Beckwith Camp: more than a new floor for soles
Renovations to Beckwith Camp, a 2017 Baldwin County Impact 100 grant recipient, are almost complete. Our grant provided remodeling for Wilson Hall, one of the original 1959 buildings. The dining hall has a new low- maintenance floor, screen porch, and updated kitchen equipment. The beadboard walls are freshly painted, as is the exterior. A centrally located handicapped-accessible parking lot will be completed soon.
Wilson Hall provides 30,000+ meals a year for youth campers and adults on retreat. Meals are now served from new kitchen fryers, warming ovens, steamers and stoves. The dining hall is attractive, relaxing and purposeful. Eleanor Reeves, executive director, commented that the summer campers took notice of the new floors and took extra care to keep them clean. “When a 9-year-old cleans up spills, that shows how much pride our campers have in our improvements.”
Beckwith Camp started as a private fish retreat in 1933 and the resident camp opened in the mid-70’s. Part of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, it is available to community and business groups, family reunions, and weddings. It depends on revenue from these varied sources to stay open and remain as dynamic as it is. The camp accommodates about 650 campers during the summer sessions and is booked for conferences, retreats and events every weekend. The Week’s Bay location allows attendees a wide selection
of water activities, field and court games, nature trails, and a team building course with high and low rope elements.
Eleanor Reeves has served as executive director for the last 10 years. She is very proud of all Beckwith Camp has to offer. “We sit right on God’s front porch. Our sunrise over the bay is the perfect start to every day. We have much to be thankful for, including our grant from Impact 100. This grant paved the way toward new goals, programs and funding. Our camp is one in a million. Thank you, Impact 100!”
—Amanda Green Mitchell