Spring cleaning: Mo. students invade Caraway
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
March 24, 2010

Spring cleaning: Mo. students invade Caraway

Spring cleaning: Mo. students invade Caraway
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
March 24, 2010

A 215-member contingent of

Christian college students from Missouri descended on Caraway Conference Center

and Camp the week of March 8 to clean, paint, mulch, rake, split wood, sort,

organize and build trails, a Frisbee golf course and a cityscape in which to

wage paint ball war.

BR photo by Norman Jameson

Manhandling a wheelbarrow was not easy for these volunteers from Truman State University Campus Christian Fellowship. See photo gallery and video.

The students were from the

Campus Christian Fellowship of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and

their service trip to North Carolina was in lieu of the kind of spring break

many college students take that involves a self-absorbed week of drinking and

sun bathing.

“We came here because we

love the Lord and it’s fun,” said Truman student Angie Whitlatch. “We pay money

to work and have no sleep, but it’s the best week of the whole school year.”

Arriving primarily in school

buses after a 23-hour non-stop drive, the students set to work immediately, taking

just one day off to visit the North Carolina Zoo. They also had devotions, and

group worship each day.

Student organizer Courtney

Perrachione said Campus Christian Fellowship solicits a work opportunity each

year, but few organizations can keep a group as large as theirs busy for a

week. When associate camp director Jeremy Jackson saw the request for proposal

from CCF, he responded the same day.

Staff was well prepared for

the invasion with equipment, materials and plans for the students to get busy

and stay busy.

BR photo by Norman Jameson

Apparently using only prestidigitation, a volunteer rescues a stump from the lake and rolls it up the hill to be split. See photo gallery and video.

Several of their projects

will expand Caraway’s ability to attract weekend visitors, families and adult

groups for fun activities. The students built tent campsites with packed sand

inside a level frame; each site with a picnic table.

They built a Frisbee golf

course and a cityscape in the paint ball area, greatly expanding recreational

possibilities. With logging trails and an emergency road cut through the

property, future opportunities exist for mountain biking.

Campers are going to be

“jacked up” when they see the new offerings this year, said Caraway staffer

Kenny Adcock, who is in charge of summer programs.

Students cut and lined with

tree limbs an estimated three miles of trails that “open up the very, very

pretty parts of this property nobody ever sees,” Caraway Director Jimmy Huffman


Huffman, on staff at Caraway

for 10 years and director since July 2007, said he wants to refurbish the old

Camp Caraway on the other side of the road in time for Caraway’s 50th

anniversary in 2013. Each feature Caraway adds enhances its attractiveness and

Huffman wants Baptist families and churches to utilize the marvelous asset that

950 acres of Caraway presents. It is also about to enter a $7.5 million

campaign to upgrade facilities.

Call Caraway to reserve a camp site or schedule

a paintball tournament or group building event on the ropes course: (336)

629-2374. Visit www.caraway.org.

About 21,000 overnight visitors utilize the

property each year.