Preface from "Ranger" Ron Hunt
We (Sandy and I) are grateful for the journey over the nine years we have served at Camp Wilderness Ridge. We have experienced blessings, challenges, difficulties, and pain, joy, rejoicing, kindness, generosity, miracles, etc. What a life!!! Thank you for supporting us!!!
The continuity of CWR is assured as Neil takes the helm joined with his wife Karen who had served CWR well over the years. The combination of Neil “Chain Saw” with our excellent staff: Bryan “Taco”, Jeremy “Forklift”, and Cody "____" will be a winning team.
My new role is to advance CWR impact by building on our firm foundation to strengthen and expand the relationships with individuals, organizations and churches. This will materialize to increased usage of CWR, involvement with CWR projects, and partnering with CWR to meet mutual goals. Additionally, I will focus on development and implementation of marketing strategy and fundraising and“In-kind Donations”, plus create volunteer recruiting, skills inventory, and training. My plan, Lord willing, is to perform these responsibilities at least through 2017.
Neil Kenagy joins Wilderness Ridge as Executive Director on Aug. 1.
From Camper to Volunteer to Board to Full-time Staff
I first came to Wilderness Ridge for a father-son camp with my older son Daniel 20 years ago. Because of the great people we met and the great experiences we had, we returned several times as campers. I also began to come and serve, first as a volunteer, then as a counselor, contributor, board member and board president over the next two decades. I'm thrilled to share with you that I am joining the full-time staff at Wilderness Ridge as Executive Director beginning August 1. I'm excited to come alongside the great team of staff and volunteers that make low-cost Christian camping possible in the Lost Pines of Central Texas. I will be working with the current Executive Director, Ron Hunt, a friend for almost 25 years, to ensure a smooth transition of the day to day operation and leadership of the camp. Ron and I have served together in AWANA, youth, and camp ministries, and we look forward to working together on the continued improvement of the camp's ministry and operations, and to guiding the ongoing recovery of the camp from the 2011 fires. Ron will continue to direct the advancement of Wilderness Ridge by focusing on the development of volunteer programs and gathering the support required to sustain the ministry and rebuild the camp.
Karen and I are excited about this big step in our lives and the opportunities and challenges that lay in front of us. After spending 33 years working for top companies in the most challenging areas of electronics and software technology, I am awed by the tremendous responsibility of working for the families who bring their boys and young men to camp. I'm especially excited about opportunities to team with those who will step up to work on developing leaders with a Christian worldview and focus. My goal is to apply my experience in services and operations to the camp's operations, facilities and activities, making sure we are efficiently providing an awesome experience to those seeking a wilderness camp experience.
Camp Wilderness Ridge has a storied history with constant evidence of God's blessings and grace. It was founded by, and has been led by great men of enduring Christian faith. The challenges of the next decade are tremendous as we continue to recover from the destruction and disruption brought by the Bastrop Complex Fire over Labor Day weekend in 2011. This fall, Wilderness Ridge will engage the Missionary TECH Team, out of Longview, TX, to work with us in developing a long-term development plan that will address our recovery at the 855 Park Road 1C property.
Please join us in praying for God's continued blessings on Wilderness Ridge and its' staff, volunteers and guests.
Wilderness Ridge provides low-cost Christian summer camping opportunities for boys and young men. Scholarships are available to assist those with financial needs. During the spring and fall, the camp provides facilities and services for retreats and camping. The camp's ministry and staff rely on the financial support of friends, family and patrons. Please consider giving to support the continued success of this ministry.
About Karen and Neil
We have been blessed as we worked together at Wilderness Ridge, along with Robyn, Daniel, and Ben over the last 20 years. As Neil begins full-time ministry at the camp in August, Karen will continue to teach Middle School at Hyde Park Christian School in Austin. We will split our time between our Austin home and the cabin in Bastrop while remaining active Partners at Midtown Church Austin.
Growing up, Karen and I spent many weekends and summer weeks at camp, and we recognize the unique elements a Christian camp experience brings to a child's spiritual development and growth. We also saw the positive impact attending and serving at camp had on our children. We have been committed to providing that opportunity to others by giving our time and resources to Wilderness Ridge.
We hope that you will join us in supporting Camp Wilderness Ridge. By volunteering on workdays or through sharing generously with donations to Wilderness Ridge. We're confident you will see a tremendous return on investment and it will bless the life of the campers, volunteers and staff. Please call me if you are interested in volunteering or want to direct your gifts to further our mission. 512.672.9999