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  A  “Certain”  Path  Forward   2015  -­‐  2020     The  Swamp   5-­‐Year  Plan  

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Swamp  Camp  Services,  Inc.     Board of Directors   Jeff  Mueller   President     Paul  Peeler   Treasurer     Jeff  Reese   Vice  President     Kevin  Wilson   Secretary   Executive Committee   George  Hart   Member     Jeff  Rorabaugh   Swamp  Camp  Services  Director     Alex  Hunter   Fundraising  Chair     Ron  Vance   Member   Operations Team   Jeff  Rorabaugh   Program  Director     Erwin  Clark   Property  Manager     Wade  Williams   Registration  Coordinator,   Swamp  Corps  Logistics  Manager         Jennifer  Rorabaugh   Program  Director     Debbie  Clark   Kitchen  Manager/Facilities  Coordinator     Deanna  Foster   Swamp  Corps  Participant  Coordinator    

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From  the  Director     There  was  once  a  king  of  ancient  Persia  who  loved  to  mingle  with  his  people  in   disguise.   Once,   dressed   as   a   poor   man,   he   descended   the   long   flight   of   stairs,   dark   and   damp   to   the   tiny   cellar   where   the   fireman,   seated   on   ashes,   was   tending   the   furnace.   The   king   sat   down   beside   him   and   began   to   talk.   At   meal   time  the  fireman  produced  some  coarse  black  bread  and  a  jug  of  water  and  they   ate   and   drank.   The   king   went   away   but   returned   again   and   again   for   his   heart   was  filled  with  sympathy  for  the  lonely  man.  They  became  very  good  friends  as   time  passed.  At  last  the  king  thought,  “I’ll  tell  him  who  I  am,  and  see  what  gift  he   will   ask.”   So   he   did,   but   the   fireman   didn’t   ask   for   a   thing.   The   king   was   astonished   and   said,   “Don’t   you   realize   that   I   can   give   you   anything—a   city,   a   throne?”  The  man  gently  replied,  “I  understand  your  Majesty.  You  have  already   given  the  greatest  gift  a  man  could  receive.  You  left  your  palace  to  sit  with  me   here   in   this   dark   and   lonely   place.   You   could   give   nothing   more   precious.   You   have  given  yourself  and  that  is  far  more  than  I  could  ever  deserve.”     Each  one  of  us  has  been  given  a  gift,  a  rare  gift,  for  which  men  of  all  kinds,  search   desperately:     the   opportunity   to   have   relationships   without   judgment   or   retribution.    Here,  in  the  southeast  United  States,  we  call  that  gift,  The  Swamp;   and   for   many   it   is   a   home-­‐away-­‐from-­‐home.     In   essence,   it   is   a   camp-­‐culture   equivalent  to  God’s  incredible  grace  where  we  find  a  relationship  with  our  God,   with  our  friends,  and,  even,  with  ourselves  so  readily  available  and  encouraged.     As   the   director,   I   feel   a   deep   responsibility   and   honor   to   carry   on   that   culture;   one  so  expertly  established  by  Sonny  &  Carolyn  Sessions  and  look  forward  to  a   great  future.    We  are  witnessing  a  resurgence  of  camp  participation  and  activity   that  hasn’t  been  seen  in  a  decade;  we  are  seeing  the  addition  of  fun,  meaningful   retreats;   we   are   making   friends   with   the   community   as   more   and   more   organizations   utilize   the   facilities;   and   we   are   traveling   throughout   the   world   offering  the  gift  we  have  received  by  teaching  others  The  Swamp  culture.     After  all  is  said  and  done,  what  we  will  have  on  the  day  we  step  into  eternity  is   only   what   the   gift   has   offered…no   amount   of   possessions   or   awards   nor   fame   or   praise   of   men   will   count;   just   the   relationships   we   took   the   time   to   build   with   friends,  with  family  and  with  our  Father.     The  plan  outlined  in  these  pages  provides  a  path  to  offer  this  gift  to  as  many  as   will  accept  it,  both  here  and  abroad.    We  at  The  Swamp  will  continue  to  follow   this  path,  and  beyond,  in  order  to  reach  every  person—especially  children—and   offer  them  this  gift.    It  is  a  fitting  quest  to  the  time  the  eternal  King  gives  to  us.     Jeff  Rorabaugh   Director      

