BARABOO — Parishioners at St. Joseph Parish in Baraboo helped Fr. Francis Xavier Gray — later Monsignor Gray — buy the land for a Reedsburg youth camp on Shady Lane in the early 1950s.continue at MadCatHerald
Not long after, they used dynamite to clear stumps from the athletic field and built cabins from wood they salvaged from crates of ordnance produced at the nearby Badger Army Ammunition Plant just outside of Baraboo.
Today, as it marks its 60th year, the Catholic youth camp and retreat center has weathered change. Generations of campers built memories as they spent summer weeks in those cabins, went on snipe hunts, and tagged up at first base on the ball diamond.
Now Camp Gray is preparing for the future.
“We are improving Camp Gray — project by project — but the same fun, values, and faithfulness all remain. That’s what we’re all about,” said Jeff Hoeben, who, along with his wife Rebecca, directs the camp. “We know how important the Camp Gray experience is. We’ve kept the experience intact and are working to upgrade the facilities."