The kick off has begun and the 50th anniversary celebration is well underway!  This past weekend Sky Ranch celebrated 50 years of ministry with the Tuxes & Tevas Gala in Loveland, CO.  Outfits ranged from Tux jackets paired with jeans or shorts, dresses with “camp” shoes and a bandana here and there to bring formal wear and camp wear together.  Aside from the outfits it was an incredible night where generations of camps past came together to celebrate this ministry that has meant so much to so many.

The foundations of the 50th anniversary are Remember, Experience, ImagineThe past 5 decades of Sky Ranch were remembered through stories from Alton Schwant (an original founding member of the camp). Dan Cochel (Emcee of the night and camper in the 70’s), Dawn Trautman (staff in the 90’s), Lisa Dunworth (camper, staff, and brought youth up as a youth director) and Gene Elder (first came up to camp as family camper).  The Experience portion was depicted through a slideshow of photos from camp today and finally Imagine where we looked to the future of the camp with Brad Abbott (Executive Director) and kicked off our special appeal.

The room was filled with a community of unique individuals with a common bond.  While we have all taken our own paths and built our own roads we have each been blessed by this ministry; a ministry that has uplifted us, challenged us, and helped us grow in ways we didn’t think possible; both in our faith and as individuals.  It is great to see Sky Ranchers from the 60’s conversing with a staff member who worked for the first time in 2009.  God has blessed us with an incredible gift and opportunity to walk alongside youth in their faith journey in a place set apart.  We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who put in a lot of hard work to make this event a great success and thank you to everyone who has been involved in this ministry through the last 5 decades.  Here’s to the next 50 years!

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