Our History

Central Baptist Youth Camp came into being 1961 as a ministry of Central Baptist Church. 



Dr. Adams learned that the Bar Mell Dude Ranch, located in Lake County, Florida (about 10 miles west of Deland) was for sale. The ranch contained 116 acres, mostly woodlands with lake front footage, two bunk houses, a mess hall and a house. The Girl Scouts had failed in an attempt to purchase this site. “Doc” Adams lobbied aggressively for Central to purchase the ranch for a church camp and recreation area.
Central’s Pastor, Hal Marchman (whom Doc Adams called: Mr. Preacher Man) and the church liked the proposal, but some thought the financial burden would be too great for the church in those early, lean years. Central’s growth was not to be denied, the camp site was purchased from the “Stone Lake Trust” of Boston, Massachusetts for $30,000.00 with $3,000.00 at closing and $3,000.00 per year at 4% interest payable on June first. 
In the beginning Pastor Hal Marchman doubled as camp director utilizing Elliott Chestnut as camp committee chairman. Bob Trumbull and Bob Beetem were subsequent camp committee chairmen. Glen Jones kept the camp fleet afloat. 
Soon a problem arose: the bunk houses slept more campers than the restrooms could accommodate. A larger restroom with two counselors’ rooms were built on the back of each bunk house. Everett “Red” McNiel, Jim Hughes and Tarplin Smith helped Louie Free to erect those additions. 
Original Cabins:
Also, there was no place for the younger children to swim. A tear drop shaped swimming pool was constructed between the mess hall and Cow Pens Lake. Many of our church members and friends worked hard to complete both projects. J.T. Strickland spearheaded the pool project utilizing his bowling alley construction group. We are told that J.T. made good use of youths George Kissam and Billy Rippey as pool excavators. 
The baseball field was made possible by Kenny Clontz and other church teens. While burning trash, they accidentally ignited the nearby woods. After the fire was extinguished by the local fire department, it was concluded that a baseball field on the burned out area would be a good idea.
“Baseball”/Athletic Field:

In 1970, the six room counselor building (called the motel) was built, just north of the mess hall. About five years later, to overcome a leaky, flat roof, an “A” frame roof was added with sufficient overhang on the west side to act as a porch cover over the walkway. Elliott Chestnut led this project. 


In 1980 the multi-use chapel and crafts building was built. Associate Pastor, Doug Harrell made many trips to the Lake County Engineering Department in Tavares to finalize the building permit. Bill Russell and Harold Hess plus many church members helped in completing this building.



During 1985, the present Olympic style swimming pool was built. It is 70 feet long by 30 feet wide and holds 93,000 gallons of water. The pool water is filtered via recycling through bellows shaped filters that are covered with cloth and diatomaceous earth.




Kenny Clontz either supervised or performed the electrical work for the pool project.
The camp was operated as a “not for profit” corporation titled “Central Baptist Youth Camp, Inc.” from September 10, 1987 until December 31, 1991. This was an attempt to protect the church from possible liabilities at camp. Complete separation from the church was never achieved.
By 1995 with camp rentals dwindling, a study concluded that the boys and the girls bunk houses were too outdated, not structurally sound, not handicap friendly, and generally unsafe. During 1996 the church approved a fund raising project called “Project Sonshine” for general church improvements, which included the camp. Again Centrals’ growth was not to be denied. Significant funds from outside the church were donated.

