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!
Jr High Adv. pack list
10 Day Adventure pack list
10-Day Session July 5-14 $455 • $520 • $585 • $700
1 week session Junior High Adv July 30-August 4 $335 • $385 • $435 • $535
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.
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!
Night Owl pack list
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.
Camper vs. Wild pack list
July 30 - August 4 $345 • $395 • $445 • $545
Wilderness Adventure - Completed grades 6-8
This exciting introduction to wilderness camping and out-trips will teach campers skills such as how to pitch a tent, how to properly pack a backpack, how to cook over an open fire, using a camp stove, and "Leave No Trace" outdoor ethics. Highlights of this camp include staying in tents at different sites throughout Stronghold's 360 acres, an overnight canoe trip, a session on the high ropes course, and all the great games, swimming, bible study, and activities that make Stronghold a great place to spend the summer.
Camper vs. Wild pack list
July 23 - 28 $350 • $400 • $450 • $550
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.
Climb High pack list
June 25-30 $370 • $420 • $470 • $570