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. 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:
Lake Williamson Christian Center
Lake Williamson Christian Center, a St Louis region conference center, features year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 1,300 overnight guests. Our retreat packages include everything your group needs to have a successful ministry event: choice of motel or dorm style lodging, a private meeting space with complimentary A/V equipment, buffet dining and recreation. Add some excitement to your event with our team building and adventure recreation programs through Eagle Crest Adventures! www.lakewilliamson.org
|Adeline Christian Camp||8159 W White Eagle RoadAdeline, Illinois 61047||(815) 938-3288||http://www.adelinechristiancamp.com|
|Camp of Champions USA||3009 Broadway RoadPekin, Illinois 61554-2682||(309) 688-1816||http://www.cocusa.org|
|Camp One Way||1654 East 2945 North RoadMt. Auburn, Illinois 62547-3536||(217) 676-2533||http://www.camponeway.org|
|Camp Summit||3928 12th AveMoline, Illinois 61265-3405||(309) 762-4577||http://cfyouthhope.org/summit-home/|
|Camp Warren||4225 Camp Warren LaneDecatur, Illinois 62521||(217) 864-3263||http://www.gocampwarren.org|
|Camp Quarryledge||1626 State Rt. 31Oswego, IL 60543||(630) 554-8324||www.quarryledge.com|
|CEF of IL Camp Good News||26010 Liberty Ln.Washington, Illinois 61571-9690||(309) 444-3255||http://www.campgoodnewsil.org|
|Dickson Valley Camp & Retreat Center||8250 Finnie RoadNewark, Illinois 60541-9573||(630) 553-6233||http://www.dvcrc.com|
|Eagle Crest Camp||823 Columbia RoadWashburn, Illinois 61570-9391||(309) 248-7121||http://eaglecrestcamp.org|
|Faith Bible Camp||849 Knox Road 2200 EYates City, Illinois 61572-9473||(309) 358-1421||http://www.faithbiblecamp.com|
|Great Oaks Camp||1380 County Rd. 900 N.Lacon, Illinois 61540||(309) 246-4005||http://www.greatoakscamp.org|
|Inner City Impact||3327 W. Fullerton AvenueChicago, Illinois 60647||(773) 384-4200||http://www.innercityimpact.org|
|Lake Sallateeska Baptist Campt||4867 Baptist Camp Rd.Pinckneyville, IL 62274||(618) 336-5241||www.lakesallateeskabaptistcamp.com/|
|Lake Springfield Christian Assembly||1674 Lick Creek LaneChatham, Illinois 62629||(217) 529-2625||http://www.lscacamp.org|
|Lake Williamson Christian Center||17280 Lakeside DriveCarlinville, IL 62626||(800) 500-LWCC||www.lakewilliamson.org|
|Land o' Lincoln Camp Cedarbrook||621 Reynoldswood Rd.Dixon, Illinois 61021||(309) 258-7574||http://www.lolcampcedarbrook.org|
|Little Galilee Christian Camp||7539 Little Galilee RoadClinton, Illinois 61727-9541||(217) 935-3809||http://www.littlegalilee.com|
|Manitoqua Ministries||8122 W. Sauk TrailFrankfort, Illinois 60423-9785||(815) 469-2319||http://manitoqua.org|
|Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center||9301 1575 East StreetTiskilwa, Illinois 61368-9278||(815) 646-4344||http://www.mennohaven.com|
|Rock River Christian Camp||16486 W IL Rt. 64Polo, Illinois 61064||(815) 493-6622||http://www.rockrivercc.net|
|Streator Baptist Camp and Retreat Center||1259 N 1659 RoadStreator, Illinois 61364-8979||(815) 672-0084||http://www.ibsa.org|
|Walcamp Outdoor Ministries||32653 Five Points RoadKingston, Illinois 60145||(815) 784-5141||http://www.walcamp.org|