Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, Inc.

More than a camp... a ministry

aka Lake Aurora Christian Camp & Retreat Center   |   Lake Wales, FL   |  www.lakeaurora.org

Mission

A place to experience God's creation and see lives changed. Dedicated to helping youth through senior adults to develop core values based on Christian principles. To accomplish this we network with churches, educational institutions, and public/private organizations, including those who serve individuals with special needs, who share compatible philosophies and goals.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director/CFO

Steve Bornemann

Main address

237 Golden Bough Rd

Lake Wales, FL 33898 USA

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EIN

59-1466706

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since October 2016, it is our focus to retire our debt of $720,000 by March 2020. As of October 2019, we have reduced the deficit to $53,000 by using a tool called "Tent Pegs," a $25 a month gift for three years, by 430 individuals and groups. This tool has allowed us to involve many and each being a stakeholder in the ministry.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christian Summer Camp

28 programs in 8 weeks serving youth 1st-12th grade. Leadership programs, off campus primitive camping adventures, special needs camp, and traditional camp programs on site. Campers develop physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, trusted atmosphere to discover God's love for them.

Population(s) Served

Opportunities for adults, families, and youth to step away and reconnect with their faith through nature, camp activities, and spiritual instruction to develop strategies to continue building their spiritual life at home.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2010

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Camps and Conference Association 1973

Christian Camp Leaders 1970

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As we near our goal, we are looking forward to using this tool of Tent Pegs, to provide capital for our next projects. These projects include a large assembly building that does not exist for programming, Stirring Waters, an aquatic facility intentionally designed for those of any ability, and the completion of the Hillside campus of four more housing cabins.

In 2018 & 2019, we had to turn campers away due to lack of bed space. We also programmed three weeks in our Dining Hall because we did not have a large enough meeting space when the 300-bed facility has the same age group.

We currently use our lakefront for swimming. While we have some equipment that assists limited mobility guests to access the lake, it does not provide an experience that they deserve or seek. We are intentionally designing an aquatic adventure of a splash pad, zero-entry pool, lazy river, and slide that even the most severe cases can enjoy.

Our strategies include but are not limited to our Tent Peg program of $25 a month gift, matching gifts from former campers, grants that assist with special needs.

Once we have a clearer design for the assembly building we will launch a capital campaign that will also include Phase One of the Stirring Waters Project of the splash pad and inclusive bathhouse.

The last three years of raising over $650,000 to reduce debt, a reasonably unexciting goal, has encouraged us that our constituency believes in our purpose and direction. We believe we have the right Board in place, directing us in our goals as well as operating staff to carry out those goals.

Highly regarded companies are involved in the design process of each of our projects to build not just esthetically functional buildings but ones that meet the needs of those with limited accessibility.

Lake Aurora, instituted in 1947, has a strong legacy donor base. It is dedicated to being good stewards of every dollar that is donated.

Since 2016 we have retired more than $650,000 in debt. We anticipate reaching our goal by March 2020 of operating debt-free. At that point, we will kick off our capital campaign to begin funding the large assembly building and phase one of the Stirring Waters project of the splash pad and inclusive bathhouse. Our masterplan includes several other structures to meet the growing program needs of our constituency but feel the above mentioned are our most pressing need.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brad Weaver


Board co-chair

Chuck Babbino

Curt Leonard

Josh Mocherman

Tim Paul

Aaron Fusselman

Todd Thomas

Kim Atkinson

Jen Canary

Chuck Babbino

Steve Greshel

Brian Palmer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

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