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August 2016 Newsletter

 

Ci 3.0 SUMMERy
Another camp summer is history. We praise the Lord for the team, the program, the campers, the families and most of all the eternal results of Ci 3.0. 

Our theme for Ci 3.0 was energy. We looked at what it is, where it comes from, what we do with it, how it works. Some of the favorite STEM activities were the following:

  • Energy Theater - Campers acted out energy transformations and transfers as a unit of energy.
  • Solar Oven - Campers designed and created an object that would use the energy from the sun to cook s’mores.
  • Food Energy - Campers measured and computed the amount of calories a piece of food would provide for our bodies.
  • Robotics - Campers designed and programmed their own EV3 Lego Robot.
  • Rube Goldberg Machines - Campers built their own Rube Goldberg machine that would use energy or momentum transfers to ring a bell.
  • Data Analysis - After watching Felix Baumgartner's historic jump, we graphed his descent as well as discussed how to interpret a graph and predict using a graph.
  • Drone Racing - Campers learned the technology behind drones and were taught how to safely control a drone in flight. The obstacle course consisted of flying a drone through a series of rings.

Here's a summary list of firsts from Ci 3.0:

  • Kids Camp -- This camp was a huge hit for campers grades 3-6 and will result in future campers for our teen overnight camps.
  • Family Camp -- The parents LOVED experiencing robotics and STEM along with their children. None of them had ever built a robot with their kids!! 
  • AiG Volunteer Program -- We were able to donate 150 man hours of labor to Answers in Genesis during one of our Teen Day camps as the number of campers was lower than expected. This was a special blessing for me as it allowed us to express our appreciation to AiG for the many ways they support Ci in the mission God has called us to!!
  • Intern -- Our first time for one of our counselors to do an internship at AiG!! One of our girls, a physics major, who first attended our Ci 2.0 College Apologetics Camp, is doing an internship under Dr. Danny Faulkner!!! We are excited to see how this works out in the hopes of doing more of these in the future. One of our challenges as we attract talented counselors is that we can't offer them an entire summer of work yet. An internship is very attractive to some. 
  • Largest Week of Camp!! -- 46 at our 7-day! We maxed out the resources of Potter's Ranch, so we now know our enrollment limits for this property. 
  • First time to have overnight campers who were day campers at Ci 2.0!!! This model seems to work well. 
  • Campers from Home School Conferences - This summer was the first time to have several campers come after attending one of our Robotics & God workshops at a home school conference (we attended 5 in 2016).
  • Our Sponsorship of the Camp Infinity Fossil Find @ Ark Encounter went live this week!!! We are working on an efficient way to capture contact information from those who see or participate in this cool, biblically-accurate, God-honoring STEM activity!!

 

Ci by the Numbers
Measurements of Growth Ci 1.0 Ci 2.0 Ci 3.0
Applications Received 55 140 239
Registrations Received 40 116 156
States Represented 17 27 22
Donations Received $12,375  $31,180  $46,695 
Facebook Likes 358 996 1465
Newsletter Recipients 205 1227 2440
Weeks of Camp 3 5 6
Tuition Reduction Recipients 26 57 119
Creation Museum Impact Hours   3374 5647 7525
Ci Mobile Camps 0 2 15
Ci Mini Camps 0 1 3
Ci Mobile Campers 0 46 463
Ci Mini Campers 0 75 150

 

Blessings & Needs

  • BLESSING: another record summer of camps
  • BLESSING: our fossil find @ Ark is now open (more details)
  • BLESSING: increase in newsletter signups at Creation Museum
  • BLESSING: campers had rare opportunity to engage Bill Nye @ Creation Museum (more details)
  • PRAYER REQUEST: Ci 4.0 team, recruiting starts NOW, hoping to retain some of our 3.0 members, please pray we can connect with the Summer Team the Lord has for Ci 4.0
  • PRAYER REQUEST: scheduling Ci 4.0
  • PRAYER REQUEST: identify Ci 4.0 program theme
  • PRAYER REQUEST: discernment on best way to integrate the Ark Encounter program 

    Thanks for your prayers and support!

Buy A Cool Ci T-shirt
After 3 years of executing what we believe is the MOST unique and unprecedented STEM & biblical worldview camps, we have learned many things about the kind of campers God continues to send us. One of the things we hear over and over again from our campers is how they like being associated with Ci because they are accepted for who they are and not made fun of for being gifted with a strong interest in STEM. 

