CAMP ON THE BLOCK (COTB)
Camp on the Block (COTB) is a ministry that Immanuel has been providing for a number of years. It provides first jobs for high school and university students! It also provides for a low cost summer day camp for children in the area as well as other community and youth activities.
This year, Immanuel is not receiving the government grant that funded the staffing costs for this program. Our initial fundraising goal for hiring summer students was $9,050. We hired 3 staff members and one intern. The staff members will be making minimum wage and the intern will be making slightly above minimum wage. We also covered their expenses for a short-term mission trip July 1-5 to Scotland, Ontario where they assisted in running a sports camp for children & youth. We will also be covering their expenses to go to Camp on the Rock in August to further their Leadership Training. Each staff member's total costs are $2,200 and the intern's costs are $2,300.
COTB this year will consist of one week at the sports camp in Scotland, one week at Camp on the Rock, two weeks of COTB at Immanuel and three weeks of youth and community events at Immanuel.
Since the fundraising began, we made a decision to hire another staff member for a total of 4 staff members and one intern this summer. As well, we changed the trip to Scotland, Ontario to an unpaid short-term mission trip where the staff could earn community hours towards their high school diploma. As we are to pay the total 5 staff members as instead of the 4 originally planned, we had to fundraise another $1,046 above our original goal. We continued fundraising these expenses during the month of July.
God is good! All the time! As of August 5th, we have received $11,030. We have exceeded our original goal and have exceeded the needs of the additional staff member by $935. As specified by donors, amounts exceeding the actually costs will be applied to Camp on the Rock. Thank you to all who have supported this program!! Please do not make any further donations to Camp on the Block this year. If you wish to support a camp program, you may still make donations to Camp on the Rock.