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  From  the  Board  President   Over  the  next  five  years,  I  see  The  Swamp  physical  plant  producing  Swamp  Corps.       Metaphor:    the  church  and  a  church  building.    The  building  is  the  facility,  the  tool   that   allows   the   idea   to   be   implemented.     The   Swamp   property   is   “Jerusalem”,   which   can   be   a   center   of   training   for   Swamp   Corps,   and   the   “factory”   of   The   Swamp   culture.     I   see   two   Board   of   Directors,   one   that   manages   the   Maxey’s   property  asset,  and  another  one  for  Swamp  Corps.    There  would  be  an  executive   director   for   Swamp   Corps   and   another   manager   who   then   runs   the   Maxey’s   property   (rentals,   maintenance,   capital   improvement).    Swamp   Corps,   of   course,   is  the  number  one  client  of  the  Maxey’s  property  board.    The  Swamp  would  have   camp   relationships   with   what   by   that   time   will   be   other   camps   trained   by   The   Swamp   throughout   the   world.     What   this   means,   of   course,   is   that   Swamp   Corps   is  a  full  time  division  of  The  Swamp  that  is  a  pillar  of  support  and  influence  in  the   youth  and  family  ministry  goals  (and  beyond)  for  impacting  the  next  generation.       There   is   a   lot   of   silence   in   the   scripture   about   how   to   execute   Deuteronomy   6:7.     I  think  the  camp  culture  will  contribute  and  offer  an  approach  to  fill  that  silence   that   the   youth   and   family   ministries   are   also   working   to   fill.     From   my   perspective,  with  children  who  have  not  yet  chosen  God,  I  see  the  camp  culture   as   a   lifeline   that   they   still   have   connection   to   as   they   enter   adulthood   without   making  a  decision  to  follow  Christ.    I  also  think  the  relationships  built  at  the  camp   will   serve   its   unconverted   adults   well   in   the   future   as   they   keep   lines   of   communication   and   relationships   open   within   their   generation—that   is   why   I   have  optimism  for  fruitfulness  with  the  idea  of  “swamp  alumni.”     Lastly,  The  Swamp  has  been  a  source  of  unity  amongst  not  only  our  brotherhood   of  churches  in  the  Atlanta  area,  but  amongst  the  southeast  region  of  the  United   States.    With   the   advent   of   the   Swamp   Corps,   new   opportunities   for   unity   and   relationship  throughout  the  world  present  themselves  to  us.    We  anticipate  the   joy  and  rewards  that  will  come  from  those  relationships  through  The  Swamp  in   the  future.    Our  vision  is  for  camp  property,  the  mainstay  and  heartbeat  of  The   Swamp   organization,   to   be   a   center   of   training   for   Swamp   Corps,   and   a   springboard  for  camp  culture  of  faith  in  Christ;  first  to  the  southeast,  then  to  the   world.       Deuteronomy   6:7   is   the   LORD’s   succinct   word   on   how   to   raise   children.    The   Swamp   experience   offers   one   of   many   lifelines   to   faith   in   Christ   that   we   as   parents   are   to   offer   our   children   in   the   spirit   of   this   passage.     The   Swamp   has   bound   together   the   hearts   of   our   Southeast   congregations   in   this   time,   and   by   faith,   the   next   generation,   and   the   world   in   ways   we   have   not   yet   seen   or   conceived.     Jeff  Mueller   President  

