Thus it was that when Mrs. Haldane of Grand Junction donated money to build the present beautiful — Christ’s Chapel, it was not long before a spacious new dining room and kitchen — McQuery Hall — was erected as the Baptist’s matching contribution. The girls’ dorm was remodeled into an administration and crafts building — Barnett Craft Hall, Columbine Chapel remodeled into Columbine Recreation Hall and one by one the old cabins (which had been sponsored by and named for individual churches in the area) were replaced.
There are now six cabins for boys and seven for girls. Counting beds available in other buildings, the camp is licensed for 150 young campers at one time. A sickbay cabin with accommodations for the camp nurse and a for the cooks have been added. The latest modernizing project was the installation of gas heat in all the cabins.
In 1970 the cost of spending a week at camp — food, lodging and fees ranged from $13 to $25 depending on age and group. During July and August the Baptist and the Methodist each hold 3 or 4 weeks of camp for campers of all ages — children, youth and family camps. The camp is rented to other churches and organizations when not being used by the owner groups. Because we had allowed our incorporation to lapse, we re-incorporate as GMCA a not-for-profit organization. Attorney at law John W. Groves handled the matter for the Association. Grand Mesa Christian Association Inc. — GMCA — was organized.
June 5, 1978. The two members of Corporation are The Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church and the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. In 2006, the Baptist ownership changed from ”ABCRM” to “Grand Mesa Baptist Assembly.
In the Spring of 1978, McQuery Dining Hall roof collapsed from the massive snow load. Considerable discussion followed on the manner in which the building should be reconstructed, with opinion favoring increasing the pitch of the roof. The Building Committee was authorized to select advisory persons to assist in their work and planning.
It was the feeling of the Trustees that camp schedules should proceed without change for the coming season. And that plans be made to have an operating kitchen for the camps by whatever means seem best. Now for the first time in fifty years, the camp will own its own ”water right,” thanks to a gift from Wendell Williamson of Austin in 1980. This is an almost priceless as the water rights are so rarely available.