Camp Mowana Celebrates 75 Years

February 23, 2016


Mowana 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend


Here’s a question for you. In 75 years of ministry, how many lives has Mowana changed?


“I didn’t think I could make it to the top,” said a camper on the climbing tower platform, “but then I remembered I was at church camp, so I prayed to Jesus, and made it!”


In 75 years of ministry, how many new friends were made, how many memories were made, and how many future church leaders were developed?


During camp check-in one week, a camper was overheard telling his friend as he was pointing to staff pictures, “I can’t wait. My picture will be up there someday.”


Karen Saupe, Mowana volunteer, staff member and camper since 1970 says, “Over my years at Mowana I’ve heard some stories again and again: campers feel accepted and valued, campers experience God’s love, counselors are significant role models, camp is a spiritual anchor through rocky adolescent years.”


2016 marks seventy-five years of Camp Mowana ministry! Karen adds, “of course the best way to celebrate is to have a reunion of camp friends – staff, volunteers, campers, and families”. Well, now it’s time to celebrate; and a celebration there will be. In fact, we’ll be celebrating for an entire weekend.


Beginning on Friday, July 1 into Monday, July 4 will be a time to commemorate 75 years of all that represents Camp Mowana. A time to celebrate the past and the future, an occasion to see old friends, sing the songs from throughout the years, walk the trails that bring back memories, laugh at those corny jokes, relive those Mowana traditions and show grandchildren your name on a cabin wall.


There will be an area to display 75 years of memorabilia. We’ll have the annual 5K Run through the Pines, a live and silent fundraising auction, numerous campfires, and an anniversary dinner under a big top tent. There will be camp activities such as swimming, archery, crafts, gaga ball, nine square, and the climbing tower/zip line. We’ll have a square dance, ice cream social, opportunities for storytelling, and candlelight worship.


It is a time to come together, for as Karen emphasized, “it’s the people who have made our times at Mowana so special.”


Participants may come for the entire weekend, choose one day or any combination there-of.  Lodging options include the Fleming Falls Retreat Center, the lodges, cabins, and bring-your-own tent or RV.


We want to bring as many people together whose lives have been affected by Mowana. Whether you are a former camper, or staff member, or retreat participant, or a family member - you are invited. Come as an individual, with your family, or as a group of former campers/staff. It happens only once in any ministry, and now is the time for Camp Mowana. You are cordially invited to a part of this celebration.


“For me” said Karen, “the best part of our anniversary celebration will be seeing them come together for a gathering of alumni staff, campers, and volunteers. Please come be a part of the reunion!”


A former staff person once said that coming back to Mowana is like coming home. So hey, c’mon home! We’d love to see you.

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