Camp Cedar Knoll
New Beginnings Camp Cedar Knoll.
Restoring Dignity and Honor to the Marginalized one person at a time
On September 26, 2021 Governor Murphy visited Camp Cedar Knoll in Millville New Jersey for the ribbon-cutting of the new drug and alcohol addiction center. It was 10 months prior when Pastor Amir Khan, president of New Beginnings, met with the leadership team of the Bethany Baptist Association. During which time Pastor Khan learned the history of Camp Cedar Knoll. In the midst of the Jim Crow era and segregation, 75 years prior Bethany Baptist Association purchased 45 acres in Millville New Jersey to allow their children to go to camp. The association consisted of approximately 60 African American churches from the South Jersey area. Though all members supported it, the mothers of the various churches had ongoing fundraisers for the building of facilities to accommodate the campers. After many years of successful camping, children lost interest and the facility fell into disrepair.
After years of witnessing individuals die from overdose due to lack of beds or wrong insurance, Pastor Khan knew that something had to change. He recently approached the Association with his vision and after a few short meetings a long term partnership agreement was created.
Over the past six months the camp has been fully restored and is now open as a long-term Drug and Alcohol treatment center. Getting the most vulnerable off the streets and into detox and rehabilitation is a priority for Pastor Khan. Governor Murphy knowing and understanding Pastor Khan‘s passion and purpose, visited Camp Cedar Knoll on September 26, 2021 and participated in the beautiful ribbon-cutting. After the celebration, Governor Murphy toured the facility. The gorgeous lake which offers boating and fishing, a dormitory which holds 150 clients, a nurses station which is being converted to a detox center, fellowship hall and dining hall. The facility also offers basketball, tennis, miniature golf, an Olympic size pool, volleyball, and so much more.
New Beginnings also partnered with Victory Homes of Philadelphia to manage the new program. The curriculum is a 12 month program. Data shows that counseling an individual in a tranquil environment, yields a greater success. Residents are more apt to receive the counseling around a picnic table or fishing pond as opposed to a sterile back room. The New Beginnings program is open to all adults 18 and up, regardless of insurance. There is an intake process and they are accepting both male and female residents. For more information call 866-8-NEW-YOU.
Partnership With Bethany Baptist Association
History of Camp Cedar Knoll
Camp Cedar Knoll has been divided up in several ways over the years, but it remains about 45 acres of land that was once part of a plantation of 316 acres that was owned by Captain William Price of the Revolutionary War. Prior to March 1, 1783 – sometime before May 20, 1788, Aaron Learning owned the Price Plantation of 316 acres plus other land. He purchased the whole of his land in two parcels; one part from Lawrence and William Peterson, and the other part from the Council of Proprietors. This property contained the whole of Camp Cedar Knoll, as well as other land, and stretched from the northeast side of the Maurice River, including both the northwest side and the southeast side of
Menantico Creek in both Millville and Maurice River Townships and east of Camp Cedar Knoll. On the west of the Menantico Creek, Camp Cedar Knoll was bordered on the north of Rawson’s line, on the west by a swamp, and on the south by Scot’s line, it then crossed the creek, all the way east of Camp Cedar Knoll, and contained land which was afterwards owned by Rebecca J. Wynn.