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Table  of  Contents   EXECUTIVE  SUMMARY:  THE  SWAMP  IN  2020   VISION,  MISSION  &  VALUES   FIVE  STRATEGIES   THE  SWAMP  AT  A  GLANCE   THE  SWAMP:  TWO  DECADE  RECAP   1-­‐3-­‐5  YEAR  PLAN  HIGHLIGHTS   CERTAIN  PATH  FORWARD   SPONSORS   6   7   9   11   12   12   14   15       Hart Dining Hall as viewed from the fire pit. Photo credit: Ali Lynn

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Executive  Summary:  The  Swamp  in  2020     At  the  end  of  this  plan’s  term  in  2020,  five  or  so  years  from  now,  we  aim  to  enter   the   21st   Century’s   third   decade   with   clear   certainty   and   focus   of   meeting   our   vision  where:     • Summer  Camp  is  at  100%  capacity  at  8  weeks  or  1,440  in  attendance.   • Swamp-­‐hosted  retreat  participation  increased  by  40%  (610  to  854).   • A  2nd  domestic  Swamp  Camp  location  is  in  operation.   • Donation  support  has  grown  in  its  scope  and  giving  opportunities:   o Legacy  and  planned  giving  opportunities  exist,   o Friends  of  The  Swamp  membership  increased  by  350%  (80  to  280),   o The  first-­‐ever  endowment  trust  is  established,  and     o Donations  exceed  $1,000,000.   • The   Swamp   is   a   recognized   domestic   and   international   camp   culture   training  organization  among  our  fellowship  of  churches:   o Domestic  invitations  has  reached  four  (4)  locations,   o International  invitations  have  doubled  (6  to  12).     We  also  expect  to  be  a  healthy,  aligned  organization  that  has:     • Added  vision  support  groups  such  as  the  Swamp  Alumni  Association.   • Trained  and  hired  at  least  4  new  camp  directors  (2  couples).   • Realigned  The  Swamp  Rental  business  such  that  it  has  ceased  to  be  under   the  responsibility  of  the  Program  Director  and  is  independently  operated.     This  is  an  ambitious  plan.    While  others  may  have  tackled  similar  challenges  like   this  in  part  or  on  smaller  scales,  we  believe  it  is  imperative  that  we  make  good   on   this   significant   plan   for   the   benefit   of   the   world’s   population—especially   children.    Next,  let’s  talk  about  our  vision,  strategies,  and  1-­‐3-­‐5  year  goals.     Outside Hart Dining Hall door facing the path to the pavilion. Photo credit: Jennifer Rorabaugh

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Vision,  Mission  &  Values       Our  Vision   The   Swamp   Camp   Culture   is   available   within   300   miles   (482   km)   of   any   person—especially   children—on   the   planet   and   every   child   within   those   300   miles   gets   the   opportunity   to   experience   this   culture   to   reap   the   benefits  of  its  safe,  fun  and  life-­‐influencing  qualities.     Our  Mission   We  are  unique  camp  culture  existing  to:     • Foster  life-­‐long  memories  and  relationships,   • Extend  respect  &  hospitality  to  each  individual,   • Build  godly  character,  and   • Create   a   mentally,   physically,   emotionally,   and   spiritually  safe  environment     So   that   any   one   person—especially   a   child—who   experiences   The   Swamp   camp   culture   will   have   fun   and  be  positively  influenced.    

