Camp Elvin is located just west of the church facility. Camp Elvin is the site for a number of church related ministries. The main event is the summer camp that takes place every year in June. We have four weeks of overnight camp, beginning each Monday at 1:00 PM and ending Friday at 11:30 AM. We have dorm facilities to house 25 guys and 25 girls each week. The camp is located along the Nottawassippi River. Swimming and canoeing on the river, beach volleyball, horseshoes, soccer fields, and a gymnasium are all events and facilities the campers can enjoy. The cost for a week of camp is $20.00. This is possible because the church members donate all the food and labor. Our members are the cooks, nurses, counsellors, kitchen staff and program directors.
Camp Elvin is also used by our church for Homecoming Events over the Labor Day weekend. Our members and attenders bring their campers, or tents and camp out Friday through Monday. Many of our church folk use Camp Elvin for family reunions or birthday celebrations. Churches in the area use the camp for youth retreats. Even a local football team uses the camp for a few days of training before the football season begins.
Camp Elvin was named for the infant son of Leo and Dorthea Zerby, who died shortly after birth. The camp pavilion is named in honor of Craig Homan, the son of Bill and Mary Homan. Craig was killed in an auto accident as a teen. The nurses station was built and named in honor of Jean Homan a lifelong servant and helper at Camp Elvin. The girls dorm was built in memory of Mildred Bennett.
Camp Elvin first started in 1954, when a young mens' Sunday School class cleared some space and built a log cabin on the property. Each year the young people would camp out for a week, maybe two. Eventually the girls joined the guys and stayed in the garage of the church parsonage. Now the camp runs for four weeks each summer and will accomodate nearly 200 young people each summer.
At present our summer camp program is under the direction of Mr. Randall Moore.
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