|After looking at over 40 different locations, Westminster Presbytery purchased the property for a camp and conference center in early 1971. The founding Director, A.T. Brown and his family, spent many Sundays providing tours and talking about the future of this new ministry. In the summer of 1971, the first summer camp was held with three weeks of programs for Junior High and Senior High youth. These campers stayed in platform tents and helped to clear trees and brush to provide a road down to the river. The early campers affectionately called the site “Camp Pic-a-Tic”; the name “Cedarkirk” was officially adopted later. In 1972, the Director’s residence was completed (now the renovated Retreat House) and construction on Cedar Lodge was finished in 1973. The founding leadership wisely focused on making the facilities air-conditioned and adult friendly so that the camp could serve more than just children and youth in the summer camp. With the completion of Cedar Lodge, churches began to come on retreat every weekend and the tradition of family camps began. A capital campaign in the mid-seventies enabled the construction of the swimming pool, bath house, eight cabins, a sewage treatment plant, and the surfacing of the main camp road. In 1977, the Program Pavilion opened for group activities and became a hub for summer camp program. By the end of its first decade, much of the Cedarkirk physical plant had been constructed and its retreat and summer camp ministries were thriving.