The camp committee, with Wayne Beighle as consultant, chose from three floor plan proposals made by Les Burdette. After approval by the church, Leete and Leete, Architects provided finalized and certified drawings as a donation to the church.
Wayne Beighle, Jim Hitson and Les Burdette began weekly trips to the Lake County Planning and Engineering Departments. Finally after three months, required permits for the two bunk houses were issued in March 21, 1997. Wayne Beighle and his team completed the two bunk houses on June 15, 1997. Finished just in time for our scheduled campers. The CBS’ers made and installed draperies for both bunk houses. Total budgeted amount: $60,000.00 each, with actual expenditures of $58,000.00 each!
New Campers Cabins:
The boys bunk house was dedicated on September 1, 1997 with a bronze plaque inscribed, “In memory of Bill and Annie B. France” presented by NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation.
The girls bunk house was dedicated on September 1, 1997 with a bronze plaque inscribed, “Given by Louise Eller Montague”.
During the early part of 1998 the camp mess hall and it’s kitchen renovation was completed. Led by Les Burdette and Ron Moore (camp caretaker), plus a group from the church installed siding, roof, windows and doors throughout the mess hall. Bob Rhinehart and Charlie Sapp were painters.
Original Mess Hall:
New Mess Hall:
Kitchen in Mess Hall:
CB Camp photos 2007 032
In the same period of time, the kitchen was retrofitted with: wall paneling, ceramic tile floors, stainless steel refrigerator, freezer, dish washer, hot table, tables, sinks and cabinets. New electrical and plumbing were installed as required, plus water treatment equipment. This state of the art food preparation center was dedicated with a bronze plaque inscribed, “In memory of Jerry Coble” on November 15, 1998 and was made possible by gifts from Jerry’s family and friends.
Also, early in 1998, the Pavilion was completed. Tommy Adams designed and built the pavilion, assisted by two of his construction associates. They donated the cost of their labor. This project was counseled by Gene Gibson. The pavilion was dedicated with a bronze plaque inscribed “In loving memory of Keith Forest Gibson” on November 15, 1998 and was made possible with gifts from his family and friends.
And just to the side of the Pavilion is a GREAT spot for SLIP ‘n SLIDE!

Later in 1998 the Gazebo, near the boat dock, was built with mostly surplus materials from the pavilion by Tommy Adams and associates.
In April 1999 the shore line beside the dock was graded and filled with white sand by Tom Self, of Self Trucking, and Self Trucking employees. Tom Self and Amy Mecklem supervised.
The camp committee chairmen for the first thirty-eight years of operation were: Elliott Chestnut, Bob Trumbull, Bob Beetem, Gene Gibson, Bill Bethea and presently, Les Burdette.
Camp caretakers were: Ernie Hafling, John Payne, Bill Toboin, Bill Schouse, Bill Kiel and presently, Ron Moore. Les Burdette, Tommy Adams, Daniel Cone, Jim Faires, George Kissam, Dot Lusson, Marty Petty and Tim Self were camp committee leaders and workers.
We are grateful to all of those who helped make Central’s Camp Ministry a success and to those that supplied information for this document.


Respectfully submitted by: Les Burdette, June 1999
(and typed for this BLOG by: Vicky Jackson, 2010)
(UPDATED in June 2014: Tim Lauxman)

198 Replies to “Our History”

  1. Pingback: Samples of viagra

  2. Pingback: cialis dosage 40 mg

  3. best CBD oil

    You are so awesome! I don’t think I’ve truly read something like this before.
    So great to find somebody with genuine thoughts on this topic.
    Really.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing
    that’s needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  4. carte prepagate

    Great site you have here but I was curious if you knew of
    any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feedback
    from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.

    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Appreciate it!

  5. Royal CBD oil

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on a variety of websites for about a year
    and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard good things about blogengine.net.

    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. best CBD oil

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make
    my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your
    design. Kudos

  7. CBD salve

    Hello friends, how is the whole thing, and what you would like to say concerning this
    paragraph, in my view its actually awesome in support of

  8. Pingback: cialis

  9. CBD for sale

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came
    to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  10. CBD gummies

    I think this is one of the most vital info for me. And i’m glad reading your article.
    But wanna remark on some general things, The website style is ideal, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

  11. best CBD oil

    Hi! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile
    friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my iphone
    4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
    resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions, please
    share. Thanks!

  12. CBD gummies

    Hello to every body, it’s my first go to see of this web site; this weblog consists of remarkable and truly excellent information for

  13. Pingback: how to get cialis

  14. CBD capsules

    Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?

    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results.
    If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  15. Pingback: Real viagra

  16. best cbd cream for pain

    What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely helpful and it has
    helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help other users like its aided me.

    Good job.

  17. Pingback: Buy viagra

  18. best CBD oil for pain

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I
    find It really helpful & it helped me out much. I am hoping to give something again and aid others such
    as you helped me.

