Where Faith Still Thrives! Summer Camps and the Future of the Church
What was the most significant institution in my faith development? The obvious answer would be Sunday School and church youth group, or perhaps, my college chaplain's office. You might think it surely had to be the venerable Princeton Theological Seminary. Nope. The answer: Camp Dudley, a YMCA camp located on the banks of Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Mountains baring the slogan, "The other fellow first."
How will you contribute to the future of camping?
Our camps are transforming the lives of individuals from campers to adults. Our conference centers provide sacred space and welcoming hospitality for retreats and events. Spaces and programs for faith formation, community enrichment, leadership skills development and adventure experiences are essential for healthy development.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is actively working to connect our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) centers with societal needs and trends. As our society and church changes, we are working to develop sustainable futures for these essential ministries.
Consider a donation to the Fund For Camp endowment to help secure the future.
Why Presbyterian Centers?
Presbyterian camping offers faith-filled encounters with Christ in a spiritually safe environment. True to our denominational Reformed tradition, campers get to experience the saving grace of God in a spirit-filled Christian community. By living their faith, campers get an opportunity to more fully integrate their faith into their daily lives.
Conference and retreat ministry
Presbyterian Conference Centers offer hospitality and welcome to all God’s children in locations surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Time away from our busy lives to reflect on our faith, to formulate new mission and vision and to build trusting relationships with others reminds us to keep our faith central to all we do. Presbyterian Conference Centers are also great places to bring meetings, schools and family reunions!
Featuring our staff
Behind the Scenes Can Really Be Out Front
Leaning back in his chair in the dining hall, looking not at all unlike the great Buddha himself, Ben Salazar said with a sigh, "Ghost Ranch has been good to me and my family." Ben Salazar, head of the kitchen staff, has been good for Ghost Ranch as well. For the past ten years he has worked his way up from being a part-time kitchen helper which he said is "75 percent cleaning and 25 percent food preparation" to supervising 12 people in the summer and eight in the winter.
Discover Stony Point
Featured Presbyterian center
Stony Point Center, an ecumenical and interfaith conference and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), welcomes people of all faiths and nations to discern, discover, learn and lead.
Located just 34 miles north of New York City, the center offers overnight accommodations for up to 160 with more than a dozen indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for 10 to 200 people. Most of our rooms are fully accessible for people with disabilities and have wireless Internet access. Audiovisual equipment, teleconferencing, photocopying and fax are also available.
Because of Camp ...™
Featured camp staff testimonials
For more than 100 years, camp and conference ministries have been changing the lives of campers, staff and adults through faithful programming and spaces to retreat. Below are testimonies submitted by some of those whose lives have been impacted by our Presbyterian camp and conference centers.
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
After I had been at Highlands for a while, I began to feel an inner peace that I’d been lacking for so long."
"Hopewell takes you in and carves out a little section of your heart where it will stay forever."
"Camp Hopewell is just the kind of place where you know that everything is going to be okay."
100 Years of Sacred Space: Called by Name to Reflect God's Grace
100 Years of Sacred Space: Called by Name to Reflect God's Grace was created for the celebration of 100 years of Presbyterian camping ministry by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2008.