1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
This Week: Our summer is in full swing here at Rock N Water. We have a very busy week with a few prayer requests:
v Good sunny weather, not too hot, not too cold
v Safe travel to Rock N Water and home again; fun, safe adventures with unity in spirit among us.
v For God’s blessings on our youth group that we may come together spiritually and emotionally. That upon coming home we bring with us the lessons learned and continue our growth as Christians.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands. Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need. Amen
- Thank you to all our staff for being so supportive this summer. You are all wonderful and we are truly blessed to have you with us.
Robbers Fire is not yet a danger to camp or any areas that groups will be going to this week.
The ~1400 acre Robbers Fire of neighboring Placer County, has (for better or worse) received some state wide news coverage. This fire is approximately 20 miles away from camp, and along with numerous natural and man-made obstacles between here and there, it is currently not a danger to camp. Since it started on Wednesday we have, and will continue to closely monitor it just in case. As always, if something will have an adverse affect to your upcoming trip, you can trust that we will attempt to contact you directly to advise you of the situation.
While two of our canyoneering locations (obviously none that we are planing on using this week) are closer to this fire, for the foreseeable future the loss of using those locations will not be felt and probably not even noticed by any of the groups coming up.
There has been a minimal amount of smoke at camp from this fire, but not yet enough to be of any concern for healthy individuals. However, any campers that have asthma, especially those with asthma triggered by environmental factors such as smoke, should of course bring their inhaler with them to camp. Again, we have and will continue to closely monitor this situation to ensure the safety of all our campers and staff.
The terrain map included below will give you a better feel for the distance between our camps and the fire.
Assistant Director – Rock-N-Water
UPDATE 7/16/2012 - The fire is still burning,
but is currently moving away from RNW and the locations we use.
Update 7/17/2012 - The fire is at 50% containment.
Yesterday (6/26) around 1 PM one of Rock-N-Water’s staff, Linnea Lomax, walked out of an outpatient facility in the Sacramento area and has not been seen since. A search for her was started yesterday, and is still ongoing. Please see the attached flyer for more information, and consider sharing it with your friends/facebook, especially those that are in and around the greater Sacramento area.
Please pray for everyone involved in this situation.
Most of our summer staff are currently assisting with the search, however a small group of staff have remained in camp and are taking care of all the groups that are here. Today (Wednesday) we were able to re-arrange things for all groups to be able to go out on adventures, however as this situation progresses it may become more difficult for us to do so. If you are coming to Rock-N-Water this summer, and especially over the next few days/week, please be flexible with us as we attempt to continue to provide you with an amazing trip, while balancing the physical and emotional needs of our staff. We will try to individually contact trips as soon as we have a clearer vision of what this might mean for your trip.
If you have a SIGHTING call 916-905-HELP(4357)!
If you have a tip or lead, email email@example.com
If you have resources or services to offer, such as food or supplies for the search effort, search dogs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to donate to the search effort, you can do so here: Linnea Search Fund
Updated information and how to join the search: http://www.facebook.com/HelpFindLinnea
Update: 6/25/2012 - All scholarships have been awarded.
Rock-N-Water, through the Christian Camp and Conference Association’s – Corners of the Field program, has just been awarded 5 camperships of $125/person to be distributed among campers of Rock-N-Water Christian summer camps that meet the following conditions:
- Campers must be under 18 years old and attending 3 or more active days at Rock-N-Water from June 24 through August 31 2012.
- Applicants must have a combined household Federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than the amount specified in the table below.
- Combined scholarships and assistance from additional outside sources cannot reduce the final cost to the participant below $10 per active day at RNW. We have found that participants with a personal financial investment (even if minimal), typically get more out of their camp experience, and are far more likely to show up than those receiving 100% financial assistance.
|For more than 6 People use: Max AGI = (# people x 6,692) + 12,372
If you, or someone you know, was thinking about coming to Rock-N-Water this summer, but finances were getting in the way of coming, then please check out or pass along the Campership Application.
The deadline for getting your completed application to Rock-N-Water is Wednesday June 20th. Eligible applications will be drawn at random the following day until all camperships have been awarded.
