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This year will be different. You will see in The Messenger that several items that have changed from a normal encampment.
We have had to shorten and downsize our traditional Campmeeting.


WE MUST abide by all of the ADH guidelines and must social distance.


We will be required to wear masks according to Phase II guidelines. Face coverings will be required for all persons, except children under 10, when 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Also, face coverings must be worn to and from church services and may be removed upon being seated. We are required to block off every other pew and sit 6 feet apart in the tabernacle. Families may still sit together. Blocking off every other pew will keep us below the 66% occupancy we are allowed. We will not be able to share hand fans or songbooks. We will also not be able to pass the collection plate. We will have tubs at the front of the tabernacle and are creating an online platform to donate and pay camping dues. We will be required to have hand sanitizing stations and post COVID-19 signs about the dangers of this virus. We will need all campers to help us take care of the bathrooms this year. There will be spray disinfectants at each bathroom and we are required to spray down the shower or toilet before and after each use. We ask that each section of campers (that uses their bathrooms) check twice daily to help us keep soap, paper towels, etc. stocked and the bathroom cleaned. The commissary line will be adjusted to where you will enter one direction and exit another. You must keep 6 feet away while in-line and wear a mask. We will not be feeding the preacher this year to minimize exposure. We will also not have the evening singing program. We are asked to keep the name, address, and phone number of each person that attends
Campmeetingg. Each cabin will need to keep a list of each camper including visitors that might come to Davidson to visit them.

Your list will need to be turned in at the commissary before you move home. There will be a sign-in sheet on the bulletin board for visitors that come to church that does not have a connection to a camper. This is for contact tracing of each person attending. As of this writing, this is what we must abide by. By the start of the camp, there could be additional guidelines from ADH.

We ask everyone for cooperation in helping us abide by the COVID-19 guidelines so that everyone may safely enjoy the faith, friendship, and fellowship of Davidson Campground Campmeeting.

Come join us in faith, friendship, and fellowship for another great Campmeeting.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has approved our submitted plan that was in accordance with the directives by ADH for large outdoor venues, Phase II.

There were three comments noted in our acceptance letter. The Trustees met on Saturday, July 11, 2020, and voted to continue with our plans to hold this year’s encampment and to adopt the recommendations contained in the comments by the ADH as rules for the 2020 encampment.










Rev Dr William Cato

I grew up dividing my time between Searcy with my father and Kensett with my mother. I made my initial public profession of faith at eight years old and was subsequently baptized at Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Searcy. After high school, I attended college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. While there I met Dr. Bill Gentry (a philosophy professor and ordained United Methodist elder) and his wife Betty. Through their influence and expressions of faith, I was attracted to the United Methodist Church.

I have experience in both traditional and contemporary worship settings and appreciate both styles. Over the last few years I have become involved in the Appalachian Trail Outreach Ministry in cooperation with United Methodist churches in Virginia. ATOM is a unique and fun opportunity to minister to the spiritual, emotional, and material needs of thru-hikers from across the country and around the world on the Appalachian Trail. I am deeply Sacramental. I am further committed to small group discipleship, lay leadership development, the Means of Grace, and personal evangelism as keys to experiencing spiritual revitalization in our churches. I am also passionate about racial and economic justice.

“There is no place I would rather be than at Camp Meeting”

Austin Wingfield

Austin Wingfield


620 Pine Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71923


Blake Batson

Blake Batson

Vice Chairman

501 Crittenden Street

Arkadelphia, AR  71923


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