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The End…?

Summer Focus 2021

Most books finish with the words “The End.” By this point, we know the beginning, characters, and plotline. The story then has a way of coming to an end that answers most questions and conflicts within the book. We close the book and return to normal life.

But the Bible is not a normal book. When we close it up, the story does not end. Everything written in the Bible is true and real– its history, details, laws, and promises. The Bible “ends” with an expectation, a hope, of something that is about to happen in real life. Jesus says at the very end of the Book, “I am coming soon.” Jesus Christ WILL return to take His people to be with Him.

The obvious question is when? The world seems to get crazier all the time. And the crazier it gets, the more people think we could be nearing the “end of the world.” Jesus left clues as to when He might return but didn’t give an exact date or even year. And that’s okay.

For those who love Jesus and seek to know Him, His return is something wonderful to anticipate. For those who don’t love Him, that day will have a different meaning. And it’s not good.

 Listen to the words of Paul the Apostle in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

How exciting it is to think about the Lord returning for His bride, the Church! And for those who happen to be alive at that moment, they will see Jesus Christ in the sky, calling dead saints to life followed by those believers who are watching.

If you are a follower of Jesus, don’t be afraid of “the end.” He never promised His people wouldn’t have hard times but He did promise to never leave or forsake us. And one day, He will fix all the pain, suffering, and evil in the world. He has a good place for those who love Him and one day will even make a new Heaven and new earth. “Behold, I am making all things new,” says the Lord.

Jesus is coming back for His people. For them, it will not be the end but rather a new beginning– a new chapter in the “book” of eternity. The question is are we ready for His return? This summer at Cedar Lake Camp, campers will learn what it means to be ready to meet Jesus.

Register your child for Day, Resident, or Canoe camp HERE!

Volunteers: A Non-Profit’s Friend

It sounded like a warzone during the ice storm in late February. As the rain froze to tree limbs and power lines you could hear them snapping and crashing to the ground all over. In the aftermath, there were limbs, trees, and lines down everywhere. I’ve never seen the camp’s grounds look so bad. We work hard to keep our 90 acres free from limbs and garbage along with maintaining the grass and well-trimmed trees. I dare say the effort pays off, based on the compliments we receive. The beauty of camp is one thing that makes it so special. And that’s exactly why it was so frustrating to see limbs everywhere.

I calculated the cleanup to take at least two solid months, if not longer. That’s two months we didn’t have with all the other summer prep and maintenance projects we have going on.

That’s when a friend sent contact info for the disaster relief team from the local Baptist association. After a quick survey, the leader agreed to rally the troops and help out. With a brush grapple on his tractor, four bucket trucks, and a team of about 25 volunteers they were able to clean up the entire camp in two weeks. What a blessing! After helping us out, the team tarried on to accomplish approximately 60 other jobs around the area. A big thank you to the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Team and Riverside Baptist Association Disaster Relief Team! And special thanks to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at Tennessee Tech University for lending a hand as well.

But the volunteer work didn’t stop there. We currently have three SOWER couples in their RVs staying a few weeks to give Cabin 7 a cosmetic makeover and deep clean the dining hall. (SOWER stands for Servants On Wheels Ever Ready). These are retired folk who travel the U.S. on their own time and dime helping out ministries in need. What a great way to spend retirement!

Cabin 7’s floor is now level (!), and getting a new roof, studs, insulation, sheetrock, flooring and door. Next up…Cabin 8! If you would like to sponsor any one of those items please let us know.


Spring Camp

This March saw a record number of kids during spring break! Campers were able to participate in activities such as playing octaball, caving, fishing, and zip-lining. Our gap-year students, Josh and Morgan, did a great job leading campers through the book of Ephesians! In chapter six, Paul uses the analogy of wearing the “armor” of God. On the last day of camp, teams fabricated their own armor from cardboard. Another great week of camp! Thanks to all the staff who helped and thanks to all the parents for trusting us with your kiddos!


