors by caring for the environment (the planet) in which their neighbors must live.  
Sponsor a Camper - $150 Per Child
LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150 per child cost of camp. We ask the campers parents to pay $5 per child, and ask our generous donors to cover the rest.

I would like to ask you to consider a gift of $150 or more to send a child to LUM Camp . Your “campership” (camp scholarship) will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – literally everything she or he will need to attend LUM Camp 2020. 
  • Sending $300 will allow 2 children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide ½ of a campership

Only God knows exactly what LUM Camp 2020 will look like. But I feel quite confident that every child who attends LUM Camp 2020 and “ Joins the Green Side ” will enjoy the life-giving benefits and lively fun of camp.
LUM Camp is one the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere.  There are so many children who are eagerly awaiting their chance to attend. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp ?
With gratitude,
Wes Tillett
Executive Director - LUM Camp Director
Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp , the long-time host site of LUM Camp . LUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association  and the  YMCA of the USA . All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers' experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.
Meet Marlena - LUM Camp Program Director
Returning for 19th Consecutive Year!
Marlena Edmondson  is the program director of LUM Camp  2020. She earned a BSW in Political Science & Social Work from IUPUI, and an MSW with a concentration in Child Welfare from Indiana University.

Marlena was a LUM Camper as a child for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 13 years. During the school year, she is the Student Services Coordinator at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Tippecanoe County. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette with her sister, Aly (who is also a former LUM Camper & camp counselor) and her two cats, Dudley & Rawry.
LUM Camp Needs Volunteer Counselors
LUM Camp  needs you! Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer LUM Camp  Counselor? Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 27 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31). For additional information, click  HERE . PLEASE SHARE.
DEADLINE TODAY - Absentee Ballot - Primary
Every Voter is Eligible for an Absentee Ballot
Due to COVID-19, Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Indiana primary. To vote absentee-by-mail, voters must complete the Application for Absentee Ballot  and mail, email or fax it to your local county election office or the Indiana Election Division. The application must be completed & received by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT. After an application has been received, the voter will be mailed a Primary Election ballot. The voter must then complete the ballot, and return it to the county election board by noon on Election Day, June 2 . You may also vote absentee in person beginning 28 days before Election Day at locations designated by your county's election board. For more information, contact your local county election office. Election information including contact information for all 92 county election offices may be found online at .

Absentee Ballot - Application forms are as follows:

Tippecanoe County Election & Voter Information is as follows:
  • Email:
  • Fax: 765-423-9386
  • Mail: PO Box 619, Lafayette, IN 47902
  • Vote Absentee In-Person at the Tippecanoe County Building, 20 N 3rd Street 3rd floor, Lafayette, IN 47901; Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Monday, June 1st from 8 a.m. to noon
  • In-Person Early Voting begins Tuesday, May 26. For information on locations & times, click HERE.

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