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February 2023 Newsletter

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February 2023 Newsletter
Young adults – unplugged and loving it!

“I would appreciate prayers for guidance from God on what is next for me.”

Who do you think asked for this prayer? Are you picturing a mature Christian adult?

That quote was from a recent winter camper – a senior in high school. All winter long Fort welcomes youth – primarily middle and high schoolers to winter retreats. Youth leaders round up their youth groups, pack them into buses or a caravan of vehicles and make the trek up to the Northwoods.

Once here most groups choose to have an unplugged retreat where cell phones are taken away for the weekend. Then the teens have fun – from snow shoeing to adventure lunch, to board games and puzzles, and of course the broom ball courts are packed! The students have session times with worship and a speaker in addition to cabin time to take the conversation to a deeper level.

These retreats are impactful.

“The testimonies had a special impact on me.”

“I love that Fort is a place where you can be yourself and you don’t get judged.”

“The sessions gave me hope that God will help me see through my anxiety.”

Can you feel the energy… and spiritual growth

I am energized and hopeful for the next generation – these teens will be entering adulthood in the next few years – and I can see future leaders and disciples of the faith!

Fort is a place for emerging adults to deepen their relationship with Christ and discover their calling.

Would you join Fort in raising up the next generation?

Help us spread the word, and tell a young person about these opportunities:

Journey Beyond – Adventure trips for middle and high school students – spend a week adventuring either in a canoe on the Namekagon River or backpacking through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Adventures for high schoolers and college-aged youth.  (Plus one special trip for a parent to attend with their child) 

TruNorth – A leadership development and discipleship program designed for 18–22-year-old emerging adults who are eager to explore their passions, gifts, and calling- which shape their identity in Christ. During the 11-month program, students grow in a Christian community as they learn about themselves, others, and who God has uniquely created them to be. 

The 2022-2023 TruNorth Class – These emerging adults learn, grow, serve, and discover their call together in community – a year like no other!

Work at Fort for the Summer … or for a year!

Summer Staff – Fort has summer jobs for everyone. From the outdoorsy, adventurous type to the cooking enthusiast. For those that love working with youth to those that prefer working with animals. For the get-your-hands-dirty-type to the creative with a computer type.

More than job though, Fort’s Summer Staff are a community – one that grows together, worships together, laughs and adventures together, and is challenged and inspired together. A community that becomes the people that God created them to be.

Applications Open! Hiring is happening now! 

Contract Staff – These year-long paid positions are so much more than a job. Contract Staff positions provide a great environment (and location!) to help young people discover their skills and interests while serving others and practicing key skills that shape their futures.

Applications are Open NOW for positions starting in Fall. 

Contract Staff serve campers while growing skills that shape their future.

Thank you for helping us raise up the next generation of faithful Christ followers!

Grateful to Serve at Fort, 
Laura Borkenhagen

P.S. Fort is interested in approaching foundations for possible funding of special initiatives at camp.  We would love to have conversations with those in the Fort Family with grant searching and writing experience— and are willing to volunteer.  Interested in helping?  Please contact Tom Shaw at: tomshaw@fortwilderness.com for more information.

Laura Borkenhagen
Marketing and Communications Manager

lauraborkenhagen@fortwilderness.com
715.277.2587 x1007
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