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  1. Our  Values     SAFETY.     Everyone   (parents,   volunteers,   counselors,   and  campers)   has  to   feel  physically,  mentally,  and  emotionally  safe  in  order  for  the  spiritual  self   to   be   realized.     Set   an   environment   of   respect;   deal  with   bullies   of   all  kinds,   and   create   a   culture   of   love.     (Imagine   an   atmosphere   where   last   names   weren’t   important;   thus   you   were   known   for   who   you   are   and   not   all   the   ties   to   your   parents,   brother,   sister,   money,  position,   etc.)     Thus   our   motto:   “Besides  your  home,  the  safest  place  on  the  planet.”       2. RESPECT.     Everyone  from  the  directors   to  the  volunteers  to  the  campers   to   the   head   dishwasher   has   to   feel   valued;   each   has   the   right   to   feel   like   SOMEBODY.     The   culture   of   the   camp   is   to   make   everyone   feel   like   they   are   important.     3. ROLES.     Everyone   needs   to  know   their   role,   being   defined   and   understood   by  all  parties.     If   so,   then   each   person   will  know  if  he   is  fulfilling   it   or   not.   Each  can  feel  the  success  of  fulfilling  it  and  personal  accountability  if  not.     4.   5. FOOD.     The   food   needs   to   be   good.     People—especially   kids—will   remember  the  food  one  way  or  another…and  talk  about  it!   FUN.     Everyone   needs   to   have   FUN!   If   it   is   not   fun,   no   one   will   want   to   come  back.    The  cooks,   nurses,  campers,  counselors   all  need  to   have  a  great   time.  Allow  camp  to  host  a  wide  age  range,  like  9-­‐18  for  summer  camp.    You   will   be   amazed   at   the   results   and   live   the   words   of   Dr.   Seuss,   ‘Today   was   good.  Today  was  fun.  Tomorrow  is  another  one.”     6. LEADERSHIP.     The  rules   need   to  be  clear  and  few  with   someone  who  is  in   charge  to   enforce   them.     They   must   be   enforced  or  everything   will   spin  out   of  control  and  no  one  will  have  much  fun.     7. SPIRITUALITY.    Have  a   spiritual  camp  not  a  RELIGIOUS  camp.     There  is  a   huge   difference   between   the  two.  Trust   God   to  work  on   the  young  hearts   that   are  open.     If  great   sermons  and  convicting  preachers  always   converted   people,  all  of  our  kids  would  be  disciples.    Trust  the  process  and  the  Spirit.     8. YHVH.    God,  Jehovah,  has  to  be  made  REAL.     We  need  to  forget  trying  to   indoctrinate   kids   into   the   church;   let   God   REVEAL   HIMSELF   through   the   stars,  the  people,  the  Bible,  nature,  relationships,  and  through  the  spiritual   culture  that  is  created;  the  rest  will  follow.     9. DIVERSITY.    Celebrate  differences!     Whether  you  are  an  athlete,  scholar,   musician,   or   domino   expert,   your   color,   talents,   interests,   and   quirks   are   accepted  and  celebrated…each  tremendously  adds  to  the  cultural  tapestry;   then  the  words  of  Desmond  Tutu  come  alive,   “Isn’t  it  amazing  that  we  are   all   made   in   God’s   image,   and   yet   there   is   so   much   diversity   among   his   people.”     10. INVESTMENT.     Pour   all   the   resources   you   have   into   making   a   perennial   camp…one  that  allows  for  generations  to  experience.    If  you  give  half  your   resources,  you  will  get  50%  of  the  results.    If  you  only  focus  on  one  year,  you   may  forego  the  next  decade.    

