Friday, April 26, 2013

Fair Trade Sale for Camper Scholarships: Saturday at Noon

Camp is hosting a fair trade sale to benefit artisans and raise money for our camper scholarship fund, and you are invited! It will take place in fellowship hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier from 12-2 PM, featuring beautiful, ethically-sourced handmade merchandise from Ten Thousand Villages.

We'll have jewelry, scarves, home goods, artwork, journals, toys, and more, and credit cards will be accepted. It will be perfect place to pick up teacher gifts or something for Mothers' Day.

A simple soup and salad lunch is available for $5 (cash), but no reservations are needed. Bring a friend, and we'll see you soon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thank You! Day of Giving Raises $50,365

Since 2009, Ligonier Camp and Conference Center has participated in the annual Day of Giving, an event held by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County. This provides non-profit organizations with an equal, pro-rated portion of the $80,000 matching funds for all donations made on the Day of Giving. Through this platform, donors are able to watch their giving increase without having to pay a cent more.

We are very excited and humbled to announce that this year marked the highest amount of donations for Ligonier Camp on the Day of Giving. We had 94 donors contributing on the day of the event, with gifts totaling $44,180. The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will match the donations with $6,185, giving Ligonier Camp a total of $50,365! For the second year in a row, LCCC was the number one recipient of funds in Westmoreland County.

As we begin 2012’s End of Year Campaign, we would like to thank everyone who gave generously during the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County’s Day of Giving. We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone who supports LCCC and look forward to continuing to serve campers, clients, and the community.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Work Days 4/28 & 5/5: Come See Our New LAKE!

We are gearing up for summer camp at our main site as well as our NEW lake property just two miles from camp, where campers will swim, tube, and play laser tag.

Demolition, construction, and camp staff have been hard at work building a beach and getting both properties in shape.  If you'd like a preview of all we've been up to, now is a great time to check things out--and lend a hand!

We have two work days scheduled for the next two Saturdays at 9 AM.  Come at 8:30 for continental breakfast in the summer camp dining hall.  We'll break into groups to tackle a number of projects around main property as well as the lake.

Are you seeking a fun opportunity to serve with your family, church, or community group?  Does your high schooler need volunteer community service hours?  Call Patrick Myers at (724) 238-6428 x107 or send him an email if you're interested in volunteering.

Lunch is provided.  We hope to see you soon!

Ligonier Camp & Conference Center  
188 Macartney Lane Ligonier PA 15658

Monday, December 26, 2011

Spend Some of the 12 Days of Christmas at LC3!

The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness 
   a light has dawned. 
Isaiah 9:2

Merry Christmas, friends!  Camp is quiet now, but we are gearing up for the gift of time together soon and would love to have you here!   Call the office (724.238.6428) if you are camper age (6+) and still want to get in on Winterpalooza festivities or if you are a college student or twenty-something looking to connect at WeConnect.  

We're saving a cup of cocoa and a space for you by the fire:) 

Winterpalooza: Dec 30-January 1
Staff Reunion: Jan 1-2
WeConnect: Jan 2-4

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Vomit Comet, firsthand

A friend of the camp sent us her student's college admissions essay, highlighting a high ropes experience.  How awesome to see God changing lives in our year-round adventure program, even among groups where his Name is unmentioned.  We thought you might like to see what it's like in the "off-season" from a participant's own point of view:

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk or dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

At that moment, it was my most dreaded obstacle.  No longer was it a matter of if, but rather when.  Dangling fifty feet above the ground, suspended by a rope that held me high above my classmates' heads, I was in a position to act.  I had to decide.

My class had come to Ligonier Camp and Conference Center on a field trip that served as a way to introduce us, establish our group roles and promote teamwork and trust.  Our first challenge course possessed a name so unusual everyone was thrown into a state of nervous anticipation before even seeing it.  As unpleasant as "The Vomit Comet" sounds, even more upsetting was the feeling induced in me; fear.

Rarely do I experience this sensation, primarily because I tend to avoid its causes.  I must be forced onto roller coasters, coaxed into tall buildings and reassured when flying.  By bypassing these situations, the temporary feeling of self disappointment is overridden by the happiness of remaining within my comfort zone.  But five stories up, with only one way down, presented little opportunity for reconsideration.

So there I was; heart hammering, stomach spiraling, palms dripping with apprehension.  I looked down at the encouraging faces anticipating my next move.  I looked up to the tree tops sweeping the clear sky.  I looked forward.  The instructor's advice to "Pull the cord down and left" echoed in my head.  Clenching fate in my right hand, I tightly adhered to safety with my left.  My closed eyes searched internally for any sign of confidence.  Then, without a second thought, I quickly yanked the rope and felt the clasp snap sharply, jerking my body downward in a fast, sweeping motion.  Released into the ravine, I soared forward with an air of accomplishment.  I could hear the congratulatory shouts; I could imagine the surprised faces.  But there was no reason to look back; I had achieved everything I wanted.

That sole risk, which most would deem insignificant, taught me an invaluable lesson my fears had always prevented me from learning.  Every instance of stopping myself from experience, limiting my boundaries, and avoiding my fears, was now instantly overshadowed by the realization that I'll never know what I'm missing until I take the chance.  My fears had been triumphed by this one decision to "let go."

At this moment, choosing and applying to colleges is my principal concern.  Here I am again; heart pulsating, stomach flipping, palms cramped from typing.  I look back to my years of preparation; the instructor's voice is now quieted by my own.  I look forward to my aspirations; they are as tall as the trees and as big as the sky.

This is my moment of release.  I am again held by the rope, about to venture into a new ravine.  The only difference is I now possess the confidence that I can overcome my fears, discover my strengths and realize my potential every time I decide to "pull the cord."

Do you have a story of how camp has impacted your life or the life of someone you love?  Is there a funny photo or poignant memory you'd like to share?  We'd love to here from you!  Drop us an email.