Camp Swamp has become a "second home" and "a safe place to be yourself" for thousands of campers for over two and a half decades. We would like this to be the case for many more decades to come.
However, the COVID-19 situation has, for the first time in its history, put the Swamp at risk of staying open.
While it was without a shadow of a doubt the right decision, closing camp for the 2020 Summer Camp Season made a huge impact on our kids and the Swamp's finances. Thanks to some quick planning, hard work and the Spirit's influence, Swamp Virtual Camp provided a spiritual and relational in-the-gap experience for our kids; now it is on to the financial side of things.
While each month we hold out hope that the front gate can open, it seems prudence and Georgia regulations will not safely allow it. The result is a 79% loss of our annual operating revenue, which has put Swamp finances in a state where we will soon run out of money with no substantial revenue until March of 2021 when summer camp registration is in full swing.
We have taken strong steps in our operating expenses slashing approximately $97,000 out of the budget beginning in August of 2020, and we are ready to cut payroll by 32% in a second phase of budget cuts taking us to a bare bones budget.
Even with these steps, Swamp will effectively run out of money mid-December with minimal sources of revenue save for donations.
Thus, we make an appeal: help us raise the money to keep the lights on, maintain the facility in top shape for our returning events, and retain our staff. Here is the breakdown of the need in order of immediacy:
1. $29,000 to meet End of the Year (EOY) Deficit
2. $228,000 to meet EOY Deficit and Q1 2021 Deficit
3. $431,000 to return a Pre-COVID State
4. $860,000 to meet EOY & Q1 2021 Deficits and Retain 10 months Cash on Hand (in case we have to go through this again next year.)
We are asking 500 people to give $500 each to meet the first 2 goals but welcome whatever is on your heart to give. Join us and help Save Swamp.
GIVE TODAY by clicking the Donate Now button below. (Scroll down on mobile to see current donation level and goals.)
$500, Brandie Fenton, 9/16/2020
For: "The Cherished memories I've had with my kids at Swamp. Christina, David, Ethan and Faira."
$500, Christina Fenton, 9/16/2020
For "My second home."
$500, Josh & Amanda Mitchell, 9/16/2020
"For Andrew who loved Swamp like we do."
$500, Thomas Nesbit, 9/16/2020
For "Kristine Nesbit, Thanks Swamp for the Starlight Devo."
$50, Anabel Fender, 9/16/2020
"Because on the front steps of the dining hall, before breakfast, when the sun is coming up, and the mist is sitting over the grass, and the world is so unbelievably still, is the place where I learned how pray, and was the place I fell in love with Jesus"
$200, Elwood Peters, 9/15/2020
"For Our Grandkids"
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