The Free Store

The Free Store at Camp Christian is in need of some donations to replenish the Food Pantry and Blessing Box.
The most needed items right now are:

  • Canned goods such as Soup, Vegetables, Tuna and Chicken
  • Boxed potatoes, stuffing, hamburger helper and noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • As well as personal care items like toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, feminine products, deodorant, soaps, detergents, and sanitizers.

We have an Amazon wish list for the Free Store if you would be interested in making your donation that way. Items can be ordered and shipped directly to Camp Christian. The list can be viewed at (Please note, this is just a simple way to streamline these types of donations. You can always purchase items from your local stores and/or take collections at your Congregations and then bring them to Camp Christian.)

You can also make monetary donations to The Free Store at Camp Christian at Be sure to designate your donation to the Free Store at Camp Christian.

The Free Store at Camp Christian has served over 2,200 people in need over the last eleven years. It has been a meaningful ministry and much needed resource for folks in the surrounding area around Camp Christian. It is a blessing to be able to serve our community with this ministry. Thank you for your continued support of The Free Store at Camp Christian!

2021 Camp and Conference Survey

YOU are invited to complete the 2021 Ohio Camp & Conference Survey. The survey can be accessed at –

This survey is both for persons who have attended as well as those who have never attended an event at Camp Christian, the Christian Church in Ohio’s Regional Camp & Conference Center in Magnetic Springs, Ohio.

The first section will be broad and general questions that will help the Camp Christian Committee and the Regional Church Council make strategic and long-range decisions about the camp program and facilities.

The second section will be specific questions about this past summer’s Church Camp Program (2021).

The third section is for you to tell us a little about yourself if you are willing.

Please complete this survey by November 15, 2021

Renewal Initiative

As we plan for the new program year we invite you to participate in the 2021 Renewal Initiative. This will be an opportunity to both celebrate your gracious generosity in 2020 and to invite you to again give to support the mission and ministry of the Christian Church in Ohio and Camp Christian in 2021. Your gift will do two things: it will keep us on solid ground and it will move us forward confidently as we reimagine new ways of being Christ’s church at work and in witness to the world.

In 2020 you far exceeded expectations for the Renewal Initiative by giving $120,028.44 towards our initial goal of $75,000. Your gifts were designated:
• $20,523.75 towards the Regional Church Operating Expenses
• $55,334.69 towards the Camp Christian Operating Expenses
• $44,171.00 to where we needed it most

Abundant thanks go out to the 23 congregations, 65 clergy, and 156 laypersons who gave to the Renewal Initiative. You have made the ministry we are doing possible!

Our hope is to raise with the Renewal Initiative at least $100,000 this fall, and already you have given $34,450.00 toward this goal. Once again we are asking for your generosity through your prayers and financial support. We also hope to double the number of congregations (50), clergy (130), and laypersons (300) who support the ministry of the Regional Church through this effort.

For more information about the Renewal Initiative, including an up to date 2021 giving status, a full brochure, and more, go to

Camp Work Day

From 7:00am until 5:00pm June 5th, 2021
10335 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Attend as you are able

Here are a few of the tasks that need worked on around Camp Christian.
We hope that there is a task suited for a wide range of ages and abilities.

  • Cleaning Cabin Clusters
  • Clean & Organize Free Store
  • Set up Green Chairs around Camp
  • Repair Screens
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Retrieve Boats and Clean them
  • Weed control throughout Camp
  • Hang light fixtures
  • Repair Soffit
  • Install Culvert under Driveway
  • General grounds cleanup
  • Just to name a few!

A more detailed list of tasks and expectations can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Please wear work clothes, boots or heavy duty shoes, and bring gloves. Please pack your own lunch. Snacks, Coffee and Water will be provided. Up to date Covid protocols will be followed.

Anyone under the age of 18 MUST have a legal parent or guardian attending and working with them.

There is no charge to participate, but please complete the online sign up HERE.
(To officially sign up, you need to fill out the whole registration and click the “Complete my Registration” button. You will see a “Thank you for your registration” page when complete.)

If you have any questions about this or want to bring some of your own equipment, please contact Interim Campsite Manager Tom Bowerman-Jett directly at


Coronavirus/Covid-19 Policies: Due to the serious nature of the Coronavirus/Covid-19, we have been preparing our
physical grounds as well as our camp programming to ensure that we are as healthy and safe as possible. Over the past year, the Union County Health Department has been helping us to craft these policies and procedures. While the
specifics of these plans are subject to change based on the recommendations of the Health Department, the most up to date policies and procedures for Camp Christian 2021 can be found at

Registration: It is very important that your registration be sent in by the deadline in order that we may have a place for
you in camp. There is an Early Bird registration rate for all registrations postmarked and paid in full (or scholarships
approved) by June 1, 2021. All other deadlines are set as postmarked no later than 10 days prior to the start of the Camp or Conference. Checks are to be made out to Christian Church in Ohio. You can also register online with a credit card at: . See the full schedule including deadlines on the second page of this document. All registration fees are due and payable in full on or before registration day.

Scholarships and Payments: Many churches award scholarships to assist with the fees. Money should never be a reason why a child doesn’t come to camp. We will work with parents, churches, and sponsors (see below) to ensure that any child who would like to attend Camp Christian will be able to come. The Regional Church Office offers payment options and some scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards must be approved at least 10 days prior to registration day. There is a separate form for scholarship requests. If you want to make payments, you can also start that at any time. Please remember that you need to be paid in full by the deadlines listed to receive the correlating rate.

