Lake Beauty Bible Camp Delegates’ Report

FirstCov has had a long history of recognizing the place that camp experiences have in helping children, youth, adults and families grow in Christ! Lake Beauty Bible Camp has been a place of great spiritual impact in the lives of generations of our church family. Below is a report from our delegates to the Lake Beauty annual meeting. On behalf of the FirstCov family, thank you to Adam and Sarah Johnson for taking the time, energy and prayer for this important time of seeking God’s will for the camp. Let us all continue to pray for God’s work at and through the camp. (Please note that camp registrations are due to Terry Ekstrom by Sunday, March 20th.)

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Adam and I would like to thank First Covenant for the chance to attend the LBBC annual meeting and represent our church. There are some great things happening at Lake Beauty and it is great to see where this camp is going. We are excited to see the heart that LBBC has for reaching everyone for Christ, not just kids. The expanded family programming was a great success this past summer, and they already have people making reservations for this coming summer. The 3 family camps are continuing to grow, as well as the student camps.

The major business that was taken care of at the annual meeting was voting on the master site plan. It was presented once more for the representatives attending and a vote was taken. The master site plan was passed and now they are moving to planning, details and fund raising. Brian Alnes (Director of Lake Beauty Bible Camp) was very clear that NOTHING would be done until the money needed for any project was in hand.

There have been many updates done to LBBC this past year including siding and $30,000 in new windows to the staff building. The windows were all donated by Lindsey Windows in Mankato, MN, and they are now donating new windows for the lodge, A-frame, and chapel.

Lake Beauty has moved to a full external audit for their budget. During the audit this past year, 2 "unknown" items were discovered that totaled $48,000. These were on a 40 year depreciation. Because they were "unknown," it was decided to take them out this year, and take a one-time "hit."

There will be a 4% increase in camper fees this year, and they are suggesting that all member churches contribute $13 per member.

The last item of business was the resignation of 3 full time staff members. Bill Elmer in maintenance, "Scuba" Steve as the head cook, and JJ Johnson as the program director. These people will be missed and Lake Beauty will be looking for fitting replacements.

- Adam and Sarah Johnson

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