Polar Plunge Challenge

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We are having some fun while raising money for an important camp improvement!

Make a Donation

What is the Polar Plunge Challenge?

Update: Connie Zehr just added her name in to the contest!

Over the next 4 weeks we are challenging you to donate towards the staff or board member that you want to see plunge into the icy waters of Beaver Lake! Simply follow the link above, decide how much you want to give, and select the person’s name you are giving towards.  Every year round staff member and three board members are participating!  Adam Houser, Laurie Farney, Miriam Larkin, Todd and Marcia Ortlieb, Mike Judd, David Nisley, and even Captain Linda!  Board members Tim Pierce, Scott Watkins, Adam Matteson, Rebecca Matteson and Ken Landis also agreed to jump in and support the effort.  Throughout the month we will post updates and the winner will be announced Feb 29th, just in time to take the plunge on Sunday, March 1. This is your chance to send your favorite staff or board member into the lake! 

What are we raising money for?

The goal is to raise the approximately $15,000 needed to move the fireplace and make the pavilion a more ideal meeting and activity space.   

But we are not getting rid of it!  Our vision is to place this landmark in an outdoor timber-framed gazebo with seating around it, making an attractive gathering space:

  • for counselors leading evening cabin devotions with kids,
  • for families to gather around for conversation and s'mores
  • or for individuals enjoying prayer and quiet time overlooking Beaver Lake.

The hood and fireplace were installed in 1977 in memory of Denise Kipfer, providing much- needed heat when the building was used off season.  In the mid 1980's the pavilion was winterized and a wood stove was added to provide efficient heat all year.  While the hood and fireplace are not used very often these days, they are still an important part of camp history.  


 Any questions please contact Mike Judd at 315-376-2640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.