Welcome to Allendale Christian Camp and Retreat Center!
Allendale Christian Camp and Retreat Center has a purpose of reaching others for Christ. With over 2,700 campers each summer, we offer many exciting challenges including the Low Ropes course, Climbing Tower, pool with waterslides, "Leap of Faith" 4 person Zip Line, and many other great activities for groups of all sizes to enjoy!
We also offer retreat facilities for groups, such as youth groups, business groups, and social groups, between the months of August and May.
Our Mission Statement:
Camp Allendale exists to provide a dynamic environment for people to engage the living God.
Our Core Values:
Excellence in Service & Management of Resources
Safe, Interactive & Fun Environment
Foster Lasting Relationships
Where it all began: Marie Allen's Dream
It had always been a dream of Roy and Marie Allen to have a Christian Camp for children. For many years, Marie would load her school bus with kids and haul them to various parks to have camp. Before their dream could be realized, Roy was killed in a truck accident. Despite that tragedy, Marie continued on with their dream. In 1949, along with several area ministers, the dream was brought to a reality. Marie donated 30 acres of her property and Camp Allendale was born.
The first camp sessions were held in 1951. A small lake had been dug and a basement kitchen and dining hall constructed. Campers lived in tents and soon the bathhouse was built along with several small cabins. Since that time, the facility has grown to 180 acres and over 40 buildings and 2 lakes. Over the years, Allendale Christian Camp and Retreat Center, formerly known as Camp Allendale, has developed into a very large program with a strong summer youth camp as well as a very active retreat program. Marie’s dream has been realized over and over again.