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Camp Galilee to hold alumni barbecue

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Camp Galilee, located adjacent to Glenbrook on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, is celebrating 60 years of providing fun, education and spiritual growth to children and families of all faiths. An alumni day barbecue will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Camp Galilee. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations may be made by calling (775) 746-5500 or by e-mailing

Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada and operated as a community facility, the camp moved to its present location in 1944, where generations of children have learned to swim, canoe, make crafts, tell ghost stories, become stewards of nature, and share the bonds of fellowship under the canopy of 100-foot-tall pine trees, chilly nights and star-studded skies.

Although the camp is rented by groups as diverse as the Great Basin Outdoor School and the University of Nevada, Reno, and for everything from family reunions to church retreats, groups are regularly turned away because of lack of space.

“With a minimum capacity of only 60 people in summer and even more limited space in winter, I literally turn down dozens of requests for group functions each month,” said Jason Arnold, camp manager.

Over the past several years, plans have been developed for a major camp expansion to create a unique, year-round youth and adult camp and conference center with meeting, dining and sleeping facilities for up to 125 people. The Galilee Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2000 to begin formal fund-raising toward the $11.5 million price tag of the new facility. To date, more than $1 million has been raised in pledges and donations and more than $600,000 spent on architecture, planning and engineering services. The official building permit was received in June 2004, and fund-raising efforts are under way for the first phase of construction – a new water system and associated infrastructure.

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