Summer REcap and Looking Ahead to 2022

Although the temperature is dropping and leaves are starting to change color, I still have summer on my mind!  As this was my first camp season with VPCCM, this summer has been one of learning, rebuilding, and, in some ways, a trial by fire.  Through the challenges of COVID-19 and staffing shortages, many parents and pastors reached out to offer encouragement and volunteered their time to help us get camp off its feet for 2021.  I know many of you were praying fervently for the success of camp, and I am grateful for the support and the new relationships that have been established over the last few months. 

The theme of our 2021 camp season was “Renewal.”  After enduring a year of illness, isolation, and uncertainty, I felt it an important reminder that our strength and our ability to keep shining as a light to the world comes from our loving Savior.  We focused on two key verses, Isaiah 40:31 and Isaiah 43:19, as well as other scriptures that focused on specific renewal areas such as body, mind, spirit, and the reasons that renewal is vital to our Christian health.  There were many great conversations among campers, counselors, and pastoral staff during Bible studies, devotions, and Chapel services.

Although we only had two weeks of camp, we reached 57 campers.  Among those, about 60% were first-time campers.  We also ministered to 6 families by providing 12 campers with $2,402 in scholarships.  It was a joy to see so many new campers become immersed in our camp community, making new friends and memories and learning about Jesus.

While our staff was small, we had a stellar group of individuals, some of whom were seasoned but most who were brand new!  I look forward to many of them returning in 2021.  There are a few camp staff positions that are absolutely necessary in order to open camp and provide our typical programming.  These include Camp Director, Camp Nurse, Aquatics Director, and Lifeguards.  If you aware of anyone who might be interested in serving as camp staff, please direct them to our Employment page, which will be updated in October.

In the next couple of months, we will have some exciting announcements regarding Pathfinder Lodge.  My hope and prayer for 2022 is that we will be able to offer a complete summer of camping between the two camps.  We have many needs, both financial and physical, and it is vital that we meet these needs in order to continue the Vick-Pathfinder camp legacy.  Please prayerfully consider how you can be part of the ministry efforts- whether through financial support, volunteering, or simply adding us to your prayer list.  Be sure to check out our Volunteer page, the Wish Lists for both Vick and Pathfinder, and our Donation Page.  As always, please keep VPCCM in your prayers for God’s blessing and the continued success of the camps.

God Bless and Happy Trails!

Mandy Simons, CEO

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Camp Vick Update

Greeting Camp Friends,

Planning a summer camping season in our ever changing environment has been challenging. We are so excited that the state has opened up overnight camping for the 2021 season and we are working hard to bring that programming to you. While it was our hope to open both camps this summer one of our camps, Camp Vick, needs some more time to recover. We will be dedicating this summer to making much needed repairs and improvements. Meanwhile we will condense our summer program to Pathfinder Lodge. We will be moving some our of Camp Vick camps to our sister camp and merging other camps together. See our new full schedule and brochure.

Camp Vick needs a number of critical repairs especially to the water system. We are writing in part to ask our dedicated families and volunteers to consider donating time and resources where you are able to. All summer there are opportunities to visit the camp, work on a list of projects and enjoy the camp with family or work groups. It is also our hope to create a list of volunteers (who we are calling the Vick Crew) who can learn the ins and outs of Camp Vick, be available for future projects and advocate for the camp’s needs.

Campers will not be without a camping program this year. Instead we are looking into options to transport campers to Pathfinder Lodge this summer. Campers will still experience summer fun activities in a safe environment all while growing in faith and learning about God’s love.

This was not an easy decision for the board to make. We love our camps and want them to be enjoyed now and for years to come which is why we are dedicated to getting them, with your help, in the best condition possible. We are inviting you, our friends, families, volunteers, and donors to a town hall style meeting to talk about this decision and answer any questions you may have. Join us at Camp Vick on June 5th, 2021, at 10AM an online option may also be available TBA at a later date.

For updates sent directly to your email inbox, sign up to be added to our mailing list here.

In Christ’s Service,

Vick Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries Board

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2021 Summer Registration

Our 2021 Summer Schedule

You can now register for the 2021 camping season online. There are two ways to register. We have a new online form, or you can download the PDF and mail in your registration. We are excited to offer a full schedule of summer programming this year. There are also family camping weekends (at Vick and Pathfinder) and work weekends perfect for groups to volunteer and bond together. It’s been a tough year for all of us but now we are looking to RENEW our spirits by getting outside with fellowship, worship, and fun in a safe and loving environment.

