2015 was the first summer as a joint camping ministry between Lehigh and Philadelphia Presbyteries, and it was an incredible success. They are blessed to have this unique combination of traditions, with both Brainerd and Kirkwood’s respective histories blending into a new, and unique, living community.
As of January 2016, Kirkwood started operating with a new Board of Directors, as well as a new on-site Director, to grow their reach as a ministry. As a part of this, they have built two brand new cabins identical to Carr Cabin, and have updated a ton of key aspects to their facilities and property. Of course, all of this has been made possible by the generous support of the presbyteries they serve, individuals and families who identify with their mission, and a huge assistance from their volunteers.
Folks from Lehigh and Philadelphia Presbyteries were invited to the dedication of the two new cabins. The dedication took place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Participants were given an opportunity to check out the camp and become acquainted with the facilities by being able to stay overnight for a nominal fee. Then wake up to enjoy a worship service on Sunday morning at the Gorman Roof Chapel.
A small dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, before the unveiling of the new names for the cabins.
Tommy Campbell, Camp Director helps unveil the names of the two new cabins built this year at the camp. In honor and memory of Camp Brainerd, the first cabin was named Brainerd Cabin and the second was named Lehigh.
Many folks from Lehigh and Philadelphia joined in to dedicate these two new cabins. Afterwards they enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Ben Hooper of the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church.
Don’t forget the summer camping season is just around the corner. It is a wonderful opportunity for youth to make new friends in a safe, non-judging environment and check out the new cabins and programs. Watch for details after the first of the year.