Groundbreaking photo album

Photos of Spruce Lake’s groundbreaking ceremony for Spruce Lake’s new gym and activity center, Sunday, September 10, 2017, can be viewed by clicking this online link.

Groundbreaking took place at the site of the new gym/activity center at 3:00 p.m. on a pleasant sunny day. Executive Director Mark Swartley overviewed the Youth Center project, and Charles Ness, pastor of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church and summer camp pastor for many years, spoke of the dream he’d long had for such a facility. With feeling, he encouraged the group of about 60 people to keep walking into the vision of pointing the young people in our communities, schools and churches toward Christ. The new gym, with meeting rooms and indoor adventure programming facilities, will enable more opportunities not only in the summer, but year-round.

The groundbreaking ceremony kicked off Phase 1 in growing Wilderness Camp into a year-round Youth Ministry Center. Phase 2 construction (building cabins for use year-round) will begin sometime following the completion of the new gym next spring.

The Wilderness Camp pavilion has long served as the camp cafeteria, gathering spot and auditorium and was the first building to be built at Wilderness Camp in 1964, the year after Spruce Lake’s ministry began in 1963. It can no longer serve the number of people nor meet all of our needs as we point the youth of our communities toward Christ.