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Camp Grow Ministries


Finding God's Purpose For My Life

2016 Theme Verse:

1 Peter 2:9:

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

OUR MISSION IS TO GLORIFY GOD IN ALL WE DO BY PROVIDING A QUALITY, SAFE, CHRISTIAN OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT FOR MINISTRY; TO HELP CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES FIND GOD'S PURPOSE FOR THEIR LIVES; AND TO HELP BUILD CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE.

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Camp Grow Ministries


Finding God's Purpose For My Life

2016 Theme Verse:

1 Peter 2:9:

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

OUR MISSION IS TO GLORIFY GOD IN ALL WE DO BY PROVIDING A QUALITY, SAFE, CHRISTIAN OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT FOR MINISTRY; TO HELP CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES FIND GOD'S PURPOSE FOR THEIR LIVES; AND TO HELP BUILD CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE.

 
 

Worship

Encounter God through His creation, His word, and His people.  

Connection

Connect with others on a level playing field.  All are welcomed and loved. 

Community

Become a part of the larger Camp Grow family which has been growing since 1960.  

We would like to thank Rich Christian for donating his skills and time in putting this video together for us.  We are so thankful for all the hard work that went into making this, it looks great!  

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Where We've Been


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Where We've Been


The property first became a camp in 1921. It was named Camp Tichora and built up by the Madison area Boy Scout Council.  The Chicago Baptist Association purchased the property in 1958, establishing Fred A. Grow Memorial Camp through a gift from Fred’s wife, Maybelle and son, Brim. The property covers forty acres of forest, fields and wetlands and includes frontage on Green Lake to the north and Spring Lake to the south.

Camp Grow was used heavily in the 1960's and 1970’s by Chicago area churches. Camp management stayed consistent until the late 70's, relying on volunteers from churches for staffing, support and recruitment of campers. The camp then experienced a decline as urban churches lost membership and youth budgets were cut. Camp resources dropped along with camper attendance. Yearly management changes, facility neglect, and other factors led to minimal use. Pressure to sell the camp increased as land value around Green Lake skyrocketed.

In 1990, the camp alumni organized itself to promote facility improvements, program growth and new attendance, making a strong case for keeping the camp. In 1997, the Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) agreed to lease and manage Camp Grow Ministries through a twelve-member Board of Directors. A full-time director who lived year-round on the grounds was brought on to operate Camp Grow.  Camp Grow was managed by one full-time director, seasonal staff and volunteers for the following fourteen years.  In 2011, Camp Grow welcomed it's first full-time, mission-supported program director.  

Camp currently operates under the leadership of one full-time director and a team of people who carry out the work of the ministry.  

-taken and updated from the Fall 2013 edition of "The Harvester"

 

 

God has been faithful in every season of Camp Grow to reveal Himself through His word, His creation, and His people.  Thousands of children, young adults and families have come to camp through the years and left with God's imprints on their heart.  Many have begun or continued to Find God's Purpose for their Lives as a result of their time at Camp Grow.    

 

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Where We Are Going


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Where We Are Going


We desire to expand the reach of our ministry by continuing to connect with new churches and youth organizations.  New connections and relationships mean more children, youth and families will be able to experience what God is doing at Camp Grow.

We desire to be a part of building the next generation of leaders.  The opportunities provided through our Leadership Development Camp, Discipleship Adventure, and our Summer Ministry Team provide a context in which to accomplish this.  The mission of Green Lake Conference Center, our managing parent organization, is equipping, renewing, and networking leaders.  This coupled with our mission of Helping Others Find God's Purpose for their Life influences our focus on building and equipping tomorrow's leaders.

We desire to preserve the identity and history of camp by maintaining and updating our current grounds and facilities.  If left to themselves, they would become inoperative.  Therefore, we have established a plan to maximize our current facilities by making the necessary repairs and renovations while adding to them aesthetically.


Capital Improvements

 

Waterfront Revitalization Project

The two main goals of our Waterfront Revitalization project are to repair the foundation of the boat house and concrete seawall and to update our water front making it safer and more inviting.

  • Phase One:  Landscaping
  • Phase Two:  Boathouse
  • Phase Three:  Program Equipment

 

 

Dining Hall Revitalization Project

New Dining Hall Deck

This past spring we have made a lot of improvements on our dining hall.  We added a 40x20 wood deck to the front.  This deck is replacing our old concrete “stage”.  This new deck provides: a bigger stage for our weekly talent shows, a nice place to set our picnic tables for outside dining during our weekly Wednesday night cookouts, and a nice area to sit and relax.  We have also given the dining hall a new paint job.