My wife and I are members of the Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church (BCCPC) in Powell, Tennessee where I am currently serving a term as a Session Member (basically the Session is the Board of Directors of our church).
Our church, like other Cumberland Presbyterian churches, participates in sending the youth to a retreat at the church owned Camp Chilhowee, a 106 acre retreat in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are several cabins, an amphitheater, mess hall, swimming pool, and lots of beautiful grounds to hike, play, worship, and enjoy.
We feel it’s important to provide this setting away from the distractions of modern life to allow the youth to bond together, to reflect, and to find their own, closer relationship to God.
I’m not sure when the buildings at Camp Chilhowee were built, but after many years of ‘enjoyment’ by rambunctious youth and the passage of time the individual cabins were getting pretty used up.
I’m happy to say I was on the cabin committee and that project is now completed. On Sunday afternoon, April 19th many church members made the trek to Camp Chilhowee to dedicate our new cabin.
Church members gather at the Camp Chilhowee amphtheatre to dedicate our new cabin. Several adult church members testified to their experiences at Camp Chilhowee in their youth. For some their grandchildren will be the third generation of that family to attend.
Here's the new cabin, it has 8 bunk beds, two full bathrooms, and will accomodate 16 campers.
Church members gather on the large cabin porch to dedicate the cabin to the service of our Lord
Here's the cabin interior, it has 8 bunk beds and two full bathrooms.
Another CP church is building a new cabin. They're just completed demo on the old cabin and poured the new cabin's footers. This one should be ready by fall.