Help needed at Camp Billy Joe
Camp Billy Joe, Inc., a Christian Youth Camp, located 35 northwest of Boise City or one mile east of Kenton was founded in 1971 with the first buildings being completed in 1973. The site of the youth camp was named Camp Billy Joe in honor of the late Billy Joe Labrier, the son of Shirley and Kathleen Labrier, who died at the age of 13 after a lengthy illness. The camp site was a favorite spot of their son, being in the beautiful hill and canyon country and in full view of the Black Mesa. The Labriers relinquished their state lease to the Kenton Easter Pageant Committee for a youth camp site. The property was later purchased from the State of Oklahoma by Camp Billy Joe, Inc..
Camp Billy Joe currently consists of the dining-auditorium facility along with six dorms. The camp stays booked during the summer months for Christian Youth Camps and for family reunions, gatherings, and various activities.
The camp is in desperate need of various renovations and updating. The reasonable camping fees barely cover operational costs, and from the inception of the facilities, the intent has been that no youngster should be deprived attendance at a given camp because of lack of funds. Therefore, the goodwill and contributions (both general gifts and memorial contributions) from the public continue to keep the camp functioning. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Camp Billy Joe, Inc. may send their contribution to Camp Billy Joe, Inc., P.O. Box 338, Boise City, OK 73933
Boise City News