Camp Open for Retreats

Cedar Lake is the perfect spot for a church or ministry retreat. With 90 acres of fields and water, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation and meeting space. Bring your group to enjoy games, worship, campfires, and great food!

Our most recent retreat group is a Christian film crew from Kentucky. This ministry makes faith-based short films aimed at reaching the deaf community for Jesus. During their stay, they filmed at a local coffee shop as well as on the camp property. Search for Unashamed Productions on Youtube and you just might see a familiar sight in their latest video (soon to be released).

No matter what the age or ministry focus of your group, we are here to help. We offer assistance with meals as well as recreation. All retreats are tailored to meet the needs of your specific group and pricing is more than reasonable for the quality. If you or someone you know could benefit from hosting a retreat at CLC, give us a call at 931-823-5656!


Update on Gym and Swimming Pool

Construction-ready plans are well underway for the upcoming gymnasium and swimming pool! Once they are fire marshal-approved we can begin building. The first item of business will be to run utilities then on to site work and plumbing. Some of those services have already been put to bid using the preliminary plans.

Constructing a building this size comes with a huge price tag. For example, the plans alone will cost approximately $75,000. Getting electricity to the site is $11,000. For those of you in the industry, you know how it adds up in a hurry. We are committed a debt-free build so we need your help!

If you would like to donate towards this effort please give us a call. Gifts of cash, stock, IRA rollovers, annuities, and even used vehicles, jewelry, and old coins are all welcome. And please pray with us as we collect funds and walk through this process of constructing a new recreational facility for our campers and retreat guests.

Items Needed:

  • Water Balloons – 3000 – $21 Amazon
  • Ball Pump Needles – 12 – $4 Amazon
  • Slip n Slide Nails – 50 – $11 Amazon
  • Tiki wicks – 12 – $7 Amazon
  • D Batteries – 12 – $14.50 Amazon
  • Arrows – 72 – $178 Amazon
  • Splash Bombs – 24 – $32 Amazon
  • Orange Marking Paint – 4 Cans – $24 Amazon
  • BB’s – 6000 – $8.50 Amazon

Approximate Total Amazon $287

  • Soccer Balls – 3 – $35 New England Camp Discounter
  • Volleyballs – 2 – $14 New England Camp Discounter
  • Water Balloon Sling Shot – 1- $21 New England Camp Discounter
  • Ping Pong Paddles – 12 – $20 New England Camp Discounter

Approximate Total New England Camp Discounter $80

  • BB Guns – 2 – $36 Walmart
  • Tiki Fluid – 8 Gallons – $80 Walmart
  • Sidewalk Chalk – 32 count – $3 Walmart
  • Slip n Slide – 20 x 100 foot  – $90 Lowes
  • Baby Soap – 20 bottles – $25 Dollar General
  • Pool Floats – 4 – $8 Dollar General
  • Hay bales – 10? – $50?

Approximate Total Miscellaneous $292

Prayer Requests/Praises

Praise for full summer staff!

Pray for summer prep: pool and cabin 7

Praise for the Disaster Relief Team and SOWERs

Pray for construction-ready plans for the gym and pool

Praise for a great spring camp

Pray for lots of kiddos to register for camp




Journal Entires from Mrs. Ruth Geiger, Part II

We had gone to Tennessee by faith- trusting the Lord to supply our needs. We had no organization behind us and no promise of support from any church. We resolved not to ask for money and not go into debt, and both these resolutions were kept to the end. However, a few churches whose pastors knew us began sending gifts, and these gifts increased, and the work grew. Our bank account got very low many times, but the Lord always supplied our needs. One example of this stands out in my memory. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were still living in town. As we left on horseback to go to Oak Grove, where we had a bible class in the PM for children and one for grown-ups that night, I mailed a letter to my parents- using our last 2 cents for the stamp. I did not mention that in the letter, and I cannot remember being worried. We stayed overnight in Oak Grove and rode home the next morning. In the mailbox, we found several letters which contained small gifts, which added to $85.00. We had a happy Thanksgiving Day- our first of many (1922).

