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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Young Beulah campers offer help at Duff-Kingston Gym

  • Over two dozen young men and women who are attending the Beulah Holiness Camp descended on the Eldorado Duff-Kingston Gym on Tuesday morning to clean and do touch up painting on the walls and benches.
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    Beulah Holiness Campers Victoria Miller, left, and Faith Camfield take a playful break from painting at Duff-Kingston Gym.
     
    Jon Sternberg photo
    Over two dozen young men and women who are attending the Beulah Holiness Camp descended on the Eldorado Duff-Kingston Gym on Tuesday morning to clean and do touch up painting on the walls and benches.
    For over a century, Beulah Holiness Camp has hosted youths and their families in a faith-based setting designed to renew and invigorate participants’ faith. The first camp was in 1903. In recent years a part of the camp’s experience for young people has included performing community outreach in the area — the Mission Blitz.
    Tim Price, of Harvest Ministries, has been involved with the camp since 1972, when he began coming there as a child. Price is Youth Coordinator this year and oversees the young people’s mission work and activities. Price said that the campers would be working at the Eldorado gym Tuesday and Wednesday. The young people also helped at the Christian Community and Compassion Center homeless shelter and food pantry in Harrisburg earlier in the week-long camp, providing a deep cleaning of the entire facility. Later this week the campers will drop in at the FountainView Nursing Home in Eldorado to visit and interact with the residents.
    Price added that it's not all work for the youths. Each afternoon saw fun activities such as bowling and movies scheduled, to give the campers a chance to interact with their camp friends in a social setting.
    “It's like a church camp and a mission camp, all rolled into one,” Price said.
    Kaylee Shane of Decatur, was hard at work with Faith Camfield, also from Decatur, and Austin Gibson, who hails from Nicholasfield, Ky. This is Shane’s first year at the camp and she is having a great time.
    “My best friend told me it was pretty cool and she was right,” Shane said.
    “That's me,” said Faith Camfield, “We are best friends.”
    Camfield has been attending Beulah Camp since she was five, some 10 years now and her whole family comes every year.
    “It's great, a really good experience,” Camfield said.
    Austin Gibson echoed the young ladies feelings.
    “This is my first year and I'm having a lot of fun. Being at the camp is very enriching spiritually.”
    Kaleb Phillips is a camp youth pastor and youth leader has been coming to the camp for 22 years and has been a youth pastor there for 10 years.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I find being at the camp a spiritually invigorating experience, very enjoyable,” Phillips said.
    These young men and women were obviously enjoying their mission work on Tuesday afternoon. A smartphone was docked into the gym’s sound system and soft rock echoed through the seats. The happy chatter, jokes and brief interludes of impromptu dancing gave evidence to the pleasure and fun the youths were obtaining from their service to the community. Cole Kennedy of Springfield summed up the sentiment evident in the campers activities and obvious pleasure in their mission work.
    “It's kind of nice helping other people,” Kennedy said.

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