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When visiting Kalena's Cottage -- look up. The rafters on the patio celing are inscribed with messages of love and gratitude from children and adults who got to be a part of raising that building in 2004.

Today Kalena's Cottage rings with the sound of children up-to-their-elbows in art. Adam Erickson, Executive Director of Mt. Cross Camp, acknowledges not just the joy the cottage facilitiates, but also the importance and significance of arts and crafts in an outdoor ministry.

The Arts Courtyard Project was prompted by the construction of Kalena's Cottage and is now entering its second phase: The completion of the Arts Courtyard, the area between Kalena's Cottage and Jensen Hall, has beome a vital meeting place at camp. Preliminary retaining wall and erosion control projects, as well as access ramp have been completed and a new paver resurfacing of the courtyard will further serve the camp's primary mission of youth ministry while also appealing to retreat programming. In addition, the courtyard renovation plans may include a Meditation Labyrinth

and a "face-lift" for the Lower Jensen Courtyard.

If you you like to help please contact the Mt Cross Director: 831-336-5179 - or - Jay Olshen: 775-301- 6301;

For a report on the youth group at Mount Cross click here

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