Free Day Camp For Estill & Powell County Students

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The Methodist Churches of Estill & Powell Counties have teamed up with Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center to provide a free, one day camp for rising 2nd-10th graders on Thursday, May 26, for the first 75 students to register.

Registration forms are available at the Estill County Public Library, Citizen’s Guaranty Bank in Irvine, Cedar Grove UMC, Clay City UMC, Irvine UMC, Jackson Chapel UMC, Wisemantown UMC, the Aldersgate Camp Office and online.

Registrations are due by Friday, May 20, at any of the United Methodist Churches listed above.

Limited transportation is available from Wisemantown, Jackson Chapel, and Clay City United Methodist Churches.

 

Drop off at Churches                  9:00 am                 Pickup at 5:00pm

Drop off at Aldersgate Camp  10:00 am                 Pickup at 4:30pm

 

For more details or to register, please download a copy of the registration brochure:

Day Camp at Aldersgate Flyer & Registration Form 2016

2016 Colorado Trail Hike Announced

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We’re sorry to announce that due to a lack of registration, we have had to cancel the Colorado Trail Hike this year. Please check back with us in the future for more information about upcoming events.

 

We’re excited to announce the return of the Colorado Trail Hike in 2016!

The Colorado Trail Hike is a longstanding program offered by Aldersgate Camp many times in years past. The purpose of the CTH is to provide an opportunity for personal, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth through an intense outdoor camping and hiking setting where you are in interaction with other Christians and the changing environment.

In the past, backpackers have spent 3 days sightseeing in Colorado in order to become acclimated to the thin air before spending 7 days backpacking in the Maroon Bell Snowmass Wilderness Area just outside of Aspen Co. The trip starts out very physical and ends up being a very spiritual experience.

Those going on the trip participate in a 6 month training routine and several practice hikes. Open to college age and up, it is definitely one of the most powerful experiences you will ever encounter.

Stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks!

Helping Staff Recover After Home Fire

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In response to questions regarding how to help Joel and Amanda Bonner following the fire:
As many of you have heard on Monday, July 13, the home of Joel and Amanda Bonner here at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center was struck by lightning and caught on fire. Luckily neither Joel nor Amanda were in the home when the fire started. They were able to retrieve their pets and a few personal effects but other items, including the home, are a loss.

Since that time Joel, Amanda, and Aldersgate have been flooded with Facebook messages, emails and phone calls asking what can be done to help them. For those who are interested in assisting them, an account has been established to receive donations in support of Joel and Amanda during this transition. Checks should be made payable to “Joel and Amanda Bonner” and mailed to Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center. Gift Cards to stores such as Walmart, Target, and Lowe’s are also appreciated and can be mailed to Aldersgate:

Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center
c/o Dave Cohn
125 Aldersgate Camp Road
Ravenna, KY 40472

Please remember to make checks payable to “Joel and Amanda Bonner”.

You can also donate directly through PayPal by sending a donation through PayPal to joel@aldersgatecamp.org or by clicking the link here: Joel & Amanda Bonner Home Fire Recovery

Once a longer term housing plan has been developed, Joel and Amanda may need home goods to replace items lost in the fire. That list will be shared with you in the near future.

Please keep our Aldersgate family in your prayers as we recover from this difficult time.

Thanks to all,
Dave Cohn
Director, Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center

Lightening Strike Causes Home Fire – Everyone Safe

Yesterday (July 13th, 2015), a home located on the grounds of Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center was struck by lightning and caught on fire. The occupants of the home, camp employees Amanda and Joel Bonner, were not in the home when the fire started. They were able to retrieve a few personal effects but other items including the home are a loss.

Fortunately, the fire was contained to the one building and at no time were any campers or staff in any danger. All campers, staff and volunteers are accounted for and safe.

Because the fire was contained to this one building it will in no way effect how Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center provides our camps. All programs are 100% go.

Please keep our Aldersgate family in your prayers as we recover from this difficult time.
Thanks to all,
Dave Cohn
Director, Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center