Camp Jefferson

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Place Category: LodgingPlace Tags: Camp Jefferson and Campgrounds

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  • Camp Jefferson is located 3 miles south of Fairbury on Hwy 8 and one mile west on Camp Jefferson Road. With its fully-functioning mess hall, the multi-purpose arts/crafts area, and multiple cabins for lodging, it is the perfect place to bring your group. Camp Jefferson offers many recreational activities including swimming in the pool, sand volleyball, archery and canoeing. Camp Jefferson has housed both girl scout and boy scout camps, as well as corporate functions, graduation parties and family reunions.

    History of Camp Jefferson

    In 1921, a forty-acre campground was established by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

    The land for Camp Jefferson was leased from Clyde McCurdy. By the summer of 1921, a community hall was constructed on the site. In 1928, a local business person, E.J. Hested, offered to purchase the land for the YMCA on the condition that the organization would provide additional equipment.

    After the purchase, the Hesteds constructed a cabin named “Mary Lee” on the edge of the grounds for their personal use. During that same year, four cabins were erected on the site by area organizations. In mid 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a manmade lake for the campers.

    A newspaper article in The Fairbury News and the Fairbury Gazette dated May 23, 1935 noted that the dam for the lake was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp at Fairbury. At the end of World War 11, between 1945 and 1946, cabins at the camp were both constructed and rebuilt. Some of the material for this project was donated by the Endicott brick factory. During this same time period, the Hested estate also donated money for the electrical wiring of the camp.

    By 1990, Camp Jefferson offered its patrons twelve sleeping and storage cabins, and a dining hall.*

    *Audrey Dawes, “A History of Camp Jefferson ‘Nebraska’s Best-Kept Secret,”‘ 1 January 1990, Located at the Fairbury Public Library, Fairbury, NE; “Plans for Boys and Girls’ Camps are Completed,” The Fairbury News and the Fairbury Gazette 23 May 1935.

    How Can You Show Your Support

    Contributions to Camp Jefferson are deductible for income, estate and gift tax purposes.

    • Outright Gifts
      Gifts of cash or securities
    • Memorial Gifts
      Honoring relatives or friends
    • Deferred Gifts
      Bequests, trusts or life insurance policies
    • Special Gifts
      Money to support a specific area
    • Real Estate
      Land donated to Camp Jefferson

    Possible uses in donations can include but are not limited to:

    1. Mess Hall
    2. Bathroom/Shower House
    3. Individual Cabins
    4. Bailey Hall
    5. Swimming Pool
    6. Grounds
    7. Camp Jefferson/General

    How Your Support Will Benefit You And Your Family…

    • You will be providing a service for the benefit of Camp Jefferson, Fairbury and its surrounding communities
    • Continuing in making Camp Jefferson a viable place to visit and appreciate
    • Supporting generations of families who have utilized this fine family facility for reunions and keeping in contact
    • Supporting our local and area youth in the many different group, clubs and entities that make use of Camp Jefferson through learning and week-long camps
    • You will be helping to modernize our existing facility in making it a much safer, environmentally friendly retreat
    • Provides you a 501(c)3 tax deduction


    Ron Schwab, Ghosts Around The Campfire, Camp Jefferson Fairbury Nebraska

  •  57025-57037 708th Rd
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