Energetic youth, a nature-rich setting, and the passion to share the love of Christ are culminating in a new summer camp, retreat center and outdoor education facility in Northwest Florida.
Opening in the summer of 2015, Pine Beach Christian Camp and Retreat Center will be located near Rosemary Beach, in the serene piney woods along Lake Powell, one of the nation’s largest coastal dune lakes that flows into the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
“Pine Beach Christian Camp will provide the ultimate, life-changing summer camp experience for youth entering the 6th through 12th grades, featuring outdoor adventures, team challenges, character building activities, worship and Biblical teachings,” said Austin Norwood, founder and visionary leader for Pine Beach. “Campers will gain an increased sense of self-esteem, character development, spiritual foundation and passion for Christ during pivotal years in life.”
During the fall and spring, Pine Beach will host retreats and conferences for families, churches, businesses and civic organizations. The retreat center will also host Eco Adventure Camp sessions for local and regional schools that will focus on topics such as forestry and aquatic studies, critter classes, conservation, orienteering, leadership and team building. Due to the location of the property within a popular tourist destination, Pine Beach will also host day camp options during tourist seasons.
“Our goal is to engage, cultivate and inspire campers and retreat participants of all ages to experience positive growth and unforgettable outdoor experiences in one of the most beautiful parts of the country,” Norwood said.
With an emphasis on natural resources, the property will include an 8,000 square-foot lodge and four 8,000 square-foot cabins that surround a quadrangle sports field. Nature trails will lead from the quadrangle through the woods to the shores of Lake Powell, which will host a variety of water sports and eco tours.
Pine Beach Christian Camp and Retreat Center, a $6.5 million project, received its Conditional Use Permit from the Bay County Planning Commission on Feb. 21. For more information or to find out how to support this emerging nonprofit 501(c)(3), visit www.pinebeachcamp.com.