Fall Retreats Continue & New Camp Director Housing

From the Board of Directors:

The Park Road property continues to make great progress in recovering from the fire that devastated the Lost Pines area two months ago. Power and water service have been restored to the property and the RV area is ready for a volunteer team that will be arriving this weekend that will be serving at the camp throughout November. The well has been repaired, is powered up and running. Volunteer teams have been steadily cleaning up the structures that were destroyed and hauling off the debris for recycling or disposal. Seeding and other erosion control efforts are underway in order to protect the property, and we are beginning the process of taking down dead trees.

The camp continues on its’ Fall schedule of retreats. Our staff will be running a Father/Daughter campout for two Austin-area churches at Cooper Farm this weekend and the Katy Bible Church family camp there next weekend. Wilderness Ridge has been blessed by the gracious opportunity to use the Cooper Farm facilities in Ledbetter, TX and by an out-pouring of support from the leaders of camps throughout Texas.

During the fire we lost the beautiful directors house at the Park Road property. While our long-term goal is to have our director living on the camp property, the board saw a need to quickly establish a stable living situation and office environment for Ron and Sandy Hunt. With rentals in short supply because of the loss of 1500 houses in the area, we made a decision to purchase a property in Smithville. The house, at 503 Olive Street, is now owned by Camp Wilderness Ridge and is being prepared for the Hunts to move in. The house provides ample living room for the Hunts along with office space and room for guests.

Finally, Karen Van Overloop, Karen Kenagy and Kim Gardiner are hosting a housewarming shower for Sandy Hunt on November 12th in Round Rock, TX. Ron and Sandy lost their personal belongings in the fire and the goal is to shower them with love and gifts in order to help them quickly establish a comfortable and welcoming home in Smithville. Sandy is registered as a “newlywed” at target.com, and for housewarming gifts at bedbathandbeyond.com and sears.com All are invited to the shower, for details please visit http://new.evite.com/services/links/LBO5RFTAM7.

God has done great things at Wilderness Ridge and the Board of Directors continues to seek His will regarding the ministry and the resources of the camp. Please join us in lifting the guests, the staff, the volunteers, and the mission of the camp to God in prayer.

God bless you and thank you for your support,

Board of Directors

Camp Wilderness Ridge