"I think the problem in the last three or four years has been the economy is down. We don't have as many donors. Everybody seems to be in the same position -- tightening their belts for these hard times," Gilliam said. "So when you have a decrease in funds and an increase in expenses, we're in for some problems."
Volunteers began cleaning up and preparing for the season in January, but the board voted to unanimously close for the summer in hopes of opening up again next summer.
The camp generally operates for eight weeks total. After the four weeks for the children, an additional three weeks are available to rent the cabin and one week is for staff orientation.
Gilliam said he's only been on scene for about a month and will be leaving June 19. He was brought in as temporary help for the previous commanders who are being transferred. Maj. Darrell Kingsbury of Ashland, Ky. will become the new area commander.
For more information on how to help re-open next year, contact Gilliam at 304-343-4548 or owen_gill...@uss.salvationarmy.org.
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