When it's not summer camp season, Doe River Gorge is a popular retreat venue for groups to gather for fun, corporate training, fellowship, and relaxation. Brother's Keeper, spent a day with 11 students riding horses, learning about unusual animals, taking a train ride into the gorge, and climbing the tower (watch the video). Brother’s Keeper is a local organization established to educate adults with intellectual disabilities to empower them to engage with the community. Doe River Gorge offers an ideal setting providing stimulating variety of activities in a safe and friendly setting. (video)
Thank you, Modern Woodmen of America, for the generous donation of $2,500. Pictured are: Chuck Lyle, DRG board member, Sonja Broyles and Donna Bear of Modern Woodmen, and Terry Maughon, DRG president. We're grateful to Modern Woodmen for their commitment to investing in their local community.
In August, Feldspar Corp. of Spruce Pine, NC donated tons of white sand. Feldspar Corp. has generously provided sand for us since the initial lake construction in 1993. The sand came from over an hour away in truckloads hauled by Grassy Creek Construction Co.
Grace Fellowship Church of Johnson City, TN came with a wonderful group of 32 volunteers to help accomplish several important grounds maintenance projects...spraying sealer on the new blob deck, pressure washing walls and patios, spreading mulch in activity areas, lakeside weeding, road and walkway drainage, and more.
click HERE for story in the Johnson City Press
click HERE for 27 sec. video of the crane-hoist transfer
Construction of the new blob deck. Thanks to Joe Gregory for the use of his trackhoe and backhoe. Thanks also to Craig Young and Chris Little of Prosim Engineering, LLC for the engineering plans for the project, and local contractor John Smith, long-time friend and supporter of Doe River Gorge, who has helped in the construction of numerous projects since the early days of the ministry.
The lake is drained every year for cleaning, and this year a new deck for the BLOB will be constructed. The new deck foundation will also resolve a serious leak issue that developed last summer. A special thanks to John Maxwell of Johnson City for his volunteer help with the removal of the 23 year-old deck with the use of his Bobcat trackhoe.
Seven high school teens from Crossroads Bible Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and their youth pastor and wife Max and Chelsea Garter are spending their Spring Break helping us get ready for summer ministry. A special THANKS to these awesome young people for driving 700 miles and giving a week of hard work for God's glory!
Golf carts and small all-terrain vehicles are very useful. God has graciously provided a Yamaha gas-powered golf cart by donation from Mr. Tyler Clark in memory of his father, Mr. Earl Clark of Corbin, KY. Shown in the photo are: Terry Maughon (president), Ted Rich (former board member), and Ted's grandson, Owen Peterson.
The Depot functions as the Outfitters Gift Shop as well as kitchen and serving area making it the most-used facility. An attractive ceramic floor has been installed that will serve for many years to come.
Cara graduated from Young Harris College in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. She is a native of Covington, Georgia. Her passion for ministry and people led her to work on summer staff as a counselor at Doe River Gorge for three summers after high school (2013-2014-2015) during her college years. That same passion led her back after college to work full-time. Cara joins the staff in the midst of camper registration activity. She will be the one to answer all your questions about signing up your children for "the best summer of their life!" She will also help schedule your group retreat or school field trip.
The Unimog (giant 4x4) was given a new paint job thanks to the generosity and expertise of Steve Wysong, a board member of Doe River Gorge Ministries. Steve owns Wysong Enterprises, a helicopter customization service, located at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. His customization service involves high-quality painting and Steve has provided his services to repaint several Doe River Gorge vehicles. THANK-YOU to Steve!
A stone stairway has been installed between Mountain Meadows Lodge and the huge oak used for the Technical Tree Climb. This attractive feature will provide safety on the much-used sloping terrain at the tree climb as well as seating for those waiting their turn at the popular activity. Again, a special thanks to John Maxwell for his valuable time and skills with his Bobcat trackhoe.