FALLS CREEK

A special service celebrates 100 years of Falls Creek in Davis, Oklahoma, in 2017. The Oklahoman file photo

DAVIS — Much about a popular Christian camp in south-central Oklahoma hasn't changed in its more than 100-year history.

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center continues to draw more than 50,000 young people each summer. What has changed is the implementation of more stringent security practices designed to keep young campers safe.

The Falls Creek youth camp season kicked off June 3, but a series of safety measures were implemented long before the first group of teens hopped off their church van, leaders said.

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which owns and operates Falls Creek, agreed to take additional steps to improve the safety of campers as part of an August 2018 settlement regarding a rape case. The Baptist convention and a metro church were sued over the 2016 rape of a girl at the camp. A volunteer cook who had been brought to the church camp by a Midwest City church was convicted of raping the youth, who was 13 at the time of the assault. Terms of the settlement were filed under seal and remain confidential.

The safety changes to be made were not specified in public records. However, Falls Creek leaders recently shared with The Oklahoman some of the measures they have taken.

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