Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dwight Mission Offers Extended Experiences

Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center has a summer of fun planned.

The center has a wide range of summer camps planned and has added nine new camps for those interested in specific subjects, said Dylan Brumley, program director.

Brumley said the new Dwight Institute is a weeklong program that features nine specialized camps in which campers may enroll. Each camp will address a different topic.

The topics are water, media, music, dance, worship, theater, star gazing, peace and justice and Jr. Iron Chef.

These specialized camps will be held June 26 through July 1, and are for campers in the sixth through 12th grades.

The cost is $400, but a $50 discount is offered to those who register before April 1. Early registration is available online at

Additional fees may be charged for some camps which offer field trips and additional activities.

For instance, Brumley said, those in star gazing and peace and justice will be taking field trips, and those in Jr. Iron Chef will be working on recipes donated by a nationally-known chef.

“We will have these nine different sessions so the campers can pick whatever topic they choose,” Brumley said. “We are hoping to have 12 in each group and registration is open right now on line.”

But that’s not all. Dwight Mission offers a variety of summer camps for all ages, and wants local residents to know especially about the Day Camp which will be July 3 through 7. Day Camp offers a bit of respite for area residents who may need help with day care during the summer, Brumley said.

“We will pick up the campers at the Sallisaw library at 7:30 a.m. and will bring them back at about 5:30 p.m.,” Brumley explained.

Day Camp is for youngsters in the third through sixth grades and costs $100 for the week.

However, Brumley said, “We would love to have day campers. We can help with financial assistance like scholarships.”

Day Camps offer all the fun of a summer camp including swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, archery, games and fun.

The summer camp season kicks off May 26 through 29 with Family Camp and a full summer of camping follows for youngsters in grades three and up through grade 12. For a complete list visit Dwight Mission’s website or Facebook page.

But Dwight Mission offers even more. The center has a number of other activities available.

Quilter, crafters, sewers, knitters, scrapbookers, and anyone who needs a little more time to create those homemade artworks may want to attend the Quilt Retreat. Two are planned, from May 21 through 27 and from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3.

Dwight Mission will provide the meals, lodging and work space while the crafter focuses on finishing a project. Stations will be made available for cutting and ironing with outlets and tables for those projects. Space is limited, and those who want to take some time for crafting should call Dwight Mission at 918-775-2018 for more information.

The Confirmation Retreat will be Feb. 24 through 26.

Camps are also offered for leaders-in-training and counselors-in-training throughout the camping season.

Brumley himself is a graduate of Dwight Mission camping.

“I loved it so much,” Brumley said of his family camping experiences at Dwight Mission. Originally from Pauls Valley, Brumley said, “I’ve grown up at Dwight Mission and loved it so much I came back.”

Brumley is in his second year of employment at Dwight Mission.

He invites others back too. On Feb. 18 the center will hold a volunteer workday. Projects will include painting, pool work, electrical work, deep cleaning, installing parking stops, pressure washing, moving furniture and more.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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