Bagley added that to have his name next to Hearn's on the new facilities was “really an honor.”
The groundbreaking was met with clicking cameras and applause from those in attendance, which included members of the building committee, architects, construction company and longtime supporters and friends of Lakeview.
One of those supporters was former Major League Baseball outfielder Wally Moon, who played 12 years in the National League for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Moon, a member of the campaign cabinet, said he'd first gotten connected to the center through Idom, who had served as his minister previously at First United Methodist Church in Bryan-College Station.
“Matt came here and triggered that pretty much,” he said. “And my two youngest daughters served as Fish Camp counselors here at Lakeview.
Moon said he was excited about the prospect of Lakeview's continual growth.
“I've known lots of people who have loved coming here – it's really an exciting place,” he said. “Great things are going to happen here.”
Arthur Davis, another supporter, made the drive from Pasadena to show his support during the groundbreaking. Davis has been coming to the camp – as a camper and counselor – since 1954.
“I was a little sentimental about Windham going away, but it's time,” Davis said. “And (the new complex) is also expanding how many people will be able to come, because it holds almost 100 people more than Windham itself.”
The relocation of Windham Dormitory Complex by Camp Hearn and Bagley Hall comes as the second big step in the conference center's $15 million campaign. Relocation of the Sisk Maintenance Shop (completed November 2013) preceded the groundbreaking of Camp Hearn and Bagley Hall. Still in the planning stages is the replacement of the Wesley Dormitory Complex, as well as renovations to Roy Hall, Snack Shack and the game room.
Plans to build an up-scale RV park and a rustic scout camp on Lake Wilson also are in the works, along with plans to create new hiking and biking trails, improve landscaping and design of the central plaza and make infrastructure improvements.
For more information, or to donate to the For Such a Time as This Capital Campaign, contact Brandy Kines, director of development and marketing, at email@example.com or 903-538-2711.