After we had been in Tennessee about 5 years and had become better known, several judges and MDs came to us and wondered if we had ever thought of starting a home for needy children. The depression had set in, and the already low economy became lower. We were told of several really dire situations involving children. We prayed about it and became impressed with the need. By now, we had been in our new home for a couple of years. Adjoining our property was a small farm (40-50 acres) owned by a not-too-friendly elderly couple. We became impressed with what a nice place it could be made for homeless children. In the fall of ’29, we were on a trip East to Pennsylvania, and Mr. Geiger was invited to speak at a small chapel-like church in North Jersey on a Sunday morning.


Attending church that morning was a couple who came in a Rolls Royce- with a liveried chauffeur- Mr. and Mrs. Frank Erwin, a Wall St. broker from NYC. They heard Mr. Geiger tell of the work and the need for a home- and the nice farm for sale. After the service, Mr. Erwin told the pastor he wanted to give money ($3000). He would give it in stock (some copper company- I forgot the name). The church should hold the stock and sell it when we were ready for it. We went back to Tennessee rejoicing and made a down payment on the farm- promising the balance in two weeks. We wrote the church to sell the stock. The treasurer wrote back that we shouldn’t sell because the stock was going up-it was worth $3800. Mr. Geiger wrote back that he must have the money as the neighbor was being difficult. The treasurer wrote back that Mr. Geiger “had no business sense and was down in the sticks and didn’t know what was going on.” Mr. Geiger phoned him and had to demand that he sell- which he did- for $3400- and the next day, the market crashed, and the stock was worthless. I’m sure you will agree that demanding was not characteristic of dad, but I am sure the Lord was leading him in this instance.

We were about to take the first children in January 1931. Most came from one-parent homes where there was dire poverty. When we accepted a child, we always held out hope that the parent could rehabilitate himself or herself and have the children back. Sometimes that happened. During the 15 years that we the home, we never had more than 20 children at a time. In the late 1930s, the U.S. government and the state started a good welfare program whereby children such as we took were provided with funds when kept at home or in the home of a relative. All such children were under the supervision of State workers. When we saw this coming, we stopped admitting children and gradually depopulated our home and began having Bible camps on the property. The change-over was done gradually as some of the children stayed with us to finish school. The home was opened at the height of the “Great Depression,” but the Lord supplied all the needs. Funds were often very low, but there was always enough. We built the swimming pool about this time. The camp work continued.

Journal Entries from Mrs. Ruth Geiger

When he [Bro. Geiger] was discharged from the Navy and had returned to his home in Germantown; he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania- Wharton Night School- to study accounting. He got a job in an accounting department where he seemed to be advancing steadily. But it was there at his desk that he felt that the Lord was calling him to give his life to him to serve him. The call was so definite that he quit his job and school and enrolled at the Philadelphia College of Bible to study the bible. [Bro. Geiger] never doubted his calling by the Lord or his leading him to move to the mountains of Tennessee. Shortly before graduating from PBC, [Bro. Geiger] met an elderly man from Livingston who was looking for a young man to carry on the ministry he had been doing- distributing scriptures and holding Sunday school in rural areas. He visited Mr. W. in the summer and felt that this was where the Lord was leading. Henry and I met in the Spring of 1921 and were married on October 11, 1922. We had a honeymoon at Seaside Heights, N.J.- the gift of a family friend who had a cottage on the beach. Seaside Heights is in north Jersey, and the ocean was cold, but we went swimming in it as late as October 17, according to his diary!

