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Posted July 31, 2013 in Community Featured, Perry

Crossroads Church has welcomed the start of a new summer tradition for its members this year: family camp.

Members of Crossroads Church will have a chance to try out the zip lines when they attend family camp at Sunstream Retreat Center during the Labor Day weekend.

Members of Crossroads Church will have a chance to try out the zip lines when they attend family camp at Sunstream Retreat Center during the Labor Day weekend.

More than 30 church members will leave on Aug. 31 for a Labor Day weekend getaway at Sunstream Retreat Center, located at 1130 Juneberry Road, in Ogden.

“We just have been discussing what we could do to help build not only fellowship opportunities but also just bonding among people,” says Pastor Rick Gates. “This is an overnight camp for people in the church to spend some time together in recreation and fellowship getting to know each other with a little bit of relaxation.”

According to the camp website, the sole mission of the facility is to serve God by providing a place where guests can escape, explore and enjoy time with the Lord.

“At Sunstream they have all kinds of things,” Gates says. “So basically we’re going to sit down with the people that want to go in a couple weeks and plan how we want to spend our time.”

The camp has basketball, volleyball, soccer, dodge ball and even black light sports, to name a few.

“It has been a little tricky, because people hadn’t really considered giving away their Labor Day weekend, but the more they’re looking at it (they like the idea),” Gates says. “Our hope is that this becomes a healthy tradition for us and this becomes something that families look forward to.”

Not only is the camp at Sunstream prime for forming new relationships, but it can be a thrilling adventure for campers, too. Located near the Des Moines River Valley, Sunstream campers have a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. With five zip lines on the property, the camp allows its visitors to see the river from a completely different point of view.

Sunstream has 42 guest rooms for up to 350 people in motel-, dorm- and suite-style lodging.

“I just think any time people get a chance to relax and get to know each other better and also have a deeper appreciation for the Lord at the same time, it’s a win-win for everybody,” Gates says.

To find out more information about Sunstream Retreat, visit its website www.sunstreamretreat.org.

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