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Five  Strategies   To   reach   these   ambitious   but   invigorating   targets,   The   Swamp   is   pursuing   five   key   strategies:     sustaining   exposure,   increasing   resources,   reducing   dependency,   asserting   attention,   and   intensifying   efforts;   taken   together   the   strategies   will   mold  a  dynamic  framework  and  business  model  in  order  to  meet  the  vision.   Sustaining  Exposure     A   lasting   influential   role   is   key   to   our   mission.     Rationally   and   without   question,  The  Swamp  culture  is  most  affective  while  one  is  immersed  in   the   culture,   whether   at   our   main   facility   in   Georgia   or   at   any   other   location   hosting   the   camp   culture.     The   undertaking   is   to   maintain   a   continual  influence  throughout  the  year.    To  deliver  on  this  opportunity,   we  have  utilized  technology  and  media  experts  to  increase  exposure  on  a   weekly   and   monthly   basis,   i.e.   SwampCast.     We   have   examined   the   interaction  of  our  participants  with  multimedia  videos,  email  campaigns,   surveys,   and   social   media   outlets   and   are   using   skilled   individuals   in   each   of   these   areas   to   maximize   and   sustain   time   spent   directly   in   the   culture.   We   will   continue   to   explore   new   avenues   and   opportunities   in   order   to   deepen  and  widen  this  exposure.   Increasing  Resources     Protecting  the  culture  of  the  camp  is  paramount.    It  is  imperative  we  not   allow  it  to  be  watered  down  either  by  attrition,  poor  training,  or  decrease   in   commitment.     In   this   vein,   we   are   aiming   resources   (time,   energy,   knowledge,   money)   at   those   individuals   who   want   to   learn   the   culture   and  have  it  in  mind  and  heart  to  spend  a  lifetime  giving  it  to  others;  and   in  time,  even,  training  others.    Currently,  there  are  two  couples  and  a  few   individuals  in  this  process.    The  camp  culture  is  the  product;  the  one  thing   people  will  pay  for,  volunteer  for,  remember,  return  to,  and  share.    It  is   vital   that   we   establish   the   resources   to   instill   the   knowledge   of   this   culture   into   future   leaders   in   order   to   sustain   and   grow   and   meet   the   desired  vision  while  preserving  The  Swamp  culture.   Reducing  Dependency     Laser-­‐beam   focus   is   fundamental   to   success.     Throughout   the   last   decade,  The  Swamp  has,  at  times,  been  looking  over  a  razor-­‐thin  financial   edge;   therefore,   it   has   turned   to   ever-­‐increasing   efforts   on   rental   business   to   grow   revenue.     For   the   past   five   years,   rental   revenue   has   been   a   sustaining   part   of   the   financial   picture.     Rental   business   is   defined   as  revenue  attained  by  any  non-­‐Swamp  sponsored  event,  regardless  of  its   alignment  to  our  mission.      In  order  to  gain  this  laser-­‐beam  focus  on  our   vision,  we  must  lessen  our  dependency  on  this  stream  of  revenue  to  the   point   of   nil.     If   it   is   to   remain   then   we   must   structure   it   as   a   financially   independent  part  of  our  services  or  remove  it  all  together.    

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Asserting  Attention     External  support  is  essential  for  growth.    During  the  normal  course  of  a   person’s   interaction   with   The   Swamp,   it   is   common   for   the   bulk   of   this   time  to  be  during  the  ages  of  5  and  21,  after  which  the  person  typically   “disappears”   until   time   for   their   own   children   to   come   to   camp.     There   are  opportunities  to  interact  via  volunteer  work  parties,  reunions  or  the   occasional   appropriate   event;   however,   by   and   large,   once   a   person   attains   alumni   status   it   is   years   before   any   substantial   contact   with   the   camp  is  reestablished.    We  have  identified  any  where  from  4,000  to  6,000   alumni  currently  in  this  state.    It  is  crucial  that  we  gain  and  keep  contact   with   Swamp   Alumni;   therefore   we   are   asserting   our   attention   in   efforts   to  marshal  the  support  of  this  large  group  of  Swamp  fans.   Intensifying  Efforts     Funding   is   a   foremost   necessity.     Donations   in   the   last   five   years   have   decreased   and   leveled   off   being   maintained   only   by   a   few   large   donors   and   a   handful   of   monthly   donors.     We   take   responsibility   for   this   and   have  identified  elements  of  cause  and  effect  for  this  state;  thus,  we  are   currently   undergoing   monumental   changes   of   alignment,   which   will   result   in   the   revamping   of   our   fundraising   efforts   and   communications:     re-­‐aligning   leadership   and   governance   for   clearer   management   of   resources;   retooling   Friends   of   The   Swamp   for   a   more   broader   and   all-­‐ encompassing   message;   widening   our   gifting   scope   to   include   legacy   endowments   and   planned   giving;   and   intensifying   our   efforts   to   bestow   this  vision  for  the  future.             Sunset Shaving Cream Fight Photo credit: Ali Lynn

