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It is real. Simple.

Each part of the program is designed to provide faith, fun and fellowship. Who would have thought that things as simple as Sadie Hawkins Day, singing camp songs, or tug-of-war in the creek would be so significant? Or even more importantly, discovering how Hymn Time can become “Him” time, and how faith, fun and friends can last a lifetime.

It is God who changes lives.

By getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life to the beautiful nature that surrounds the camp, it allows campers to see God and themselves more clearly. A key feature of what makes Camp Deer Run effective is its simplicity. The results are life-changing.

Camp Deer Run: Simply Changing Lives

So, what difference does it make?

What difference has it made to families, the church, our country and the world that thousands of lives have been changed for good at Camp Deer Run?

What difference does it make that so many missionaries, preachers, church leaders, teachers, ministry leaders, community leaders, business leaders and other “salt of the earth” people living faithful lives point to their experience at Camp Deer Run as being formative in their lives?

You only have to watch the news for one day to know that the world is rapidly changing and not for the better. Many wonder if there is a place where life is more centered around things that really matter.

There is a place that is more real than the “real” world.

Camp Deer Run makes a real difference in the world—one changed heart at a time.

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An improvement is urgently needed.

It has become evident over the last several years that the size and condition of the dining hall is a problem. The current dining hall was designed to handle half of the number of campers that come to Camp Deer Run. While this is a result of the success of Camp Deer Run, it also comes with a consequence.

Simplicity and having time to experience God for yourself is the essence of the Camp Deer Run experience.

Having to rush, rush, rush to get everyone fed and keep the momentum of the program going works against that “something” that changes lives.

Not only is the size of the dining hall inadequate, the plumbing system and some of the major equipment needs to be replaced. After a thorough evaluation, the Board has decided that enlarging and repairing the existing facility would not e ectively address the problem. Therefore, the Board has decided to embark on a campaign to secure funding for this needed improvement.

“We want future campers to have the same experience with God that previous campers enjoyed.”

Ty Ford, Camp Director

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Simply Changing Lives is what
Camp Deer Run has been about since 1958.

Why?

The Simply Changing Lives Campaign is being launched to secure the needed funding for a new dining hall, which is a key step toward an even better future for Camp Deer Run.

Deeply understanding Camp Deer Run reveals that it is the simplicity of the natural environment and adequate time to come to know God, nurtured by Godly staff that leads to such changed lives – not to mention having a lot of fun in the process.

For well over 50 years, Camp Deer Run has been changing lives through this basic, yet profound, path to God and the camp will continue transforming lives for future generations.

What?

The dining hall will be a fully-functioning facility, designed to feel like it has always been a part of camp. It will be built in such a substantial way that it will last for decades and serve thousands.

When?

The goal is to begin construction in 2016.

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Campaign Goal: $1,400,000

To build a new dining hall facility, $1,400,000 is needed.

The Gift Pyramid below shows how many and what size gifts in each level could complete the campaign. All gifts are appreciated, effective and will help change lives for good.

Pledge pyramid

Help with a monthly gift over three years

Pledge amounts

In the event the campaign goal is exceeded, Camp Deer Run will use the additional funds in a variety of ways to increase the e ectiveness and sustainability of the camp. Purchasing needed (and only occasionally available) land adjoining the camp, improving and replacing some cabins and the current crafts building are examples of some of the improvements that would be considered.

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