by Susan Little
The Board of Directors is calling for submissions from anyone who went to Camp Artaban (1937-1966) or can tell stories about people affected by this camp. Stories about the founders of Camp Artaban (Camp) or those who built it are especially needed.
The goal of a proposed book, at this stage called The Memories Booklet, is to conclude the life of Camp with the creation of a living testimony. It is a humble record of the power of God’s Spirit transforming lives and making God known through service to others.
On May 25, 2019, Camp is hosting a final reunion because there will be no more reason for the Board to exist.
Over the last 50 years, the original investment from the sale of the property (1968) has funded hundreds and hundreds of children and youth to go to camp.
It is estimated over 2,000 children have been able to go to camp with financial assistance from the legacy of Camp. However, once the fund is empty, the real legacy of Camp will continue in the lives of people who learned how to live and love as Jesus taught.
The plan is to publish the booklet of memories featuring the kind of stories described earlier, plus descriptions of traditions which characterized the experience of Camp as we knew it.
Although the draft already has the archives of the early days of Camp, as well as newspaper clippings of important events, reunions and celebrations, it still needs the voices of all those who made Camp the life-changing place that it was.
We want all the voices at Camp to be heard.
After all, it was the cooks, the work boys, the potentates, the hut chiefs and the unusual campers who added zest and inspiration to our time spent at Camp. It was the special events at Camp and the personalities that made our time there so memorable. What happened at Camp has created a lasting difference in the lives of many and we hope that
The Memories Booklet will gather them together to be a permanent record of Camp Artaban’s legacy.
You can help by providing the following:
- Tell us your name, what roles you or the person you are writing about had at Camp, the years you attended, your camp name and /or your maiden name. Include your email, phone number and mailing address.
- Why did you go to Camp and what kept you returning?
- What was the highlight of your camping experience? Recount as stories any incident or a series of them which illustrate life at Camp.
- What impact has Camp had on your life?
Send your memories (encourage others to do the same) to our editor, Dave McKay below.
The deadline is September 15, 2018.
Susan Little is a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Artaban.
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