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Posted: 07/10/13

Gretchen Deming, office manager and outreach and marketing manager of Simpson Park Camp, stands in front of the camp's newly erected sign, located at the corner of W. Gates and Campground roads. The new sign, which was made by Whitcomb and Sons Sign Co. in Romeo, is part of the camp's new directive to bring more awareness of the camp and open their facilities to other groups and organizations.

(Observer photo by Debi Martone)

Simpson Park readies for
summer camp and games

Observer Special Writer

      For the majority of the year, the quiet corner in the country known as Simpson Park Camp appears as a serene setting of age-old cottages and storybook buildings scattered about on four picturesque acres of trees, wildflowers and rolling hills.
       But, as it has for 148 years, the tranquil setting will become anything but as the camp hosts its annual Camp Meeting, beginning July 26.
       Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1865, the Camp Meeting will bring families and friends from as far as New York and Pennsylvania to gather for a week of worship, fellowship and spiritual renewal.
       The interdenominational Family Camp, Youth Camp, Children's Camp and Young Adult's Camp will coincide with each other and additional activities, such as a Ladies Tea, Family BBQ and Children's Presentation. New leadership in the youth and young adult programs has brought about additional opportunities for the kids to participate in outreach programs and community service projects.
       "They are really stepping it up," said Gretchen Deming, office manager and outreach and marketing manager at Simpson Park Camp.
       The public is invited to take part in all of the camp's activities and listen to the guest speakers in the camp's historical W.G. Nixon Tabernacle. This year's anchor speaker is Reverend Rob Renfroe, president and publisher of Good News Magazine, from Houston, Tex.
       Simpson Park will also host a Summer Games Camp from July 7-13. The camp is offered for children ages 9 to 15 years old of any faith. Through non-skilled games, music, faith and encouragement, kids will be enlightened personally, physically and spiritually. The cost of the camp is $270 and includes programs, recreation, crafts, lodging and food for the week.
       Information about both camps is available on the camp's website, or by calling (586) 752-3202.

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