Monday, May 18, 2009

Nagging in my Gut

You know those nagging feelings you get down deep in your gut. It's funny because when I get one of those, I typically ignore it thinking it will eventually subside. Maybe it will, but much like a wretched kidney stone, it's going to get worse before it gets better. This is how I've been feeling for the last few weeks about our price increase for camp. With the economy the way it is (even given the fact that I think it's a bit over exagerated), I just kept feeling like we shouldn't do it. Of course I ignored my feelings. It's just fear, the fear that some people wouldn't register if camp costs $25 more. Fear or no fear, that pesky feeling just wouldn't go away. So on Saturday, a day after the hike went into effect, I called Michelle. Turns out she's been feeling the same way. Funny how that works, huh? We tabled the discussion until Sunday when we could talk face to face (and not over screaming kids in the background). I prayed all the way to church on Sunday, asking for wisdom and direction. Guess what happened? That nagging feeling grew into a nagging voice in my head. That's it...we must rescind it.

It's not that we think it's wrong. Eventually we're going to need to stick with it, but, for this year, we've hired our staff based on our specialties and still have some spaces. We'd like to fill those spaces and we don't want a little thing like money to deter people from signing up (especially since we are so new to the scene). I don't know what God is going to do now, but I know it's going to the be great. Seriously, when does he do something that isn't? And as for those gut feelings...maybe I won't be so quick to dismiss them as "cold feet."

Our official statement is below. Let me know what you think.

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We have some very good news. We’ve decided to rescind our price increase from May 15th. Why, you ask? We’ve hired our staff and still have some extra spots for campers. Given the status of the current economy, we didn’t want to discourage anyone from coming to camp. So our prices will remain at $200 a week for regular camp, and $100 for SIT camp and Taste of Camp. We hope that this will give you a little more time to find out whether Grace Adventures Day Camp is the place for you for the Summer of 2009. Remember that we also offer Sibling Discounts up to 7.5% of the total cost of camp and Bring a Friend discounts of $10 per registration for both you and your friend.

If money is still an object, let us know. We can work with you to provide payment plans or scholarship assistance if needed. If you’re still working out the kinks in your summer schedule, don’t worry about it. As long as there is space, we will continue to take registrations. However, our limits are now set and we can no longer guarantee space, especially in Junior Camp or specific specialty areas.

Not sure whether a full day of camp will work for your children, try the Taste of Camp (June 29th- July 3rd). This camp was specifically designed to give kids the full experience of camp in half the time. They’ll enjoy an introduction to sports, creative play, drama, creeking, fort building, and water play, as well as Bible time and all camp assemblies. By the end of the week, we promise, they’ll be begging for more.

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