WEIR - In the wake of the May 22, 2011 tornado which struck Joplin, Mo. the Weir Baptist camp just a couple of miles west of Weir became a haven for volunteers.
According to Camp Manager Delbert Calloway about 250 volunteers cycled through the camp in the weeks immediately following.
It's nearly a year later and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tenn., will be out over their spring break to do more relief work for Joplin.
The camp has been a useful resource for relief workers for the best part of the last year. But according to Calloway it's far more than just a place for relief workers to stay or for young children to spend a week learning about Jesus.
In addition to the six weeks of camp this summer, Calloway said the camp will be host to the Champions Cross Country Camp which brings runners from all over Southeast Kansas to the camp.
There are retreats from churches all over the area and a Hispanic church in Carthage, Mo., has used it several times. Family reunions are welcome and Calloway said the camp is available for conferences and family picnics.
He also said it's not limited to church or Christian groups.
"It doesn't have to be a church," he said. "We've had a bank ask about having a conference out here."
With everything from meals to fishing available, as well as one brand new several thousand square foot cabin the camp is able to host groups of nearly any size at what Calloway said was a very reasonable price.
He said an overnight stay with three meals provided is $30 per person per day.
For more information contact Delbert Calloway at (620)396-8744 or (620)870-8834.
(Editor's note: This story originally read "In the wake of the May 5 tornado. The CCNA regrets the error.)