Church camp wants you to take a hike May 2

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Camp Calvary gearing up for annual fundraiser

By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Staff Writer

Alan Cooper, manager of Camp Calvary in Washington County, would like everyone to take a hike – literally! Saturday, May 2 is Hike Day at the camp, which is used as a fundraiser for the facility. Participants in the hike are asked to raise money by having people pledge so much per mile hiked. The hike is approximately five miles around the camp property.

“We usually have between 300 and 350 attendants for that,” said Cooper, who is starting his 21st year as the camp’s manager. “There will be a fishing tournament. There will be a lot of inflatable games for the kids to play on. It starts around 9 a.m. and runs through mid-afternoon.”

The camp hopes to raise $50,000 during this year’s hike. All proceeds will go toward the camp’s building and debt fund. The camp operates solely on contributions and is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Camp Calvary started in 1960 by the Christian churches in Washington County on 26 acres of land donated by Vernon Coulter. The first camping session was in 1963 with 86 campers. It has grown steadily over the years with 1,128 campers attending last year. The campground has grown as well to almost 400 acres.

For more information about Hike Day, contact Camp Calvary at (859) 375-4376 or visit www.campcalvaryky.com on the Internet.

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