Still have questions? Contact the Regional Church Office at 614-433-0343 or

Dates, Prices and Deadlines – Summer 2021
Junior Camp July18th-July 21st, 2021
For children who will finish grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th this Spring.
Dates Early Bird – $235.00 Regular – $255.00 Late/Onsite – $275.00

Chi Rho Camp July 4th- July 10th, 2021
For children who will finish grades 6th, 7th, or 8th this Spring.
Dates Early Bird – $430.00 Regular – $455.00 Late/Onsite – $485.00

CYF Conference July 11th-July 17th, 2021
For youth who will finish grades 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th this Spring
Dates Early Bird – $430.00 Regular – $455.00 Late/Onsite – $485.00

Advance Ministries Summer Conference July 25th-August 1st, 2021

For anyone ages 19 – 29 (at least one year out of high school).
Dates Early Bird – $355.00 Regular – $380.00 Late/Onsite – $410.00

Work Day at Camp Christian

The time has come to get some work done!

Join us Saturday, August 29th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm as we tackle step one of the Monroe Lodge Bathroom Project.

A while ago Camp Christian was generously gifted some funding to do improvements to the bathrooms in the Monroe Lodge. This was done so the bathrooms could meet ADA requirements. The funding is there, now it’s time for people to be there to help get the work done. That’s where you come in! We need your help prepping the bathrooms for the renovation.

Please click on the link and RSVP through SignUpGenius so we know how many people to expect.

Some things for you to know:

  1. Masks will be mandatory while working and we will be following all safety guidelines for social distancing practices.
  2. You will need to bring your own lunch and water.
  3. If you are able to bring hammers, screwdrivers, and any basic tools, that would be helpful.
  4. Unfortunately there is no overnight option. Everything at camp has been shut down this summer and we are not able to “turn things on” for people to stay there at this time.
  5. If you can’t make it for the whole day, that is fine. Just come for as long as you can. Any help is appreciated!
  6. If you have any questions, contact Ted Nelson at 614-214-4860

Camp Christian Update

Christian Church In Ohio

By The Christian Church in Ohio & Camp Christian Committee – Wednesday April 29, 2020

Dear Ohio Region,

     For 70 years the summers at Camp Christian have been the highlight of the year for so many people.  It’s abundantly clear from all of the messages of prayers and support we received over the last few weeks, as well as the number of RSVPs for our modified summer programming that Camp still holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the people of Ohio.  The love and passion that so many show for Camp Christian is a great blessing. This has been, and continues to be an amazing and beloved community.

     This is an update that we had hoped to never have to write.  It is with broken hearts that we share with you the decision to not open Camp Christian for the 2020 summer season.

     For the past month, the Regional Staff, Camp Christian Committee, Regional Treasurer and Regional Moderator have been in prayer and discernment.  We have all been meeting regularly to discuss and plan for the possibilities of camp this summer.  In monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and following the latest health and safety information from the Governor’s recommendations, we have determined that it simply will not be possible for us to safely or effectively open Camp Christian this summer.

     A number of factors went into this decision, including the logistics of being able to purchase enough food, keeping camp clean, being able to have access to cleaning, safety, and medical supplies (so many of which are now being rightly prioritized by hospitals and medical centers), and enforcing safe social distancing practices for the youth and young people who would attend our summer programs.  Above all, the health and safety of our campers has been our focus and our mission and with that in mind, we have decided to close Camp Christian for summer 2020.

     To be clear, it is still the intention of the Ohio Region to have Camp next summer.  This is not a permanent closure of Camp Christian.  Although we will still need to do some fundraising and we may still need to adjust some of our logistics and health protocols between now and then, we will be working diligently this entire year to provide the safest and best camp season in 2021.

     We are deeply saddened and grieving this loss.  We know that many of us have been praying for a different outcome.  We know that many of us have already suffered so many losses in the past couple of months, and to lose time at Camp too can feel unbearable to some.  Please know that although we feel this is the right and responsible path forward, that does not mean that it is not a difficult and disheartening path forward as well.

     In the coming weeks, the Directors and Officers of our various camps and conferences will meet virtually to begin discussions on alternative programming options we will be able to offer in the coming months.  By the end of May, we will share with the Region what programming will be provided so that we may still find ways to fellowship together this summer.  We cannot replace the green chair circles, the warm glow of the torch, or the ringing of the bell, but the Holy Spirit is still moving in Ohio and the billions of stars that we see in the night sky at Camp Christian are still shining.

     We know that it has been difficult for many of us to hold on to hope in this strange season of our lives.  Many of us are mourning now, and that is okay.  Our God is with us in our grief.  And when we are ready, God will move with us in hope and new possibility, finding ways forward through this camping season and the next.  Ultimately, our God is a God of hope.

     Our God of hope helped us receive over 450 RSVPs for our modified camp program when we set a goal of 400.  Our God of hope helps us to imagine alternative programming opportunities that would have been impossible even 10 years ago.  Our God of hope helps us to work together with Directors, Officers, Faculty, ADs, Counselors, and Staff to be able to connect with young people in contemporary and creative ways.  Our God of hope helps us to know in our hearts that the mission of Building Beloved Community can never be cancelled or delayed, but springs forth like water from a rock in what feels like a desert season in our lives.

     We are eternally grateful for your prayers and your passion for Camp Christian.  Together we will move forward in healthy and faithful ways so that generations of people will continue to come to know the love of God through Christ at Camp.

     If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to Regional Program Director Rev. Alan Dicken at

Love and Blessings,

Regional Staff

Regional Moderator

Camp Christian Committee