The Camp Aldrich fire has displaced many future events

BARTON COUNTY, Kan — Last Saturday a fire at Camp Aldrich destroyed the dining hall and left lots of people without a place for their scheduled events.

Not only does it house Camp Hope in the summers but it is also a widely used venue for weddings, businesses and family reunions.

With the camp now closed, its owners, Barton County Community College, is trying to help out.

“A lot of people are getting refunds and having to find new venues, uh weddings. We are making available some of our other venues like we have the chapel on campus,” said Brandon Steinert, the Director of Public Relations at Barton County CC.

The college is making other places on campus available as well but say a lot of their venues are too small so they are offering refunds as an option.

“For some of the people who have annual events out there, they have just asked that their deposit be applied to next year,” said Steinert.

Camp Hope’s new venue is still up in the air but the college says they are helping the camp and anyone else who was affected by the fire.

“We’re just taking things as they come and helping people the best we can,” said Steinert.

Camp Hope is going to announce a new location for its camp next week.

As for the fire, it has been ruled accidental but the exact cause is still under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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