Dear Red Oak, Red Barn and Chincapin Camp Family,
Happy New Year! I trust you all have had a wonderful holiday season full of meaningful time with family and friends.
With the turning of the calendar comes an important period of reflection. How has the year gone? What changes might we want to make in the coming months in order to live better, healthier, and more productively? I am happy to report that the leadership team and board of trustees at camp have been engaged in this same process.
I am writing to you for three key reasons: I want to let you know of some exciting and transformational developments at Chincapin, about some innovative program work in which we have engaged, and to ask for your valuable input to help shape our programs.
First, as you may recall, Chincapin Camp needs to relocate after this summer camp season. What an opportunity to dream big and imagine new and innovative ways to revisit our mission and lay out a framework for the future! The board and I are happy to report that, through the support of key donors, we are in the process of designing a state of the art, sustainable eco-barn and education facility to be built at a new site closer to Red Oak Camp. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!
Second, we feel it is also an important time to turn an evaluative eye on current programming: Are we delivering on our mission? What could be done better? How can we positively impact more youth? To help answer these questions, we have secured the services of Brian Hart, a Cleveland-based educational consultant who specializes in immersive, hands-on, experiential programming. Brian is working alongside our leadership team to create new and exciting opportunities for campers both young and old to build inner strength through outdoor experience, education, and exploration. Look for signs of this important work soon, especially in regards to our Junior Counselor Leadership Program (JCLP) and the launching of a Leadership and Sustainability Center.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we need your feedback. We will be launching an online survey and phone call initiative in the coming weeks to gather feedback from existing camp families. Please take the time to share your thoughts, feelings and ideas so that we can continue to make the Red Oak, Red Barn and Chincapin experience a life-changing one for the campers we serve.
As you can see, the camp team is busy for all the right reasons. These are exciting and important times for our camps and our camp family. Our leadership team has come to rely on the metaphor of a tree: We, as a camp family, are in the process of both deepening our foundational roots and growing up and out towards a bright future. Thank you so much for your continued support and input at this transformational time for us all.
C.J. White Chairman, Board of Trustees, Red Oak Camp