A Grassroots Effort
While committee leaders will need to help form the strategy, an important goal is to keep this part of MZTA activities small and easily manageable. Based on success in organizing and funding camps in the past, the effort a committee leader might undertake will likely involve organizing one or two small fundraisers per year, involving about 5-10 people (though some fundraisers may be larger).
A successful event model utilized in the past was an informal meal presented as "Camp Dinner". The $500 (typically, as an average) raised during each event enabled a student to attend camp. The goal for Camp Wichita over the next two to three years will likely be to purchase land, rather than organize camp student groups.
Fundraising goals will likely remain the same. (Note: over the decade-long course of funding and operating youth camps, it was determined that the cost of one to two camps could actually buy land needed for a permanent base camp, but the mission at the time was to continue offering camps in order to keep refining aspects like itinerary, transportation, curriculum, etc.).
The camp that will likely develop in the early stage is a primitive site that is accessible and central to good natural and educational resources. The planned operation is to utilize existing parks and education resources, rather than to develop them. The camp location is needed for meals and sleeping quarters (tents and/or cabins), as well as storage of supplies. Tent pads and a shelter for inclement weather, along with outdoor cooking and picnic-style dining, are the necessary essentials.
More amenities may develop later, but in a dramatic setting, the basics are all most young camp participants require to have an adventurous and memorable camp experience that will inspire productive aspirations in their future.
As a youth camp, it would be complicated to offer the grounds for use by hikers and cyclists on the Link Trail, but its presence should make it possible to establish and manage a site in close proximity for recreation travelers. And, the camp will develop a shared use policy to serve as a benefit for committee leaders and major contributors in the offseason or while it is not reserved for hosting student groups. Committee organizers will consider and determine this and relevant policies.
Learn more about committee and Chapter Organization volunteers, and send a message to chapters [at] mile0.org if you are interested to join this provident and innovative effort. See NOTE 1 below.