Category Archives: Waycross Camp

Waycross Summer Camp Recap

Waycross Camp has just closed its 60th camp season. We had a fantastic summer filled with worship, community building, creek hikes, swimming, canoeing, tackling the climbing tower and zip line, archery, learning wilderness skills, and much more!

Below you will find a few photos from our summer camp season. More photos are available on our Facebook page. Give us a
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Waycross Executive Director Announces Retirement

Dear Waycross Friends:

We have finished a busy summer camp season with much re-creation, laughter, and singing rising from the Bear Creek Valley. Attached is a letter announcing my retirement from Waycross at the end of this year from the Waycross Board President, Denyse Palmer.

I hope to see many of you before the end of the year to say goodbye. I plan is to move to SW Florida to be close to my parents and support them in their twilight years. My Father just celebrated his 90th birthday and my mother her—whoops, don’t reveal a beautiful lady’s age…

Coming up in less than a month is a special Waycross event. Come join us for Family Camp on Labor Day Weekend or for the 60th Waycross Birthday event on Sunday, September 3rd from 1-5PM.

Van Beers
Executive Director
Waycross, Inc.

Retirement Letter

The Amazing Race at Waycross Camp

Waycross Camp is celebrating its 60th season this year, and our summer has started strong! Session 1 (June 20-24) included Women’s Week, day camp, and Ready, Set, Camp; Session 2 (June 25-July 1) was our first Adventure Camp session. This summer our theme is “The Amazing Race,” with a Christian formation focus on the journeys of Paul.
Here’s a sneak peek at our summer (so far) in photos:

If you can’t make it to camp this summer, that’s okay! You can also join us for Labor Day Family Camp, September 1-4. Registration is now open at

Mother’s Day Lunch at Waycross

Mother’s Day lunch is a long-standing Waycross tradition. For years, we have invited families to come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and the peaceful outdoors. This year, our Mother’s Day lunch is a part of our special 60th anniversary celebration. Join us at 1:30 pm! Travel back home with new memories and a full stomach. The menu will include oven fried chicken, baked chicken, sliced baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, and the “Good Cake.” Salads, a variety of breads, and other desserts are offered and are chef’s choice.

Cost is $18 per person. Children under 13 are $9 each. Children under 3 eat free!

Register by  May 6, 2017, at

We hope that you will join us!

Diocesan Executive Council Jump Starts the Waycross Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping

Diocesan Executive Council voted at its March meeting to provide $30,000 in matching funds to jump-start construction at Waycross on the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping. The gift was offered in honor of Bishop Waynick’s 20 years of ministry and in recognition of her retirement next month. The center will provide 300 square feet of professional space for its growing youth formation, camping, and leadership team. It will be constructed in currently vacant space between the conference center Cherry Wing and Conference Room B. It will have its own entrance, allowing for work that does not interfere with other users of the conference center.

Executive Council hopes the remainder of the some $55,000 estimated for construction can be raised by May 15. To make a gift, go to the Diocesan Make a Gift page and designate your gift for the Bishop Waynick Waycross Project. You can also send a check to the diocesan office at 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46208.

In addition to acknowledging Bishop Waynick’s last meeting with Executive Council, the council heard from Bishop-elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on a planned initiative for a series of listening sessions around the diocese. A series of ten sessions are expected to begin in June, with the help of a professional consultant, and designed to elicit “deep listening” around the hopes, dreams, and challenges in our diocese. More details on the sessions will be announced soon.

A Waycross Camp Wish List

Summer is coming and camp season at Waycross will soon be upon us. Victoria Hoppes, Waycross Program Director and Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries with and for Youth and other Waycross staff have been busy planning for summer camp there, including a wish list of items they hope to have on hand during summer camp. This wish list is available at this link:

You can purchase items through Amazon (even using Amazon Prime!) and they will be shipped directly to Waycross. Don’t forget to shop using Amazon Smile ( ) and designate Waycross to receive a donation for each qualifying purchase!