Bible Camp to Celebrate one-year anniversary

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Public invited to chili supper, hayrides, music and more

From coming to town to speak at a church, to a chance conversation, to a Bible camp with three summer camp sessions and five fall retreats, Bill and Brenda Bennett, directors of Ridge Top Bible Camp in Ridgley, say they are amazed at how far they've come in just one year.

In November 2015, the two held an informational session for the public about their vision for a Bible camp to be a resource for local children, families and churches in Barry County.

Now, after a year has passed, they are seeing the fruits of their labor and are inviting the public to share in a one-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser to continue carrying out their vision for the community with the positive momentum they've gathered.

"We were at Silver Dollar City recently and a group sang, 'Prepare to be Amazed,' and I don't think I was prepared at what God would do," Bill Bennett said. "We've obviously come from nothing to three summer camp sessions and five fall events -- a teen retreat, two women's retreats, men's retreat and Super Saturday event for children. We have applied for a 501c3 and find out the status on Oct. 25."

The anniversary celebration will take place on Nov. 5 at the camp in Ridgley from 4-7 p.m., and it will include a chili/dessert supper, pony rides, hay rides, train rides, a bounce house and music. The public is invited, and attendance is on a donation basis.

Bennett said information will be available about the camp's past year's completed projects and goals for next year.

"We are going to hand out pamphlets to let people see where we started, compared to now," he said. "We want people to come out and learn about our camp, just have a good time, experience what's there and see wants it's all about."

Bennett reported that the fall retreats have been well-attended, and that instead of having one ladies' retreat as planned, they are having two.

He also discussed the possibility of having a harvest-type festival each year on the grounds for families.

"We may have in the future," Bennett said. "This event could grow into something more. We'll see how well it's attended."

The camp is located on Highway 76/86 between Exeter and Wheaton.

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