Join with so many others in supporting Wilderness Ranch as we gear up for 2022! Your gift to Wilderness Ranch gives us the gear (literally) to pursue more young people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Through relationships and asking questions, we want to offer constructive, hopeful, God-centered insights to the core issues of identity, belonging, and purpose.
Every $5, $10, or $100 helps us reach more kids with the Gospel!
Most of us, and especially our young friends, are walking through a bundle of questions. But at the center live these three. Data suggests young people are more depressed, more anxious, and more lonely than ever before. They are over-connected and need to unplug and retreat to gain perspective.
“I wish the church would stop giving me answers to questions I’m not asking,” said a young friend in conversation. Wilderness Ranch seeks to create a less distracted space for people to meet Jesus Christ and grow in their faith through a guided wilderness adventure. Through relationships and asking questions, we want to offer constructive, hopeful, God-centered insights to these core issues of identity, belonging, and purpose. Recent data from multiple Young Life areas showed that of high school students that went to outreach camp only, 33% were following Jesus 3-5 years later. Of those that also went to Wilderness Ranch, that number increased to 92%.”
After construction is complete, Young Life camps are designed to be financially self-sufficient. Most operational expenses, maintenance, administrative costs and funded depreciation are paid from camp revenue generated by the camper fee. However, capital projects require fundraising after the initial purchase or construction. We only grow as thoughtful and generous gifts allow.
Young Life camps have a long-standing policy to first raise the funds and then to develop new projects, facilities and amenities. This is so the camp fee that summer and school season guests pay is minimized to reflect true operating costs. This practice also allows us to develop new projects to a standard of excellence.
Future project for Wilderness Ranch include finishing the adventure camp outpost, upgraded staff housing, new retail and snack bar space, new club space, and a few other projects. If you are interested in giving, please contact our office.
If you are interested in further information or to make a contribution to the development of Wilderness Ranch please contact our camp manager at 719-867-3622
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