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.
Mini Camp - Completed grades 2-4
Never been to camp before? This is a great camp to give it a try. A low ratio of campers to counselors ensures every child receives the attention they need as they discover camp, God, and God’s beautiful creation with new friends!. Mini Camp provides an introduction to camp life with lots of fun Bible stories, hiking, pool time, arts and crafts, games, nature study and campfire time.
Day Adventure - Completed grades K-3
Stronghold's day camp experience is a great way to introduce children to summer camp. Camps start on Monday at 9am with a full schedule of Bible stories, arts and crafts, pool time, games and walks in the woods. Pick up time is 4pm. Thursday night is an optional overnight in our cabins in the woods with campfire activities included. Early arrival, prior to 8am, with breakfast ($2 per day) is available. Late pick up times, no later than 6pm can be arranged.
Day camp pack list
Junior Adventure - Completed grades 3-5
Come to camp and take home memories for a lifetime! Have lots of fun growing closer to God and your group as you experience singing around the campfire, climbing the hill to David’s tower, touring the Castle, learning to work together on the teambuilding course, and learning to canoe. In this traditional summer camp experience, you will participate in a wide variety of activities including Bible study, hiking, arts and crafts, group games, nature study, swimming, camping in our rustic cabins, 2 cookouts, and experiencing God’s creation first hand.
Jr. Adventure pack list
July 9-14 $310 • $360 • $410 • $510
Junior Artists - Completed grades 3 – 6
Do you love to paint, draw and create? Come and join us for a week of fun and creativity at Jr. Artists camp! Jr. Artists will spend part of each day expressing themselves and creating works of art to display at Friday night’s art show. The rest of the day is spent enjoying a wide variety of activities: Bible study, hiking, group games, nature study, swimming, and experiencing God’s creation first hand.
Jr. Artists pack list
July 23-28 $335 • $385 • $435 • $535
Junior Music, Art, & Drama (M.A.D.) - Completed grades 4-6
Calling all singers, artists and actors. Come join the show and be part of the Stronghold troupe. Rehearsals, prop building and an introduction to behind-the-scenes theater arts will help ensure a great musical performance for Friday evening. Bible study, games, swimming and campfire time are all included, so bring your friends and join the fun.
Jr MAD pack list
July 9-14 $330 • $380 • $430 • $530
Junior Eco-Explorers Camp - Completed grades 3-5
The earth is full of God’s “riches and creatures.” Come and explore God’s wonderful creation in this exciting camp. Plants and critters “many and varied” are hiding in plain sight – if you know where to look! Using all your senses, you will explore the natural world, look under rocks, taste the flavors that native plants have to offer, cook in solar ovens, and challenge yourself to live ‘more greenly.’ Campers are sure to go home with a renewed love and respect for God’s amazing creation through this camp.
Jr. Eco pack list
Junior Castle Camp - Completed grades 3-6
Come and have a great week of camp while staying in the Stronghold Castle! Bible study, hiking, arts and crafts, group games, nature study, swimming, and more await you as you make new friends and grow closer to God participating in some of Stronghold’s most popular activities. This camp is not to be missed!
Castle Camp pack list