Sergent Family Challenge Grant
Dwight Mission Camp & Conference Center has received a $6000.00 challenge grant from the Sergent family to fund camperships for most-deserving children during both regular Summer Camp Sessions and Mission Week in the summer of 2019.
The Sergent Family has a long history of participation and support of Dwight Mission camp experiences through multiple generations. David Sergent is currently serving as the Director of Summer Camp Programs and is a Board member of Dwight Presbyterian Mission, Inc.
Mission Week is in its third year of serving most-deserving children with a free summer camp experience in partnership with the non-profits currently serving their ongoing needs. We have identified a significant need for this program as evidenced by the doubling of served children in the two years of offering this program. Our summer camp experience provides socialization opportunities, health and wellness information, and social services when needed to meet the needs of the children. Parents benefit from a respite of childcare and the joy of having their children experience a stay-away summer camp.
This challenge grant supports Mission Week and expands the opportunity of most-deserving children to attend any of the summer camp sessions in the 2019 summer camp season.
Our board of directors is enthusiastic about the project, and we have donors and volunteers who are actively engaged in this project
For information about Mission Week or the Sergent Family Challenge, contact Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. Interim Director of Advancement by phone at 918-360-8596 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Summary - 2019 Free Summer Camp Program
Description of the Organization:
From 1829 to 1948 Dwight Mission was a Mission School serving Cherokee people.
From 1952 to 2016 Dwight Mission was a Presbyterian Summer Camp and Retreat Center.
In 2016, Dwight expanded its mission to include Conference Center programs and partnerships with non-profits and educational institutions. Our goal is to transform lives through meaningful relationships in a sacred place.
Description of the Project:
Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center has developed a free week-long residential summer camp experience for most-deserving children who would not be able to afford a summer camp. This designated week of exclusive use of the camp is offered during the 4th of July week and is staffed by the summer camp staff at Dwight. This experience includes registration, T-shirt, daily snacks at the ‘canteen,’ and a souvenir gift. Funding is available to provide clothing, bedding, and toiletries for campers who arrive without these essentials.
In 2017, Dwight worked with the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities in Sallisaw, and the Sallisaw Ministerial Alliance to offer 30 free summer camp scholarships. Twenty-three campers were able to participate in this week of camp.
In 2018, Dwight expanded the free week-long summer camp experience which included the 2017 partners from Sallisaw, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma City, a Family Foundation in Bartlesville, and the Marshallese Community in Fayetteville, AR to offer 50 free summer camp scholarships. Forty-eight campers were able to participate in this week of camp.
In 2019, Dwight is expanding the free week-long summer camp experience to include our previous year's partners and the development of new partners in the Muskogee and Tulsa Metro area to offer 75 free summer camp scholarships. The Sergent Family Challenge Grant will expand scholarships for most-deserving children to all 2019 Summer Camp sessions.