Many thanks to the Christian Camp and Conference Association for their hard work in securing the funding to make these camperships possible.
COLOSSIANS 3:15 “LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, SINCE AS MEMBERS OF ONE BODY YOU WERE CALLED TO PEACE. AND BE THANKFUL.
Prayer requests this week:
Please pray for our guide school these next two weeks (June 4-15), that they would stay safe and have a great time as they train and prepare for the summer.
One of our guides, will be on a mission trip to Jamaica June 3-15. Please pray for him and his team as they travel and work in Jamaica.
Thank you for keeping the ministry, campers, and staff of Rock-N-Water in your prayers.
1 Peter 3:9 - “Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult, but give a blessing instead; for you were called for this very purpose, that you might be blessed.”
Prayer requests this week:
We are transitioning from our Living History season to our Summer Adventure Camps season.
- Please pray for the living history guides as they sadly awaken to find no 4th graders at camp this week.
- Please pray for our summer guides as they shake off the cobwebs to hit the ground running.
- While the weather report looks good for now, these next two weeks have a history of unsettled weather that can vary greatly from day to day. Pray for our campers to be trusting and accommodating if/when we make adjustment due to weather and other changing conditions.
- A special healing prayer for Jeff R. from our Staff Off Site (SOS) team. He dislocated his clavicle.
And of course, thank you for keeping all of our staff, the campers, and the ministry of Rock-N-Water Christian Camps in your prayers.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
Prayer Requests this week:
- Our last week for 49er fun. Thank God with us for an amazing 49er Fun season both in exceptional quality and in quantity as this has been our biggest and potentially our best 49er fun season ever!
- That we may meet the summer staffing challenges of having just the right amount of staff on each and every day.
- That with the new and different equipment and procedures for the summer we may overcome some of the awkwardness that is sure to follow as staff adjust to constantly changing (and improving) systems
- Strength and logistical grace for the difficulties that are sure to follow with no promise of boatable flows on Wednesday’s throughout the summer, thereby making some challenging jobs even more difficult.
May God’s Blessings shine upon each and every one of you this week!
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
We have 49er fun groups this week, a Maidu Discovery and at the end of this week a Boy Scout troop for a day of rafting! A busy week for everyone as we hit the middle of May. Please pray for the following:
- Safe journey for all guest’s arriving this week
- Great weather
- A connection for all children through God to help each of them grow spiritually
- Renewing of spirit for teachers and parents to go home and minister to their youth and all others
- A special prayer for mothers this week; that they may gain strength and wisdom through God
On May 11th, the Department of Water Resources released it’s Bulletin 120 report on the water fall and storage levels in California for 2012. While our snow pack and rain fall has been abysmal in 2012, the reservoir carryover from the 2011 water year was enough to lift us up into a “Dry” water year classification (at least for the American River runoff).
What his means is that while other rafting rivers across California might go dry this summer, we’ve been guaranteed great whitewater rafting flows on the South Fork* of the American River from at least Memorial Day through Labor Day on all but Wednesdays. And I’d predict that we’ll probably see rafting flows on about 40% of those Wednesdays even though they are not guaranteed.
*On the Middle Fork of the American River, for our Class IV River Rafting trips, we’ve been given a “handshake guarantee” of raftable water 7 days a week from May 5th through September 30th.
For the most part, we’ll be able (and have been scheduling accordingly since January) to avoid needing to count on rafting flows on Wednesdays in order to make our trips happen. However, in the rare cases where that isn’t possible, and in the even rarer cases when we don’t get that Wednesday water, we have many great alternate plans in place. These include full day inflatable kayaking (Fun-Yaking) trips at the lower flows (which are still plenty high enough for whitewater kayaking fun), Rock Climbing (if you weren’t already doing it), or exploring one of 4 different river Canyons for some incredible Canyoneering experiences.
If there is a chance that we might need to risk counting on Wednesday water for your trip, then we’ve probably already talked to you about it. Ensuring you get the highest quality trip simply comes down to you being a little flexible with Wednesdays, and trusting that we are going to do what it takes to have backup plans in place to make sure that you get the best trip possible. But if you are concerned, or just have questions, please feel free to give us a call.