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Beaver Creek Youth Camp has slow year, looks to future

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014

Participants of this year’s fundraiser dinner gathered around and enjoyed the soft cool Saturday evening. Photo by Lyndsie Ferrell

SOUTH FORK—In 1940 several of the area’s Methodist church organizations came together to bring the community a youth camp. After selecting a piece of land in the Rio Grande National Forest and obtaining a lease with the U.S. Forest Service, construction of the camp began.

The camp was built with much volunteer help keeping the organization within budget. It began with small cabins, a lodge, a kitchen, an infirmary, a manager’s cabin and shower facilities. Through the help of donations and volunteers the camp was open to any child regardless of race, gender, disabilities or income. The children could also come from any denomination.

As years progressed and the desire to expand from only a summer destination, the organization built a new lodge that could house up to 40 guests and could be winterized for use during cold weather. With meeting rooms, a catering kitchen and four rooms with beds that can house up to 10 people per room, the lodge was completed in 2009 and has been used for several functions up to date.

Most of the camp runs solely by volunteers. The camp is always in need of people willing to help supervise, teach and provide areas of expertise to the camp participants. Camps run for six days and five nights at a time while catering to special groups such as Boy Scouts, weddings, conferences and workshops. The camp can house up to 108 people onsite with other camping options nearby.

This year’s fundraiser dinner, held Saturday evening, saw a large turnout. Several members of the community and surrounding areas came for an evening of fun and food to help raise money for next season’s activities. Camp manager Gene Haning was present to greet guests as they arrived and mingled while awaiting dinner. Children that had attended this year’s activities ran around helping serve and replenish food and drinks as needed.

Though the past season was slow, hopes are high that the fear brought by last year’s fire will fade and more guests will venture back to the area and the camp. Haning said, “I think the fire scared a lot of people away, because we had to evacuate. They will come back once they see we’re still here.” The fundraiser dinner catered to an estimated 100 people and everyone seemed to enjoy being out at the camp.

A table was set up in the main lodge for interested parties to participate in a silent auction. Many local businesses made donations for the auctions, including river rafting trips, hotel stays and much more. All proceeds go directly to the camp and its staff for the following year’s season. Food was provided by the camp and its staff.

For more information or to book an event, any one interested can contact the staff at 873-5311

For the complete article see the 08-27-2014 issue.

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