The completion of these projects will allow us to turn our attention to our new land across the road! Camp’s staff and board of directors are working to refine the vision and secure necessary government approvals for the additional land acquired through the land exchange.
The philosophy adopted by the board regarding usage of the new land includes:
Preservation – open space for nature exploration and education with a goal of avoiding over-development
Program – enhancement of existing service opportunities
Expansion – opportunity for adding programs simultaneously to reach more constituents
The primary goal is to provide much-needed open space to explore and enjoy God’s creation. Camp Elim 3.0 will include new adventure elements as well as continued development to the original property, further enhancing and growing the ministry of Camp Elim. New and exciting ideas are regularly discussed by Camp's board and staff for future campaigns.
We are so excited to continue to grow into the blessings the Lord has given us,
but we can't do it on our own.
Thank you for praying for us, standing with us, and
Completing Camp Elim 2.0: Our Haven for Kids and the Gospel.
The time has come to complete Camp Elim 2.0. We’re so close!
Three projects are at the top of the list:
1. Picnic Pavilion
This covered space in the picnic area provides a protected area for meal times and outdoor activities.
Our Dining Room is currently not large enough to house all of the campers and staff. And, with frequent afternoon rain and thunderstorms, we are in need of covered space for activities. The Chapel currently receives a lot of unneeded wear and tear due to performing double duty: meeting and recreation area.
The Picnic Pavilion was completed this summer! Thank you for your prayers and support!
2. Cottage Addition
As the original caretaker’s cottage has been converted to the Camp Office, we are in need of additional housing for year-round staff.
The plan for this addition calls for three bedrooms and two bathrooms designed with the flexibility to house one large family or two smaller families.
(Estimated cost $150,000)
Update (Jan 2020): Plans for the cottage addition have been placed on hold for the time being. Late last year, the Lord provided Camp Elim with a plot of land adjacent to the existing Camp property. This new property has a mobile home already in place, which fulfills our most urgent staff housing needs.
3. Springs Lodge & Gym
This new dorm would replace the camper housing currently located on the north side of the main Lodge. Much like Canyon Lodge replaced the housing that was on the south side of the Lodge, this new space would allow us to accommodate 6-12 more campers each week.
Like Canyon Lodge, this building would consist of three summer cabins that could be divided into six private rooms, each with its own bathroom. This is designed as a two-level facility with the lower garden level providing space for staff housing. These rooms could be used for guests in non-summer months, effectively increasing capacity and the possibility of booking multiple groups simultaneously. A gym at the west end of the building would provide additional meeting and activity space.
(Estimated cost $1,250,000)
Once the lodging wing of Springs Lodge is completed, the north end of the Main Lodge would be converted from camper housing to additional kitchen and dining space, similar to the dining space on the south side of the Lodge.
(Estimated cost $75,000)
It is time to bring all of Camp’s lodging facilities to the standard of Summit, Northwoods and Canyon Lodges with smaller, dividable rooms and private bathrooms. This not only provides for child protection, but also increases the number of saleable beds by targeting the ability to house multiple groups at one time in non-summer months.
Each of the previous capital campaigns that have been undertaken over the past ten years have served to not only improve the quality of our facilities but have also done much to expand our effectiveness in ministry. Camp has grown consistently with every major renovation, and we thank God for the privilege of being able to touch more lives for eternity.
Did You Know?
Camp Elim is committed to financial responsibility and stewardship of the resources God has given us. As with all of Camp's improvements, these projects will only be completed as God provides funding. That’s where you come in! Would you prayerfully consider being a part of the team that provides for these much needed improvements? As you are able, would you commit to a generous donation that would be used as seed money from which the full funding would grow? We are hoping to have the Picnic Pavilion completed and the Cottage addition started for summer 2019, but we can’t do it without you!
Your gift is fully tax-deductible and, for Colorado residents, qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit which has been extended through 2024! Every $100 you donate to Camp Elim may reduce your Colorado income tax bill by $50!
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In the early 1990’s two duplexes were built to house adult staff and guests. In 2000, Camp’s Chapel was built allowing the focal point of the summer programs to move from the basement of the Lodge to a beautiful and functional new centerpiece of Camp.
In 2008 Camp’s staff and board of directors worked toward the vision of “Equipping Today and Ensuring Tomorrow.” Existing facilities were in great need of an upgrade. Gaining ownership of the land that had been leased for so many years became a priority.
Over the next nine years, the main circle of buildings was transformed-with the East Dorm becoming Summit Lodge, the North Dorm becoming Northwoods Lodge and the Rec Shelter becoming Canyon Lodge. A facelift to the main Lodge and a finishing of the Chapel basement were further improvements that enhanced the growing ministry. A new ropes course and tandem zip line added a new dimension to the adventure aspect of Camp!
In 2017, by God’s grace, ownership of the land that had been leased for 57 years was granted through a land exchange with the Forest Service! Through this transaction Camp’s property grew from the 16 acres previously leased to a total of 57 acres!
Did You Know?
Every year, Camp has been blessed to see a steady increase in campers and volunteer staff members.
Since the burst of construction began in 2008, total guests served has grown by 37% with camper days growing by 53%! These increased numbers of guests translate into more and more young people and adults impacted for the Kingdom of God!
A year-end donor attached this note to his gift:
“We think the Lord gets the biggest bang for our buck at Camp Elim."
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In 1946 the leaders of the Christian Home for Children in Colorado Springs were looking for a spot to send the children for a few days in the summer. As they searched, they found Colorado College’s geological camp near Woodland Park. For the next two or three years, they conducted week-long camps for their kids at that site, which went by the name of Camp Ewing.
In 1959 it was discovered that Camp Ewing was for sale. The plan was set into motion to purchase the buildings while leasing the land from the Forest Service. In 1960, the purchase was completed and Camp Ewing became Camp Elim! Summer programs began in 1961.
Did You Know?
Camp Elim’s name came from Exodus 15:27. After wandering in the wilderness, the children of Israel “came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.”
The vision was cast. Camp Elim would provide an oasis or haven for children where they could be refreshed spiritually and develop their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Camp Elim 2.0:
our Haven For Kids and the Gospel
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Completing Camp Elim 2.0
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