Stronghold is a year-round Conference, Retreat and Camping Center operated as a ministry of the Presbytery of Blackhawk, Presbyterian Church (USA). During the summer, Stronghold Summer Camps become the place where many friendships and memories are born. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing Christian experience for youth as a caring community in a natural environment. Stronghold Summer Camps offer youth opportunities to respond positively to the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, grow in their relationships with God and one another, and increase their understanding and appreciation for the world around them.


Junior High Adventure - Completed grades 6-8
Come to Stronghold and challenge yourself to make new friends and grow in your faith at Jr. High Adventure.  You will live in rustic campsites, experiencing God’s creation firsthand while cooking out some meals and participating in all the typical camp activities like Bible study, swimming, canoeing, group games, hiking, high ropes course, crafts, leap of faith, campfire time and more.  Jr. High 10-day Adventure is an extended 10 day camp for twice the community building and twice the fun!

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10-Day session         June 21-30           $515/$590/$675/$775

                                                1 week session        July 5-10               $400/$450/$500/$600


Medieval Music, Art & Drama(M.A.D.) Completed grades 6-8
Lords and Ladies fair will enjoy this performance camp. They will live in Stronghold Castle for the week while learning about medieval days and "castles". Rehearsals are underway all week for the music and drama performance on Friday evening for family and friends. Campers will enjoy Bible study, swimming, crafts, campfire activities and more.

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July 19-24           $415/$465/$515/$615


Night Owl Camp - Completed grades 6-8
Not a morning person? Then night owl is the camp for you! Stay up late and sleep the morning away. We'll have breakfast at lunch, lunch at dinner, and dinner when the stars are in the sky. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, crafts, the challenge courses and more by day, and campfires, Bible study, night hikes, worship, and glow in the dark games by night. It's camp on your schedule!

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July 12-17           $415/$465/$515/$615


Camper vs. Wild- Completed grades 6-8
Camper vs. Wild is packed full of fun camp activities. Campers take part in challenging and fun “survival” adventures and spend a night underneath stars. Campers will challenge themselves on the High Ropes course and go on an overnight canoe trip.    With all these great challenges we’ve still managed to include swimming, astronomy, campfire, Bible study, arts & crafts, and more while making great friendships and growing in your faith.

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July 19-24           $415/$465/$515/$615


Climb High- Completed grades 7-11
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at climbing?  Reach for new heights in this climbing focused camp.  Learn to belay while challengeing yourself on the Leap of Faith.  Step outside of your comfort zone and learn to repel while spending a day on Stronghold's High Ropes course.  Go for a late night swing on the Swing by Choice.  Pack up for an overnight trip to a state park where you'll learn to set up anchors and climb on real rock.  With all these great things we've still managed to include swimming, astronomy, campfire, bible study, and more while making great friendships and growing in your faith.

                                           July 5-10           $425/$475/$525/$625