Fort Future: In Christ. Bearing Fruit. Impacting Generations
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September 2023 Newsletter

September 2023 Newsletter
The NEW summer staff and volunteer housing building continues to take shape

New… yet the same

In just the 3+ years I’ve worked for Fort, there have been new staff, new buildings, new website, new rotisserie grill to cook chicken, some new horses, new big green tent for outdoor dining, new family-sized paddle boards, and more!

Yet with all this ‘new’ there has been a constant – people come to Fort to hear God’s Word, spend time in His creation, experience adventure, and do it all within a Christian community.

Craig Holmquist, on staff for 25+ years can attest to there always being a bit of something new alongside the continual stories of God working through camp.

Craig shared a special story from Women’s Retreat this past weekend:

This unique moment on Spider Lake will likely be remembered for years. Four brave Women’s Retreaters ignored the rain to go on a pontoon ride. We hoped to see loons but wondered if they might be gone for winter. Instead, and not far from The Point, we found one parent and the two juveniles that hatched in late June. These two younger apprentices will soon be ready to be on their own, though not yet, as they came within feet of our boat! Why?

A bald eagle flew DIRECTLY ABOVE US! What a moment as they obeyed Mom’s familiar though much louder call and came right to the boat for protection (similar to how we can run to God during times of great fear).
Wet hair and clothes were quickly forgotten in this moment of awe. It was even more special as earlier we prayed for one Mom of an adult son in the military going through life and death challenges. What a privilege to pray together!

This photo is from last weekend, but could be decades old as time in God’s creation will always be part of Fort

Would you join us in celebrating all the new updates, welcoming and embracing new staff members, while praising God for the spiritual fruit we see as campers spend time at Fort.

May God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make his face shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.

Psalm 67:1-2

Here are some fun updates on projects around camp – these projects are part of the Fort Future which has reached 7.1 million (and growing!) We’re grateful to God for the generous outpouring of prayer and financial support for the campaign.  And, for many who are serving on volunteer committees to assist the many facets of the campaign. 

Stockade 80 – renovations well underway
Drilling a new well because water is necessary to run camp

Registration and Applications Open Soon!

Although summer has just left us, we are already planning for 2024 and we know many of you are too! 

Registrations and applications for all Youth Camps, Leadership Lab, and Journey Beyond camps open October 16th!

Check out the details and find the right fit for your child, grandchild, neighbor, or friend. (All ages refer to the grade the camper is entering Fall of 2024)

Youth Camps – Camps available for 3rd-12th grades
Leadership Lab – 10th-12th graders, requires a short application
Journey Beyond – Adventure trips for High Schoolers
TruNorth – 9-month gap year for 18-22 year olds, applications open for class of 2024-2025

It’s also the right time to think about your 2024 summer job! Summer Staff applications open October 7th! 

Summer Staff Information

Summer Staff coffee crew is all smiles

Learn more!

Thank you for sharing in the ministry and impact of Fort Wilderness!

Grateful to Serve at Fort,
Laura Borkenhagen

Laura Borkenhagen
Marketing and Communication Manager