Camping has long been considered one of Christianity’s most effective mediums for impacting lives and growing the Church. For decades, clergy and lay leaders in all denominations have realized that the spiritually focused, challenge-oriented temporary community inherent in Christian camping is unsurpassed for igniting faith, instilling character, and implanting ideals in participants, regardless of age or background. Christian camping is also considered by many to be the best means for inspiring an individual to a life of service.
Today, in the United States and around the world, day camps, resident camps, travel camps, conference centers, retreat centers, outdoor centers, and similar entities are constantly being used ~ with great effectiveness ~ for Christian outreach, guidance, and mentorship. Annually, millions of people, young and old, take part in traditional and unusual programs all through the year; hundreds of thousands make significant spiritual decisions during or following the experience.
The future of Christian camping is strong and the opportunities for involvement on every level are numerous.
Ross Point Camp and Conference Center is a special place which is continually being developed to give God’s People an opportunity to experience being empowered for strength, growth, and service.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Ross Point Camp and Conference Center is to provide a quality, service-oriented environment where individuals can be transformed and renewed by the love of Jesus Christ.
Ross Point Camp and Conference Center will be the northwest’s leading choice as a haven and resource for engaging, encouraging and equipping groups and individuals.
- Excellence: We are committed to providing service of a quality that meets or exceeds our guest’s highest expectations.
- God-focused: We are a sacred place where people are invited to grow spiritually through encounters with the Holy Spirit.
- Adventure: We will provide activities that have some element of risk and take people out of their comfort zone in order to learn, grow and expand their limits.
- Safe: We are pledged to provide our visitors, campers and staff with an environment where they fell comfortable, accepted, and emotionally, physically and spiritually secure.
- Fun: We strive to create an atmosphere that delivers enjoyable, exhilarating, fulfilling, exciting, thrilling, amazing, crazy, out-of-your-element, surprising and joyful time to those who come here.
- Relationship building: We strive to make this a place that is all about knowing and being known, making friends, modeling community (Matthew 18), accountability, encouragement, shared experiences and togetherness.
Ross Point Camp and Conference Center is a ministry of American Baptist Churches, serving American Baptists as well as other non-profit organizations.
1948 Land purchased and first service on July 4th.
1953 Vic and Clara Johnson served as camp managers
1973 Rev. R. Paul Ledbetter ~ Became Board Manager and later camp Director
1974 Fuel oil stoves replaced with electric heaters
1977 The Ball field widened and sprinkler system installed
1978 Mini-golf course completed with 18 holes of play
1989 Low Element Challenge course completed for outdoor education
1991 Dinner Theatre and campfire circle added to Ross Point Camp offerings
1992 Basketball backboards replaced with heavy duty support
1995 Capital campaign launched to build a chapel, gym, and office addition
1995 Permanent sunbathing dock and diving board rebuilt
1996 Major remodeling of the dining room with cathedral ceiling
1996 Motel-style lodge project launched
1997 “Break out” rooms remodeled from old chapel and prior dining hall
1998 Riverside Lodge finished with array of amenities
2001 John Batchelder joined staff as Executive Director
2001 Lower meeting room enlarged (Osprey), creation of Board Room (Sunrise)
2001 84′ Bouldering Wall added to play area
2002 Sprinkler system installed for Lodge and Dining Room area
2002-3 Metal roofs on buildings and most cabins
2003 Gate House converted to office for ABCNW, Hill House renovated
2003 High Ropes Course constructed overlooking Lagoon
2003 First COLE retreat from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine
2004 First VLE retreat for Veterinarians from around the world
2004 Climbing Tower built behind Manley, 3 sides, 38′ high, 6 routes
2004 Edgewater and Shoreline, staff/retreat cabins
2004 New furnaces with air conditioning for main buildings
2005 Camp Good Times East for children with cancer moves to Ross Point
2006 Gym Acoustic panels added
2006 Moore renovated for two bathrooms
2006 Mohr Dining Room Wall replaced
2007 Dining Room Deck added
2008 Auxiliary A/C added to Chapel and Dining Room
2008 Eight acres rezoned for 17 lot sub-division
2008 New Pier for Swim Area
2009 Gate House Windows and Siding
2010 Driveway and Parking lot paved
2011 Harriet and Tim Reece join staff
2011 Metal roofs on Riverside, Hill House and River House
2012 Six cabins resided by MMAPers and staff
2012 Composite decking for Swim Dock by RP Board, staff, and friends
2013 Three cabins resided by MMAPers
2013 Region office parking lot paved
2013 October 12 Ground breaking for Ponderosa Lodge
2014 Shower rooms in Riverside basement built by Hardhats for Christ
2014 Camp Journey for children touched by cancer opens at Ross Point
2014 October 18 Dedication for Ponderosa Lodge and Adam’s Place