Shalom, planning for Sukkot 2012 is well underway! Unless Messiah enables us all to go to Yerushalayim, we plan to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles at Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma. This is Oklahoma's oldest and largest state park and lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Murray. The park is located halfway between Oklahoma City and Dallas, 10 miles south of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
We have reserved Group Camp #2 for Sukkot from 9/30/2012 – 10/8/2012. The group camp has sleeping cabins, a community kitchen and a dining room/teaching area. There are also a block of rooms at the Lake Murray Lodge and Cabins (and teaching rooms) reserved at the Lodge. Speakers and teachers include Rabbi James Trimm (WNAE), Rabbi Rob Miller (WNAE and Agudat Bris, Temple, TX) and Larry and Yvonne Meadows (Beit-Lechem/Brownwood Torah Group, Brownwood, TX), Zaqen/Elder Wayne Ingalls (Beit Tefillah, Lawton, OK) and others. The planning dates for Sukkot are those of the Hillel calendar, with erev Sukkot on the evening of 9/30/2012 and Shemini Atzeret (the 8th Day Solemn Assembly) on 10/8/2012. No matter which calendar you use, we believe you will be blessed by joining with us for Sukkot.
How much is this going to cost? The expected lodging cost per family at Group Camp #2 is $12/night. We also plan garage sales/fund raisers to go for the cost of the camp and to help defray the cost for families that need financial aid. John and Debbie Williams (940-631-2276) are the points of contact for information about the Group Camp and for the fund raisers.
To ensure you have a place in the camp, we ask that you register for the Feast at this website link. If you plan to stay at the Lake Murray Lodge, please make your reservations there separately by calling 580 223 6600 and tell them you are coming to Lake Murray for Sukkot.
Group Camp 2, Lake Murray, OK
There is enough money collected in the Sukkot fund(s) to pay for the Group Camp rental in full. This means that families (or individuals) can come to celebrate Sukkot without cost, or for whatever donation they can afford. Funds collected beyond that needed for camp rental will be rolled over into the fund for community meals. Funds collected beyond what is needed for food will go for the fund to reserve the camp for next year.
The Group Camp has 20 cabins, sleeping from 6 – 12 persons. The site contains a kitchen/dining room building that can also be used for teaching, and a second large building with a stage that can also be used for teaching.
At least one of the cabins will be set aside for unattached males, and another for unattached females.
The earliest we can arrive in the camp for set up on 9/30/2012 (Yom Rishon/Sunday) is 2pm. The first event scheduled is Kiddush for Sukkot, at 7pm on 9/30/2012). There is not a community meal scheduled for that day (setup day). We would like for those coming for the first evening of Sukkot to arrive at the camp early enough to get checked in and settled before Kiddush.
Most meals at the camp will be community meals. We are still collecting donations of food or funds for community meals. Families or individuals can bring food items or bulk food items that will store well in the industrial size refrigeration in the camp kitchen. There will also be a “chili cookoff” competition.
There are male and female bathroom and shower facilities on the site, although not every bathroom/shower building has hot water.
Lake Murray does not allow tent camping or RVs on this site. We apologize in that we were unaware of this until a few days ago.
Pets are not recommended. Pets are not allowed in the buildings on the site, nor in the cabins. If in the camp, dogs must be on a leash with a person and cleaned up after (you know what I mean). There is a kennel area outside the camp if you absolutely must bring your dog with you.
Unfortunately, there will be no teachings this year at the Lake Murray Lodge itself. All teaching and meetings will be at Group Camp 2. (We needed 15 rooms at the lodge to be rented by 8/29 in order to get a discount on large teaching rooms there – otherwise they were only available at a cost of $300/day).
Oklahoma is currently under a burn ban. The only fires permitted are those with propane or charcoal. So, propane or grilling is allowed while wood camp fires are not.
Many enjoy “4 Wheelers” recreation. There is an area at Lake Murray where “4 Wheelers” are allowed. However, while in Group Camp 2, “4 Wheelers” must remain on a trailer or in the back of the truck.”
There is still room available for those that have not registered. The direct link for Sukkot registration is http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/82ol8qL5b78E6GaeRP04fO