Central Baptist Youth Camp came into being 1961 as a ministry of Central Baptist Church.
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.
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.
Later in 1998 the Gazebo, near the boat dock, was built with mostly surplus materials from the pavilion by Tommy Adams and associates.
(and typed for this BLOG by: Vicky Jackson, 2010)