[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.
Second chances are rare, but even more rare for a place like Camp Galilee. Personally, we never imagined ourselves as camp owners. To be frank, we know very little about the camping world. However, after many prayers and discussions we decided to try to come together to purchase the Camp in late 2015.
We are just two local families with a mutual love for the outdoors. We 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. But most importantly, we felt a divine tug on our hearts. We felt like God wasn't done with Camp Galilee and that many more lives could be transformed by the Gospel at Camp.
So really, you might call us crazy but we truly believe in this place. Honestly, it is by the grace of God that we are writing this letter now, on the cusp of re-opening a camp for the summer that shut its doors just two years ago. But here we are.
This is where you come in. Camp Galilee cannot survive without you. We purchased this camp for you. Please take some time to think about how you can help this camp become even more than it was before. Together we can make Camp Galilee the greatest it has ever been.
Mike and Cammie Housh, Owners
Harold and Robin Fugate, Owners
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