Riverside’s summer camp program was established in 1943. Since then, the mission of the program has remained the same – Proclaiming the Love of Jesus to our campers. A week at Riverside during the summer can be a life changing event, not because of the things we do, but because of what God is able to do!
Typically our campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and depart on Friday afternoon. In between the week is spent playing games, meeting new friends, in Bible study, chapel time, in the rec hall, riding horses, going to campfire, swimming and on and on and on.
While here, each camper is assigned to a cabin group of campers and two counselors. Our Senior Counselors are college students who have a passion for Jesus and for sharing the good news. Our Junior Counselors are High School students who volunteer their summer to assist Senior Counselors and to live and learn in an amazing Christian environment. Our counselors are here to get to know and build a relationship with the campers as they show and share the love of Jesus.
Each summer the Bible study is built around a central theme for the week. Each day “sub” themes are introduced that fit into the theme for the week. The “sub” theme is presented each morning in chapel with skits, songs, scripture, and a message.
In addition to games and fun and all the crazy things that happen during the week of camp, there is time set aside each day not only for Bible study, but for quiet time. This is a 30–40 minute period each day for all of us to calm our hearts and minds and to listen to the Lord through scripture and prayer.
By the end of the week we are confident that you will have had an experience unlike any other. We are confident that you will grow in your faith and knowledge of Jesus and that you will have experienced his unfailing love.
"Prayer is powerful!! The spirit really is in us and living and it is so very powerful!!"
"Thank you for immediately creating an environment in which it was easy to feel comfortable and loved."
"Thank you so much for everything! I wish I didn't have to leave today!!"
"I learned about how much Jesus dying for us really mattered. Before, I didn't know how much it meant. I also learned to accept outsiders or new people."
"I learned that God is calling me to do great things with my life, and that I am important in God's plan."
"Thank you for making my week as fun as possible."
"This week my relationship grew stronger with God, learning about all of his goodness."
"Our favorite part as parents is her opportunity to grow in her relationship with Jesus."
"The staff is hands down the best part and what makes Riverside such an awesome experience. This camp is a great balance of developing a relationship with Jesus, making friends, learning leadership skills, and having fun!"
"My daughter was able to experience Ranch Camp for the first time and LOVED it."
"I can honestly say that I have been sending my children to Riverside for the last 12 years and have never heard a single negative comment. Not one!! If you were to ask them what could make their experience better...they would say let us stay longer!"
"My son had a great cabin experience and really enjoyed his counselors. My son came home talking about Bible stories, the discussions, and prayer time."
"The community of faith and friendship that is fostered is simply an awesome blessing!"
"This was a great first intro to camp - love the Alpha camp!"
"I would like to thank you for having such a positive impact on the lives of my children and hiring quality staff each summer. The counselors can definitely make a huge difference in whether the children enjoy their experience or not. I am so glad my children have had the opportunity to share their faith with others at Riverside. I wish our local churches could impact kids throughout the year as much as Riverside does in just 1 week!"
"God has done great work in His camp. I wish all other camps were like you."