The Dwight Mission Board of Directors is weighing its options for the future of the camp and conference center.
A Zoom town hall meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 to discussion the future of the center. During the meeting, people interested in discussing those options with the directors are welcome to do so. Individual time will be limited, however, in order to maximize participation. Details about the meeting will be shared when they are finalized.
The directors said the board is considering entering into negotiations with the Cherokee Nation for a potential partnership that would include a continuation of Dwight Mission summer camp programming, including time for Family Camp. The mission’s history is intricately intertwined with the Cherokee Nation, according to the directors. The Dwight Mission camp and conference center is on the site where the Cherokees and Dwight Mission were relocated in 1829 after the Indian Removal Act forced the Trail of Tears. During the Civil War, the property was abandoned and most of the structures were destroyed in fires. The school later reopened with the support of the Presbyterian Church until it shut down for good in 1948. In 1951, Dwight Mission, Inc., was founded and the Synod of Oklahoma acquired the property.
The second option the directors are weighing is continuing the camping ministry with intensive fundraising while providing additional camping opportunities to under-served populations. Additional grants and partnerships may be available with this broader camper focus.
The third option is exploring the Dwight Mission land for restorative agricultural opportunities that could also bring additional grants and partnerships. The board is also exploring the potential for some type of combination of the above options.
For more information on the Zoom meeting, or to reach the Dwight Mission Board of Directors, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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