Pilgrim Heights program at Kiwanis P.M.

The Kiwanis P.M. met for there regular meeting at O’Hungry’s Wednesday. Gary Mason called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Ann Kent introduced the speaker Jane Meyer, a volunteer and board member at Pilgrim Heights.

Meyer has been involved with Pilgrim Heights since childhood. Over the past few years there have been some changes in the ownership and organization of the camp, but it is still alive, well and growing.

Several years ago the owners, The United Church of Christ, felt the leading to go in another direction than operating a summer camp and presented the plan of selling the 120 acres. A core group of members with great memories of the camp decided to try and save the camp, they formed “Our Sacred Space” a not for profit organization and bought the camp from the church.

In developing a mission they wanted to provide space in nature where people of all ages are offered opportunities to experience creation and personal growth.

The summer camping program is in full swing with overnight camps as well as a day camp program that runs for the summer.

Pilgrim Heights isn’t just for young folks, there is fishing, boating, guided nature trails and RV/tent camping. Pilgrim Heights also offer programs year round and are available for your use with lovely facilities to rent for family retreats, weddings, reunions and cultural gatherings. For more information contact Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center 641-492-6165. It is local and affordable.

Mason closed the meeting with a reminder that next week will be the board meeting at Pizza Ranch.

Several in the group didn’t know this existed, and Ted Kallestad remembered Pilgrim Heights having a roller rink at one time. The building is still there, but in great need of repair.