The old frontier returned to McDuffie County earlier this month, and the response was so positive that a one-day family fun event is planned for this Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chris Smith, chairman of the board of directors for the recently opened Old Frontier Camp, said the inaugural week-long day camp held at the location on Old Milledgeville Road was a huge success.
That event at the non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp spawned the upcoming Family Fun Day in which all kinds of frontier activities will be available for kids and parents to experience together.
"Everybody is just wanting to be a part of (the camp), and it's just a fun-filled day when everybody can come out," Mr. Smith said, adding that more events will be coming in July. "Because of the overwhelming request by the local community to be a part of it ... we figure we'll go ahead and do some family days where it will be like a mini camp."
The Old Frontier Camp's success stemmed from the unique activities and positive environment provided for area children who attended the day camp.
"They're just excited about it because it's a no drugs, no alcohol atmosphere. It's a good Christian, positive atmosphere," Mr. Smith said. "Basically everything going on out here just carries you back to an old setting of the early days of this country which was founded on good Christian principals."
He did stress the word "family" in the event's title, saying that children need to have a guardian with them for supervision during the day's events. Camp personnel will be on hand to run each event, but parents should take their children from station to station and participate with them.
Fishing, archery, gem mining and crafts are among the activities that will be available at the Fun Day. Also, the snack wagon will be selling hot dogs, snow cones and pop corn. The cost to get in is $10 per child, and parents get in for free.
Aside from Saturday's events, church groups can rent the camp facilities and have one-day outings or longer primitive camp outings. For more information about the Family Fun Day or the camp's services, call Mr. Smith at 595-4197 or 706-533-2544.