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Camp 2021 Is Coming

It’s happening! We have been watching and planning for so long and we are finally ready to announce the 2021 summer program. This year we are returning to a traditional over-night summer camp program. Though the program may look different, we are so excited to welcome our campers in-person once again.

This means we are hiring! We have many staff and volunteer positions available. Find the 2021 camping application and job descriptions here.

There are also other opportunities at each of our camps including family camp, bookings for groups, and volunteer projects.

Keep stopping by our website for more updates and details over the next several weeks.

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Be a Camping Ministry Hero

campers and counselors sit around the camp fire sharing messages of love and respect.

Like so many other camps we have been hit hard by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are asking for your help to ensure our camping program can continue for generations to come. We know that you, like us, believe in the power of camping to help our youth grow in confidence, love, respect, and faith. Read the full letter from our Board of Directors and learn how you can help and become a Camping Ministry Hero.

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Out of the Box Camping

Introducing our new Summer 2020 Program

Summer 2020 – The Year Camp Came to you!
Join in on the fun of “Camping: Out of the Box”

Want to engage with your kids and connect with God this summer? Join in the fun! We are offering 6 weeks of individualized programming for different age groups.

Your Box Purchase Includes:

  • At least 10 activities per week including materials – each week is unique, and theme based!
  • Twice weekly “sing along” Campfires
  • Daily social media challenges
  • Additional devotionals and activity ideas for those who want more to do!
  • Automatic inclusion in daily chapels and the Friday “Family Fun” Campfire!
  • Familiar faces in near and distant places! Our camping veterans will see lots of old friends! Our new friends will meet many new friendly faces!
  • We will be visiting Pathfinder and Vick during our 6-week experience!

Learn and grow along with us with many hands on, interactive adventures as we all camp out of the box together!


Prices and Options:

$40 per week or $220 for all 6 boxes! A limited edition 2020 Camp Shirt with your choice of a tie dye kit or fabric markers can be added or purchased separately for $22.50.


Scholarships available for those in need.


Want to support this vital ministry during this unprecedented time? You can:

Sponsor a box or boxes to send to a child in need of support
Make a minimum donation of $25 and receive a handmade candle and magnet as our thanks and reminder to pray for camp!

Register Your Camp in the Box Program

Visit our Registration Page and find our downloadable order form or our online store.

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A Message from the Board of Directors

For past 3 months the Board of Directors has been meeting every week. We have explored  a number of innovative ways to re-imagine the camping program during this pandemic. Due to many factors, including a mandate from the state of New York, we will not be able to have a traditional overnight camp this year. However thanks to our amazing staff, we are excited to introduce a new way to experience camp from home for Summer 2020. Very soon our staff and board will be sharing content on our social media channels explaining how you can be part of this year’s program. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021 when we return to our overnight camping program.

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A Message from the Board of Directors.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Vick Pathfinder Ministries,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  As we are in the midst of the Lenten and soon Easter season, I want to thank you all for your continued prayerful and financial support of this ministry that is so dear to all of us.  We have some exciting news to share with you. We have called a new CEO Amanda Simons and she has accepted. Mandy has an extensive background in camping and in various other ministries.  She is gifted and brings many strengths and abilities to our organization. We are blessed to have her continuing the good work that was started by our departing CEO Rev. Dr. John Buskey. Keep an eye on this web page and on our social media channels for a more extensive biography for Mandy.

Like most people, the Board of Directors of VPCC Ministries are also keeping an eye on the quickly developing and fast changing impact of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus.  We have made no definite decisions yet in regard to the camp schedules for the summer of 2020. It is our sincerest hope that we will be able to run a full schedule with all of our programs.  We are watching the seemingly daily changing reports of an all clear date with the hope that we can solidify our plans and begin to prepare for a wonderful summer of Christian Camping. Please keep an eye on our webpage and social channels for any updates which we will report to you as soon as we are able.  We hope you will continue to pray for and financially support this vitally important ministry.

On behalf of the VPCC Board of Directors and with the ever present hope of Christ,

Rev. Dr.  David J. Spiegel, Sr.

(Board Chair)

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VPCC Summer 2020

Come and meet the I AM – The God who is and learn about the connection and awesome relationship God wants with you this summer
at Camp Vick and Pathfinder Lodge!

For more information,
use the links in the menu at the top!

SEE YOU AT CAMP!

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Camp Staff

Enjoy showing Jesus to kids? Camp Vick and Pathfinder Lodge are looking for staff for Summer 2020! Submit your applications today!

CAMP STAFF APPLICATION

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