It is with deep regret that I must announce that Silver Spur Christian Camp & Retreat Center will no longer be hosting its own programmed camps and retreats. The last camp to be offered by Silver Spur will be Winter Camp 2020 for grades 7 to 12. Winter Camp is scheduled from January 24 to 26. We hope that Winter Camp will provide an opportunity for the many churches that have participated in our camps in the past to come together one last time for fellowship and worship.
Moving forward, Silver Spur will focus on its ongoing vision for partnering with local churches, religious organizations and other like-minded non-profits in the fulfillment of their ministry goals. Over the past year, 98 groups and more than 5,500 guests were provided comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and recreational opportunities while their organizational leaders developed quality programs designed to meet their specific group needs. Some of these groups have called Silver Spur home for over three decades.
Silver Spur will also continue providing Outdoor Education opportunities through partnerships with local schools and through its Foothills Exploration at Silver Spur (FESS) program. Through FESS, Silver Spur offers school groups an exciting outdoor education experience for youth in grades 4-8. Classes are customizable and cover a wide range of topics from astronomy to zoology, with many points in-between.
The decision to no longer provide programmed camps was driven by two factors: declining attendance and rising operational costs. For at least the past decade, Silver Spur’s programmed camps have been underwritten by guest group revenue and subsidies from NextGen churches. By eliminating programmed camps, Silver Spur will be able to continue offering affordable camping experiences to its guest groups while providing them with a venue to reach others for Christ.
I would like to thank the many individuals who have attended Silver Spur sponsored camps or who have helped make those camps possible over the years. Your relationships are precious to us. If you have any questions about the camp’s new direction, or would like to know how you can stay involved as we serve others, please feel free to call me at (209) 928-4248.