As most of us are painfully aware, finances are an ever-increasing concern for everyone. Prescott Pines is no exception. Daily realities frequently involve the stewardship of the many resources with which the Lord has entrusted us as we seek to provide the best possible guest experiences, while controlling our associated costs. One way that we have been able to stretch our operating dollars is through the use of volunteer labor.
Volunteer labor comes in many different forms, and we are always looking for ways to expand our opportunities for volunteers. In September we had a group that call them selves TLC, (Traveling Laborers for Christ). They completely rebuilt our Hungry Bear Café cabinets and turned one of our old cabins into a newly remodeled “Breakout room”. We also have a group of retired people that call themselves “Sowers” (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready) These amazing people have set aside “retirement” as we commonly think of it in favor of traveling the country in their RVs helping out ministries just like us. In an average year, our volunteers generate over 2,500 hours of work that they complete around camp. It would be impossible to maintain our beautiful grounds and facilities without them.
There are a variety of other ways volunteers are involved as well. During our busy summer months, high school kids volunteer as “Crew” members, they do everything from wash toilets to lead children to Christ. We also host a volunteer work weekend in the spring called Helping Hands, during which about 50-80 individuals and families come out to help get things ready for summer. Also, we’re always on the lookout for mechanics, landscapers, electricians, plumbers, and more. Look for more and more volunteer opportunities in the months ahead as we seek to expand this program throughout Prescott Pines.
Volunteering at camp can be a more profound experience than coming as a camper. As we literally give ourselves to the Lord’s work at Prescott Pines, He consistently meets with us and opens our eyes and ears to perceive things with clarity and to grow in our understanding of who He is. These selfless people, who so faithfully serve the Lord here at Prescott Pines, inspire our full time staff to humble ourselves before God and renew our sense of purpose in our daily labors for Him.