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A 501(c)(3) Not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

P.O. Box 39 Macks Creek, MO 65786 Phone: 573-363-5848

A Camp Built on Potential


Thunder Eagle Ridge Youth Camp & Retreat, Inc. was formed in 2006 when the founders looked around and saw a need for a place that would focus on ways to find common ground between people and build healthy communities on that foundation.  In 2007, the organization was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Since then we continue to build on our potential which is a premiere youth camp and retreat center in the Midwest.

Why does this camp exist? The foundation of all action at Thunder Eagle Ridge is propelled by the principle that the health and well-being of one person is directly related to the health and well-being of all people. This principle is the motivation behind all programming - to equip youth and adults with knowledge and tools to be healthy and thrive and to also educate them to care about their communities and be concerned about the world in which they live. This is a camp and retreat that gives opportunities for learning in a safe environment where positive views and beliefs are respected. This is a place that provides a sometimes rare opportunity for people, who might not otherwise, to come together from all different backgrounds and learn about each other. It is a camp and retreat center where people can come knowing they won't be told what to believe, but rather, be encouraged to live their life to the best of their ability based on what they believe in their heart. In turn, we ask all who come to be respectful of this way of being towards others. These principles provide opportunities for growth and learning without apprehension, knocking down walls that divide and building a foundation of peace for all human beings.

What makes us believe we need to find common ground and build community together? When we look at people with fairness and sincerity we see that no matter what color they are, whether boy or girl, short or tall, blue eyed or brown or even, what they might believe in, we are all human beings living on this planet. When we strip away labels, degrees, socio-economic status, gender, color, and creed - whatever might come between us - what is left is a human being.  At Thunder Eagle Ridge, we see not only these things, we also see in every one we meet a unique, noble and excellent human being ready to contribute talents, gifts, and knowledge and when given an opportunity, a desire to be of service to others. We believe when everyone is viewed in this way, without preconceived ideas or judgments, we can all learn from each other, expand ourselves and build a better world.  Being human is what we share in common.

On the other hand, like flowers in a garden, what makes us beautiful is our own unique sense of who we are based on our culture and beliefs - just because we are human beings doesn't mean we all look and act the same. This is what makes the world interesting and worth exploring! This uniqueness we see in ourselves and others is part of the different cultures and societies we live in.  At Thunder Eagle Ridge we ask the questions: why would we look down on these differences or separate ourselves from them? Why wouldn't we want to explore these attributes in each of us, and share them to enrich our own lives and the lives of others? How can we do this?

How do we do this? We find those who believe in what we are working to do and bring them together. We ask you to join in building a new way of working together - a way in which we find our commonality while at the same time, embracing and cherishing the uniqueness that is in each of us. We see our ideas as gifts, and show how we can give them away not expecting anything in return. We also show how to accept the ideas from others as gifts. At Thunder Eagle Ridge, we ask everyone to keep an open mind and heart and to see each person they meet as an opportunity to learn about someone new and, maybe even some new positive aspect of our world.

At Thunder Eagle Ridge we provide an opportunity for all to see, that in reality, we are much more alike than we are different.


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