Top Summer Camps for Christian Teens

Young Christians can spend their summer partaking in a number of activities that will deepen their faith. Some Christian teens may serve the needy or head out on mission trips. Others may be more interested in Christian summer camps that will help them grow as believers. With offerings from Bible studies to outdoor adventures, this list features some of the best summer camps available for Christian teens, from Camp Magruder in Oregon to Camp Kulaqua in Florida.

Kanakuk Kamps

Campers at Kanakuk Kamps
Kanakuk Kamps

Owned by Joe and Debbie-Jo White, and with locations in Colorado and Missouri, the Kanakuk Kamps have been serving Christian teens since 1926. They offer over 70 sports and activities, including backpacking, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rappelling, rafting, and water skiing. They also teach kids how to have a Christ-like attitude. All of the Christian sports camps are residential, offering 7-day, 13-day and 25-day terms. 

Camp Magruder

Camp Magruder is a camp for Christian teens in Rockaway Beach, Ore., located alongside the state’s spectacular coast. Events range in duration from weekend retreats to week-long camps. Each camp is organized and led by trained and qualified volunteers and supported by the camp's professional staff. At the United Methodist-affiliated camp, teens can reflect on their true identities in Christ or learn archery, take a swing on a tall Spruce tree or play group games. They’ll need sunscreen, insect repellant, and more to make the best of their time at Camp Magruder. 


With one-day adventures, week-long summer camps, and multi-day retreats, this California-based summer camp for Christian teens in the state’s Northernmost part, near Sacramento, offers summer adventures for junior- and high school students, as well as for Christian youth groups, schools, and families. Rock-N-Water uses rock climbing, backpacking, white water river-rafting, and team-building retreats to draw relationships closer to God.

The camp aims to draw youth back into a natural environment, as today’s children and teens spend lengthy amounts of time indoors. The Rock-N-Water website states,

“Originally we were designed to live in nature, learning about God through His creations, learning about ourselves and others by having to work together. But our latest generations are left standing with unnatural gaps. Mentally, physically, socially and spiritually; nature was intended to be a part of our development.”

LIFE TEEN Summer Camp

According to LIFE TEEN Camps,

"The Holy Spirit has anointed each camp with its own uniqueness and blessings. Each camp holds a special place in the heart of us all as we explore more of the Ultimate Catholic Experience through camping."

With a 100 percent Catholic focus, the summer camp includes ministry, music, and growth opportunities for leaders and Christian teens. There are camps located in Arizona, Missouri, and Georgia.

Camp Kulaqua

This ACA accredited and Seventh Day Adventist-owned Christian camp is located in North Central Florida. Activities include horseback riding, go-carts, swimming, zoo management, drama, canoeing, snorkeling, crafts, archery, skateboarding, and much more. Camp Kulaqua aims to bring youth closer to Christ, allow them to make memories and friends in a “carefree environment” and develop their self-esteem by giving them increasingly challenging activities and teaching them to positively interact with peers.

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