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Camp Colton has been many things in its 95 years of existence and currently offers facilities for a host of activities.

When you drive up the hill into the small town of Colton, you cross South Wall Street and are suddenly going out of town.

In the interim, travelers pass three churches, a corner market, a café, the fire department and a post office before leaving. But off on the right side of the highway is a gate with a sign that says, "Camp Colton." There is an intriguing and beautiful country dirt road on the other side of the gate, but what lies beyond?

Their website describes it as "a sanctuary in the wilderness with rustically elegant facilities on 85 acres of enchanting forest and creeks."

COURTESY PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The historic chapel was brought from the World War II Army quarters at Camp Adair in Corvallis to Camp Colton in 1947. Each board was numbered and transported on flatbed trucks and then reassembled on-site.

It is currently an event and wedding venue, a place to say your vows, stage a concert, do a photo shoot, host a retreat or throw a party.

The camp cabins have been restored and carefully updated and include a honeymoon suite. The gathering hall has a commercial, chef-designed kitchen.

Kristin Shiga, program director and marketing and communication manager, said they are looking at many ways to expand usage of the camp, including music, art and writing workshops and retreats. They are currently working on plans to open a wellness center. The grounds crew is replanting native plants and working on reforestation.

This beautifully forested venue has recently been a location for some big-name movies and music videos. These are still in the "non-disclosure agreement," and titles and names must be withheld until after the media release dates.

Camp Colton has been a part of the Colton community for approximately 95 years. What started in the late 1920s as the ideal place to host the Portland District Annual Lutheran Convention grew with donated land to about 85 acres. Church camps and outdoor schools were held on the grounds starting in the 1960s and an art glass school in the 1980s. There were a few years where it was just a homestead, but it has been a wedding venue for the past 20 years. Owners Shir and Laurence Grisanti, who bought the property in 2017, are very respectful of the land and history of the camp. They offer the venue for local fundraising events and neighborhood information workshops.

For more details or to look for any employment opportunities, visit their website (campcolton.com).


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