The Duggar family is known for their controversial beliefs — which stem from their Quiverfull religion — but they also get a ton of backlash for using their platform as former reality TV stars to promote other controversial religious figures and places. That's where Fort Rock Family Camp comes in. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's daughter Joy-Anna married Austin Forsyth, and his parents Terry and Roxanne Forsyth are Duggar family friends. The Forsyths own the camp that is known for its controversial family counseling programs. Keep reading below to find out more about Fort Rock Family Camp!
What is Fort Rock Family Camp?
The camp is located in Combs, AR, which is only about an hour away from the Duggar family's home in Tontitown, and it was started in 1995 after Terry decided that he wanted to create a fun yet educational and religious family vacation destination. "He realized that the American families of today were too busy and fragmented," read a statement on the camp's website. "Terry wanted to recreate an era where things were a little slower and families could spend time together. Thus a vision of an 1800’s style town began."
What is there to do at Fort Rock Family Camp?
The site boasts a ton of fun, family-friendly outdoor activities like zip lining, shooting and archery, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and fishing, horseback riding, and ATV riding. But it's not all fun and games — the Forsyths also provide group events where families can go to attend workshops. So far for 2018, they are offering family camps, marriage retreats, and a family conference.
Why is Fort Rock Family Camp so controversial?
The reason why Fort Rock gets a ton of negative feedback online is because of the guests they choose to promote at their camp. Earlier this month, the Duggar family took to their official Facebook page to promote an upcoming event at Fort Rock featuring No Greater Joy Ministries' pastor Michael Pearl and his wife Debi — a couple who allegedly preach methods of disciplining children that many consider to be a form of child abuse.
"This makes me so sad. The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies," one Facebook user commented. "They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind-boggling."
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