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Camp Knutson celebrates diamond anniversary at Night Under the Stars

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The Camp Knutson volunteers hosted Night Under the Stars at Camp Knutson for the 60th anniversary, the diamond anniversary, of the camp with more than 300 guests.


The event featured a silent auction, live auction and dinner served by Prairie Bay.

Director Rob Larson announced the start of a new capital campaign to rebuild the boys’ dorm.

“The boys have one place to stay at camp, this is a huge need,” Larson said.

Not only did the Camp Knutson Volunteers pledge $50,000, but an anonymous donor agreed to match the $50,000.

Houston Ford of Pine River helped the camp acquire a new 2013 van. The Ford van was displayed the night of the event.

Maple syrup from Camp Knutson’s own maple trees was bottled and sold. There was a tribute to Kathy Morgan, “the Bead Lady,” who is responsible for the camp’s jewelry program.

The Camp Knutson staff gave a testimonial as to the camp’s effect not only on campers, building up a community of support and lifelong friendships, but on their families. Caitlin Malin, Camp K staff, has a brother with Down syndrome and she talked about how important the respite care is for the family.

Camp Knutson is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and provides camping services to children with heart disease, skin disorders and autism.

The camp thanks all volunteers, participants and donors.