Central Oklahoma Christian Camp Inc.
1 Twin Cedar Ln
Guthrie OK 73044-7041
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Central Christian Camp & Conference Center
Mission Statement The mission of Central Christian Camp & Conference Center is to provide an outdoor oriented, safe haven where all persons may come to retreat, reflect, have fun and gain knowledge and skills which will nurture their lives, their love of God and one another.
"Changing Lives One Camp at a Time"
Contact Information
Contact Name James Wheeler
Contact email james@centralchristiancamp.org
Address 1 Twin Cedar Ln
Guthrie, OK 73044 7041
Phone (405) 282-2811
Fax 405-282-1367
County Logan
Alternate Phone 800 299-2811
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/mph/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Central Christian Camp and Make Promises Happen (MPH) are dedicated to impacting the lives of each and every camper, volunteer and parent in our camp family. Campers’ lives are changed through the first time they see a deer, jump off a diving board amidst a cheering crowd or when they create a lifelong relationship with a camp friend. When volunteers get outside of themselves, do things for other people, and see others’ disabilities in a different light, their lives are changed. Witnessing the growth in their camper,
each and every time they come to camp, parents’ and caregivers’ lives are changed, as well.
Please join us as we continue to "Change Lives, One Camp at a Time". Central Christian Camp and Make Promises Happen rely greatly on contributions from those who value the importance of outdoor recreation available to all. 
Ways to Contribute to MPH Program
On our website:
  • Click “donate now” to make a monetary donation through Central Christian Camp’s Pay-Pal account. 
  • Visit our “wish list” to view the list of items that we need.
  • Support MPH through our “MPH Endowment” at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
  • “Contact us” for information regarding in-kind donations of service and/or goods.
  • We are always in need of volunteers.  If you or someone you know 15 yrs of age or older would like to volunteer time to spend with a camper please visit “MPH Volunteer Central.”
  • Participate in our partnered fundraisers with Frontier City, Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association (OCCRA), Pollard Theater or others as they come up and are featured on our website.
Contact our office by phone 405-282-2811 or 800-299-2811or by mail #1 Twin Cedar Lane, Guthrie, OK 73044 to contribute to the camp or to the Make Promises Happen program.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $649,100.00
Projected Expenses $647,237.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
n/a
Year Founded 1958
IRS Ruling Year 1972
State Registration Expiration Sept 2014
Statements
Mission The mission of Central Christian Camp & Conference Center is to provide an outdoor oriented, safe haven where all persons may come to retreat, reflect, have fun and gain knowledge and skills which will nurture their lives, their love of God and one another.
Background In 1955, members of Disciples churches in the central and NW areas of Oklahoma came together and organized 40 acres of land, resources and facilities for the beginning of what is now Central Christian Camp & Conference Center.  From offering tent camping only, to lodging and conference facilities for 200+ people, we have grown immensely, including growth to nearly 300 acres, 4 ponds and many recreational facilities. In 1972, Central Christian Camp began hosting and directing camps for persons with special needs.  This has grown into a premier program called Make Promises Happen (MPH) which is now Oklahoma’s only camp and travel program which serves individuals ages 6 and older with all types of special needs who are located locally, statewide and regionally. Today, Central Christian Camp & Conference Center is realizing its mission of providing an outdoor recreational facility for all persons to come and enjoy. Central Christian Camp and Make Promises Happen provides recreational opportunities to thousands of individuals with special needs, much needed respite for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs, and life changing volunteer opportunities for individuals ages 15 and older each year. Central Christian Camp provides facilities and programming to Disciples, other denominations, religions, nonprofit and government organizations, as well as family reunions, retreats, birthday parties, and weddings throughout the year.
Impact
Central Christian Camp and Make Promises Happen enjoyed a tremendous 2012 in which over 11,000 guests experienced our beautiful campsite. Our Make Promises Happen program expanded to over 2,000 campers and volunteer counselors enjoying weekend and weeklong events throughout the year. In meeting with our set goals in our first comprehensive strategic plan, our MPH program exceeded all areas of projected growth. Thus offered more individuals with special needs increased self confidence and advanced independence, built humility and personal growth in our volunteer counselors and provided parents and caregivers much needed respite.
In 2013, CCC’s focus is on updating current its facilities, creating additional program areas and continuing to build community knowledge through marketing and public relations. MPH looks to expand services to more individuals who are in search of universally accessible outdoor recreation opportunities through developing additional directors and camp leadership and subsequently creating additional camping and adventure events.
Needs
Central Christian Camp and Make Promises Happen are currently seeking funding for the following areas:
  • The remodeling of our dining and conference center restrooms - $30,000 - In order to better serve our clients with special needs, these facilities must be made more accessible.
  • Remodeling of 8 of our cabins - $45,000 – This is to provide a much needed update to our modern cabins and rustic cabin Quail Terrace.
