Church camps are closing because of declining use, according to a recent AP story, but not so in Holston Conference. This year's summer camp attendance was down only slightly -- 3,050 compared to 3,200 in 2008. At the same time, Holston's four camps are re-energizing with birthday celebrations and capital fundraising campaigns that reveal church members' steadfast commitment to camp ministry. Here's part 3 of a progress report series:
COME ON IN the water’s fine! Amid shouts, laughter, and splashes, the campers at Camp Dickenson are enjoying the new pool that was just completed in June. Much grade work and infrastructure construction had to be completed in order for the pool to be constructed. Although this is not all that interesting, it is important work that helps the next stages of construction with new cabins and a multi-purpose building. The churches and individuals of the Wytheville District along with the United Methodist Women have given generously to fund over 60% of the $750,000 goal.