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
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.
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
“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
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.