Corn, camp and community

Sara Shaw


Camp Fontanelle experiences community in unique ways

Camp Fontanelle, near Nickerson, Neb., (Fremont is the next largest town), experiences community in a unique way in its rural setting in eastern Nebraska.

Each fall the camp hosts a corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip-line, laser tag, archery and more, as activities open to the communities in the area. While it’s a major fund development project for Camp Fontanelle, Trent Meyer, the site director says it’s built community in so many ways.

“While it is our major fund development tool, we also invite other groups (non-profits) in the area to use the corn maze and all our amenities (pool) for their own fund development events (at cost),” Meyer said. “By sharing the gifts we have at camp, we’ve been able to nurture relationships with groups in our surrounding area.”

Meyer said sharing their facilities brings youth to the camp who might otherwise know about it. It also brings parents and young families to camp and builds awareness. Meyer is excited about the ecumenical aspect of the use of the camp as it attracts youth groups and non-profit groups from the public and private sector in addition to United Methodist churches.

In addition to our partnerships, all of our fall and summer events are low-cost and family oriented. Making the camp assessable to people from a wide geographic area is one of Meyer’s goals. The result has been record numbers of summer campers, increases in facility use and great relationships with all the nearby churches and their communities.

Sara Shaw, coordinator
Great Plains United Methodist Camps