Alamisco Prepares for 50th Anniversary

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Camp Alamisco, though it had not been named yet, was introduced to the Southern Union in the May 1968 issue of the Tidings. That article showed the constituency vote that took place on March 24, 1968, which enabled the conference to lease the land from the Alabama Power Company and proceed with building plans for a camping program. The lease for the property was signed on October 27 of the same year. The agreement was in the interest of the public and the conference as it retained a significant portion of natural resources to be preserved on the shores of Lake Martin. J. Henson Whitehead, then secretary-treasurer of the Southern Union stated, "I have seen many youth camps, most of them ideally located, but I have never seen as beautiful a location with as much potential as the proposed site on Lake Martin in Alabama. The view is breath-taking; the lake is large, clear and beautiful."

The expectations for Alamisco were high, and dreams for its potential were big. Over the next 50 years, most if not all of those expectations were met or exceeded, and dreams became a reality. A search of "Camp Alamisco" in the Tidings archives from the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research nets over 440 results, Alamisco has had an active role in reaching souls for Christ through this conference.

For many, Alamisco is a special place to them, for school children, it is the place they come for outdoor school each year, for local church leaders it is where they are equipped for service at elders & deacons retreat, Sabbath school training, and more. Adventurers and Pathfinders utilize it throughout the year as do other Christian groups and Gulf States constituents for summer camp. To them, Alamsico has become the place where they feel the presence of God, and where their spiritual walk has been positively influenced.

2018 marks the 50th year of people of all ages being drawn closer to God at Alamisco and plans have been made to have an anniversary celebration on October 5-7, 2018. Ron Whitehead, youth director for the Lake Union, will be the keynote presenter, and Bill Wood, retired youth director for the Atlantic Union, will be giving a history of Alamisco presentation as well. If you have been a staff member at Alamisco any time over the last 50 years, you are invited to attend and perform a classic camp skit on Saturday night. This weekend event is not just for staff, but to anyone that Alamisco has made a positive impact.

Lodging reservations are scheduled to go online with more information is available at www.campalamisco.org