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New office building planned for Camp Broadstone

broadstone_t.jpgBOONE—It has been more than 30 years since a building has been added to Camp Broadstone, but that soon will change.

A 1,500-square foot administrative building is expected to be complete by late spring or early summer 2008.

The building, designed by local architect David Patrick Moses, features a metal roof and wood exterior that blends with the camp’s rustic setting. Enterline and Russell Builders of Blowing Rock are the building contractors.

A groundbreaking for the new facility was held Dec. 12.

Broadstone_t2.jpgCurrent and former Appalachian State University employees associated with Camp Broadstone joined assistant camp director John Paul McNeal, far left, and camp director Judith Bevan, seventh from left, in a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new camp office. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)

broadstoneoffice_t2.jpg A new office for Appalachian State University’s Camp Broadstone was designed by local architect David Patrick Moses to blend into the camp’s rustic setting.

“This new building is an indication of our continued growth, and hopefully it will be the beginning of many new buildings that will grace this facility,” said Judith Bevan, director of the camp. “We have always scrambled for space for our seasonal workers throughout the year, particularly in the summer. This building will provide the meeting space and work environment that we have needed for many years.”

Camp Broadstone operates year-round. Among its programming, the camp offers a summer camp for academically gifted students. The program, one of the oldest traditional summer camp programs for academically gifted youth in the country, will celebrate its 33rd anniversary next summer. A day camp for academically gifted children in the area will be added next year.

Working with the Appalachian’s Office of Admissions and Upward Bound program, the camp has created a college awareness program for young diversity students from across the state to introduce them to Appalachian and the world of higher education. “This program has been so successful that it has been adopted as a model by other colleges and universities,” Bevan said.

The camp also works closely with students in the university’s recreation management degree program. It also hosts wilderness first aid courses and is used by churches and other organizations for retreats.

The camp has served thousands of students during its history, and in some cases, the children of former campers. Parents of a camper wrote, “How wonderful that they have a place that they can build confidence and learn about the world from an affirming and nurturing perspective. I believe the two weeks at Broadstone are a major component in molding them into whom they will be and how they will think.”

“Hopefully, we can continue this growth and continue doing the things that makes this a premier educational facility for environmental and outdoor education and youth programs in the Southeast,” said Tom Fisher, interim director of continuing education at Appalachian.

Camp Broadstone originated as a boy’s athletic camp in 1956 through the work of the late Bob Breitenstein. Breitenstein was a former head football coach at the University of Miami. Appalachian acquired the camp in 1961 and began offering programs to broaden the educational experience outside the traditional classroom.

“When experiential education was in its infancy in the early 1970s, Appalachian and Camp Broadstone began a long tradition of providing quality training programs to Appalachian students of all majors and quality leadership and educational programs to youth and adults in and outside the university,” Bevan said.