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Family Getaway

Escape to a family camp this summer and return home enriched by the experience. It may very well strengthen your bonds to each other and to the Lord.

Take your family to a Christian camp to build memories while reconnecting with God and each other. The following camps include comfortable facilities, diverse programming and memorable experiences enjoying nature’s beauty. Discover these treasures.

Eastern United States

Oceanwood Christian Camp in Ocean Park, Maine. In addition to camps for all families, there are weeks just for single-parent families and grandparent/grandchildren families. Stay in cabins. Participate in horseback riding, swimming, climbing or other activities. The beach is an easy walk away. grotonwood.org

Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, New York. This first-rate resort, located in the Adirondack Mountains, offers engaging national-level speakers, wonderful food, pleasing accommodations and an array of activities—skiing, kayaking, zip lines, mini-golf, a climbing wall and indoor games. camp-of-the-woods.org/#/summer-season

Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland. Find time for silence, praise and family in this resortlike setting. Activities include boating, swimming, racing down zip lines and climbing. sandycove.org/docs/summer-2012-5-weeks.php

The Wilds in Brevard, North Carolina. Thick woods provide the backdrop for spiritual growth, fun and family times. Three family sessions are held during the year. wilds.org/camps/adult/family-camps

Marannook in LaFayette, Alabama. Take time for family fun and worship. Reconnect with your spouse. Helpful staff facilitates your family bonding experience in this woodsy camp setting. marannook.org

Central United States

Cran-Hill Ranch in Rodney, Michigan. At this camp, families can set up a tent or use one of the RV sites with water and electric. Programs encourage family interaction and fun in God’s creation. cranhillranch.com

Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin. The camp sits on the quiet shore of James Lake. Challenge yourself on a high- or low-rope confidence course, enjoy water sports or set off on one of the hiking trails. campforestsprings.org/family

Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, Minnesota. Enjoy this well-equipped camp and conference center on the scenic shore of Lake Geneva. Stay in deluxe or rustic cabins, your RV or a tent. Listen to speakers and enjoy nature. www.lakegenevacamp.com

Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Missouri. Experience K-Kaua’i Family Kamp for a memory-building family experience. Take a pontoon ride, discover fly-fishing or go horseback riding. Reservations go quickly. www.kanakuk.com

Fort Rock Family Camp in St. Paul, Arkansas. Slow down at Fort Rock. Cozy accommodations and folksy programs allow bonding times for your family. Several camps are available at this replica of an Old West town. www.fortrock.org

New Life Ranch in Colcord, Oklahoma. Nestled along the banks of Flint Creek, the ranch has outdoor activities designed for families. Experience riding, water sports, archery, team sports, hiking and evening campfires. newliferanch.com

Pine Cove Camps in several sites near Tyler and Columbus, Texas. This network of camps offers lodging, food, diverse activities and rich spiritual programs. Pick from three sites with differing accommodations. Families come back year after year. pinecove.com/family-camps

Western United States

Clydehurst Christian Ranch in Billings, Montana. The beauty of the mountain scenery serves as backdrop for the rustic charm of Clydehurst. Enjoy speakers, activities and Big Sky country. clydehurst.com

Wind River Ranch in Estes Park, Colorado. A Christian family dude ranch, Wind River runs several sessions that fill up quickly. Experience all the wonder of Colorado—mountains, horses, campfires and quiet moments in nature. windriverranch.com

Zephyr Point in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Gaze across the blue water of Lake Tahoe toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Several camps offered, each with a thought-provoking speaker and engaging family activities. zephyrpoint.org

Campus by the Sea in Avalon, California. This camp on delightful Santa Catalina Island has tents, open-air shelters and enclosed cabins to bring the sea up close. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship runs the camp. campusbythesea.org and intervarsity.org/camps

Mount Hermon Christian Camps in Mount Hermon, California. Speakers, swimming, boating, hiking and music create a memorable family experience. More daring? Try the redwood canopy tours with zip lines and skybridges above the forest floor. mounthermon.org

Invest in a summer camp experience this year

Find family camps affiliated with the Christian Camp and Conference Association at ccca.org
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