  • Pool House remodel - $15,000 - The pool house must be made accessible and functional year- round.
  • Yearly summer staff - $20,000 – For the past two years, we have added summer program staff, who were received well by our various groups on site. CCC and MPH are looking for a funding source for this service.
  • Reserve Fund - $50,000 – This is to build a reserve fund in order to maintain operations of camp during the non-summer months.

 

CEO/Executive Director Statement Central Christian Camp and its program, Make Promises Happen (MPH), is uniquely situated (30 miles NNE of the geographical center of Oklahoma) to provide services to children, youth, young adults and adults with special needs, health issues and at-risk situations.  We partner with other organizations that don’t have the facilities or resources that we do so as to provide fully integrated experiences and care for our clients.  We also provide off-site experiences such as skiing in Winter Park, surfing in South Texas and excursion trips in Oklahoma for our local target population.  We have a large volunteer base and our logged volunteer hours are among the highest in Oklahoma.  We have ongoing programs to continually upgrade the professionalism of our staff and volunteers.  We have consistently delivered approximately 90% of our budget to program and ……… we have been doing this for over 30 years!
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Central Christian Camp & Conference Center and the Make Promises Happen program primarily provide recreational opportunities to individuals throughout Oklahoma, however opportunities are not limited to Oklahoma residents and are sometimes taken advantage of by individuals from surrounding states.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Children's and Youth Services
Programs
Description
Make Promises Happen (MPH) provides onsite outdoor recreational camping opportunities to individuals, ages 6 and older, with special needs. In an accessible and inviting environment, MPH enables these campers to succeed at camp activities. While campers are enjoying MPH events, their families/caregivers are provided with much needed respite. Finally, MPH provides young adults and adults with life-changing volunteering opportunities as one-on-one camp counselors.
Make Promises Happen also embarks on life changing adventure trips with MPH campers. MPH Campers have the opportunity to participate in skiing adventures, surf excursions, Oklahoma road trips and more.
Through Make Promises Happen onsite events and offsite adventure trips, MPH allows campers with special needs the chance to enjoy outdoor activities that so many people take for granted and conquer tasks which many people never experience.
Make Promises Happen is “Changing Lives One Camp at a Time!”
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Current campers will continue to show growth in personal achievements while attending MPH events. This will be achieved by continuing to modify and create activities and programs which are universally accessible.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Make Promises Happen will continue to offer access to outdoor recreation to individuals with special needs, regardless of physical or mental limitations, or financial ability to pay, at a rate of 1% growth each year. In the next 5 years, MPH will provide open enrollment travel programs for individuals with special needs.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success is monitored through camp attendance data and camper feedback.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Make Promises Happen camp attendance numbers have continued to grow dramatically since 1972, the year of its founding. Due to increased awareness and visibility within the community, there has been a heavy volume of enrollment and involvement.  Additional MPH camps have been added each year for the past 5 years, resulting in new campers receiving services. Camps continue to reach capacity with waiting lists.  MPH's adventure (travel) program has given hundreds of campers the opportunity to enjoy skiing and surfing. Camper feedback remains consistently high for all of MPH’s programs.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Central Christian Camp and its program, Make Promises Happen (MPH), is uniquely situated (30 miles NNE of the geographical center of Oklahoma) to provide services to children, youth, young adults and adults with special needs, health issues and at-risk situations.  We partner with other organizations that don’t have the facilities or resources that we do so as to provide fully integrated experiences and care for our clients.  We also provide off-site experiences such as skiing in Winter Park, surfing in South Texas and excursion trips in Oklahoma for our local target population.  We have a large volunteer base and our logged volunteer hours are among the highest in Oklahoma.  We have ongoing programs to continually upgrade the professionalism of our staff and volunteers.  We have consistently delivered approximately 90% of our budget to program and ……… we have been doing this for over 30 years!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director James Wheeler
Start Date June 1999
Email james@centralchristiancamp.org
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Elisha WheelerDirector of Operations
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 6
Number of Part-time Staff 12
Number of Contract Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 341
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 4
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Not Specified 10
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations
Groups and Organizations we collaborate with for funding: Oklahoma Community Foundation, Oklahoma Disciple Fund, Combine Federal Campaign, Local Independent Charities
Groups and Organizations we collaborate with to provide camping opportunities which  meet our mission: American Cancer Society, New Hope Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Diabetes Solutions, YMCA of Edmond and Guthrie, Woodmen of the World, Rainbow Leadership and Mother Advisor’s, American Heritage Girls, Teen empower
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Wildlife Federation2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2012
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Directors and Officers Policy
Flood
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Special Event Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Board Chair
Name Bob Myers
Company Affiliation Myers Landscape
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Email sreym@cox.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2014
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Cedric Currin-Moore Community VolunteerVoting
Mary Doughtry Mary KayVoting
Luke Ellis Community VolunteerVoting
Rev. Ronnie Fields El Reno Christian Church, PastorVoting
Gordon Fujii Bios CorporationVoting
Amzi Gregory RetiredVoting
Annie Guzman Community VolunteerVoting
Ralph Hodge Community VolunteerVoting
Rev. Jessie Jackson Jr.East Sixth Street Christian Church, PastorVoting
Inman Jones Community VolunteerVoting
Tim Lindsey Central Glass, PresidentVoting
Joyce McLendon Community VolunteerVoting
Bob Myers Myers LandscapingVoting
Wayne Nivin Community VolunteerVoting
Rev. Dean Phelps Christian Church in OklahomaExofficio
Ben Tarman E Shipping SolutionsVoting
Mark Walker Smith-Roberts Land SurveyVoting
Joe Wall Community VolunteerVoting
Dwight Weber Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 41 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Executive
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
               My interest in Central Christian Camp began as a family tradition. My Father-in-Law, the late Dr. L.V. Scott, was one of the founders of the Camp, and served the Camp in many capacities. It was through his service that I saw the difference that can be made by individuals in providing a wholesome and safe environment for folks of all ages and abilities. It is through learning and caring for nature and human relationships we make in a camping environment that helps individuals develop and grow into more complete individuals.
