PARADISE -- The Second Baptist Church of Ogden wants to share with area churches and individuals its 19-acre Touch of Paradise Family and Youth Center.
The facility, at 692 W. Mount Pisgah Road (8700 South) in Paradise is designed to help people in their self-evaluation, purpose identification and life application as they return to nature in a mountain setting.
Pastor Charles Petty said he's hoping church and family reunion groups will use the outdoor center for their activities. Several weddings have been held there over the years.
"It's cheaper than other facilities," Petty said. "It's a great place. It's soothing. It's quiet and peaceful."
The church has owned the facility for 10 years and continues to expand its offerings.
Currently, it offers five cabins, two honeymoon suites, a pavilion with a full kitchen and a 3,600-square-foot gathering space.
The camp also has room for several football or soccer fields and a stream for fishing.
Across the street is the Sportsman's Paradise Trout Farm.
"It's ideal to come into contact with one's self," Petty said.
A brochure for the facility says, "The Touch of Paradise Family & Youth Center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a passion for building and strengthening the family, both parents and children. It is our mission to make a difference in the lives of families and youth."
Petty said the church uses the facility for youth retreats in the spring and fall, when area youths who may not be exposed to church are invited to participate.
The church also has its annual angel tree children's retreats there.
The summer weeklong retreats, free for those who qualify, are for children whose parents are incarcerated.
Aided by scholarships from the Prison Fellowship, the church provides up to 100 kids in each of two camps with gifts, T-shirts, flash lights and all the accommodations they need.
Petty said he has seen children attending the camps come away refreshed, having had a positive experience.
Sometimes the church hosts summer camps offered at a reduced rate for children of all backgrounds.
The pastor is hoping to soon offer sports camps that are more reasonably priced than some of the other camps available in the summer. He said he's planning to draw upon the expertise of some of the members there.
Soon the facility will include a basketball court that doubles as a tennis court.
Petty said the church often hosts mission groups from out of state or missionary couples who need a place to stay.
Rates vary depending upon an individual or group's circumstances. General rates are $200 a day for day use and $25 a night for individuals plus $40 for cabin rental. Honeymoon suites are $60 a night by themselves and $40 a night if the facility is rented too.
The facility also has 13 hookups for campers and trailers to allow for electricity and water for $15 a night.
For groups, the church often offers a 30 percent weekday discount.
For more information or to schedule a reservation, call the church at 801-393-4814 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Rates and other information is available on the church's website at secondbaptistogden.org when you click on the Paradise Ministry button on the top left.