[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]
Contact: Katrina Herschberger
Phone: (417) 876-7490
El Dorado Springs, MO – After closing its doors more than two summers ago, Camp Galilee will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand re-opening of the facility on June 4, 2016.
In September 2014, Camp Galilee, which had been an active and popular rustic youth camp for more than 50 years, was closed by the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. In late 2015, the property was put up for auction, bought and restored by prominent El Dorado Springs couples, Robin and Harold Fugate and Drs. Michael and Cammie Housh.
“We are just two local families that saw Galilee as a huge asset to the community of El Dorado Springs and didn't want to see the land divided up from its original purpose,” said Fugate. “Most importantly, we felt a divine tug on our hearts. We felt like God wasn't done with Camp Galilee.”
The Camp’s grand opening festivities will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 2:45 p.m. and an open house from 3-6 p.m. The open house will include facility tours, hiking and games. All events will take place at the camp (899 E. Martin St., El Dorado Springs, MO) and are free to the public. Event details can be found at www.campatgalilee.org/grandopening.
About Camp Galilee
Camp Galilee is a nonprofit, non-denominational Christian camping and retreat center located in El Dorado Springs, MO. During the summer Galilee offers a large variety of camps for all ages, different types of groups, and specific interest areas. The camp is also used for various groups throughout the year for reunions, meetings, receptions and retreats. Learn more at http://www.campatgalilee.org.
We've put together a playlist of our top camp songs to help you prepare for camp! Here's the list:
You're Beautiful // 10,000 reasons //Sanctuary // In Christ Alone // Amazing Love // Oceans // How He Loves // Set a Fire // How Great is our God // Happy Day
Don't see your favorite song? Post your suggestion in the comments below.
What drew you to become directors of Camp Galilee?
E & K: Honestly, God drew us to Camp Galilee. We both were working steady jobs and were in the middle of purchasing a home when we got the offer to be the Site Directors. After lots of prayer we really felt that God wasn't even giving us the option to say no. So in an effort to be at least somewhat submissive submissive to that call here we are.
Can you tell us a bit about your yourself?
K: Well, we are both young. We are newly married and both grew up in unique backgrounds. I was homeschooled my entire life while Enos was Amish up until a few years ago. He has an extensive background in construction and maintenance work and I have a a lot of experience as former staff here at camp. We both believe that the children and young adults of today are the future and that they need to be blessed and led as much as possible. We hope and pray that God will work through us for His mission in students lives.
Where is your favorite place at camp and why?
K: It's Knights Chapel for me, is the eighth grade that is were I accepted Christ into my life and it's just been a special place to me since.
E: For me it's the waterfall below the lake. It's just really awesome looking when it rains and reminds you of how awesome Gods creation is.
What is your favorite camp tradition?
K: Probably singing to our pie on Peanut Butter Pie Night.
E: I enjoy the traditional camp pastime of hiking and observing Gods creation.
What are your goals for Camp Galilee?
E & K: Ultimately our goals for the camp are just that it will be a thriving ministry that brings students to know Christ more while they also have a blast at camp! We want more people to be involved and to share their own faith, love, and passions with students. We hope and pray that every person that encounters Galilee will also encounter God, no matter if that person is a young camper or a 100-year-old volunteer counselor.
The Camp Galilee blog exists to be a helpful resource to alumni as well as future campers and their parents.