The newest neighbors on my block are Christians, and the husband, Matthew, works at Camp Zion. I’ve been talking with his wife, Hannah, about it and had a desire to see it myself, thinking perhaps the kids at my church would like to go to camp there. Today I called Dale and Carol, the managers of the camp to ask if I could come, get a tour, and take pictures and they said yes. I brought Tucson thinking I’d leave her in the truck while I looked around, but they welcomed her as well.
Dale told me an interesting story about this map. The campground used to only consist of the section to the right of Door Bluff Ln. They wanted to enlarge the dining hall so it could accommodate more kids, so several years ago they got a permit. The neighbors appealed and won the appeal because the camp needed to have twelve more acres in order to enlarge anything. Someone from the church that owns the campground sold the parcels on the left to Camp Zion and Dale tried to say he didn’t need the extra road shown to the left, but the seller said, “No, you need that road.” Dale thought that the parcel that they were acquiring was only ten and a half acres, but when someone came out to measure the new addition, he said, “Dale, you aren’t going to believe this. The new parcel, with the road, comes to 12.1 acres!” Dale said that God new they needed that road. They are now preparing to build an addition to the dining hall!
Dale says that the main purpose of Camp Zion is to introduce kids to Christ or to help them grow their faith. I remember camps and retreats doing that for me when I was young. I enjoyed the tour this afternoon!