  19. CBD gummies

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

  20. Pingback: cialis pills

  21. Pingback: buy ciprofloxacin

  22. Pingback: cheap cialis

  23. Pingback: generic viagra 100mg

  24. best CBD gummies

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I
    will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

  25. Pingback: when will generic cialis be available

  26. Pingback: naltrexone price 50mg

  27. best CBD oil

    I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else
    encountering issues with your site. It seems like some of
    the text on your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know
    if this is happening to them too? This may be
    a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Appreciate it

  28. Pingback: Google

  29. best CBD oil

    What i do not realize is in reality how you’re no longer really a lot
    more smartly-preferred than you may be now. You are so intelligent.

    You realize therefore significantly in the case
    of this subject, produced me individually believe it from numerous numerous angles.
    Its like men and women don’t seem to be
    involved except it is something to accomplish with Girl gaga!
    Your own stuffs great. All the time take care of it up!

  30. Pingback: Google

  31. best CBD oil

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking
    into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  32. Pingback: dildos

  33. best CBD oil

    I all the time used to read piece of writing in news papers but now as I
    am a user of net thus from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  34. Pingback: best dildo

  35. Pingback: crystal meth for sale

  36. Pingback: cialis

  37. Pingback: Buy exotic carts

  38. Pingback: كوتشي

  39. Pingback: buy CBD oil

  40. Pingback: best CBD oil for arthritis

  41. Pingback: canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg

  42. Pingback: best CBD cream for arthritis pain

  43. Pingback: best CBD oil for sleep

  44. Pingback: CBD oil for anxiety

  45. Pingback: best CBD oil for anxiety

  46. Pingback: best CBD oil for pain

  47. Pingback: best CBD capsules

  48. Pingback: bimatoprost ophthalmic solution generic

  49. Pingback: CBD oil near me

  50. Pingback: best CBD gummies

  51. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine cost us

  52. Pingback: best CBD gummies

  53. Pingback: best CBD gummies

  54. Pingback: buy generic cialis

  55. Pingback: best place to buy viagra online

  56. Pingback: chloroquine malaria prophylaxis

  57. Pingback: apk for pc download

  58. Pingback: free download for laptop pc

  59. Pingback: apk free download for windows 8

  60. Pingback: free download for laptop pc

  61. Pingback: app download for windows

  62. Pingback: free download for windows

  63. Pingback: apps for pc download

  64. Pingback: apps for pc download

  65. Pingback: app download for windows

  66. Pingback: free apps for pc download

  67. Pingback: free download for windows 10

  68. Pingback: viagra 50mg

  69. Pingback: free app for pclaptop

  70. Pingback: app download for pc

  71. Pingback: free laptop games download

  72. Pingback: free games download for windows 8

  73. Pingback: app download for windows

  74. Pingback: free games download for pc

  75. Pingback: free download for pc windows

  76. Pingback: free games download for pc

  77. Pingback: app for laptop

  78. Pingback: free download for windows 7

  79. Pingback: pc app free download

  80. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  81. Pingback: viagra generic

  82. baby yoda reaching

    Have you ever considered writing an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would
    appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to
    send me an email.

  83. Pingback: win at online roulette

  84. Pingback: vape shop near me

  85. Pingback: how to win at roulette

  86. Pingback: knight rider kitt

  87. Pingback: how to win at roulette

  88. Pingback: how to win at casino

  89. Pingback: roulette betting software

  90. Pingback: CARA THIEN CBD Scammer

  91. Pingback: cheap erectile dysfunction pills online

  92. Pingback: seo service

  93. Pingback: kratom near me

  94. Pingback: men's ed pills

  95. Pingback: Blessed CBD

  96. Pingback: best CBD oils

  97. Pingback: bàn học thông minh hà nội

  98. Pingback: buy CBD oil

  99. Pingback: CBD oil UK

  100. Pingback: CBD oil for pain

  101. Cecelia

    Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other
    websites? I have a blog based on the same topics
    you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I
    know my viewers would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel
    free to shoot me an email.

    My web page: online pmp exam preparation (Cecelia)

  102. Pingback: buy CBD oil

  103. Pingback: Blessed CBD

  104. Pingback: buy CBD oils

  105. Pingback: CBD oil for depression

  106. Pingback: best CBD oils UK

  107. Pingback: buy CBD oils

  108. Pingback: CBD products

  109. Pingback: CBD oil for pain

  110. Pingback: free instagram followers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.