Young Life Camp on Rajneeshee Site to Expand

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Young Life Christian youth camp at the
site of the 1980s Rajneeshee religious commune in Eastern Oregon
plans to expand, helped by a $30 million gift.

The gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation will be used to build dorms, a wave pool, an activity center and other
facilities.

The commune operated from 1981 to 1985. It featured Bhagwan
Shree Rajneesh, thousands of his robed followers and plots to kill
a federal prosecutor and take over the county government.

The commune dissolved, and the Washingtons bought the property,
giving it to Young Life in 1998.

The camp opened the following year. Since then, tens of thousands of teens have spent a week at the property in summer or weekends, receiving Young Life's nondenominational Christian message.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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