We went to Livingston by train, changing trains at Knoxville and crossing the state to Algood- where we changed to a gasoline-driven train of sorts. Livingston had a population of about 2,000- and the county had nine miles of hard surface roads. In the square around the courthouse, there were wagons (mules and saddle horses). No cars or trucks. We went to housekeeping at the home of Mrs. Addie Roberts, who was Mrs. Benton Young’s mother and lived there about 5 months before moving to the Oak Grove community. There we rented the only vacant house, which was 100+ years old and made of logs. Our rent was $3.00 per month. This included a barn for our horses, pasture, and garden. The rent was later raised to $5.00. We fixed it up, and it was adequate for two people. We had to learn to live primitively, and with some help from some kind neighbors, we got to be pretty good at it.

During the three years that we lived there, we traveled horseback. We bought one horse and boarded a second one for a friend. Openings began to come for [Mr. Geiger] to preach and organize Sunday Schools in the communities not too far away. On Sunday’s we would ride to Howard’s Chapel for morning services- on to Smith’s chapel for afternoon S. S. and back to Oak Grove for evening service. This trip made a circle of about 20 miles and crossed Linder Mountain. The next week it would be a community off the Monterey highway (Liberty?) and over Gullet Mountain to Happy Hallow and back to Oak Grove from Christmas to April- extending the public school year, which lasted only five months due to the shortage of funds of the county. The people appreciated this, and we had between 40 and 50 kids. Many of them were and are among our friends to the end. There was a one-room schoolhouse- pot-belly stove- no desks, just benches. We turned half of the benches toward the back of the room, and I taught my subjects back there, and dad taught in the front. There were no desks. In those days, the children owned their books, and we continued where the county teacher left off. We were not paid, but many parents gave us eggs, milk, potatoes, etc. Since we weren’t under any rules, we also had a bible class, and the children loved it.

After we had taught for three years, the county could pay teachers for eight months, so we discounted our teaching. Teaching this free school was a good idea- it was the means of getting acquainted with the people, and it gave the people a good chance to look us over too. Many lasting friendships were made. About this time, we were expecting an addition to our family (and got two), so we decided to build a more modern and more adequate home. Mr. Emmett Copeland, our most encouraging neighbor, offered us about 1 and 1/2 acres of land for $50.00, and in 1925 we built the house. The twins were born in Bryn Mawr, PA hospital, where they and I had to stay for three weeks because they were so small. I had a private room and nurses ‘round the clock part of the time- and our total bill was $99.00. Because they were so small, the M.D. would not allow me to bring them to Tennessee until they were four months old, so we stayed at my parents; house, and during that time, Dad taught a course (I forget the subject) at Philadelphia College. He also had opportunities to minister in churches and people because they were interested in the work we were doing in Tennessee.

Keep following us for more journal entries from Mrs. Ruth Geiger! Coming next month 🙂

Fall Newsletter

30-Hour Run

Running for 30 hours. It sounds crazy, right? Let’s be honest- it is! Over the weekend of November 14, a group of runners was able to fundraise for Cedar Lake by doing exactly that. I am honored to have been one of them. There is much preparation that goes into such a feat- training, nutrition, hydration, gear, and so on. Then it all has to come together along with weather, a support crew, and a can-do attitude. 

We were blessed with absolutely great weather, even throughout the night, until an hour-long rain came through near the end. The rain coupled with wind made the last few miles even more challenging. We also had great support from family and staff. They were there to serve food, offer encouragement, and sometimes pace with us. 

As the hours passed the miles added up. As the miles added up, so did the pain. Eventually, my feet became so sore it hurt every step. My knees had radiating pain every time they came down and eventually, the muscles in my legs were so tired all I could do was walk. Some of you reading this are saying, “Why in the world would you do that to yourself?” But others, who enjoy finding your limits, understand that in pushing yourself you grow. Grow what? Character. The Apostle Paul says, “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character; character produces hope.” To be clear, he is speaking to a group of believers who faced persecution under the Roman Empire. But the principle remains. Hardships test our limits, cause us to dig deep, and we are tougher and better for it on the other side. 

In the end, notable finishes include a marathon from an 8-year-old, a 100K (62 miles), a triple marathon (78.6), and a 100-mile completion. Congratulations to all who participated! And a big thank you to our sponsors as well as all who offered their support. 

