Every child in Gaston County deserves a week at camp.

The problem: Crowders Ridge is at capacity and demand continues to grow.

Our summer dates are completely full and our fall and spring weekend dates are almost full as well. This creates a unique problem for our organization – how will we continue to impact as many kids as possible?

The answer: we’re going to build a camp.

In the past five years, Crowders Ridge has grown to reach nearly 6,000 campers per summer and countless more on the weekends. We’ve steadily grown, and now we’re running out of space. Through the David Belk Cannon Foundation’s support, this growth has allowed us to reach more people and impact the community.

So let’s answer the obvious question: why not just build more buildings at Crowders Ridge? 

One of our core values states that camp is a relational incubator, and allows personal relationships to grow and flourish faster than other camp experiences. We believe that exceeding our current capacity of 400 will become too large to be personal. Our current occupancy is the perfect size to have a large camp feel but also small enough to keep personal relationships at the core of our ministry.

We need a strategic partner.

We believe in developing great partnerships with great foundations that have a mission to change lives. We need a strategic partnership to help us build Crowders Spring.

The Plan

The total projected cost of this project is $4.2 million. This budget would allow us to have an excellent camp program by summer of 2020. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of what that cost includes:



27 total, each holding 15 campers

$30,000 per cabin

Gathering Space

5,000 square feet, holding up to 400 campers


Dining Hall

5,000 square feet, holding 225 campers


Water Park

lazy river, pool, water slides



roads, wells, septic, erosion control


Furniture and Equipment

bunk beds, presentation, recreation equipment


The ask: we would like the David Belk Cannon Foundation to be that strategic partner. We ask you to consider the following options:


– Giving a multi-year gift to provide ministry staying power

-Giving a one-time gift to alleviate a financial burden of startup costs

Consider these options, and let us know if you have any questions. We’d love to show you more detailed plans, schedule a visit of the property, or address your concerns.


For more information, contact jay@crowdersridge.com or call (704)915-1132.