30 May 2018


Wichita - The Jack, Jeri & George Hinkle Aquatic Center at The Salvation Army’s Hiawatha Camp and Retreat Center was dedicated Thursday May 31, 2018. Perfect timing for a new year of camp activities. Media was invited to attend and tour the Center and attend the noon luncheon. The camp is located at 1601 W. 51st St N., Wichita, KS 67204. For more information about the camp, please see www.hiawathacamp.org.

Timetable for the event:

10:30 am Tours of the camp

11:30 am Dedication Ceremony

Noon Luncheon & Awards

In addition to the dedication, special recognition was given to Advisory Board Members for their dedication to The Salvation Army with Life Membership, Emeritus Membership and the coveted “Others” Award announcing an individual or organization exemplifying extraordinary spirit of service to others.

“We are thrilled to offer this beautiful aquatic center as a centerpiece of the Hiawatha Camp and Retreat Center. Advisory Board members David White and Dennis Dietz saw the need for a pool and water activities and Jeri Hinkle led the charge to make this vision a reality with a substantial financial donation. Hiawatha Camp has been a fixture in our community for over 80 years and we cannot be more pleased to grow our ministry through the programs we’ve offered to children for generations. The aquatic center will also be available to those participating in retreats at the camp, adding a fun component to corporate activities,” said Wichita City Commander, Major Joseph Wheeler.

The funding for the Aquatic Center came from private donations. Major donors are Jeri and George Hinkle, Martha and Bob Buford, the Lattner Family Foundation, the Berry Foundation, the Wallace Family Foundation, Fidelity Bank, and Intrust Bank.

Pool Project Committee members are: Tom Butz, Bill Gardner, Bruce Gilkerson, Jeri Hinkle, Rosemary Niedens, Susan Pool, Ron Rabe, Eric Strickler, and Tim Witsman.

The Salvation Army’s Hiawatha Summer Day Camp and Overnight Camps help children and youth connect with their peers and with caring camp counselors, leading to character building, personal development, and tons of summer fun. Area churches and other organizations find the excellent facilities, food service and retreat services to be the perfect complement to their own summer camp programs. In addition, Camp Hiawatha offers great facilities for corporate and non-profit organization retreats.