Blue Lake Methodist Camp celebrates 60 years this week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 27, 2011

Every summer, campers enjoy water sports and fun such as a chance to go down the Aquaglide slide. On Saturday, eventgoers will have the opportunity to take part in many of the same activites campers do. | File photo


Nestled in the Conecuh National Forest, Blue Lake Methodist Camp has been the home to thousands of campers in the past 60 years.

Blue Lake Methodist camp was founded in the early 1950s.

According to camp history, Dr. S.M. Baker, former pastor of First United Methodist Church; Mr. EE Anthony Sr. and Mr. Mike Maddoe, along with their wives are said to have had a picnic on a windy day at the lake, and the idea was born.

Additionally, local Methodist churches were instrumental in the early financial support of the camp, and in 1951, the first camp session was housed in tents with cooking over open fire.

Today, Blue Lake camp offers year-round programming for all ages, partners with outside groups and serves as host facility for a wide variety of guest groups.

On Friday, “60 Years of Memories and Ministry” will begin at 4 p.m.

“Hear from those who were a part of the history, and those who today are visioning the future,” said Blue Lake Executive Director Phyllis Murray. “Enjoy music, food and fellowship, and a great time for the whole family.”

Murray said event-goers will have the opportunity to hear from those whose lives have been changed, and those who have heard a call to ministry at Blue Lake.

“Enjoy stories of proposals and weddings at Blue Lake,” she said. “Find out about the amazing events that have taken place and those that are planned for the future.”

On Saturday, the public is invited to take part in the 60th anniversary celebration open house.

Murray said it will be a fun time for all.

“Birthday cake will be served in the Vickers Gym at 2, and then the camp will be open for the public to enjoy walking, canoeing, hayrides and snacks.”

Housing accommodations are available for the two-day event beginning Friday.

Cost is $80 for overnight, which includes three meals and double occupancy; $52.50 for the commuter rate and $102.50 for a single room.

For more information or to book your room, call 222-5407.