Christian Summer Camps made a huge impact on my spiritual life as a preteen and teenager, and even when I worked at a summer camp as a college student. There is something very special about being out of your comfort zone, among people who are new acquaintances, but care so very deeply for your soul. That, coupled with great food, fabulous fun, exhausting activities and being confronted with God's word several times a day can be a great catalyst for spiritual growth and maturity.
I will say that not all summer camps are created equal, and I don't believe it's a great idea to send every kid, or even to go every summer. Summer camp participation is a decision that should be made by the parents according to the needs and abilities of their kids. However, if you're looking for Christian Summer Camps, this list (by state) is a good place to start investigating your options.
Ironwood Christian Camp (CA) – Ironwood is a home missions ministry using the unique aspects of the camping ministry to reach young people for the Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen families, and serve local churches. It is a place of decision in the areas of salvation, full surrender, and consistent Christian walk. http://www.ironwood.org
Camp Assurance (IL) – Camp Assurance serves Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches assisting them to fulfill the Great Commission by providing Christ-centered camping, retreat, and conference programs that God can use to get people [especially children] saved, spiritually growing, and serving the Lord. http://www.campassurance.org
Camp CoBeAc (MI) – Our mission: Using the unique resources of Christian camping, Camp CoBeAc strives to create a culture where people can know God. We offer family, teen and junior camps for summer and winter seasons as well as retreats year round. http://www.cobeac.org
The Wilds (NC) – Our mission: Using the unique benefits of Christian camping, we serve people by presenting the Truth of God with the love of God so lives can be changed to the glory of God. From family and church retreats to adult camps, youth camps, junior camps, counselor in training and senior class trips, The Wilds has over 40 years of experience in serving others the transformational Truths of God. a http://wilds.org
See also The Wilds of New England – http://www.thewildsofnewengland.org
Lakeside Christian Camp & Conference Center (New England) – Through powerful worship, small group devotions, and hands on activities, campers will explore actions and teachings of Jesus Christ that challenged cultural and social norms to turn our world upside down. Have tremendous fun, form life-long friendships, and explore new interests, all while being encouraged in Christian character growth. Each daily activity is carefully designed to include a balance of structured activities and the freedom to explore, play, and grow. A typical day includes energetic worship, thoughtful Bible study, a range of skill classes, a variety of waterfront activities, and exciting age specific games and tournaments. http://www.lakesideonline.org
Word of Life Camp (NY) – Though Word of Life Camps are fun and full of energy, they are about so much more than just summer fun. Our camps are designed to create experiences that allow youth and families to connect with God in new ways, no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys. Have the time of your life, learn from incredible biblical teaching, build friendships, make memories and launch your faith! https://camps.wol.org
Woodcrest Retreat (PA) – Woodcrest Retreat offers a Christ-centered summer camp for ages 6-15 in a beautiful outdoor wooded setting. Under the supervision of dedicated, Christian staff and counselors, summer campers will enjoy a week of non-stop fun in a wholesome, safe, and caring atmosphere. Children will discover God’s creation through interesting nature lessons, develop positive character traits and values though awesome Bible lessons, and have the opportunity to form new friendships, discover new interests and learn new skills. Campers will be encouraged in positive Christ-centered relationship and prayed for by staff, volunteers and camp supporters. http://www.woodcrestretreat.org
Camp Eagle Virginia (VA) – We desire to use the elements of Christian camping to provide fun and fulfillment for the present, hope for the future, and develop strong, impactful leaders who will turn the world upside down. This is accomplished by encouraging people to come out of their comfort zones and experience unique and fun activities while learning how to make a difference in our world. In other words, Camp Eagle puts life into action! We provide a super-fun week separated from the distractions of the world and saturated in the Word of God. http://campeagleva.org
Camp Sandy Cove (WV) – Camp Sandy Cove is dedicated to sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and to helping young people develop a relationship with their Creator. http://www.campsandycove.org
This list is a work in progress, and we will continue to update it as we find more. Please leave us a comment if you know of quality Christian Summer Camps that are not on this list.