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Camp Grow Property Preservation Update

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support to help us preserve the Camp Grow Property and we are proud to announce that—short of clearing a few last administrative hurdles—we plan to close on the sale before end of June!

Thanks to the generous support from over 600 donors and a matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant we are on track to be fully funded for the property sale. In early February, all 65 churches in the ABCMC voted unanimously to approve the sale of Camp Grow to the Big Green Lake Conservancy Partnership at a final purchase price of $3.75 million. A closing date has not yet been set but is expected to occur before the end of June.

Currently, the Conservancy Partnership is working to call in all of the pledges made toward the purchase of Camp Grow.
To date, we have collected enough pledges to complete the sale, however we are just short of our goal of $2.1 million dollars that includes restoration costs to bring the property back to its natural state. By mid June, we will wrap-up the administrative requirements to complete the Knowles-Nelson Grant and continue to process the remaining pledge payments as they are sent to us from our supporters.

If you have generously pledged your support but have not satisfied that pledge yet, please fulfill your pledge as soon as possible. If you have not yet pledged but would like to help us meet our targeted goal which includes restoration costs, please donate now.


Once the final purchase is complete, the first phase of the property restoration will begin. The buildings will be removed or demolished to restore the entire 40 acres back to the natural area—resembling what it would have looked like before it was developed. All current recreational trails on the property will be maintained for hikers, bikers and other permitted recreational uses. The main trail will be maintained in its present form and bikers will be able to pass safely across Camp Grow (the Western entrance will come off Oakwood Beach Road and the Eastern entrance will come off Oakwood Avenue).

We will continue to share more information on this historic project as the final pieces of this purchase are completed in the coming months.  We would like to thank all of our generous supporters for making this huge undertaking a reality. Your donations have helped to create a lasting legacy for many generations to come.

All who offered financial support should mark their calendars for Saturday, August 25, 2018. This will be the day to celebrate your accomplishments with food and festivities for all of the 600+ people and organizations who made the Camp Grow Conservancy Property a reality (more on this in the coming weeks and months).