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Houston Co. camp trying to meet demand

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The 500 acre piece of property in Houston County doesn't look like much, but to Camp Director Mikey Osborne, the piece of land is much more.

"We've already hosted leadership conferences, women's retreats, youth camp, preteen camp and even had a wedding out here," said Osborne.

Water's Edge Encampment was born out of what Osborne said was a calling.

"The Lord told me specifically what I was going to be doing. The Lord told me I was going to start a youth camp, so I started serving in youth ministry for 10 years and one day the lord told me now was the time," said Osborne.

In December of 2011, Osborne left his youth pastor job and bought 200 acres of land. Soon the vision became a reality, and from day one, it hasn't slowed down.

"It's been very interesting. It's been very challenging; because while we are doing construction, we are having people come in for events," said Osborne.

The camp is not affiliated with any group so the only way the camp makes money is through donations.

 The camp can hold 75 people between its two indoor cabins. Construction has already started on a recreational lake and a new meeting facility that will be finished in the next two months.

Osborne says the lack of these buildings is not slowing the popularity of the camp site.

 "What we have done with what we have, which is very limited at this point, the lord has blessed us with," said Osborne.

They have had to turn away groups but when construction on the proposed campsites is complete they will be able to hold more than 700 campers, and Osborne says progress is right on schedule.

"I wouldn't say faster or slower. It's right were god wants us," said Osborne.

The camp group also host drug recovery programs during the week at their Crockett office.

 The camp also has a place where pastors can come to relax in one of the cabins.

To find out more about how you can help the camp or book a visit, you can visit the Water's Edge website.

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