Auction Update

Our annual auction and dinner fundraiser was a great time of food, fellowship, and vision casting. Throughout the evening guests heard testimony from board member Todd Daugherty about his upbringing at camp and the influence Cedar Lake had on him and other young people. Associate Director Jared Marsh told the story of a camper who received the life-changing salvation of Jesus Christ this summer and went on to begin influencing others in the same direction. Executive Director Ryan Higgins spoke about the victories of summer 2020 and how greatly the Lord has blessed CLC.

We give a huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated items for auction and for all those who participated in the online and in-person auction experience. Our thanks to Lee Ammonet at Eagle Auction & Realty for hosting the online portion of the auction as well as Ted McWilliams of McWilliams Auction & Realty for his assistance and auctioneering that night. In all, over $20,000 was raised towards the construction of a new gym and pool. 

Fall Camp

October is particularly beautiful at camp with fall colors and mild weather. It’s a great time to be outside playing Gaga ball, taking a hike…or making fun chemical reactions such as “elephant toothpaste.” Campers at our seasonal camps experience activities that aren’t available or possible during summer camps. Making pumpkin art is just not a summer thing! But what never changes is the message of God’s love toward the world displayed in the person of Jesus Christ. His life supplies the example we need of how to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. His death provides the pure and spotless sacrifice necessary to satisfy God’s wrath against our sin. But the grave couldn’t hold him- Jesus is alive today and beckons us to join Him in the work of proclaiming that message. Thank you to all the staff who spent the week investing in the kiddos!

Future Camper

Rejoice with our staff family as we welcome baby Graham to Cedar Lake Camp! Graham was born November 15 weighing 7 lbs, 11 oz. Proud parents are Associate Director Jared Marsh and wife Megan along with big sisters Evie and Emery. We thank the Marshes for their service to Cedar Lake these past seven years!

Life is precious from “womb to tomb” and we celebrate when we have it and mourn when it is lost. For the Scripture says, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration for summer camp 2021 is now available online at! We look forward to seeing all those smiling faces soon!


Auction 2020 Recap

What an incredible evening! Make sure to watch the recap to see how we did!

This night couldn’t have been possible without the donations so many of you made and for that we are THANKFUL! Once again, we want to give a big thank you to Lee Amonett with Eagle Auctions and Ted McWilliams with McWilliams Auction and Realty Company!

Come Join Us!

Come join us on November 14-15! Share this post and let’s raise some money for camp! 😀 

Register Here

5K and 30 Hour Fundraiser Run

Registration and Preparation Information
for Cedar Lake Camp’s 5K
and 30 Hour Fundraiser Run

 This year’s 5K Fun Run will be held in-person at Cedar Lake Camp on November 14, 2020. This portion of the race will begin at 8 am. The course will be, as usual, down the camp driveway then left onto Conatser Lane and back. The cost for this event is $25.00. Shirts may be additionally purchased at $10.00 each.

The cost for the 30-hour run is free but each participant will secure sponsors. There is no minimum or maximum for the number of sponsors but get as many as you can! (Yes, you can sponsor yourself as well.) Make a video or otherwise tell your friends and family you are raising money to help build a gym and pool for a non-profit children’s ministry. Give them your estimated total mileage so they can determine how many dollars PER MILE they want to sponsor. Keep up with your sponsorships. After the run, update everybody on your final mileage. They can mail a check made out to Cedar Lake Camp (not you personally) or donate online at indicating “Fun Run Donation.”

A virtual option exists for those who cannot attend in-person. Simply do either version of the run on your own and let us know.

Run as little or much as you want. YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN THE WHOLE 30 HOURS! Take as many breaks as you want. Take a nap if you like. Quit whenever you want. Walking is totally okay as are RELAY teams. We’ll start at 6 am Saturday, November 14, and stay through noon on November 15. You’re welcome come set up Friday night and campout if you like. (If you plan to do this please let us know so we can better assist you.)

