Letters

Jensen Woods Camp celebrates first year of operation under foundation

Posted: Sep. 20, 2019 4:00 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

On Aug. 27, Jensen Camp Foundation celebrated the first year of operation as owners/operators of Jensen Woods Camp in Timewell. During the year we have renovated the treehouses with new tarps, made all buildings operational and available for rent, put a new roof on the caretaker house and begun renovations, brought the lawns and fields up to operational standards, held two open houses, hosted Soup in the Woods, held numerous fundraisers, served family groups, churches, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, several social service agencies, YMCA and numerous renters.

On Aug. 9, at Hagel 1891, we had a joy-filled dinner and musical celebration of the camp's first year and the progress made.

Our crowning achievement has been four weeks of camp for children 7 to 17 years of age, plus family and mother/daughter camps. With an enrollment of 150, staff of 12, volunteers too numerous to list and 17 horses, we had a fun-filled, busy summer enjoying the outdoors and learning about God's gift of nature. Camps were held for three or six days and included Treehouse, Riders 1, 2 and 3, Nature Explorer, Night Owl, Survivor, Archery, Splash, Girl's Treehouse, plus Counselor and Wrangler in Training. All campers had the opportunity to ride, fish, swim, do crafts, worship, campfire cook, sleep in treehouses, star gaze, hike and meet and make new friends. We are already planning for an expanded summer camp in 2020. All of these activities at Jensen happened because of the hard work and dedication of the 15-member volunteer Board of Directors and the devotion of Jensen Camp Foundation members who want this nondenominational Christian camp to serve the needs of youths and families in our communities.

Only through the grace of God and the unbelievable generosity of those who donated to save and now operate Jensen Woods Camp, could this miracle have happened. We wish each person and group who have contributed could see the light in the eyes of the children and families who have found joy, tranquility and peace through nature at Jensen Woods. Thank you seems wholly inadequate to express the appreciation felt by board and foundation members toward those who have supported this effort through prayer, donations, time, energy and by participating. Jensen Woods is a community camp for all. Join us, for the second year of Jensen Woods Camp REBORN. Come meet God in the Woods!

Gretchen Forsythe

Jensen Woods Camp Foundation

Camp Point, Ill.