Children had the honor of breaking ground on a new multi-purpose building that will be built at South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic. The sun was shining during ceremony, held Saturday. Officials hope the building will be ready for use by summer, 2022.

BOSTIC — Children picked up shovels and turned the earth, at the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-purpose building at South Mountain Christian Camp. Steve Collins, camp executive director, led the ceremony Saturday afternoon at the camp in Bostic.

“This is really an exciting day,” Collins told the group of supporters who had gathered for the event. “We have been working on this for 10 years. God has provided, one step at a time. We want to acknowledge and give thanks to God as we more forward.”

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Clark Poole was also on hand for the event. He praised Collins for his leadership.

“Every year, you make a difference in the lives of children. Having experienced the camp, children go back into the world, knowing God’s love,” Poole said.

The camp was founded by O.A. Fish, a retired commercial pilot, and his wife Charlotte, in 1974.

Since the beginning, O.A. Fish said, “We’ve come a long way. And we are grateful to God.”

Collins said many people were considered to have the honor of “breaking the ground.”

“Ultimately, the decision was easy,” Collins said. “We chose kids to break ground. They are the reason for everything we do at South Mountain Christian Camp.”

The new building will cost $1 million and will include larger kitchen and dining facilities, a large assembly area, conference room and restrooms. In a typical (non-pandemic) summer, the camp is able to host up to 600 kids. With the new facility, that number will increase to 744.

“We have built the camp by faith and trust in God,” Collins said.

So far, more than $600,000 has been raised toward its $1 million goal. Collins is confident the camp will meet that goal.

“God is providing the funds, and the building will be constructed because of his providence,” Collins added.

In addition to hosting more kids during summer camp, once the new building is constructed the camp will also be able to accommodate larger groups for retreats meetings at other times during the year.

Approximately 40 people attended the ground-breaking.

For more information about South Mountain Christian Camp or to make a donation, email smcc@southmountain or call 828 245-3322.