LODGEPOLE -- About 10 miles north of Lodgepole is a retreat nestled in the sandhills of Cheyenne County. 

It was started with the donation of the Sullivan family, and has served the region, and more since the mid-1990s. 

 Jacob Spilker, Sullivan Hills director of development, said at its heart, Sullivan Hills is a youth camp.

"Sullivan Hills Camp is, at its heart, is a youth camp. It's for in the summers; kids between first grade to 12th grade; whether you're in the Panhandle, or Eastern Nebraska or surrounding states. This place is for anybody who wants a camping experience," Spilker said.

 Spilker said camping started at Sullivan Hills in about 1997. Since then, campers have experienced the facility from the Panhandle to Omaha. 

He said when they first started campers were in tents and covered wagons. Now there is a main building, dining hall, sleeping quarters and numerous outdoor activities.  

The camp has a ropes course, a disc golf course, campfire meeting areas and a lake. 

Sullivan Hills Camp is undergoing a fund drive. One of the purposes of fund drive is to ensure kids can experience the camp at no cost. The camp is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; however, it is open to anyone. Spilker said about 50 percent of attendees are not affiliated with the church.  

"We are a camp of the church, so every day there's bible study, and it starts with worship," he said.

The facility is also available to rent out by families, businesses, private groups.  

The Heart of the Hills benefit dinner will be held June 27 at the Lazy S Ranch.  

For more information on Sullivan Hills Camp, see https://www.sullivanhills.org/