Posted on Sep 4, 2013

The following is the 2013 Associate Director’s Report to the Board of Directors:

Summer 2013 was the most innovative, far-reaching and challenging summer that Mar-Lu-Ridge has seen for awhile. It was very appropriate because the summer theme was Be Made New! and drew from 2 Corinthians 5:17. With a smaller staff than previous summers, Mar-Lu-Ridge reached 220 more campers than last year for a total of 970 campers. Campers were happy to be in larger programs and staff were happy to spend so much of their time in direct work with campers.

Christ was really present this summer in the Christian, safe and fun programs that took place. Existing programs like Family Camp, Night Owls, Adventure Camp and Hammock Camp were great experiences for a lot of campers. New programs like Wild and Crazy Camp and a combined-synod Confirmation Camp went very well and produced many entertaining photographs. Whether it was meaningful worships in Salem Chapel or small group discussions in our new Bird’s Nest (with 1000+ God’s Eyes) there were countless moments where the love of Christ was shared and experienced at Mar-Lu-Ridge this summer.

As a Camp Director, safety is a chief concern and it is very reassuring that Mar-Lu-Ridge had few incidents this summer despite the growth in campers served. MLR also received perfect scores on our ACA, pool, health and fire inspections so special thanks are due to the other year-round staff and their diligent work to keep our campers safe, happy and healthy.

The Mobile Mar-Lu Programs doubled in size from previous years and reached every end of the synods that we serve. From a two week program on the coast to programs in Baltimore City and downtown Washington D.C. the MML programs took the ministry into the valley in their largest year. The Day Camp program also grew by 50 campers to a total of 200, again the largest year of that since its start in the mid 2000’s. The growth of both of these programs has been rapid and manageable while maintaining the safety and excellence of the camp experience. Campers in these programs often transition to overnight camps as they get older. A few campers already have aged into upper camp and it is wonderful to see youth with such a long and deep connection with the Ridge. Summer 2013 saw Mar-Lu-Ridge continue ministering to a diversity of campers through the Christian experience of sanctuary, community and service.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

                                                          ~2 Corinthians 5:17