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The  Swamp  at  a  Glance   SINCE  2010  (PREVIOUS  5  YEARS)           SUMMER  CAMP  ATTENDANCE   SWAMP-­‐HOSTED  RETREATS   2%   925  =>  989     250%   2  =>  5     SWAMP  CORPS  LOCATIONS   RENTAL  REVENUE     600%   1  =>  6   196%   55k  =>  108k     300   250   200   150   100   50   0   2010   2011   50   52   245   Swamp  Support     85   101   100   115   2013   2014   170   104   72   2012   Friends  of  The  Swamp   Donations  (x  $1,000)  

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The  Swamp:  Two  Decade  Recap     Since   2010,   a   ground   breaking   year   when   the   camp   culture   began   to   grow   beyond   its   mortgaged   borders   and   a   few   weeks   in   the   summer,   amazing   progress  has  been  made  toward  accomplishing  the  vision.     Summer  Camp  Attendance     • • Beginning  with  only  a  handful  of  campers  in  1993,  peaking  at  just  fewer   than  1,600  in  2002,  and  drifting  to  the  low-­‐800s  in  2011.   The  last  3  years  has  seen  a  cumulative  increase  of  16.9%.   Swamp-­‐Hosted  Retreats   • In  2010,  The  Swamp  hosted  only  2  events:  Father  Son  Retreat,  the  very   first   Swamp-­‐hosted   retreat,   which   started   in   2007,   and   the   Mother   Daughter  Retreat.   Since   then,   3   more   have   been   added   to   the   calendar:   Daddy   Daughter,   Holidays  @The  Swamp  (H@TS),  and  Mother  Son  Retreat.   For   our   first   decade,   The   Swamp   property   was   only   used   for   summer   camps  and  an  occasional  retreat.   In   the   early   2000s,   under   the   Sessions   and   the   Clarks’   leadership,   The   Swamp  was  made  available  to  rent.   Since   2010   we   have   seen   an   increase   of   196%   (55k   to   108k)   in   revenue   from  the  likes  of  school  clubs,  civic  organizations,  and  church  groups.   • • •       • Swamp  Rentals   • • • Swamp  Corps   After  its  inaugural  Jamaica  location,  Swamp  Corps  was  founded.   Since   then   6   more   locations   have   come   on   board.   (Barbados,   South   Africa,  Brazil,  India,  and  Bahamas)   In   2014,   invitations   came   from   Kenya   and   Zimbabwe   and   the   International  Leadership  Conference  in  Singapore  where  The  Swamp  and   Swamp  Corps  were  introduced  to  our  world  church  fellowship.   Since  2010,  over  1,500  9-­‐18  year  old  children  in  six  (6)  countries  have  experienced  The   Swamp   Culture   and   317   students   have   been   offered   service   learning,   mission   trip   opportunities.   FOUNDATIONAL   EMPHASIS:     Going   forward,   we   must   take   great   care   of   the   place   many   call   their   2nd   home;   and   like   any   home,   it   must   be   cared   for   and   maintained  and  all  those  who  live  in  it  must  be  reared  with  the  understanding  of   its  importance.    Above  all,  The  Swamp  is  the  heartbeat  of  this  vision;  if  there  is   no   Swamp:     there   is   no   summer   camp   for   kids   in   the   southeast   to   enjoy,   or   a   beautiful  facility  for  the  community  to  rent,  or  a  Swamp  Corps  for  the  world  to   learn  of  its  culture.    Every  fiber  of  The  Swamp’s  being  from  the  physical  assets  to   the  culture  itself  will  play  a  vital  role  in  meeting  this  5  Year  Vision.    

