Thinking Out Loud

June 28, 2012

Wildfires Cancel Entire Summer at Navigator’s Camp

While it’s not the only worst-case scenario, this probably ranks high among every camp director’s nightmares:

Text cropped off this screenshot reads:

It is with heavy hearts we announce the cancellation of the Eagle Lake’s onsite camps for 2012. If you had a camper registered for an upcoming week, we will contact you to discuss refund or transfer options.

On Tuesday, Christianity Today reported:

Among the Colorado wildfires drawing national attention today, the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs poses an immediate threat to the Navigators’ Glen Eyrie Conference Center and Eagle Lake Camp properties. The blaze, which has spread over 5,000 acres in three days, was only at 5 percent containment today, reports ABC News Colorado.

Wednesday night the Glen Eyrie Conference Center had this on their website:

At the heart of the facility is the famous Glen Eyrie Castle, pictured here.

Campers who left Eagle Lake for a day of whitewater rafting on Saturday were not able to return which left parents with nowhere to call for information on their whereabouts, as reported by WFAA news.

The Navigators is a longstanding Evangelical Christian discipleship organization.  Their website defines the organization:

The Navigators® is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry established in 1933. Navigators are people who love Jesus Christ and desire to help others know and grow in Him as they “navigate” through life.

It is also known worldwide for its Bible study material, published through subsidiary NavPress.

The organization is headquartered not far from its camps, in the city of Colorado Springs, an area that has also been on standby for evacuation over the past few days with 32,000 people being evacuated as of Wednesday night.

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