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Camp Kulaqua Celebrates 60 Years of Memories

posted on December 05, 2013, under Camp Ministry by

Hundreds of former employees gathered at Camp Kulaqua for the 60th anniversary celebration in September. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Hundreds of former employees gathered at Camp Kulaqua for the 60th anniversary celebration in September. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

This 1955 photo shows campers enjoying a swim in Hornsby Spring on the 250 acres purchased for $18,000 soon after Wayne Foster joined Florida Conference as youth director.

This 1955 photo shows campers enjoying a swim in Hornsby Spring on the 273 acres purchased for $18,000 soon after Wayne Foster joined Florida Conference as youth director.

by Phil Younts

More than 500 previous Camp Kulaqua staff members returned to the banks of Hornsby Spring located near High Springs in North Florida, September 22, to celebrate and to reminisce. “We are thankful for all the staff who dedicated their lives to camp ministry, and for 60 years of God’s blessings on Camp Kulaqua,” said Phil Younts, Administrative Camp Director since 1987.

From the original 273 acres purchased in 1953, the Camp has grown until it now encompasses more than 680 acres with housing for 1,000 people. More than 50,000 people use the facilities each year.

Almost all of Camp Kulaqua's past administrative and summer camp directors were present for the anniversary weekend. From left: Wayne Foster, Norm Middag, Phil Younts, Wally Welch, Bucky Weeks, Lewis Hendershot, Byron Voorheis, Rick Faber, and Ray Queen. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Almost all of Camp Kulaqua’s past administrative and summer camp directors were present for the anniversary weekend. From left: Wayne Foster, Norm Middag, Phil Younts, Wally Welch, Bucky Weeks, Lewis Hendershot, Byron Voorheis, Rick Faber, and Ray Queen. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

While developing into a year-round camp, the original purpose of bringing young people to the Lord in an outdoor setting has not diminished. During 2013, 75 young people were baptized, and hundreds more made commitments to Jesus.

Camp Kulaqua continues to improve its facilities to accommodate an increasing conference membership with the construction of three Woodland Lodges. Each lodge can house up to 120 guests in hotel-style rooms. A Visitor Center is also in the building process.

“We provide the opportunities. You provide the memories,” says Younts.

 


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