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History Of CCL (Christian Camp Leader’s )

Much of what the Christian Service Camp movement is today can be attributed to the faithful efforts of Christian leaders within the Standard Publishing Co. 

In 1970 Charles Matthews of Standard Publishing and Bill Wade, a former servant at Standard who was then a professor at Atlanta Christian College, organized the first Christian Camp Leader’s Conference, which was held at Atlanta Christian College.

Following that meeting, a conference was convened every two years with Standard Publishing often covering much of the cost of the conference.  Later an Advisory Committee was selected to continue the conference and then in just a few years the conference decided to hold the Christian Camp Leaders Conference annually.  


The Matthews/Wade Award

In an effort to remember their roots and to recognize those who perform outstanding service in the field of Christian camping, the Christian Camp Leaders decided to create the Matthews/Wade award.  The winner of the award is selected by a representative group of veteran camp leaders and presented at the annual Christian Camp Leaders Conference.  The criteria for consideration for the award is length of service, excellence in ministry, and having contributed significantly to the betterment of Christian camping as a whole.   In 2002, Founders Awards were presented to Charles Matthews and Bill Wade. 

The following is a list of all recipients of the Matthews/Wade Award:

2002:  Rod Cameron, Rainbow Christian Camp, Converse, IN

2003: Bill Redmon, Lake Aurora Christian Camp, Lake Wales, FL

2004: Bob Carver, Camp Allendale, Trafalgar, IN

2005: Joey Westbrook, Woodland Christian Camp Temple, GA

2006: Ralph Eichelberger, Round Lake Christian Camp, Lakeville, OH

2007: Dwayne Mycroft, Hanging Rock Christian Assembly, West Lebanon, IN

2008: John Love, Lake James Christian Assembly, Angola, IN

2009: Keith Warner, Butler Springs Christian Assembly, Hillsboro, OH

2010: Carl Dahlquist, Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, Chatham, IL

2011: Alan and Vickie Cooper Camp Calvary, Mackville, KY

2012: Randy and Nancy Pim, Camp Allendale, IN

2013: Steve and Phyllis Bornemann, Lake Aurora, FL

2014: Lance and Susan Powers, Round Lake Christian Camp, Lakeville, OH

2015: Jim and Judy Mann, Oil Belt Christian Camp, Flora, IN

2016: Gus and Valarie Denzik, Butler Springs Christian Assembly, OH


History of Christian Camping

Bill Redmon is currently compiling a history of Christian Camping, but he needs the help of those in Christian Camping. What he needs from you is a written history of your camp, particularly if your camp began before 1950, but he wants all that he can get.

Bill asked that I pass along his contact info and ask that you send him copies of your history as it will not be returned to you. This is not an unfriendly move, but rather a gesture on our part to show Bill that we value the time and effort he is putting in and we don't want to add to that.

Please send your information to:

Bill Redmon
Wild Creek Adventures
922 Strathmore Place
Lake Wales, FL 33853


Current Members of the CCL Board







Ben Fulcher

Camp Director
White Mills Christian Camp








Josh Miller

Camp Director
Mahoning Valley Christian Service Camp



Danny Slater


Dan Owsley
Camp Manager
Wonder Valley Christian Camp



Troy Cleeland
Camp Director
Camp Michiana


Samuel Spence
Assistant Camp Manager
Round Lake Christian Camp


Chris Osborbe
Assistant Camp Manager
Butler Springs Christian Camp


Aaron Morris






Mark Laughlin

Executive Director
Elkhorn Valley Christian Service Camp



Allison Doty

Assistant Directorer
Country Lake



Bruce Cameron

Executive Director
The Ark Christian Ministries






Run Down?

Need to get-away?

Time, budget, pressures keeping you from the break you need?

Boy, have we got an offer for you!

Select CCL camps are offering their camps to other camp professionals and their families for free!

You need and deserve it!
Think about it.  We spend so much of our time providing the perfect escape for others.  Most of us entered this ministry because God put it on our hearts that today's youth, more than ever, need to a place to get away from their lives, and most of us have made it also part our mission to provide a similar experience for adults.  We do this because we know that not only is this time of escape the best opportunity to hear our Father's voice, rest and relaxation is also good for our physical health, and let's get honest here, God wants us to rest, re-fuel, re-focus, and the list of "re's" goes on and on. In short, you, your family, and your ministry will benefit from your getting away.

So, why would those of us who provide this for others, ignore it for ourselves and our families?!

The CCL Board wants to take the lead in offering their respective camp's facilities and services to other camp professionals.  Some may be able to offer room, food and activities, some maybe only room.  We will list all camps offering their facilities & services here, and we are asking the contact people at those camps to post exactly what they offer and what the guest will need to prepare for (bedding, food, etc.) on the message boards.

"But, I don't have time."
The "free" part should help with the budget.  Now let's address the time.  You know your workload and schedule better than anyone, so only you can pick the right time for you and your family.  Most of us have boards to answer to, and our prayer is that your board would be more than happy for you to visit another camp and learn how they other guys operate. 

"Sign Me Up!"
If you are interested in taking us up on this offer, all you have to do to qualify is to be a camp professional at a CCL camp, and all you have to do is contact the person at the camp you want to visit.  Look at the list below for the camps and contact names.  Also keep an eye on the message boards for more detailed information.

"Can I offer my camp?"
Absolutely. If you are interested in offering your camp, shoot an email to us at webmaster@cclcamps.org with your camp name, website, and contact info, and please take the time to post a message and give details of what you offer.

Camp's Participating in this program:

Appalachian Christian Camp, Tennessee

Blue Grass Christian Camp, Kentucky

Butler Springs Christian Camp, Ohio

Camp Allendale, Indiana

Camp Christian, Pennsylvania

Camp Illiana, Indiana

Camp Northward, Kentucky

Country Lake Christian Retreat, Indiana

El Porvenir Christian Camp, New Mexico

Hanging Rock Christian Assembly, Indiana

Howell's Mill, West Virginia

Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, Florida

Lake James Christian Assembly, Indiana

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, Illinois

LaMoine Christian Service Camp & Retreat Center, Illinois

Rainbow Christian Camp, Indiana

Roanake Christian Camp, Virginia

Round Lake Christian Camp, Ohio

Woodland Christian Camp and Retreat Center, Georgia

White Mills Christian Camp, Kentucky

Elkhorn Valley Christian Service Camp,Ohio

Email webmaster@cclcamps.org to add your camp to this list.

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