WMFC 5K Run, Walk & Wheel

Run for Fun! Run for a Cause! Wonderfully Made Family Camp
Wonderfully Made Family Camp's 5K Run Walk & Wheel. A race for runners, wannabes & wheelchairs

Our next fundraiser, WMFC 5K Run, Walk & Wheel is Sunday, April 14th at 1:00 PM at Terra Park in Johnston, IA.

The Wonderfully Made Family Camp 5K Run, Walk, & Roll is a fundraiser event for the Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) for special needs. We will have a 5K run and walk for anyone to participate.

WMFC is an annual weekend retreat for families with a child having a special need. WMFC is passionate about strengthening these families!

General Participant

$40

Child Participant (12 and under)

$25

Aerial Photo of Terra Park by Danny Engesser
Aerial Photo of Terra Park by Danny Engesser

Sponsorship

Family Sponsor

Show your love and support to a special family member with a sign along the race route. “Way To GO (their name)!” – They can take it home

$100

Business Sponsor

Support the WMFC by being a business sponsor for our 5K and we will post a sign along the race route and a social media post. These signs will also be placed along the drive as the campers come to the WMFC this summer.

$200

WMFC Sponsorship Levels

  • Presenting Sponsor – $5,000 (only 2)
  • Lodging Sponsor – $2,500 (only 2)
  • Family Carnival Night Sponsor – $1,500
  • Family Sponsor – $1000
  • Meal Sponsor – $1,000
  • Activty Sponsor – $250
  • Monthly Donor – any amount

WONDERFULLY MADE FAMILY CAMP 2023

June 9-11, 2023
Hidden Acres Christian Center, Dayton, Iowa

We are so incredibly excited to announce that registration for the 2023 Wonderfully Made Family Camp will open for campers and volunteers on April 1, 2023!

The dates for camp are a bit earlier this year. It will be held the weekend of June 9-11, 2023. You will register as a family by visiting the Hidden Acres Camp website, and choosing Wonderfully Made Family Camp as the drop down camp option. The cost is $50 per family, regardless of size. Preference will be given to 1st time families and a first come first served basis for any returning families. Once you have registered your family, the Family Coordinator will be in contact with you.

Volunteers can also register at the Hidden Acres website. Once you have completed the registration/application process and approved as a volunteers, you will be asked to complete a full background check. There is no cost to volunteer. We do ask that you consider a donation to cover the cost of your meals. You can donate at www.hacamps.org/donate. Once you have registered, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

We are unbelievably excited to see YOU ALL at camp this year!

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY APRIL 1, 2022!!

Registration for the 2022 Wonderfully Made Family Camp will open for campers and volunteers on April 1, 2022!

This years camp will be held the weekend of August 18-21, 2022. You may register for camp as a camper by visiting the Hidden Acres Camp website. The cost is $50 per family, regardless of size. Registration will be on a first come first served basis This year!

Volunteers can register by clicking HERE. Where you will be asked to give pertinent information including information for a full background check. There is no cost to volunteer. Once you have registered, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

We are unbelievably excited to Join you all at camp this year!

WMFC 2020 Announcement

Earlier this week, the Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) planning team made a difficult decision. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need to protect the health of the vulnerable children we serve, the 2020 WMFC has been canceled. However the next camp will be scheduled for the summer of 2021. We hope WMFC 2021 will be better than ever. We encourage you to visit the camp website at [www.wonderfullymadecamp.org](http://www.wonderfullymadecamp.org/) or the the Wonderfully Made Family Camp group on Facebook ([https://www.facebook.com/groups/173402716336264/](https://www.facebook.com/groups/173402716336264/)) to stay up-to-date with new developments. 
We will have a Flea Market (originally scheduled for April) in October to raise funds for our 2021 WMFC. Prayers for our families would be greatly appreciated.   

WMFC 2019 Run, Walk, and Wheel 5K

The WMFC annual 5K fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Big Creek State Park near Polk City. The race begins at 9 AM near Shelter House #3 and is open to runners, walkers, and people who use mobility devices like wheelchairs and walkers.

Click here to register online or register in person on the day of the race. The registration fee ($25 for runners and walkers, $15 for participants with special needs) includes a t-shirt and the pancake feed after the race.

The 5K planning committee is looking for volunteers to help with set up, the pancake feed, and tear down. If you would like to volunteer for part or all of the morning, click this link for more information. If you’re busy on May 4, you can still help publicize the 5K by sharing this link with your friends and on social media.

Race proceeds will go into the fund that pays for 40 special needs families to attend the Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) at Hidden Acres Christian Center May 30–June 2, 2019.

