Many of you know that Glacier Camp (Lakeside, MT) had a deck collapse during a memorial service and more than 40 people were injured. It happened the day before summer camp was to start. The summer staff were getting the van to go be commissioned by the presbytery. The whole staff jumped into action and helped in every way they could. Fortunately several of them are EMTs. It took a couple hours to get everyone transported to area hospitals, including several by helicopter.
The first week summer camp at Glacier was cancelled. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance immediately sent representatives and Brian Frick from the PC(USA) Office of Camp and Conference Ministry joined them within days. David Gill, who recently retired as the director of Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, is currently on site lending administrative support to Executive Director, Heather Withrow.
The camp and conference community has asked if there is anything they can do. The Glacier staff have an idea to share. There is an orange fence around the deck area. The hope is to transform it into a fence of prayer rather than a reminder of the accident. Prayer ribbons have been tied to the fence. The churches in Glacier Presbytery have joined in and it is spreading. If your site would like to participate, they would love to receive a visible show of the prayers and support from fellow camps and conference centers.
The prayer ribbons pictured here (photo courtesy of Amy Tanner) are just strips of any color cloth. Most are a couple inches wide and 18" long, more or less. They don't have to be uniform. You can write words of encouragement and prayers for the recovery of the injured, for the first responders, for the camp staff and campers here. Prayer ribbons can be mailed to Glacier Camp, P.O Box 384, Lakeview, MT 59922.
Please contact David Gill
if you have any questions. Your support is appreciated.