Why Give

HELP CAMP BEDFORD!

For over a century, Camp Bedford, now formally known as Bedford Camp and Conference Center, has served as a sacred grounds for spiritual and personal renewal, and fellowship. Now, due to the passage of time, the camp needs a little renewal of its own. You can be a part of this campaign to make sure the camp serves people for another glorious century. Please make your contribution to Camp Bedford today to ensure its existence tomorrow. Your generous gift will help allow this camp, which has served children for over 100 years, continue to serve children for many years to come.

In today’s increasingly technological world, people are less connected to the beauty and simplicity of nature and lack fulfillment of the innate need to connect with the natural world, both physically and spiritually. Our camp allows people of all ages to unplug from the fast-pace and high-pressure of their increasingly complicated daily lives and find their own mental and spiritual path in the tranquil setting of our wooded camp. Your gift will make the abundance of the beautiful Southern Indiana woodlands available to future generations of campers, allowing your legacy and the legacy of the camp to carry on for generations to come.

WAYS TO HELP

SEVERAL WAYS TO HELP

You can help us in the quest to renew, restore, and revitalize Camp Bedford. There are several ways you can help continue the legacy of this camp for future generations.

You may completely or partially sponsor a capital improvement project.
You may pledge a repeated contribution for a period of years.
You may make a one-time contribution.

You will receive recognition for your contribution with your name being commemorated in wood or stone at the camp, or you may, of course, remain anonymous.

Please help preserve the legacy of these sacred grounds where people are drawn closer and build connections with nature, God, and one another.

CREATE AN ENDURING LEGACY

If you would like to be recognized for your contribution, there are different recognition monuments for different contribution levels. Make a contribution yourself, or make a contribution in memory of someone who loved the camp. The person in whose honor your contribution is named will leave a legacy which will be permanently recognized at the camp in one of the following ways:

$100 to $499 - Tree Ring Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into a small log round cut from a tree on the camp property. The tree rings will hang on the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021.

$500 to $999 - Limestone Brick Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into a 4 by 8 inch limestone brick.. The bricks will be embedded in the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021.

$1,000 to $2,499 - Limestone Square Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into an 8 by 8 inch limestone square. The square stones will be embedded in the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021.

$2,500 to $4,999 - Limestone Block Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into a 16 by 16 inch limestone block. The blocks will be embedded in the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021.

$5,000 plus - Limestone “Building” Block or Bench Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into a 32 by 32 inch limestone ‘building” block, recognizing your commitment to building the future of the camp. The building blocks will be embedded in the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021. Alternatively, you may choose to be recognized with a limestone bench placed on the camp property with the name you choose carved into it.

$10,000 plus - Limestone “Building” Block and Bench, along with possible naming rights Contributions at this level will be recognized with your name or your honoree’s name carved into a 32 by 32 inch limestone ‘building” block, recognizing your commitment to building the future of the camp. The building blocks will be embedded in the recognition wall in the new lodge scheduled to be completed in 2021. Also you will be recognized with a limestone bench placed on the camp property with the name you choose carved into it. For contributions of this size, it may be possible to have a room in a building or some other feature of the camp named in honor of your contribution. Please discuss this option with camp personnel.

There are many options for getting your contribution to the camp. You may click on the Give Today button and use the drop down menu to make a contribution via Paypal, credit card, or debit card; or you may send a check directly to the camp or the church office. If sending a check, please specify that the check is to help the camp or identify the specific project the check is to be applied to.

Please retain your cancelled check or credit card/Paypal receipt as proof of giving for tax purposes or for church contribution records. If you require additional information, please contact the camp manager.

Shopping/Wish List

There are a number of projects that we have not yet begun, but that we would like to pursue soon in order to enhance the camp. You can completely or partially sponsor a capital improvement project, pledge a repeated contribution for a period of years, or make a one-time contribution. The shopping list below contains projects that we need to pursue soon in order to enhance the camp and restore Camp Bedford to its full potential to serve people. You may contribute toward one of the items on our shopping list below to make a wish become a reality!

My Camp Shopping/Wish List

The Big Four Projects
Construct new Craft Lodge $275,000
Build new swimming pool facility $110,000
Upgrade cabins and amphitheater with new gravel, heating and cooling, mattresses and covers. Total project cost $40,000
Outfit Overlook Lodge for winter camping with partitions and new bunks and mattresses $22,000

Smaller Project Components
Overlook Lodge winterization construction $12,000
Six RV hookups $10,500
Cabin heating and cooling units $7,000
Sixty new mattresses for cabins $6,030
Twenty bunks for Overlook Lodge winter camping $5,180
Twenty bunks for new Craft Lodge $5,180
Playground upgrade $5,000
Amphitheatre and Vespers upgrade $5,000
Twenty mattresses for Overlook Lodge $2,010
Twenty mattresses for Craft Lodge $2,100

Ongoing gift opportunities
Matching fund donation, $10,000 per year for five years
Capital expenditures donation $5,000 per year for five years
Capital expenditures donation $1,000 per year for five years
Customized donation amount

SEE LIST OF CAMP REVITALIZATION PROJECTS ALREADY COMPLETED BELOW

  • Deep clean and floor refinishing Overlook Lodge, completed 10/01/2019
  • New door on large quonset maintenance hut, completed 10/01/2019
  • Removal of 20 dead ash trees and leaning light post, completed 03/31/2020
  • New vinyl fence along Church Camp Road, completed 7/1/2020
  • HVAC upgrades to Overlook Lodge, completed 7/1/2020
  • Basketball/tennis court resurfaced and striped, completed 7/31/2020
  • Security cameras installed, completed 9/1/2020
  • New basketball goals donated by Doctor Jimmy Sowders, completed 10/01/2020
  • Shower house renovation, completed 10/01/2020