Another great fish fry

Approximately 37 years ago another couple and my first wife and I started to plan a camp up north. In 1974, we started to bulldoze and clear trees and brush for the first building. The basement block was laid and capped before winter. Now 36 years later, 20 building including 15 cabins, house Camp Dellwater on the beautiful grounds next to Dellwater Lake.

A few high school aged youth tented and helped during the summer of 1975. Every building on campus, including the electrical and plumbing has been built by volunteers and donations. Master plumbers, electricians and hundreds of others have donated all that was needed. The camping program has grown from those few youth in tents to a full summer of camping retreats during the last 20 or 25 years.

A few years after the beginning of the camp an annual fish fry became a day of celebration. The 20 or 30 who came the first year quickly grew to 100, 200, 300 and more. Dozens of merchants in the Bemidji area donate door prizes to be given away during the dinner. Fish plus other great food is eaten while people visit and enjoy great music. Many different singing groups and bands have filled the air with harmony.

A beautiful camp, just south of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, has witnessed hundreds and perhaps thousands of youth giving their lives to the Lord. The first Sunday of June is the annual "walleye fish fry day" and is one of the big days for the northwoods. This year was probably the biggest and best ever. We all had a great day up there.

For the 2010 Club, June 20 takes us to Nehemiah. 13 and Acts 4.

Have a wonderful week and remember to pray for all the summer camps.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.