Camp Lewtana celebrates diamond anniversary

By: 
Jenny Gessaman
Reporter
Kids walk up a wooded hill to a large log hall during the summer.

Campers head up to the Camp Lewtana’s main building during a summer event.
Photo courtesy of Camp Lewtana

Since 1941, Camp Lewtana has offered a wide variety of camps conveying the Christian message. This summer, they added a new, one-time event to their list: the Camp Lewtana 75th Anniversary and Alumni Reunion.

This July 8 and 9, the Christian camp is celebrating three quarters of a century with a combination of past and present. Friday includes registration and supper, followed by a “Singspiration” of old camp songs and a campfire.

Saturday kicks off with several speakers, a morning Camp Coordinator Lee Lantzer said would be comparable to chapel. The day continues with a presentation on camp history.

The Camp Lewtana website describes its precursor, Camp JE-SA-KI-LO, as a Cottonwood Creek tent camp started in 1939. The current location was acquired in the early 1940s and log cabins soon followed the purchase. The website states these original buildings still stand and are used as part of camp today.

Lantzer said the rest of Saturday would be dedicated to camp tours, remembrances and time to share memories with old and new alumni alike. He added historical camp pictures would be displayed throughout the weekend.

“Anybody that is interested in the camp, especially those that are workers or people that went to the camp,” Lantzer said, clarifying any age group, and anyone, was welcome.

Cabins, RVs and tent sites are available for overnight stays, but must be reserved by July 6. The 75th Anniversary Celebration is free, with a free-will offering at the close of the celebration.

Lantzer is looking forward to the event.

“I’m excited just to hear about what God’s done over the years and hear about his faithfulness,” he said.

For more information, or for questions, call Camp Lewtana at 535-4805.

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