This is a no-frills race so bring your own hydration, nutrition, support staff, and sleeping arrangements. There’s plenty of space to set up tents. Our dining hall will be open for restrooms and eating areas. Park your vehicle along camp’s driveway for instant access to food and hydration. Your family can canoe, fish, and enjoy our beautiful 90-acre campus located just outside Livingston, TN in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau. There are no awards except knowing you are doing a good thing by helping a non-profit. 🙂

The course is an out and back. We’ll start at camp’s dining hall and run down the road, and turn around heading back for a 3.7-mile lap. It’s about half pavement, half gravel with small rolling hills.

Headlamps and tail lights are required for night running. Bicycle pacers will be allowed after dark as long as they have lights as well. This is NOT a closed course, so watch out for cars, critters, and the boogie man. We are a Christian ministry to CHILDREN’S so please no alcohol, tobacco, or inappropriate things as there will be children present.

For those who don’t know, Cedar Lake is a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching the gospel of Jesus to the next generation, training staff, and serving churches through retreats.

Why are we doing this crazy fundraiser? Because we want to build a gym and swimming pool to better serve the children and churches who visit our camp. With a price tag of over 2 million bucks, we need all the help we can get.

Register at Look for the link on the homepage under “Featured Events.” If you don’t already have an account with us through our software, you will need to set one up. 

Visit our website at for more info or look us up on social media.

Camp’s address is 235 Conatser Lane, Livingston, TN. Email us at or call 931-823-5656.

I hope to see you here November 14th and 15th. Keep training!


September Newsletter

Camp is so important in the lives of young people. What a marvelous opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the great outdoors, have fun, and eat wonderful home-cooked meals. These are good things but the greatest part of camp is hearing the awesome news that God cares about us so much He made a way to be forgiven of our sins and have a restored relationship with Himself. We are reminded in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” May we never lose sight of what is most important in life: following Jesus Christ leads to ETERNAL LIFE!

Each summer boys and girls embrace the love that Jesus offers. For some, that means coming to a point of repentance and faith for the first time in their lives. Others are taken to new levels of understanding and commitment to the Lord as they learn how rich and deep are the truths of the Bible. Some even find themselves drawn to service in a lifestyle of ministry and mission.

Haley* had been a camper previously but this summer was different. As a teenager, she was able to have a better understanding of the gospel and her life situation than as a younger child. Haley comes from a rough home life and carries much emotional and family baggage due to her upbringing. She was able to talk through those with her counselor but also come face to face with her own sin as well. As a self-proclaimed thief with a foul mouth, she found herself surrounded by a community of young people who desire to honor Jesus with their actions. That Wednesday evening she stayed behind at campfire and made a decision to follow Christ in her own life. The next night during unit campfires with other cabins, she asked her counselor if it was okay to pray over each girl individually and provided a great example of serving others in that way. Two weeks later, during canoe camp, she actively engaged in dialogue with others about their own faith and expressed concern when others had not yet made the same decision as her own. That same desire to see others grow in faith and Christian unity was seen in her Week 5 for her cabin mates.

Jesus changes us from the inside out, beginning with a new heart. Haley became a new creation in Christ.  Change was evident from the start of her faith.

Without camp, stories like Haley’s and so many others would not be possible. As with every summer, God is working here at CLC. Praise God for His faithfulness! Thank you to all who prayed, donated, and “loaned” us your kids this summer. We stand on the promises of God found in Scripture to “make camp happen.” I will close with one of my favorites found in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Our plan is to share the good news of salvation, forgiveness and eternal life found only in Jesus Christ. May the Lord see it through, the same as the past 78 years.

Prayer requests

Wisdom and biblical counsel for our nation’s leaders

The preservation of 1st Amendment rights across our country

Financial support for Cedar Lake Camp

Advancement of plans for a new gym and pool

More retreat groups

Book your retreat, field trip, or event with us!

