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By Rosemary Pollock

LDS Church Building Huge Utah Camp

HEBER CITY, UTAH -- 8,400 acres of land, soon to be known as Lake Creek Camp, will be available for use by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the summer of 2002. The environmentally safe facility will cater exclusively to nearly 6,000 members of the LDS Church along the Wasatch Front at any given time. Thirteen main campsites will spread across the timbered setting that encompass lakes and streams that rise in elevation to more than 9,900 feet.

"If there is anything in the world we need today, it is to create better youth and leadership programs," said Veigh Cummings, a developer who donated nearly 3,000 acres of the property to the church. "I believe in the project. It will definitely complement the mountain." The new youth camp will border a private 1,600 lot mountain subdivision known as Timber Lakes.

Nearly three years ago negotiations took place between Cummings and the Mormon Church. "The presidency of the church got involved with it," Cummings said. "From just a small thing it exploded overnight."

Project manager Steve Trammell explained the concerns they have for the environment. "What we don't want to have is a congregation of 1,000 vehicles with sunlight shining off their windshields all summer," he said. Snowmobiles or ATV's will not be allowed on the property. "We are being very sensitive to the environment," Trammell said.

Construction of a paved 8-mile road will begin in April that will lead to the 13 camp sites. Each site will include nine pods, featuring a fire pit with gas-powered barbecues, tent pads and cabins that sleep 14 people. Shower and restroom facilities along with open-air picnic pavilions will be present. The site will house three caretaker dwellings, a lodge, day-use camps and a medical emergency helipad.


LDS Church moving camp project forward
Provo UT Daily Herald 4Dec00 pgA1 B1
By Dave Anderton: The Daily Herald


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