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Camp Knutson celebrates diamond anniversary at Night Under the Stars

Posted: July 30, 2013 - 4:26pm
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Guests at the Night Under the Stars event at Camp Knutson join in singing the "Johnny Appleseed" grace complete with hand gestures. Submitted Photo
Guests at the Night Under the Stars event at Camp Knutson join in singing the "Johnny Appleseed" grace complete with hand gestures. Submitted Photo

The Camp Knutson volunteers hosted Night Under the Stars at Camp Knutson for the 60th anniversary, the diamond anniversary, of the camp with more than 300 guests.

The event featured a silent auction, live auction and dinner served by Prairie Bay.

Director Rob Larson announced the start of a new capital campaign to rebuild the boys’ dorm.

“The boys have one place to stay at camp, this is a huge need,” Larson said.

Not only did the Camp Knutson Volunteers pledge $50,000, but an anonymous donor agreed to match the $50,000.

Houston Ford of Pine River helped the camp acquire a new 2013 van. The Ford van was displayed the night of the event.

Maple syrup from Camp Knutson’s own maple trees was bottled and sold. There was a tribute to Kathy Morgan, “the Bead Lady,” who is responsible for the camp’s jewelry program.

The Camp Knutson staff gave a testimonial as to the camp’s effect not only on campers, building up a community of support and lifelong friendships, but on their families. Caitlin Malin, Camp K staff, has a brother with Down syndrome and she talked about how important the respite care is for the family.

Camp Knutson is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and provides camping services to children with heart disease, skin disorders and autism.

The camp thanks all volunteers, participants and donors.

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