The current programming of Central Christian Camp reflects our success and our commitment to serving our community and state through the diverse clients we host.  Our Make Promises Happen camping program offers people of all ages and genders with physical and emotional disabilities the opportunity to have a genuine outdoor camping experience. By utilizing one-on-one counselors, MPH campers get to enjoy the great outdoors through swimming, boating, archery, hayrides, and a universally designed low element challenge course. The Christian Church in Oklahoma (Disciples of Christ) utilizes Central Christian Camp for its summer camping program for different age groups of youth. The camp is also used for retreats by Disciple groups, other religious groups and community agencies such as YMCA Day Camps.
The Board of Central Christian Camp is a diverse group who meet bi-monthly to set policy, guidelines, and to oversee the finances of the camp. In 2010, the Board recognized the need for a comprehensive Strategic Plan to guide us in our path to the future. With a grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Kaleidoscope, Inc was hired to help develop a Strategic Plan. The plan was approved by the Board in November of 2011. We have identified our strengths and weaknesses and have charted a course to improve our facilities/services, become more fiscally sound and strengthen our board governance practices.
Over the last two summers, our facility has been utilized to the maximum, stressing the dining/meeting facilities and reinforcing our recognized need for facility renovation and enlargement.  As the number of campers for all programs increase, so must our lodging and dining facilities. 
Our Board is completely engaged on these challenges and by adhering to our Strategic Plan we can move forward to better serve our community and the citizens of Oklahoma.  
John Gauldin, Board President
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014-Dec 31, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $649,100
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $647,237
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$144,081$156,799$190,965
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$31,476$19,103$23,274
------
$427,279$452,264$372,338
Investment Income, Net of Losses($1,511)$6,147$402
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$8,530$6,321$12,666
Other$4,116$2,320$8,247
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$573,997$644,264$578,072
Administration Expense$63,185$36,994$59,505
Fundraising Expense$1,067$383$1,918
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.940.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%95%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$1,193,819$1,190,999$1,201,145
Current Assets$10,064$15,771$40,862
Long-Term Liabilities$86,090$36,286$57,044
Current Liabilities$112,243$134,949$85,650
Total Net Assets$995,486$1,019,764$1,058,451
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.090.120.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%3%5%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $427,279Earned Revenue $452,264Earned Revenue $372,338
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $144,081Foundations & Corporations $156,799Foundations & Corporations $190,965
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $31,476Individuals $19,103Individuals $23,274
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
In carrying out our mission, we assess user fees at below cost in order to make our services as affordable as possible to our target population.  The shortfall is made up through endowment income, contributions and special events fundraising.  It is our intent to maintain this revenue structure and keep our user fee increases to a minimum.
We are always looking for ways to reduce expenses.  However, at our current operating margin, reductions are hard-won and due care is given not to over expend resources to gain a small reduction in expense.
One expense item we plan to increase is our marketing.  For the services we provide, our name recognition and our perceived presence in the community needs to be much larger than it is.  The bolstering of our presence in the community will increase our camp use numbers, seek out additional volunteers to support our program, provide additional contributions and build our two endowments (Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Oklahoma Disciples Fund), which currently have a spending policy of 5% and 4.5%.
Foundation Staff Comments
Prior year financial information for years 2012 and 2010 are from audited financial statements.  The 2011 financial statements are from a compilation. 
Address 1 Twin Cedar Ln
Guthrie, OK 73044 7041
Primary Phone 405 282-2811
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/mph/
CEO/Executive Director James Wheeler
Board Chair Bob Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Myers Landscape