Volunteer crew replaced accessibility ramp at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center


Volunteers completed much-needed work on accessibility ramp at Lakeshore. (Submitted photo)

By Jennie Dickerson, Director of Communications and Development, Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center 

For 20 years, the ramp alongside the Kibbons Conference Center at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee, has made wheelchair access possible, while also providing a peaceful place to reflect with a beautiful view of the water. Thousands of campers, guests, leaders and staff have traversed this boardwalk leading to the gazebo, and it has served us well.

Knowing the ramp was becoming a safety hazard and in need of replacment, Lakeshore’s Property Committee Chair, Joe Burkhead, volunteered his ramp crew to build a new 152-foot ramp before 2020 summer camp started. As with everything this year, timelines and procedures changed as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grew. Volunteers made five trips each in their own cars from Paducah, Kentucky, to Eva, Tennessee, to complete the ramp in time, all while practicing social distancing. 

We are so grateful for the dedication and hard work of our volunteers: Mike Clark, Jason Moore, Keith Williams, Morrison Williams, Danny Morris, and Board Member Joe Burkhead. The ramp is beautiful with deck sections perfect for small group conversations and reflection, and we could not be happier with our new, beautiful, accessibility ramp.

Lakeshore is a camp and retreat center on the shores of the Tennessee River, providing Christian hospitality, rest and reflection for guests of all ages and backgrounds. It is an extension ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.