SILVERTON — Inspired, in part, by the memory of a beloved longtime camp director who died last spring, a Christian camp here is making an unprecedented effort to see its facilities full of youth this summer.
Operation Full Camp is the title for the campaign developed for Canyonview Camp, 13000 Finlay Road N.E., east of the city.
Diagnosed with terminal cancer four years earlier, Dale Price, the camp’s former executive director, died last April 16. Seven days later more than 600 people packed into the camp’s gymnasium to pay tribute to a man who many said showed them the path to Jesus Christ.
During his 30 years of service at Canyonview, Price was affectionately known by his camp name, Buzzard. His ministry went well beyond the camp. He was a staple at many churches in the Willamette Valley, nationally and even internationally. Despite failing health, Price in 2010 took part in a ministry trip to Russia. He and his wife, Ruby, renewed their wedding vows on their 40th anniversary, Feb. 21, 2010.
Developed by Silverton resident Lance Kamstra, a member of the camp’s governing board and co-chair with Amy Morris of the campaign, the drive begins April 1 and runs through June 15. Its three main objectives are:
- providing funding for children to come to camp who would normally not be able to afford the fees;
- enrolling children through churches that will partner with Canyonview to find those that quality for the program;
- recruiting volunteers to assist staff in the daily needs that exist at the camp during the summer months.
Kamstra, who remembers Price with great fondness, is quick to quote the late director on the importance of the camp’s facilities being used to the maximum to reach kids for Christ.
“He used to say, ‘The best thing for Canyonview is a full camp,’ ” said Kamstra.
Kamstra said the campaign will target youngsters living within roughly a 50-mile radius of the camp. Examples of those that might be helped to attend camp are children of deployed military personnel, youth from single-family homes, or those from the inner city.
With a goal of raising $75,000 to $90,000, the campaign will utilize the camp’s regular promotional pieces; a variety of digital, printed and in-person promotions within churches, displays at special events; assistance from local businesses; and a special golf marathon. Ruby Price also will be involved in the campaign.
Operating for six decades, Canyonview offers a year-round mix of day, overnight and horsemanship camps. With 55 horses, the camp is especially known for its equine programs.
The camp’s capacity at any one time is 88 for overnight camps, 32 in the horsemanship camps and 150 in day camps.
A staff of 10 is headed by Jim Krieg, who worked in the camp for 15 years and now serves as executive director. He was a teaching pastor at Grace Bible Fellowshp of Silverton for 10 years and also taught at a Portland culinary school; one of his goals is to offer culinary classes at the camp itself.
For more on the campaign, contact Kamstra at 503-873-7727 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Morris at 541-619-5354 or email@example.com. For more on the camp, go to canyonviewcamp.org.
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