About Us

Our Mission

We Strive to be...

Christ Centered

Relationally Focused

Incredibly Fun

Our ultimate purpose is to seek to obey The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–39) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20).

Our Vision

To relentlessly build a Christ-Centered Camp so effective for growing God's Kingdom and Equipping Jesus Followers, that churches, families, schools, and college students would line up to partner with us.

Our Strategy

Develop Christian Young Leaders | Integrate the Gospel in All We Do | Enhance Every Camper's FUN Experience | Foster Relational Ministry | Grow Giving and Volunteers | Expand Church, School, and Ministry Partners | Build Financial Strength | Advance our Facilities to Become World Class.

Our Story

As a ministry opportunity to train and develop young people for Christian service and to provide an evangelistic avenue to reach young boys and girls for Christ, The Chapel began to examine a potential camping ministry. The result of the search led The Chapel to purchase a YWCA camp in May of 1964 and name it Camp Carl, as a living memorial to the late Reverend Carl Burnham, founding pastor of The Chapel.

The members and friends of the Chapel responded generously to the financial needs and the first summer camp program opened on June 28, 1964 with eight weeks scheduled. God's blessings were present as 425 campers attended the first summer. From its inception, the purpose of Camp Carl has been to carry out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, confront each camper with the Gospel of Christ, and encourage growth in the Lord and effective service throughout life for believers.

Camp Carl is a Christian ministry committed to holding God's Word high and proclaiming Him and His salvation. Our heart is to truly love all and point all to the forgiveness and hope we can have in Jesus Christ. We will consistently apply our deeply held beliefs as found in What We Believe and God's Truth in our programs, activities, and hiring practices. Campers and retreat groups contribute to our Christian community and the accomplishment of our mission, so it is important for them to be aware of our beliefs on relevant subjects.

What We Believe

What we believe about God

God is eternally existing in three co-equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the Trinity.

What we believe about Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, was buried, resurrected and ascended into Heaven. He is present there as High Priest and Advocate for all believers. We have “blessed hope” in His imminent return.

What we believe about The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, or righteousness, and of judgement. He is the life of every believer and empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel — which is the good news of salvation and the kingdom of God as announced by Christ.

What we believe about The Bible

The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments. Verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings, the Scriptures are the supreme and final authority.

What we believe about Humanity

People were created in the image of God, but because they sinned, they incurred both physical and spiritual death — which is separation from God. People are born with a sinful nature; all are sinners in thought, word, and deed.

What we believe about Salvation

Salvation is given to all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. Born again of the Holy Spirit, they become children of God and inherit eternal life.

What we believe about The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ whose mission is to preach the Gospel to all the world.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37-39

Meet Our Staff

Striving for Excellence for the Kingdom of Christ

It's simple. We Love others and are dedicated to serving Christ and His Kingdom. Camp is a special place and God chooses to use us in His ministry. We have the most FUN jobs and work towards excellence so everyone can have the best experience possible!! 

Summer Camps

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Guest Groups

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Camp Carl Christian Camp and Retreat Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on Christ-Centered Ministry.