Why a “Christian Youth Camp”?
Illegal drugs, pornography, illicit sex, street gangs, children having children, child abuse, domestic violence, murder, school shootings, suicide — these frightening realities confront the young people of America today. Many teens have no moral and spiritual compass, and even the children of Christian parents stray from their spiritual moorings on occasion. A Christian youth camp can play an important role in reinforcing the efforts of parents and congregations of the Lord’s body. In fact, studies have shown that camps like Fort Hill have a profound effect on the faith of young people. The Fort Hill experience fosters lifelong friendships and memories, as well as Christian values. It affords youth the opportunity to have fun while developing meaningful relationships and learning God’s Word. [back to top]
Article II of the Camp Constitution
Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp, in its endeavor to help toward an understanding of God's word, to help train for Christian work and to aid in developing Christian character, shall make the Bible its chief textbook, arrange all its courses of study, and conduct its work in harmony with the spirit and letter of the Word of God. To this end, every trustee, teacher, or other workers (except hired help - cooks, carpenters, etc.) must be a member of the Church of Christ (undenominational) and must believe, without mental reservation, that the Bible is the full and final revelation of God to man; and therefore, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice; in the deity and supreme authority of Christ; obedience to the gospel; and the edification of the church. Believing that such a faith, and a church with a program in harmony with this faith are essential to the salvation of the world, the Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp shall help prepare them to be effective servants of Christ.
Article II shall never be changed or amended (except as to the name of the camp).
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The Education Program at Fort Hill
The Bible is at the heart of Fort Hill’s educational activities. The curriculum follows a six-year cycle, as follows:
- “The Christian Life” (2013)
- “The Bible” (2014)
- “Creation” (2015)
- “The Story of Israel” (2016)
- “The Story of Jesus” (2017)
- “The Church” (2018)
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A Closer Look at Fort Hill Camp
The 100 acre campsite is located about seventeen miles southeast of Hillsboro, Ohio. It’s facilities include a spacious dining hall and kitchen, administrative building, assembly hall, six pavilions, two shower facilities, and ten 20-bed cabins. In addition to a 68,000 gallon swimming pool, oversized football/soccer field, and basketball & volleyball courts, the adjoining thousand-acre state park offers picnic areas, a softball diamond, and numerous hiking trails up and around Fort Hill itself. The camp is an ideal place for outdoor education and band camps. The regular camping season — from June through August — is intended for campers aged 7-19 years old. Several weekend retreats — especially designed for men, women, singles, teens, and senior citizens — occur in the Winter, Spring and Autumn.
For a small fee, Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp also is available for private retreats and congregational outings. In addition, three weeks are set aside each summer for band camps. Call for availability.
Fort Hill camp is for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. Adult activities are frequently scheduled. No one will be denied admission to Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp, or to the benefits of our USDA Child Nutrition Program, because of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age.
Thanks to private donations and fund-raising activities, the cost of a week’s stay is very inexpensive compared to other, similar camps. However, a limited number of scholarships are available. What to bring, arrival and departure times, and camp rules and regulations are but a few of the items discussed in an information sheet which will be sent out to camp registrants.
An excellent staff of teachers and counselors work under the oversight of a camp director. Other staff include a camp nurse, athletic director, Bible teachers, a night watchman, and two permanent certified lifeguards. A well-trained staff assures safe and healthy conditions, as well as activities to develop young people physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
Recreational and developmental activities include swimming, hiking, games, crafts, talent contests, softball, volleyball, tetherball, and various other sports. Daily Bible classes, a chapel service, singing, guest speakers and evening devotionals round out the daily schedule at Fort Hill. [back to top]
Membership in the American Camping Association
Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp is pleased to have met the criteria for accreditation in the American Camping Association. This nationally-recognized organization focuses on program quality and health and safety issues. It requires Fort Hill to review every facet of its operation: Site and Food Service, Health and Wellness, Operational Management, Human Resources, Program Design, and Activities and Aquatics. Fort Hill has voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal performed by camp experts and has earned this mark of distinction.
ACA membership gives parents and campers assurance that the Fort Hill environment is safe, healthy and professional. Fort Hill board members are committed to meeting and exceeding the requirements of the American Camping Association while giving utmost priority to the spiritual development of its campers and staff. [back to top]