Administration




The organization leading the camping program has undergone quite a bit of change. The camp program was first operated by an inter-Conference Board representing the various Conference programs in eastern Kentucky, but as the eastern Kentucky scene was gradually left to the Conservative Conference, so was the administration of the camp program. As the ministers and missionaries in eastern Kentucky worked together, they formed what became known as the Kentucky Missions Council. This Council served as operator of the camp at Bethel for a number of years. As the camping program was expanded in the latter part of the 1970ís, a camp board was formed, a camp administrator hired, and custodial care of Bethel Mennonite Center (as it was then called) was turned over to VS personnel supplied by Rosedale Mennonite Missions. The camping program at Bethel was known as Kentucky Mennonite Camp until 1980 when the name was changed to Bethel Mennonite Camp. For a while Bethel Mennonite Center and Bethel Mennonite Camp were operated as separate entities, with Bethel Center covering operating supplies and equipment. Bethel Center was operated through the Rosedale Mennonite Missions (RMM) budget while the Bethel Camp budget was supplied by fees and by offerings and donations from churches which campers came from. Starting in the late 90ís Rosedale Mennonite Missions encouraged the camp to move toward autonomy and in 2003, they deeded the property to Bethel Mennonite Camp. The Camp Board oversees the direction and funding of the camp and have hired a director and other personnel to take care of office work and maintenance.