Camping facility offers programs to all ages

By Tracy Campbell

The Minden Lions Club was privileged to have Mike Herbster, camp director for Southland Christian Ministries, as guest speaker during Thursday’s noon meeting.

Located in Ringgold on Highway 371, Southland is a full-service camping facility serving local churches by offering summer youth programs to junior and teen campers, adult retreats throughout the year, a Christian college experience, and much more. Southland’s mission is to help every camper take the “next step” in their walk with God. 

Mike provided specifics about Southland’s various camps and outreach programs. He also spoke about a special teenager named Elizabeth “Bay” Moore, who passed away from a tragic accident just one day after her 15th birthday in May of this year. Living on property that borders Southland, Bay frequently volunteered at their camps, where she served by working in the kitchen, waitressing, babysitting for staff families, and helping as a barista in the coffee shop. Southland is currently planning development of a mini golf course near the property’s lake. It will be called “The Bay” in honor of this young camper and volunteer.

Pictured (from left) are Lion President Preston Gray, Mike Herbster, Rob Moore (Bay Moore’s father), and Lion Gene Reynolds, who invited Mike to speak to the club. Lion Gene is also Rob’s uncle and Bay’s great uncle.

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