Each year, John Knox Ranch welcomes children who need financial assistance to pay for their camp session. I want to introduce you to one of those families. Below is an excerpt from a scholarship application submitted by the camper's uncle who is also a JKR alumnus.
Sam's mother was killed in a car accident in 2022 leaving behind his 4-year-old sister, 7-year-old brother, and him. It has been an incredibly difficult time, testing all of our faith, conviction, and strength. A year later and I am in tears writing this because these kids deserve so much better. I (his uncle) spent 6 summers at JKR starting at age 8. The community and connection with God is something I have cherished all my life. 20 years later, I still sing the camp songs to my kids as lullabies! JKR is amazing and turned me into the person I am today. I hope my nephew is able to find the same thing at such a vulnerable time in his childhood.
Because of donors like you, Sam received a scholarship and had a wonderful time at camp. Transformative camp experiences are not reserved only for those who can afford it. We, at John Knox Ranch, work hard to keep camp affordable. Beyond that, the JKR Summer Camp Scholarship Fund helps ensure all kids have a place at camp.