In the summer of 1932, the Reverend Arthur F. Perkins of Merrill, Wisconsin, invited a class of boys for a week at his cottage on Crescent Lake near Rhinelander. They had a wonderful time and this inspired Mr. Perkins with a desire to establish a camp where boys and girls, especially from rural communities, could spend a happy, useful vacation under Christian auspices at a minimal cost. He spoke to several pastors of rural churches about the idea and they too were attracted.
The piece of land where Perkins Memorial building and Bethel are now located was available along with the desirable beach at the cost of $400.00, a steep price back then. On December 14, 1933, Mr. Perkins along with Mr. Tremblay, a pastor at Pembine, Wisconsin, paid $5.00 each – a large sum of money – for a down payment. They approached ten other people whom they felt would be interested enough to donate $40.00 each and act as the Board of Directors of the camp. In less than two months the property was paid off and the deed was secure.
December 16, 1933, Crescent Lake Bible Fellowship held its first Board Meeting. The purposes of the camp were established, plans for a new building were drawn up and three weeks of camp were scheduled for July of 1934. In February of 1934, the Crescent Lake Bible Fellowship was officially incorporated to take some of the pressure of Reverend Perkins.
It was a humble beginning…