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1-­‐3-­‐5  Year  Plan  Highlights                                       SUMMER  CAMP   ATTENDANCE   10%   1 YEAR: HEADS IN THE BEDS RETREAT   ATTENDANCE   RENTAL   REVENUE   989  =>  1,088   10%   610  =>  702   15%     108k  =>  119k   10%         • • • HEALTH  &  SAFETY   Build  safety  gate  at  main  entrance   Add  gutter-­‐drainage  system  on  pavilion  roof   Enhance  communication  alert  processes   3 YEAR: BEDS FOR HEADS SUMMER  CAMP   CAPACITY   25%     RETREAT/RENTAL   ATTENDANCE   20%     SWAMP  CORPS   LOCATIONS   100%   100%   6  =>  12   33%   1,080  =>  1,440   20%   1,615  =>  1,938     • • • HEALTH  &  SAFETY   Cabins  overhauled   Water  retention/capacity  increased   Go  Green  waste  initiative   5 YEAR: BUILDING BEDS SWAMP  DOMESTIC   LOCATIONS   CULTURAL  CHANGE   AGENTS  (DIRECTORS)   DONATION   REVENUE   100%   1  =>  2   • • 300%   2  =>  6   1000%   100k  =>  1M     HEALTH  &  SAFETY   Explore  ADA  Accreditation   Explore  ACA  Safety  Accreditation      

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Certain  Path  Forward     In   over   two   decades   of   service,   The   Swamp   can   be   proud   of   its   many   accomplishments.     In   fact,   if   God   were   to   decide   its   time   were   up,   what   a   celebration   we   would   have   in   honor   of   these   accomplishments.     However,   there   are   too   many   God-­‐only   indicators   and   promptings   for   us   to   make   any   such   conclusion   of   The   Swamp’s   demise…in   fact,   we   are   confident   that   we   stand   before  a  big  blue  ocean,  a  Promised  Land,  of  opportunities.     In   Numbers   13,   God   told   Moses   to   send   out   “some   men   to   explore   the   land.”   Twelve  were  chosen  and  given  the  instructions  of  where  to  explore  and  specific   questions  to  answer.    Twelve  returned  and  reported.    Only  two  had  the  faith  to   claim  the  Promised  Land.    One,  Caleb,  silenced  the  people  and  said,  “We  should   go   up   and   take   possession   of   the   land,   for   we   can   certainly   do   it.”   {emphasis   ours}.    It  took  a  while  but  a  generation  arose  and  indeed  took  possession  of  the   land.     Perhaps   Caleb   was   the   one   who   held   camp   after   camp   out   in   the   wilderness   creating   a   transcendent   culture   of   spirituality,   confidence,   humility,   obedience,  and  self-­‐respect  that  led  to  this  outcome.  There  is  a  lot  of  Promised   Land  out  there.    When  The  Swamp  realizes  its  ultimate  vision,  there  will  be  202   camps   with   the   Swamp   culture   around   the   globe—yes,   that   puts   The   Swamp   culture  within  300  miles  (482  km)  of  any  person  on  the  globe.     What   The   Swamp   will   actually   accomplish   in   the   next   five   years   is   yet   to   be   determined.     But   what   The   Swamp   can   envision   can   be   sought   today.     Such   a   vision,  as  spelled  out  on  these  pages,  calls  upon  each  party  involved—directors,   administrators,   fundraisers,   alumni,   volunteers,   families,   dreamers,   doers,   sponsors,   and  all  others—to  a  level  of  certainty  and  involvement  regarding  the   path  forward.       The  Board  of  Directors,  the  Executive  Committee  and  the  Operations  Team  see  a   path   and   lay   it   before   you.     We   are   certain;   we   are   committed;   we   are   united   to   it…may  the  “Lord  determine  our  steps.”     Join  us!       Swamp Sunrise Photo credit: Hannah Burke

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Sponsors   We  wish  to  thank  our  Gold  Sponsors.     Support  the  Vision:     www.campswamp.com/support

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