Camp Paron’s Flatside Conference Center – Hotel features 26 rooms with private bathrooms.
PARON, Ark. – Participants of this weekend’s The Art of Marriage Retreat hosted by Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro at Camp Paron were treated to new bedding accommodations.
Central Baptist has hosted The Art of Marriage Retreat at Camp Paron at least twice a year for more than 10 years for couples in its church and community.
“At the end of the retreat, we always ask couples to do an evaluation. The only complaint that we got consistently was that the beds were not all that comfortable,” Adult Discipleship Pastor Don Blackmore said.
So, this year, they decided to remedy that issue.
“We, as a church, took it upon ourselves and purchased some new mattresses for all the beds at the conference center. We have brand new mattresses,” Blackmore said. Camp Paron’s Flatside Conference Center – Hotel features 26 rooms with private bathrooms.
When the next opportunity arises, Blackmore said they plan to further update the rooms with new bedspreads and curtains and purchase modern furniture for the lobby area.
In the past, they have purchased blinds for the windows in the conference center area and the cafeteria. Last year, they purchased a new 80-inch T.V. for the center.
“We’re just trying to improve the quality of the experience, not just for our people but for others who use the campground,” Blackmore said. “We have a strong heart of gratitude for Camp Paron and want to do what we can to help make it a better place.”
Blackmore described the facility staff as “awesome.” He said Camp Director Kevin Alley and his team do an excellent job and the venue is the perfect spot for the retreat.
“The privacy of the campground is nice. It’s secluded. It’s on the edge of Ouachita National Forest. It’s just a great environment for that retreat and very affordable,” Blackmore said, noting it is a two- and half-hour drive from Jonesboro for many of the participants. That is a distance that allows them to disconnect from home.
This year, Central Baptist had 23 couples attending The Art of Marriage Retreat.
“It’s a great environment and we see God using that facility to help us in impacting couples’ lives for eternity,” Blackmore said.