The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG — This year marks the 50th anniversary of Camp Mount Luther and several observances are taking place to mark this milestone. The camp board, administration, and volunteers have planned a series of events to celebrate this year, culminating in a birthday celebration on June 30, the 50th anniversary of the camp’s dedication day.
An open house will take place starting at 2 p.m. and will feature the opportunity to walk around camp, visit with friends, swim, play a round of Frisbee golf, play volleyball, or walk our nature trail. There will also be some historical displays and memorabilia.
From 4 to 6 p.m. a buffet picnic meal will be served in the Evergreen Center, with outdoor seating available. There will be no charge for the meal; however, freewill donations towards the meal and the Birthday Candle Project will be accepted. Reservations must be made for the meal by June 21, as tickets will be required. You may pick up your tickets upon arrival at camp that day.
A worship service with Holy Communion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Upper Susquehanna Synod Bishops Robert L. Driesen and A. Donald Main with Rev. Theodore Schneider, the camp’s first director, as preacher. Mark Burkhardt, former Mount Luther director and director for Outdoor Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), will bring greetings from the ELCA. This worship service is planned for the outdoors, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. You are also encouraged to bring with you any camp memorabilia that you think would be fun to share with others.
Bishop Robert L. Driesen of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, with whom Camp Mount Luther has enjoyed a strong partnership since 1988, says this day will be an opportunity to celebrate all those who have made their mark on the camp.
“It will be a wonderful day to celebrate the 50 year ministry of Camp Mount Luther and remember the great cloud of witnesses past and present who’ve made Mount Luther what it is today. They’ve given their time, talents, and treasure for five decades and have contributed to the strong tradition of outdoor ministry in this place set apart by God. With God’s help, Mount Luther will continue to grow and prosper and build upon these first 50 years,” Driesen said. Driesen will install this summer’s staff at the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly at Susquehanna University on June 14. The installation will be part of a Eucharist service that will celebrate the camp’s birthday and the 25th anniversary of the synod, which is also this year.
Chad Hershberger, the camp’s executive director since 2001, said many events and activities have been taking place this year to celebrate the camp’s 50th birthday.
The camp is also currently embarked on their Birthday Candle Project, to raise $600,000 with the hope of increasing annual fund giving, retiring the debt on their Evergreen Dining and Activities Center, and starting an endowment fund. For each $12,000 they raise, they will place one more candle on their birthday cake. At the end of April, the camp had raised 41 of the 50 candles.
For more information on any of Camp Mount Luther’s programs call the camp at (570) 922-1587 or visit www.campmountluther.org.