Church youth group avoids camp wildfire

Holy Ghost campers stay ahead of blaze in Colorado

Twenty-six youth and six adult chaperones from Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg have returned safe following being evacuated from Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado after a fire came close to the property.

The group, along with about 100 others, were evacuated to the nearby town of Westcliffe as the Hayden Pass Fire became a threat to the camp.

Currently, the fire is about a mile and a half away from the camp and has 35 percent containment.

The group from Holy Ghost was positive throughout the entire experience, said the Rev. Clint Pluenneke, youth and family pastor at Holy Ghost.

“The transition could not have gone more smoothly,” Pluenneke said. “It was very, very calm.”

“The attitude of the campers and the staff was awesome,” said Ben Jarvis, director of on-site and Bridging Borders ministries. “The kids enjoyed their week at camp and everyone viewed it as an adventure which was really cool.”

The youth slept on cots and had a majority of their clothing and toiletries.

Although in a different location, activities carried on as usual.

“We were able to bring some of our resources with us, including the gaga ball pit, woodcarving supplies and some arts and crafts,” Jarvis said.

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