Camp Meetings

Camp meeting is an annual spiritual retreat for Seventh-day Adventist members and guests. It takes place during the summer—for a weekend, week, or even two weeks—and is hosted by each local conference within the Columbia Union. Seminars, inspirational speakers, music, the ABC book sale, and activities geared for children and teens are some of the highlights of camp meeting. Though the main camp meeting programs are conducted in English, many conferences also host camp meetings in Spanish and French.

For information on each camp meeting, see contacts and dates as follows:

Allegheny East Conference
Location: Allegheny East Conference/Pine Forge Academy
237 Pine Forge Road, PO Box 266, Pine Forge, PA 19548
Tel.: (610) 326-4610
Contact Persons: Stephen Boyce or Robert Booker
Directions: (From Washington, D.C.) Take I-95 North, to 202 North, to PA 100 North. Follow PA 100 North to Pottstown. Exit at King Street (663 North). Follow signs to campgrounds.

Allegheny West Conference
Location: Allegheny West Conference Campground,
6470 Oakthorpe Road, Thornville, OH 43076
Tel.: (740) 536-9127
Contact Person: Lloyd Beswick
Directions: (From Washington, D.C.) Take I-70 East to Route 13 (Thornville exit) to Route 256. Turn right on Route 409 (Oakthorpe Road). Make left and go one mile to campgrounds.

Chesapeake Conference
Location: Highland View Academy, 10100 Academy Drive,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tel.: (301) 739-3181 (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Contact Persons: Sedley Johnson
Directions: (Approximately 1 1/2 hours from Baltimore/Washington, D.C.) Take I-70 West to Exit 35 (Route 66 Boonsboro/Smithsburg). Turn right toward Smithsburg for one mile to the roundabout at Mt. Aetna Road. Turn right on Mt. Aetna Road. Academy entrance is 1/4 mile on the right.

Mountain View Conference
Location: Valley Vista Adventist Center, Rt. 1 Box 37-A,
Huttonsville, WV 26273
Tel.: (304) 335-2000
Contact Person: Monica Zill
Directions: (From Elkins, W.Va.) Take U.S. 219/250 South. Follow to Beverly, Mill Creek, and Huttonsville. At the Huttonsville Exxon station, make right onto U.S. 219. Valley Vista Adventist Center sign is two miles on the left. Make left, cross bridge, and turn right on Becky's Creek Road. Watch for signs. Entrance is one mile across the bridge, on the right.

New Jersey Conference
Location: former Garden State Academy campus, Mile Marker 23, Route 517,
Tranquility, NJ 07879
Tel.: (908) 852-9140
Contact Person: José Cortés
Directions: (From South Jersey) Take Route 55 North to I-295 North for about 70 miles (after exit 67, I-95 South begins). Take Exit 4 (Route 31). Take Route 31 North for approximately one hour to Washington. In Washington take Route 57 North towards Hackettstown. In Hackettstown take Route 517 North. Camp is three miles north of I-80, on your right, behind Garden State Academy.

Ohio Conference
Location: Mount Vernon Academy, Wooster and Fairgrounds Rd.,
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Tel.: (740) 398-1230
Contact Person: Willis Adams
Directions: (From Columbus) Take Route 71 North to Exit 140 (Route 61). Turn left and go to blinking light. Turn right at light and follow Route 229 into Mount Vernon (around the square). Continue north on Route 3 for about two miles. At first blinking light, turn left. Mount Vernon Academy is on the right.

Pennsylvania Conference
Location: Blue Mountain Academy, 2363 Mountain Rd.,
Hamburg, PA 19526
Tel.: (610) 562-9482
Contact Person(s): Locating office staff
Directions: (Approximately 1/2 hour from Reading) From I-78 and Highway 61, go north on Highway 61. Turn left onto Cabelas Drive. Make the first right onto Mountain Road. Go 2.2 miles on Mountain Road. Turn left onto the campus of Blue Mountain Academy.

Potomac Conference
Location: Shenandoah Valley Academy, 243 West Lee Highway,
New Market, VA 22844
Tel.: (540) 740-8583
Contact Person:  Glen Altermatt
Directions: (From Washington, D.C.) Take I-81 to U.S. 211 (New Market, Va., Exit 164) At the stop sign take U.S. 211 West. Travel 1/2 mile. Shenandoah Valley Academy is on the right.