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KALENA'S COTTAGE

When visiting Kalena's Cottage -- look up. The rafters on the patio ceiling 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. Jerry Olstad, Executive Director of Mt. Cross Camp, acknowledges not just the joy the cottage facilitates, but also the importance and significance of arts and crafts in an outdoor ministry.

Over the years, numerous projects have come to fruition, mostly by the wonderful volunteers that travel to help on Memorial Day Weekends. The completion of one such project, the Arts Courtyard with its own labyrinth, has become a vital meeting and meditation area at camp. Retaining walls and erosion control projects, as well as an access ramp have been completed, and a "face-lift" for the Lower Jensen Courtyard will further serve the camp's primary mission of youth ministry while also appealing to retreat programming.

Mt. Cross has so much to offer that you can’t even imagine the possibilities. Between a state of the art ropes course, an intense climbing wall, zip lines, yes zip lines, hiking that you have never experienced before, and even a swimming pool. I have seen many children come being dragged into camp, and by the end of a week, you can’t find them because they don’t want to leave. They are filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s boundless love. Children of all ages come away with a renewed sense of life with God in their heart.

If you have not had the pure pleasure of experiencing Mt. Cross, please contact the Director @ 831-336-5179, mtcross.org, or Jay Olshen @ 775-841-9029, olshen@sbcglobal.net.

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