Our facilities are open and available to rent for your next church or ministry retreat! Spend a weekend in seclusion and enjoy exclusive use of our 90-acre campus, complete with a commercial kitchen, dining hall, pond for canoeing and fishing, hiking trails, sporting areas, and more. Give us a call at 931-823-5656!

Partner with CLC

If you’ve never considered giving to the ministry of Cedar Lake Camp, now is the time! As a 501c(3) non-profit organization we depend on the generous support of parents, alumni, business leaders, and folks in our community who wish to see this long-standing outlet for the gospel continue. Financial contributions are always accepted. If that’s not a possibility for you at this time, we also receive gifts of stock, annuities, IRA Rollovers, endowments, or physical items such as vehicles, mowers, utility equipment, jewelry, and more. Your used vehicle or ATV could be used to remodel Cabins 7 and 8, install LED floodlights, purchase a new water heater for the Bird Cage and so many other projects we have going on. Our two largest retreat groups canceled this summer, among others, impacting our finances about $50,000. Your donations are MUCH appreciated!!!

Annual Auction Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 22 when we host our annual fundraiser auction and dinner. This year’s event will once again be held at Duck Pond Manor. Invitations and details will be mailed soon. If you have an item to donate for the auction, please let us know ASAP!

Annual 5K Fun Run PLUS BIG Bonus Mileage

You may have noticed our annual 5K Fun Run and Walk has not YET happened this year. The past few years we have held it in May but prior it was known as the Chilly Chili 5K held in November. This year’s run will be in November again but this time it’s crazier than ever. While 5Ks are enjoyable, I like to push myself further in endurance and have come up with a challenge that is sure to test your limits: a 30 hour a-thon. Now before you say that’s not for you, listen to how it will work.

First, the 5K option still exists for those who want it. But for those who want more, there are 30 hours to run as much (or little) as you like. Each lap to the end of Conatser Lane (where camp is located) and back is 3.7 miles. Do a lap then eat a snack, hydrate, take a break, and do another lap. Walking is welcome as are relay teams.

Remember, this is a fundraiser for camp. Only the 5K will have an entry fee. Everybody else: find sponsors. How does that work you might ask? It’s super simple. Tell your friends, family, business partners, church members via video, letter, text, or in-person that you are raising money for a non-profit by walking or running and have them commit to a certain dollar amount PER MILE (minimum $1 per mile). After the race you let them know your mileage and they pay up. For example, if a person commits to $2 per mile and you run 10 miles, they donate $20 to camp. But here’s the neat part- that’s only one sponsor. If you find 10 folks to sponsor $2 per mile and you run 10 miles, that turns into $200. And given 30 hours with breaks, naps, staying hydrated and fresh, you can run a lot of miles even walking- many more than you think.

This is a no-frills event. That is, bring your own nutrition, hydration, etc. Bring your tent and sleeping back if you wish. Park your vehicle along the driveway for instant access for food and extra clothes. The dining hall will be open for a place to sit down, lay down, or fall out. I will provide more details soon but for now, circle the weekend of November 7-8.

Fall Camp

We look forward to the return of staff and campers for Fall Camp! Registration is available at Dates for this event are TUESDAY, October 13-16 (Monday is Columbus Day). Cost is $125 per child. Transportation is available upon request from Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN.

Cabin Pictures on Our Website

Have you purchased your campers cabin picture from this summer? NEW to the website. Click here for Cabin Pictures Summer 2020!


COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Cedar Lake Camp is happening! We are so excited and READY! For your convenience, please read the attached documents about what CLC is doing to stay proactive in light COVID-19.

Safety Protocols for Health at Camp

Letter to Parents about Health at Camp

Summer Camp Update

Check out this update!!

We are continuing to pray and prepare for camp! We’d love to have your camper this summer!

We are having an added week of day camp on May 26th-29th… Register now HERE!

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