WMFC Pre-Owned Treasures Sale Is April 13, 2019

Attention all bargain shoppers! You won’t want to miss the Pre-Owned Treasures Sale on April 13 at the Johnston Lions Club (6501 Merle Hay Road in Johnston). The doors open at 9:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.

The sale will raise funds for the 2019 Wonderfully Made Family Camp. The camp, held at Hidden Acres Christian Center north of Ogden, serves 40 Iowa special needs families, many of them from the metro area. You can participate in this worthy cause in several ways.

First, you can drop off donations at our trailer in the First Assembly of God parking lot (2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines) April 9, 10, and 11 between 4 and 7 pm. Or drop them off the day before the sale at the Johnston Lions Club (6501 Merle Hay Road in Johnston) between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Second, use this online form to volunteer in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed to supervise donation collection April 9–11, to prepare for the sale on April 12, and to help with the sale on April 13. Check out the online form for more information.

Third, shop at the sale between 9 and 2 on April 13. Lunch will be served, as well as snacks, so bring the whole family and make a day of it!

Fourth, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate directly, direct donations can be made online. All donations made through this link are deposited into the Wonderfully Made Family Camp fund rather than into the Hidden Acres general fund.


The Faithfulness of God at Wonderfully Made Family Camp, 2018

When I was asked to share about my favorite memory from camp, I didn’t know where to start. There are just so many great memories!! My name is Beth Castile, and I am the special needs ministry leader at Valley Church. I have been on the WMFC planning team since 2015. One of my main roles is communicating and connecting with the volunteers.

I’m always amazed at God’s faithfulness in providing the variety of workers needed to make this event successful. We all come with different backgrounds, different stories, and different gifts. I love to see these gifts used to honor God and bless others. I feel honored to get to hear these stories as I serve with the volunteers. God has a plan for each of them, and we certainly have a purpose for each of them! I enjoy seeing how this puzzle comes together.

For example, one family reached out because they wanted to serve together. They had adopted a young girl from China. Perfect! I paired the mom and daughter with a camper who was also adopted from China. An instant bond was formed, minds were set at ease, and a relationship blossomed. The father and older daughter of this family served together in a different capacity, but the whole family really connected with this camper and her family. After camp ended, the volunteer family asked about connecting with their camper. That’s what I love–seeing God in the details to make a lasting impact and form those bonds.

Another volunteer that served for the first time in 2018. He had a camper that was more active and was worn out each day. But the volunteer loved it and was grateful to be with his camper. He thought about his campers’ parents; they have to be exhausted all the time! He was glad the parents got some rest and connected with each other. He now knows how valuable that time is for parents and now helps at Valley Church respite events. He even was a one on one buddy for a high school student on the church’s fall retreat.

Finally, I am blessed with children of my own who love to serve, especially at the Wonderfully Made Family Camp. To see their hearts grow for others and sharing the love of God so campers can have a full camp experience is priceless! Whether my kids are telling a puppet story, helping with a craft, carrying food trays, flying on the giant swing, paddling a boat, chasing campers across the grounds, or sitting together, they enjoy every moment. They know they are making a difference, and their enthusiasm is contagious. They are excited to encourage their friends to volunteer at camp, run the WM5K, or help at a respite event. Their excitement shines the love of Jesus on others. 

2019 WMFC Registration Now Open for Volunteers!

Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) was created to offer an authentic camp experience to families raising children with special needs. Every year WMFC utilizes over 100 volunteers–from one-on-one buddies to program directors, from a camp doctor to horse barn workers and more–to make camp a reality for the 40 families who attend.

WMFC 2019 will be held at Hidden Acres Christian Center from May 30–June 2. If you want to be a volunteer, the camp board invites you to apply online here. Because the camp serves a vulnerable population, the application process includes a rigorous background check. Volunteers also receive online and in person training to equip them to work with the children being served at camp, and meals and lodging are provided for all volunteers. Click on this link to begin the online application process.

If you have questions, you can leave them in the comment section below or at the WMFC Volunteer Facebook page. One of the camp board members will reply as soon as possible.

2019 Camp Registration for Families Is Now Open!

The WMFC planning board is happy to announce that the 2019 camp  will be held from May 30–June 2. Families can register, starting January 1, 2019. The only cost is a $50 registration fee. As in previous years, the camp has room for 40 families.

Families can register online by clicking on this link. If you have questions, leave a comment below or go to the Wonderfully Made Family Camp Facebook page and ask your question there. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!