Youth Camps and Retreat Centers in Illinois

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The state of Illinois sits almost entirely in the Interior Plains and encompasses vast acres of prairie land and farmland. The Midwestern state is bordered to the west by the mighty Mississippi River and Lake Michigan lies to the northeast on the edge of the bustling city of Chicago.

Best Camps Retreats in Illinois

Despite its flat expanse, Illinois is a haven for outdoor adventurers and plays host to many recreational activities at all seasons of the year. The climate of Illinois varies greatly throughout the year, making it perfect for winter sports such as ice skating and cross-country skiing as well as warm weather activities like kayaking and sailing on Lake Michigan.

Christian groups may enjoy the following:

The Billy Graham Center and Museum– Located at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, the Billy Graham Center serves as a training center for evangelism and missions. Its accompanying museum has exhibits celebrating the history of evangelism in America as well as the life and ministry of Billy Graham.

The Cross at the Crossroads– At 198 feet tall and 113 feet wide, this steel cross in Effington, Illinois is the largest in America and possibly the largest in the world.

The American Passion Play, Inc.– This historically and biblically accurate theatrical depiction of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ has been running in Bloomington, Illinois for 95 years.

Illinois’ wide expanse of countryside, coupled with its busy and diverse cityscapes make it an excellent choice for youth camps and adult retreats. The vast plains and historic waterways are perfect for outdoor adventures. The cities are offer much in the way of cultural and historical interest and can be a great jumping-off point for any church ministry group.

The best camps and retreat venues in Illinois are:

Adeline Christian Camp
8159 W White Eagle Road Adeline, Illinois 61047
(815) 938-3288

Camp of Champions USA
3009 Broadway Road Pekin, Illinois 61554-2682
(309) 688-1816

Camp Summit
3928 12th Ave Moline, Illinois 61265-3405
(309) 762-4577

Camp Good News
26010 Liberty Ln. Washington, Illinois 61571
(309) 444-3255

Dickson Valley Camp & Retreat Center
8250 Finnie Road Newark, Illinois 60541-9573
(630) 553-6233

Eagle Crest Camp
823 Columbia Road Washburn, Illinois 61570-9391
(309) 248-7121

Faith Bible Camp
849 Knox Road 2200 E Yates City, Illinois 61572-9473
(309) 358-1421

Great Oaks Camp
1380 County Rd. 900 N. Lacon, Illinois 61540
(309) 246-4005

Inner City Impact
3327 W. Fullerton Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60647
(773) 384-4200

Lake Sallateeska Baptist Camp
4867 Baptist Camp Rd. Pinckneyville, IL 62274
(618) 336-5241

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly
1674 Lick Creek Lane Chatham, Illinois 62629
(217) 529-2625

Lake Williamson Christian Center
17280 Lakeside Drive Carlinville, IL 62626
(800) 500-LWCC

Land o’ Lincoln Camp Cedarbrook
621 Reynoldswood Rd. Dixon, Illinois 61021
(309) 258-7574

Little Galilee Christian Camp
7539 Little Galilee Road Clinton, Illinois 61727-9541
(217) 935-3809

Manitoqua Ministries
8122 W. Sauk Trail Frankfort, Illinois 60423-9785
(815) 469-2319

Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center
9301 1575 East Street Tiskilwa, Illinois 61368-9278
(815) 646-4344

Rock River Christian Camp
16486 W IL Rt. 64 Polo, Illinois 61064
(815) 493-6622

Streator Baptist Camp and Retreat Center
1259 N 1659 Road Streator, Illinois 61364-8979
(815) 672-0084

Walcamp Outdoor Ministries
32653 Five Points Road Kingston, Illinois 60145
(815) 784-5141

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