The little electric golf cart rattled along the dusty, gravel roads of the camp, making more noise than you might expect. I raised my voice to compensate as I pointed out our disc golf course to my new friend Richard, making sure he could still hear me. Richard had never been to SMCC before, and he was full of questions about the camp, our programs, and our campers. When the tour was finished, Richard shook my hand, thanking me for my time.
I saw Richard occasionally over the next several months—usually at a 5k race, because we both enjoy participating in them. He would sometimes ask how things were going at the camp, but mostly we talked about running. Then, unexpectedly, Richard sent a donation to sponsor three kids to attend summer camp!
Those funds were applied to the camp fees of three children who would not otherwise have been able to attend camp last summer. All week long, those kids had the opportunity to try new activities, make new friends, and experience the love of God in a tangible way. God touched their hearts and impacted their lives that week.
Richard didn’t know those kids. He never met them, and, in all likelihood, he never will. But he made an investment in them that will have a lasting influence. His investment may have even altered the entire course of their lives.
Now there is something very important that I need for you to understand about this story. It’s not just about Richard; it’s about you. When you give to South Mountain Christian Camp, whether it is $5, $500, or $5,000, every dollar is used to impact young lives. When you volunteer here, every minute of your labor helps bring kids to camp and improve their experience while they're here. When you tell others about SMCC, you are connecting us with more campers or more supporters so that more kids can experience the love of God. You are changing lives!
I wish you could see the faces of the children you are helping. It is amazing how God can reach a hurting child and transform them over the course of a summer camp week! And it could never happen without people like you.
If you're interested in providing a scholarship for a camper, you can easily make your donation online or visit www.SouthMountainChristianCamp.org/support for more info.