A new host cabin for United Methodist-owned Shasta Camp has been built and was occupied this winter by the camp host, Paul Armantrout. It replaces one destroyed by fire in February of last year.
Carol S. Kern, publicity chair for the Shasta Camp Committee, reports that the new cabin is very "green," is well insulated, and she says that to the greatest extent possible non-flammable materials were used in its construction. It also differs architecturally from the old cabin, being a single-story building with a second bedroom.
Armantrout, brother-in-law of the Rev. Pamela Coy-Armantrout, pastor of the Mt. Shasta Community and Dunsmuir United Methodist churches, was awakened by an explosion around 6:30 a.m. on February 19, 2009. The blast shook the cabin and caused part of the loft to crash onto his bed. When he jumped up and discovered a fire, he attempted to douse it with a fire extinguisher but was unable to do so and had to flee the cabin. Armantrout walked barefoot in his pajamas to where his truck was parked, near the road, about a quarter-mile away. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Mount Shasta and treated for cuts and abrasions to his feet, frostbite, and shock.
The cabin, including all Armantrout's earthly belongings, and a woodshed were completely destroyed. A fund drive was launched to help Armantrout meet his immediate material needs.
Shasta Camp is located eight miles west of the town of Mt. Shasta, in the mountains of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It has served organizations, groups, and individual campers, providing summer and winter accommodations, for 60 years.