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Glorieta Camps working to comply with permits

Kai Porter
April 27, 2017 06:42 PM

GLORIETA, N.M. -- After a long list of permit problems, a popular Christian youth summer camp near Santa Fe will stay open after all.

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Those issues emerged in February, but Glorieta Camps says it is well on its way to complying with the county and state permits needed to operate this summer.

They're expecting about 20,000 kids this year starting on June 4. While the camp will be open, some of the big attractions like diving boards and a zip line at the lake will have to remain closed.

Glorieta Camps Executive Director Anthony Scott said his team has been working hard to get their permits up to date over the past few months.

"We have lots of challenges in front of us still, but we look like we're on track to get all of the buildings open as far as the occupancy for the youth to stay in," he said.

The Glorieta Camps has been open at the former Glorieta Conference Center for four years. The permitting issues were raised this past winter when the camp added renovations like a zip line, water slides and a shooting range without the proper permits.

"We've had a camp in Texas for 18 years, amazing safety record," Scott said. "But there is no county permitting, so when we got here and started working hard to make this place sustainable again … and did it without the permitting that's necessary in Santa Fe County, and so now we're saying we're sorry. We didn't know and we're going to do everything we can to get this remedied as quickly as possible."

While Scott believes most of the building permits will be in place in time for summer camp, it takes longer to get permits for attractions like the zip line and water slides.

"But that's OK. We've been doing camp without those attractions for years and we'll have another great year without them," he said.
Glorieta Camps was also required to clean up hazardous waste on the property, like construction waste.
Scott said that process is almost finished.

"We're now into the remediation stages of that, too," he said.

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