Camp Orchard Hill exists to meet the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs of campers, families and our community through the love of Jesus Christ.
- We are committed to glorifying God through the presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a beautiful outdoor setting by a quality staff. Matthew 28:19-20
- We are committed to a holistic ministry approach – meeting the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual development needs of our guests and staff. Luke 2:52
- We are committed to doing everything with excellence. Colossians 3:23-24
- We are an equipping center dedicated to leadership training and development. II Timothy 3:16-17
- We are a fully inclusive camp committed to serving the “least of our brothers” and partnering with those who do. Matthew 25:34-40
- We are committed to partnering with the church. We believe that the church is God’s chosen instrument for reaching lost people. Acts 2:37-47
- We will remain Biblically reverent and culturally relevant. The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will never change but our methodology must constantly change based on our ever-changing culture. I Corinthians 9:19-23
Statement of Faith
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
- We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
- We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
- We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
- We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
- We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
- We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
- We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Use of Facilities, Services and Programs
All uses of camp facilities, services, and programs shall be consistent with our three foundations – Statement of Faith, our Core Values, and the Bible. Neither our property nor facilities at Camp Orchard Hill shall be used or permitted to be used for any activity or speech that is contrary to any stated or implied to these three foundations.
Admissions to Camp Orchard Hill are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin or sex. Logistically speaking, we group campers into cabins and bathrooms based on their biological gender. We do not plan teaching regarding human sexuality and our counselors would not address sexuality in a group discussion unless the topic was brought up by a camper. At that point they would direct campers to what the Bible says specifically about human sexuality to help guide them. While we train our counselors to be sensitive, the camp cannot fully control other campers and kids can intentionally or unintentionally often be insensitive. We do not operate with a culture of shame, but we do hold a Biblical worldview.