The Vision of Camp Alandale
The vision for the future of Camp Alandale contains three parts:
#1 REACH MORE ABUSED CHILDREN - Recruit and train couples who will open camps in other counties within the State of California.
Camp Alandale's Purpose Statement is, "To introduce abused children to the life changing and healing reality of Jesus Christ and equip them to have meaningful and productive lives." The organization currently accepts only children who have been placed in a foster home or group home by Orange County and a limited number from Riverside County Social Services Agency. More and more requests are coming in to accept children from Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and other counties. We would like to take them all, but that is not possible until we open camps in each county and have the people to staff them. By recruiting more couples and training them to operate a camp for abused children, they can be sent out to open new camps for abused children in other counties within the State or wherever the Lord directs.
#2 MODEL EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING WE DO - Make the existing camp facility in Idyllwild the model for future camp sites for abused children.
At present the ministry is being operated in Idyllwild on a six acre parcel that is still very primitive and undeveloped. This facility will be our training camp for new Camp Directors and we want it to be a model for each new camp site. The summer program is completely outdoors with the campers sleeping in tents, cooking over gas griddles, and using rented chemical toilets. The facilities are rustic and need to be expanded with summer staff housing, toilets, showers, a camp kitchen and office space. The existing lodge, which was previously a residence, is no longer acceptable to the Building Department. A site plan has been approved by Riverside County for a new commercial building that will meet all the requirements and construction will begin when the needed funds are raised and the building permits approved.
In addition to modeling excellence in building a camp facility, Camp Alandale seeks to:
- Have the program and camp facilities ACA accredite
- The American Camping Association Accreditation (ACA) process demonstrates that the program and facilities meet the highest standards of the industry as well as the local Health Department
- Maintain membership in ECFA
- Membership in the Evangelical Council of Accountability (ECFA) demonstrates to our supporters that we are meeting the standards set for transparency and accountability in our management of funds.
- Develop a comprehensive training program for current and future staff
#3 INVITE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE - Develop an extensive group of partners: supporters, volunteer counselors, junior counselors, prayer warriors, volunteer event leaders and Champions who will promote the vision in each county. Champions are individuals whose efforts focus on growing the ministry, helping to reproduce camps and find help for abused children. There are opportunities for churches, individuals, foundations, and companies to be involved all along the way. Support is one of the obvious needs, both in prayer and finances. Volunteer counselors and junior counselors are needed. Those who consider themselves Champions of Camp Alandale need volunteers to aid them as well as to develop new Champions in each new county.