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Where we were... ...Where we are
Miller Lake Baptist Camp
A Short History of Miller Lake
- The initial vision conceiving of a camp came from John Goetze.
- Summer 1957
Betty and Heinz Vogel found a property for sale at Miller Lake while camping there. That same summer, a delegation involving John Goetze, Eli Nickel, Helmut Krause, Br Vischnevski, and Br. Holtzaepfel visited the property.
- November 1957
A purchase was made from Curtis and Louis Corbetta who owned Summer House Camp. The property was for sale because the owner (Kurt) wanted to fund the building of a cottage. The purchase price was $2000. 10 Youth Groups from 10 churches contributed.
- Summer 61
First trees were cut down from the rock face to waterfront. All the trees were cut down in one day using only handsaws (no chainsaws!)
* Another weekend was used to clean up
* A bulldozer was hired to push the stumps out of the clearing
Tin shed was built. Made almost exclusively of logs from the bush. Some lumber was bought for the flooring and roof slats. Completed in 2 weekends
First Youngschar (Boys) camp
The cottage was built. Prefabicated at a lumber yard in St. Jacobs where Andy Petz and John Meiszinger worked. Parts were delivered by truck and assembled on site. The cottage costed $700. But the siding costed another $1200.
- Many boys + girls camps
Dining hall, kitchen, washrooms added
Septic system + well installed
Dorm extention - pre-fabricated in church parking lot and shell constructed on one long weekend
First seniors camp
- 2000 - spring new winterized building begun
- 2000 - late fall septic tank and lines installed
- 2003 - Framing rooms downstairs
- 2003-07 - Vinyl siding, framing of upstairs rooms, internal development, decor
- Future Vision
A winterized building that will sleep up to 28 people with fully functioning Bathrooms and Kitchen facilities for 75 or more
To extend camping use season by providing a retreat environment durring off season times
Winter Weekend retreats (Young Family and Young Adults have already started)