Blue Lake director seeks memories for book

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Nestled deep in the Conecuh National Forest, lies the home of a camp that holds many keys to summer memories for children and adults alike.

Now, Blue Lake Methodist Camp Director Phyllis Murray is working to collect old stories and memories from the camp for a book she and her staff are working to complete.

“The name of the book is ‘Sweet Tea and Toast: The Tastes and Traditions of Blue Lake Camp,’” she said. “We already have the recipes, and we are using a format from a camp out west. We had a guy come and take some pictures of the camp. Now we’re looking for memories and stories from anyone who went to, worked at or was involved in Blue Lake Camp.”

Murray said she’s asking those who have stories to share them with Blue Lake.

“We thought that the holidays may be a good time for people to reminisce about their days at Blue Lake Camp,” she said. “So many people here have been to Blue Lake or know someone who has.”

Murray said she also plans to include stories such as when an airplane crashed into the lake in 1967, and a giant “Sky Crane” helicopter, one of only seven in the world was used to lift the plane out of the lake.

The price for the cookbook/memory book has not been set yet, but Murray said all proceeds would go to help fund camp scholarships.

Those who wish to submit their stories may do so by calling Murray at 222-5407, emailing her at or mailing them to 8500 Oakwood Lane, Andalusia, AL 36420.