Newsline - January 2015
Camp Emmaus in Mount Morris, Ill., is celebrating gifts that have paid off the expense of a
major swimming pool renovation, and is planning a celebration of 50 years of leadership by
Bill and Betty Hare. "On behalf of the Camp Board, I would like to extend a thank you for
your contributions which have made it possible to completely pay off the expense of the pool
renovation," said a thank you to supporters from Mike Schnierla. "The pool renovation, which
was completed three years ago, cost in excess of $250,000. Your gifts and the monies from
the recent tree sale have allowed us to retire this debt. THANK YOU!"
District Newsletter - March 2013
The retirement of the debt on the repair and renovation of the camp pool has also gone
well, thanks to continued giving of local churches and individuals. The Polo
congregation very generously donated $10,000 towards that fund this winter. The process
of the pool repair project has taken a long time, from the beginning of planning in
2008, to the first use of the renovated pool last season, to now. The original debt of
$250,000 has been reduced to $34,000, and we have hopes the remaining debt will be
refinanced and then finished in a timely manner.
Budget Appeal - November 2012
Mt. Morris, Illinois
November 12, 2012
For the past several years Camp Emmaus has been constantly upgrading our facilities.
We finished the pool renovation this past spring after many delays and new state
regulations. The $240,000 project was funded privately and the balance on the loan
stands at $60,000. Our operating revenues have not kept up with the costs to operate
the camp on a daily basis. We now find ourselves with renovated facilities and a
shortage of operating funds.
We are appealing to the churches in the northern portion of the Illinois/Wisconsin
District to come forward and assist both the debt retirement for the pool project and
the ongoing operating fund shortage. This appeal goes out to all who have an interest
in Camp Emmaus. To our surprise and joy two churches have already decided to step up
and assist in this great mission. It is important here to clarify the offer placed by
Mt. Morris Church as one of offering $10,000 in a dollar for dollar matching grant
toward the Operating fund. This offer would assist the camp in paying its operating
expenses through May of 2013. The offer has a timetable which ends May 13, 2013. Any
donations must be sent to the camp and marked as matching donations for the Mt. Morris
The second offer comes from the Polo Church as a $10,000 donation toward Pool Debt
Retirement with the challenge to all that donations be offered to match or exceed this
amount. Again, these donations would have to be sent to Camp Emmaus with the memo
indicating debt retirement. This offer is not over until the pool debt is erased but
the intentions indicate that by spring of 2013 the fund drive could be finished.
The Camp Emmaus Board would like to express its gratitude for these offers and the
support of the community.
In Christ's Service,
Ellis Boughton - President
Camp Emmaus Board
Pool Dedication - November 2011 District Newsletter
After a tough summer of delays in updating and re-construction, mainly due to
weather problems, the pool at Camp Emmaus is ready for swimmers starting in the
summer of 2012. As the pool was not ready for use in the various camps at Emmaus
this summer (the first time in 50 years), some other outside facilities were used
and the camp board really appreciates the accessibility. A service of dedication
for the pool was held Sept. 3 in the Camp Emmaus lodge at the annual appreciation
Camp Emmaus is owned and operated by the Illinois-Wisconsin District of the Church
of the Brethren on 97 acres outside Mt. Morris. Besides the swimming pool and 1
acre lake, the camp has 9 log cabins able to handle 185 campers, a main lodge with
kitchen and dining facilities and a retreat lodge and log cabin for year round use.
Brethren camps use the facilities in July and August otherwise the camp is available
to be rented by other groups. Bill Hare, the camp manager, can be contacted at
(815) 734-4268 for more information.
The pool is available for open swim on weekend afternoons in the summer.
Camp Appreciation Dinner / Pool Dedication
Another successful camp season is drawing to an end. We really
appreciate your help, gifts and prayers and would like you to join
us as we celebrate the completion of the swimming pool.
September 3, 2011
Dinner at 5:30pm
Followed by Swimming Pool Dedication
Please provide a count to Bill or Betty by 8/27 at 815.734.4027
From the Camp Emmaus Board
Dear Friends of Camp Emmaus,
We, the Camp Board and the Camp Managers, Bill and Betty Hare, on behalf of all who have ever found
the beauty and spiritual renewal of Camp Emmaus, and maybe dipped your toe in the pool, are coming to
you now with an urgent request. Generous contributions are needed now for the completion of the renovation
of the pool.
Due to many State regulations and permits, the original plan to proceed 2 years ago was delayed...until
NOW. But, NOW the permits have been signed, all State regulations met, and the wheels are rollin'. The
contractor has set June 1 as the finish date. Bill will fill the pool with water and we'll be simmin' and
campin' this summer and for many years to come.
The pool was built in 1952. A lot has happened since then. Thousands of kids (and grown-ups, too) have
learned to swim, cooled off on a hot summer day, and probably made a friend or two around that pool. A LOT
has changed since 1952, including the Camp Emmaus pool. Wear and tear on the pool, the plumbing. the
mechanical equipment and the water filtration system has made it imperative for the life of the pool,
that repairs and renovations must be done.
The plan includes:
Your Camp Board and Camp Managers have been careful stewards of all the Camp natural resources and
monetary resources. Due to the generous donations and selfless volunteers through the years, your
Camp has served 4 generations. God's love and the quiet and beauty of nature have guided and inspired
many in ways we may never know.
- installation of a new stainless steel pool liner
- a new, wider deck
- a new water filtration system
God has so richly blessed this area with a wonderful Camp, dedicated leaders and managers.
- Total cost of project: $250,000
- Amount paid out at this time: $92,000
- Goal for completion of project: $150,000
Pray for the continued Mission of Camp Emmaus.
The Camp Board and Managers
February 28, 2011