BCH dedicates Camp Duncan, fulfills dream
    November 18 2010 by J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications

    Nearly 500 guests who have shared the dream of a wilderness camp for girls, based on the Cameron Boys Camp model, helped to dedicate Camp Duncan for girls in Aberdeen Oct. 30.

    “Ladies and gentlemen … dreams do come true,” Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) President Michael C. Blackwell announced to the crowd.

    Several attempts through the years to create a girls camp fell short. But when the late Haskell and Gay Duncan made their expansive residential property in Aberdeen available to BCH, they provided the ideal location. Now, during BCH’s 125th anniversary and 30 years after the opening of Cameron Boys Camp, Camp Duncan for girls has arrived.

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    Arwen Hays, a counselor at Camp Duncan, gives a tour of the girls’ campsite to guests attending the dedication. Girls will live at the campsite with Arwen and other female counselors as part of the therapeutic camping program.

    “This is God’s timing,” Blackwell proclaimed. “When God opens the door you have to be ready to move through it. That is what has happened with Camp Duncan.”

    Through the help of North Carolina Baptist Men, contractor Chuck Scott, and hundreds of volunteer laborers, BCH has repurposed the Duncan’s residential land and its existing facilities for the camp.

    “There has been so much support ... so many churches involved in building Camp Duncan,” said Camp Duncan Director Paul Daley, a 30-year veteran of BCH, most of which he spent directing Cameron Boys Camp.

    “You are part of building a spiritual heritage. It’s all about Jesus and what He’s wanted us to do.”

    Since early 2009, more than 2,000 volunteers have worked to transform the property.

    “The volunteer efforts and numerous donations have been vital,” Blackwell said. “Without the overwhelming generosity of North Carolina Baptists and so many others there would be no Camp Duncan.”

    Camp Duncan will serve school-aged girls. The children will live outside year round in a highly-structured, wilderness environment. Three female staff members called chiefs have been hired to serve as the counselors to the initial group of 10 girls. The goal is to help girls and their families overcome the challenges and obstacles in their lives and reunify the household.

    Like all of BCH’s programs, Camp Duncan is Christ-centered. A very special place on the property is the outdoor chapel where the girls will worship

    “This has been one of the most remarkable years ever at BCH,” Blackwell said, “And the dedication of Camp Duncan is one of the events that has made it even more remarkable.”  
    11/18/2010 7:27:00 AM by J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 0 comments

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