Cedar Lake Camp’s exciting future is built on a rich heritage
Henry had served in World War I as a Navy gunner, bombardier and radio operator; enjoyed a brief and successful experience in the business world; and then felt called to the ministry. He graduated from Philadelphia College of the Bible before he and his new bride moved south to Tennessee.
They had no organization behind them, the Great Depression had hit, and support from churches and friends in the East was unpredictable and limited. But God always provided and they never went into debt. With the help of a remarkably skilled and self-reliant neighbor – Elmer Ledford – Henry became a competent farmer, gardener, cattleman and handyman. And with lots of hard work from their own sons and those from the children’s home, everyone ate well.
By the early 1940s, most of the children in the orphanage were grown or had been placed with families, and the Geigers decided to begin a Bible camp on the property. By that time, Henry had become well-known in Overton County as Brother Geiger.
The Geigers were involved in the leadership of the camp until Henry’s death in 1983. At that time, Allen and Eileen Steele, who had been serving at the camp, assumed leadership. Cedar Lake continued to grow under their able stewardship, adding a canoeing camp, constructing a new dining hall after one of the other original buildings burned, and building a larger canoe lake. The Steeles served as camp directors through 2007.
Daniel Stewart joined the camp as director of ministries in 2008 and Ryan Higgins came on board as director of programs the following year. Under their leadership, the camp continued to grow. They added a backpacking camp, Fall Nature Camp and a WAM Camp – a camp held during spring break that helps children enhance their appreciation of worship, art and music.
Ryan now serves as executive director and was joined by Jared and Megan Marsh in 2013 as associate director and day camp director. Angela Scantland joined the team full-time in 2014 and serves as office manager.
And we have an exciting future. Plans continue to develop that will enable us to better serve the needs of campers, families and groups year-round. Stay tuned!