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Volunteers lift new wilderness camp
J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications
February 08, 2010
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Volunteers lift new wilderness camp

Volunteers lift new wilderness camp
J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications
February 08, 2010

Paul Daley, director of the

Camp Duncan wilderness camp for girls under construction, appreciates the

constant and faithful stream of N.C. Baptist Men’s volunteers that are building

an important wilderness camp for girls.

Modeled after the effective

Cameron Boys Camp which he directed for nearly 30 years, Daley dreamed for at

least half that time of a similar camp for girls. A gift of land to Baptist

Children’s Homes of North Carolina and volunteer labor from N.C. Baptist Men is

making it possible on 476 acres near Aberdeen.

“This is the first day in a

long time we haven’t had volunteers working,” Daley said during a recent

federal holiday. “Every day, there are several people out here helping.”

The help has come primarily

from N.C. Baptist Men who often travel a great distance to help build Camp

Duncan.

Churches mobilized groups to

tackle a variety of projects that includes clearing wooded trails, building a

shower house, and completing renovations to the home on the property that

serves as the administration building.

In a difficult economy, the

time and talents given by volunteers have made possible the impossible.

BCH photo

Baptist Men from Willomore Baptist Church in Greensboro help construct a shower house at Camp Duncan in Aberdeen. The wilderness camp for at-risk girls has been almost completely constructed by volunteers.

“In-kind contributions,

especially the volunteer labor, have been essential,” said BCH Executive Vice

President of Programs and Services Keith Henry. “We would not have had the

resources to undertake such a project without it.”

With only a couple of

exceptions, the majority of Camp Duncan has been created through volunteer

efforts. It is a project that became very important to N.C. Baptist Men the day

leaders Richard Brunson and Gaylon Moss first surveyed the property. Brunson

directs N.C. Baptist Men and Moss is the disaster relief and volunteerism

coordinator.

“I immediately saw the

potential,” Brunson said. “With the lake and the woods it seemed like an ideal

place for a therapeutic wilderness camp.”

Since April 2009,

approximately 1,060 volunteers have helped make the camp a reality. Brunson

believes the project’s purpose makes a strong connection with volunteers.

“It’s the kind of project

volunteers want to invest their time and talent,” he explains. “They know it

will make a difference in the lives of girls, and that they will come to know

Christ.”

N.C. Baptist Men organized a

work “blitz” from Dec. 28, 2009, to Jan. 2, 2010, encouraging groups to spend

the final holiday week pushing essential Camp Duncan projects forward. More

than 140 volunteers participated.

“A whole lot was

accomplished,” Daley says. “We poured concrete and finished the foundations

around the main building as well as additional framing. There were also teams

who cut trails. We made a big step.”

Daley said it’s been

inspirational for him to work alongside the volunteers.

“It was very apparent that

every group that came out was dedicated to Christ,” he explains. “They shared

that spirit as they worked as well as their desire to be a part of this

ministry that will help meet the needs of young girls.”

Major projects remain to complete before Camp

Duncan’s dedication ceremony May 22. If your group would like to help, contact

N.C. Baptist Men site coordinator David Seymour at (704) 221-4281.