These young people have always liked our custom designed “geeky” t-shirts. So we decided to make them available for purchase. Use this form to order a cool “Periodic Table” shirt that says “Where Science & Technology Meets Truth." 
Ci on Facebook
Aug 2: Big THANKS to the amazing Ci 3.0 Summer Team the Lord brought together to help 156 campers experience a camp Where Science & Technology Meet Truth! They worked together very well. Here are a few pics showing them in action serving our campers and one another. Thanks, Ci 3.0 Summer Team!!!! ‪#campinfinity‬
 

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Ci Blogs
Here is a short sample of the blogs we have posted since the past newsletter.

Seven Reasons to Send Your Child to Camp Infinity - Recently, as I was browsing through the Greenville Journal, an opinion piece entitled, “5 reasons to send the kids to summer camp” caught my eye. It was written by the executive director of the local YMCA camp to encourage parents to get their kids off the couch this summer and get them to camp for an experience they would never forget.

Junior Day Camp a Big Success! - It’s hard to believe we’re already well into our summer camps for Ci 3.0. We’ve recently wrapped up a very fun and successful junior camp for students in grades 3 through 6. Thirty-eight enthusiastic campers from ten different states all gathered in Northern Kentucky to learn about STEM and God’s Word. We had a great week with these young campers and were thrilled to be able to help grow their love of science and deepen their understanding of God’s Word.

 

Ci 4.0 Plans
We are working with Answers in Genesis (Creation Museum, Ark Encounter) and Potter's Ranch to finalize camp dates for summer 2017. We will announce the dates on our website and via email by September 1. We are making plans to have multiple overnight camps, a junior day camp, a family camp and a college camp. 

If you would like to help us reach our donation goal of $50,000, there are two ways you can give:

1) you can make a one time or recurring donation online
2) you can write a check, make it out to "Camp Infinity" and mail to 122 Montverde Drive, Greenville, SC 29609

Your entire donation will be used to help financially needy students attend Ci 4.0. Camp Infinity is a registered 501c3 with the IRS.

Thank you for your interest and prayers for Ci.  We are thankful that Ci 3.0 was a success and would appreciate your prayers as we prepare to build the Ci 4.0 Summer Team!!!!
 
Dan Wooster
Founder & Director
Camp Infinity, Where Science & Technology Meet Truth

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Dan Wooster

Dan is the founder of Camp Infinity, a retired computer science professor, cofounder of a software development company, and a member of the board for Answers in Genesis. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen. They have 3 married children and 5 grand children. He loves to inspire young people with a biblical view of the world, especially science & technology.

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Emily Barney

In addition to her strong organizational skills and heart for children's safety and well being, Emily brings to Camp Infinity a valuable perspective as a mother of two boys. She is happily married to a pastor. In addition, she works as the Children's Ministries Director at her local church. Visitors often comment on the high level of safety they experience when leaving their children under the supervision of Emily's team.

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Max Lorentz

Max Lorentz has loved science (and astronomy in particular) since childhood. He enjoys sharing it with others, especially with young people. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate and is currently completing a Ph.D. in astronomy.

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Georgia Purdom

A member of our advisory board, Georgia is a most gifted author, researcher and speaker for Answers in Genesis.

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Dan Wooster

Dan is the founder of Camp Infinity, a retired computer science professor, cofounder of a software development company, and a member of the board for Answers in Genesis. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen. They have 3 married children and 5 grand children. He loves to inspire young people with a biblical view of the world, especially science & technology.

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Jeremy Ervin

Dr. Jeremy Ervin is the Inaugural Dean of the School of Education at Cedarville University. With his experience in providing professional learning for K-12 teachers and his time teaching pedagogy in higher education, he recognizes how the 21st Century classroom needs to center on the engagement of the learner with enduring understandings.

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Robert Ring

RJ is a blog writer for Camp Infinity and a student at Bob Jones University majoring in engineering. He loves considering the science and technology claims of science fiction stories. He also loves reading. Throughout his life he has been a dreamer, imagining a never ending series of what ifs and maybes. From a young age, God gave him a passion for learning all he could about the world around him.

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Avery Foley

Avery Foley is a blog writer for Camp Infinity. She holds a bachelors of science in biblical studies and a masters of arts in theological studies. She’s originally from Canada but lives with her husband and young son in Kentucky where she works as a writer for a creation apologetics organization.

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Jason Goff

Jason is the social media manager for Camp Infinity. He loves helping us tell the stories of Ci through the digital mediums of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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