April 17, 2017
Dear Bear Paw Camp supporter,
We are pleased to announce that much progress has been made regarding the reorganization of the Bear Paw Camp program. The goal of this reorganization effort is to establish the Bear Paw program as a cooperative endeavor of several area churches that operates as an independent ministry.
An important official step in accomplishing this reorganization will be to drop the “Tempest Ministries” name. The new name will be “Bear Paw Ministries”. We are now initiating the process of filing for tax exempt status for the ministry under its new name pursuant to 26 U.S. Code § 501 (C)(3). Please note that our efforts to ensure tax exempt status for previous donations to Bear Paw Camp or Tempest Ministries have been successful. Eighteen months ago, Tempest Ministries was designated an integrated auxiliary of His Place Church and was therefore tax exempt. Once Bear Paw Ministries obtains its tax-exempt status, the program will become an independent ministry.
We will be contacting at least eight regional churches that we hope will take partnership roles in providing direction, support and administrative resources to Bear Paw Ministries. We are pleased to report that we have received positive responses from church leaders with whom we have already discussed the new concept.
We did suffer some weather-related damage to the facility this past winter. Insurance claims have been submitted and we are already moving forward with repairs.
We are privileged to announce that Dan and Deb Reese will oversee the repairs and maintenance of the facility. They have agreed to volunteer their services for six months. Dan is a skilled maintenance professional and has already conducted some preliminary examinations of the repairs and routine maintenance needs. Deb is an experienced bookkeeper and will be managing the Bear Paw accounts. They are now living onsite.
We have confirmed camps that will take place the last two weeks of April. Staffing and supply needs for those camps are being arranged. Eleven more bookings are tentatively scheduled throughout the summer months.
We hope to have an informational meeting scheduled within the next two weeks to provide further updates and to answer any questions you may have. We will notify you by Email when and where that meeting is to be held.
Many lives have been touched because of camp sessions that took place at Bear Paw over the years. It is our prayer that the new Bear Paw Ministries organization will continue this tradition. We hope you will remain part of it.
Thank you for your support.
Patrick Poole, Bear Paw Ministries Board member