Now that it’s past Thanksgiving, I feel I can finally say “Merry Christmas!” Like me, I’m sure you’re being deluged with mail this time of year, so I appreciate you taking the time to read and consider this post. This last summer 170 children attended COCUSA as part of our Scholarship program. These were families that apart from Camp, would have had very few options for their children in the summer. There are few other local childcare options that provide scholarships the way COCUSA does. Our Scholarship Committee reviews each need individually, asks the parents to pay what they can afford, and Camp seeks to cover the rest of the cost.
Here is some feedback we received from the parents of scholarship campers about how Camp of Champions USA impacted their lives:
We love serving all the campers we see, but there’s something extra special about serving families in need! These 170 children heard the Good News clearly presented, learned that Jesus is the main point of Scripture as we took them on an Expedition through the whole Bible and were loved by staff throughout the summer.
Altogether, we waived $81,119 in camper fees so these kids could have a safe place to have a fun-filled summer and learn about Jesus. To date, we’ve raised $58,891 in scholarship funds to offset this need. This leaves a Scholarship gap of $22,228. Would you consider a gift towards this need?
In 2014 the cost for one child to attend Camp for one week was $100 (or $1100 for the entire summer). COCUSA covered an average of $47 per week for each Scholarship camper (or $470 per Scholarship camper for the whole summer).
Any amount you can give to help us close this Scholarship gap would be greatly appreciated, but would you please pray about making a donation to one of our Scholarship Funds in one of the amounts listed above? If God would direct you that way, please visit cocusa.org/donate. Your gift will help us close the Scholarship gap for 2014, and set us up for a great year of ministry in 2015.