From a virtual wilderness around Lake Copiah was born a camp ministry that would blossom in ways never expected. Early campers at Camp Wesley Pines are now in their 70s. Their junior high summers found them attending MYF Camp at Shelby State Park in Hattiesburg or Leroy Percy State Park. Outside toilets and showers, no air conditioning, primitive cabins – they loved camping anyway. (It’s when they learned preachers were not stuffed shirts but were fun and funny.)
Local United Methodists dreamed of owning their own camp someday. Men like Copiah Countians Durr Wise, R.C. Stockett, Dan Breland, and J.R. Cameron, among others, set out to make that dream a reality. Bargaining for land, procuring donations for materials, managing hundreds of volunteers – today, it would take millions of dollars to accomplish what these men did with not much money but a whole lot of faith and a volunteer army, including 600 youth who worked to clear brush from the site.
Small groups (up to 20) can safely take part onsite with basketball, volleyball, disc golf, scavenger hunt, tether ball, corn hole, prayer trail, and service projects. Sack lunch and canteen are available. There’s a fee of $3 per person per day.
Small fees cover outpost camping in hammocks under a covered pavilion, seven RV sites with full hookups, tent camping in the woods, fishing, canoeing, archery, swimming, and bonfire w/s’mores.
Fenwick continued, “One of the characteristics that makes Wesley Pines different is that, in large part, it takes place outside — hence the camp motto, ‘Get Outdoors, Get into Christ!’ It’s a fun place! Right here on our doorstep, economical and safe– all precautions for COVID-19 are followed. Come share your presence and your support.”
For information, email [email protected]; visit www.wesleypines.com online; or call 601-892-2341.
Read more in the June 17, 2020 E-Edition