Alton Howard had a dream to build a summer camp for kids. With several volunteers who shared that dream, camp opened in 1967. Alton is pictured to the left with Lloyd Williams, the first director, in the middle.
Camp was led by Director Lloyd Williams and established itself as a place parents could trust to send their children to camp. Kids came from all over the southeast USA. During these years many of the traditions and values formed that we still have today.
Camp continued to grow. New directors made their mark. Buddy Barwick, Tim Jennings, Steve Deloach, Howard Karbo, Mike Kellet, and Chrys Howard served during these years.
Camp was led in the 90's by Howard Karbo, Chrys Howard, Alan Robertson, Mike Kellet, and Willie Robertson. The camp now had a history and past campers began to come back to serve as counselors and Bible teachers.
Camp grew to new heights. By 2004, record numbers had attended camp. Sadly, founder Alton Howard passed away in 2006 and camp was sold, but God was not through with his mission.
During this time, camp operated on a smaller scale as a new board was being prepared to reopen under a new non-profit. Many volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure its reopening.
Camp officially reopened under the leadership of a new board and under the direction of David and Karen Bromley, Chrys Howard, Missy Williams, LinDee and Billy Loveland, and several other faithful servants who love camp.
Ch-Yo-Ca celebrated 50 years during the summer of 2017. Over 500 people gathered to celebrate this milestone and pledged to keep camp going another 50 years and beyond.
Camp is ready for new campers! We still sing around a campfire, paddle canoes, play ping-pong, and go to arts and crafts, but we are not stuck in 1967. Director John Luke Robertson has been appointed to lead camp into its best decade yet.
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