Casey Crane first came to Family Camp as a newly-widowed dad, when his children were just 2 and 4 years old. The first night, his kids were crying in the cabin and he thought, “This was a mistake. God, if you can just get me through the night, I’ll get in my car and drive home in the morning.” He made it until morning but decided to stay. By Wednesday, they had settled into the rhythm of camp and it turned out to be an amazing week. His children are now 9 and 11 and they have come to Family Camp every year since. It’s become a beautiful part of their family legacy.
Family Camp isn’t just for the “perfect” nuclear family. Each week, single moms, widowed dads, or even parents whose spouse simply can’t come because of work, illness, or deployment will bring their children up the mountain to draw nearer to God in the woods. It’s not always easy to solo-parent at camp, but it’s definitely worth it. Just ask Casey.