Greetings from New Hope Camp & Conference Center. God has truly blessed this ministry. It has been an exciting year and we find ourselves in a very good place.
We had a record breaking year for total summer camp attendance and on several day camp sessions we reached capacity. One of our goals is to update our overnight summer camp program by offering overnight camps every week of the summer. Experiences for campers during an overnight camp provide additional enrichment as they enjoy activities which are not offered during the day program.
Our after-school program continues to grow and with the addition of another bus we are able to travel to more elementary schools in Orange County. It is wonderful to have children using our facility all year long and a blessing to the families who take advantage of this program. They know this is a safe environment for their child to come and benefit spending their after school hours outside rather than being cooped up in a building.
Our retreat business has grown this year and we have seen more groups that want to come and experience the peace which can be found on this wonderful property. There has also been an increase in groups taking advantage of the meal service we are now able to offer. We have worked hard on improvements to our buildings, Dogwood, Walnut, Hickory, Magnolia, Poplar, Oak and Holly. These improvements provide our guests with the high level of hospitality that we pride ourselves on.
Renovations to Fleming are underway and we have a projected completion date of January 31st, 2016. The renovations include improved bathrooms, a much better warming kitchen, ample storage for tables and chairs, and wonderful decks that will surround the addition. Fleming Lodge has been the number one facility in past decades for receptions, parties, dances, and daily use by our day camp. These renovations of a much loved building will be seen for many years to follow.
It has been the faithful support for New Hope that has made all of these things possible. We could not have accomplished any of this without the financial support, prayer support, and dedication that so many of you have invested in this ministry. Thank you for sticking with us through the lean years. You had a vision and have seen it through.
It sounds as though we might have finished, but we have only begun. A vision for New Hope is to add a program dedicated to the arts. We would like to have the ability to have Artists in Residence that in exchange for studio space would work with both children and adults in their chosen medium. We are in an area brimming with artists who can provide a level of professional enrichment to our current programs.
As I said we have a long way to go and we ask you to consider a year end gift to the Annual Fund that will help us continue to grow. This is a vibrant ministry and we want it to continue to flourish for many generations to enjoy.
This camp was built upon the love and support of its founders and we ask that you continue that tradition of generosity in the outdoor ministry of the Presbyterian Church.
Richard Stevens Susan Van Fleet
Executive Director Chair, Board of Directors