With the reconfiguration of staff that’s made necessary by the coming retirement of Regional Minister Renee Bridwell, the Regional Board approved creating the full-time position of Camp Manager, a role that’s been on the camp wish list for ages.
A search team reviewed 10 applicants, interviewed four, and chose Sid Rutland as our best fit. Rutland’s background in horse ranching and all the handy skills learned there, his common sense and maturity, and his deep care for the success of the camp stood out.
Rutland’s home church is First Christian Church in Independence where his family were very active. His early camping experiences date back to Christian Hills, and he is proud that he never missed an event for which he qualified.
In recent years, he has proven himself in service as an intern, camp counselor, and for the past two years has been the intern supervisor during the summer camp sessions.
Sid brings great experience and useful training for this role: emergency wilderness rescue, medical training toward an EMT certificate, ropes course certification, and water safety certification. He is ready to learn more about the operating functions of the facility.
A new challenge will be marketing to outside entities including family reunions, business clientele, etc. He will be available to bring camp information and programs to your church as well.
Beginning October 1, we will begin to see the results of Sid’s work at the camp. He will live in the Caretaker’s House, and will receive calls through the camp office, 316-775-1222.