Dear Friends in Christ,
The Procter Board and staff are very excited to welcome you to Procter Camp and Conference Center for the 144th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Procter Center provides a safe, inviting and spacious rural setting that cultivates spiritual formation, models sustainable living and celebrates God’s love and reconciliation through hospitality, prayer, study, work and play.
Many folks in the diocese have been here numerous times and consider it a second home. For some of you it will be your first visit. Our goal is to extend to you “extreme hospitality” in every way. We want your visit with us to be pleasant and hassle free. We will do our very best to make sure that happens.
What is Procter?
Procter is a farm. The diocese has owned the property since the 1950s, when Mrs. Jane Procter gifted 1,200 acres to the diocese in honor of her husband William Cooper Procter. The iconic red barn was part of a much larger working farm for many years. There was a large house that sat up on the hill that was known as the Procter House. Unfortunately, the house had to be demolished a few years ago due to water damage, but the summer kitchen is still standing as well as the root cellar, which are remnants of the homestead. Both buildings are used by our Procter farm team to store vegetables grown here on the farm.
In keeping with the farming tradition on this land, the staff farms about six acres and grows vegetables for our dining hall, as well as to sell at farmers markets and to distribute to our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We raise pigs and chickens with lots of sunshine, organic feed, freedom to run around and love. Pork, chicken and fresh eggs will be for sale the day of the convention. Another approximately 200 acres is used by the center and 1,000 are commercially farmed with corn and soybeans. The harvest should be complete when you are here, but you will be able to see the vastness of the property. We are very blessed to be the caretakers of this scared place.
Procter is a Summer Camp. During the summer months we provide a wonderful camp experience for youth and families. Each week we have a chaplain here to provide Eucharist and spiritual guidance for our campers and staff. The mornings are spent in formation, with the afternoon and evenings reserved for traditional camp activities, such as swimming, creative arts, nature study, sports and games. We now also offer a Latino Family Camp and Camp RISE – a grief camp for children who have had a loved one die from drug use. We find there is a “thin space” here between God and us. It is a magical place and everyone comes away from the experience changed in some way.
Procter is a retreat and conference center. During the school year we host groups nearly every weekend and many weekdays. A wide variety of groups come here to meet, learn, rest, rejoice and discern. We provide respite care for local youth one weekend a month. Everyone is welcome at Procter! If your group is looking for a place to meet or just rest and relax, we hope that you will consider Procter.
The night before the diocesan convention we will come together for fun and fellowship. There will be a wonderful meal served from our farm, a fun band, Skirt and Boots, and a big bonfire. The party is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. We will also toast our friend the Rev. Jack Koepke, retired Canon to the Ordinary, and wish him well in his retirement.
We look forward to seeing you and hope that you will find Procter Center warm and welcoming. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you to make your stay more enjoyable.
Amy R. Boyd
P.S. Pray for good weather!