Over the course of half a century, Waycross has grown to become an important center for leadership development and personal and spiritual growth. Campers and program participants acquire new skills, find quiet time to contemplate their lives, and renew their connection with nature and spirit in Waycross’ contemplative and secluded natural setting. For so many who come here, from nearby or from far away, Waycross has become an open door to a community where they belong, an anchor in their lives, and a place to come home. Below you will find more information on how you can help this well-loved community continue to thrive.
A vibrant tradition of giving is at the heart of Waycross’ success in maintaining its exceptional spiritual and leadership services. The Waycross Annual Fund ensures that program improvements are the best and most innovative available. The fund also provides funding for facility improvements, which make their implementation possible. Your support of the Annual Fund serves this very worthy cause. Memorial and estate gifts endow the future and ensure stability and long-term growth.
SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Every summer Waycross hosts hundreds of happy campers. Waycross' subscribes to the ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy. The goal is to prevent youth from missing out on the summer camp experience due to finances. The staff works with families by seeing how much the family can afford, setting up payment plans and filling in the gaps with scholarship funds. Parishes have also come together to send their youth to Waycross. In fact, in the 2014 season parishes donated $26,000 which is a $16,000 increase from the previous year.
In the past two camping seasons the community made it possible for 148 children and young adults to become campers. That is why we are asking people to continue giving the gift of summer camp. The camping experience changes lives by providing new skills, building confidence and giving them a creative environment to explore who they are and what they can become.
WAYCROSS WAY BRICKS
The Waycross Way, what does it mean? What does this mean to me? What does it mean to you?
The summer of 2015 was one of multiple changes, displacement, fear, discovery and growth for me. All of this occurred in Brown County Indiana as I served as the interim director, here at Waycross. Literally getting lost on the delightfully named, yet unfamiliar roads, thick canopies arched overhead, no known landmarks, the heavens opening up to flash floods, thunder rolling across the skies. FEAR! The fear of the unfamiliar, fear of tornados, new ways to consider doing things, different belief systems; yet there was something that brought comfort and peace to my heart, the ‘Waycross Way’.
The Waycross Way is how the staff cared for me and let me know I was safe, that everything was going to be okay. It was the delight and joy as I witnessed the volunteers who came to help, the children giggling as they joined their mothers during Women’s Week with Day camp, the feeding of women spiritually and physically, what still brings tears to my eyes was witnessing a youth camp closing ceremony. The Waycross Way … the sharing, tenderness, the gift of being seen as a light which continues to make Waycross a thin place, a light in their homes, their church, community, the Diocese and in fact a light in the world, never alone because they have become a part of the ‘Waycross Way’.
How have you experienced the Waycross Way? Perhaps more importantly how do you share it? We invite you to consider the purchase of a brick(s) to add to our Main House patio to honor a friend, staff member, family, church or community.
--Evita Krislock, Interim Director (2018)
You can now donate to Waycross through your Kroger Rewards Card! Don't worry, you still keep your points and all other benefits of your card, Waycross just gets a donation too!
Sign in or create a new account (even if you have a rewards card, if you've never shopped online with Kroger you'll have to make an account.)
Once signed in it will give you an account summary. Scroll to the bottom where you'll see "Community Rewards". Click Enroll
There will be two options, one saying “I am a customer” and one saying “I am an organization”, click the customer one.
Search either Waycross or our NPO number BJ633
Select Waycross as your origination and you're done! Kroger will email you an update once enrolled!
Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know and love, except it donates to Waycross with no additional charge to you! Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose Waycross, Morgantown, Indiana as your business to support. Then just use Amazon like normal and support Waycross at the same time.
WAYCROSS CAMP WISH LIST
Summer camp is what Waycross is all about! We're always in need of new items for our campers, that's why we have an Amazon wish list: http://a.co/ej1DHqs. Purchase these items through Amazon and they will be shipped directly to Waycross. Use Amazon Smile and designate Waycross... and we'll receive a donation for each qualifying purchase!