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Finding Funds

Finding Funds

Although the benefits of camp can’t be disputed, some families and organizations struggle with covering the cost. There are many ways to raise funds to cover camp cost, which will in turn open the door to any child that wants to attend.

Babysitting - If you are fundraising around the holiday season you can advertise a babysitting day for parents to go Christmas shopping. You could host all of the kids at the church and ma...     Continue Reading

on April 26, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Budget, Event Planning


Spring Cleaning

Updated CRN Downloads

Spring Cleaning

We’ve been doing a little spring cleaning in the Marketing department and decided it was time to make some updates. At the top of the list were the Activity Guide, Midweek Meetings and Create a Buzz downloads. So I thought I would take this opportunity to share, not just the new content, but also what those documents even are.


What it is: The Activity Guide is full of recreation ideas for retreats. It includes activities that are available at CRN properties, as well as games that you can ...     Continue Reading

on April 19, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Whitepapers


What do guests know?

What do guests know?

We talk so much about planning a retreat and what that entails for the planner. Staying organized is one of the best ways to ensure success. However, guests need information, too. As you plan, you will become accustomed to the details about the property (room names, lodging buildings, recreation and team building activities) but that doesn’t mean guests will. They have not been through the planning process with you, and thus must be given the necessary information to know what they are supposed to be doing on the retreat.

Details about the event start with date and location. Obviously, no one can attend an event they can’t get to on the right day. Make sure to let guests know, whether in an email, te...     Continue Reading

on March 27, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Event Planning


Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

“I don’t want to hear it, just find a way!”, was something I may have heard from my parents quite often while growing up. Excuses were never accepted as a means of getting out of doing something important or ignoring responsibilities. So let’s apply that to the decision process of registering for the next retreat or conference your church or a friend’s church may be planning. Just think of all the excuses we could come up with to avoid the commitment to attend a retreat:

I don’t have the time. It’s too expensive for my budget. I don’t feel like hanging out with people I barely know.

Time CommitmentJames 4:8 says, “Draw near ...     Continue Reading

on March 21, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Event Planning

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