Cleaning up camp

Harmony Adoptions sponsors work day at Camp Montvale

These volunteers came to help and stopped for a group shot at Camp Montvale.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

These volunteers came to help and stopped for a group shot at Camp Montvale.

Who better to start the process of getting Camp Montvale back to its former glory than those with a history at the camp?

Harmony Adoptions founder and CEO Pam Wolf put out a call for former campers and counselors to come and help Harmony work on Camp Montvale in late May. Approximately 30 camp alumni and family rolled up their sleeves and answered the call.

The camp, sitting at the base of Chilhowee Mountain, has a laundry list of maintenance issues, building repairs and general clean-up that come with being vacant for six years.

Harmony Adoptions has plans to purchase and reopen the camp as The Harmony Family Center at Montvale. The Family Center will serve as a residential adoptive family counseling center, offering services and programs for adopted children and their families.

Wolf said the camp is in both “great shape” and “serious need of TLC,” saying there are some buildings that need repair and are close to being in good shape and some that will have to come down. Work days are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

For information on how to help with labor, materials or donations, contact Harmony Adoptions at 865-982-5225.

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