Nestled in the bluffs along the Platte River near Fremont, Nebraska, Camp Rivercrest is home to a variety of events year-round. Whether for adventure, team building, or spiritual enrichment, many churches, families, schools, and even businesses look to Rivercrest for its fun, outdoor environment, team building activities, or wilderness opportunities. Still, others seek the many available meeting spaces, like our spacious Whitetail and Ridgeview lodges, or our newly renovated dining hall or chapel, both of which can seat +200.
Our primary focus is kids encountering Jesus Christ through summer camp! During the months of June and July, we offer week-long camps for kids entering 1st - graduated seniors. Every week is action packed - filled with a variety of fun activities and team building challenges. Our programs are designed to move people into deeper relationships with each other and, more importantly, with Christ. Thousands of people have experienced true life transformation over the years at Camp Rivercrest, and it is our hope and prayer that thousands more will be transformed in the future as well.
We are owned by the Mid-America District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Our Mission Statement:
Serving God through Christ centered camp and retreat experiences
Our Core Values:
Growth in Christ
God's Word - The Bible is Truth and is our authority in living out life, and our aim is to share its message with campers.
Discipleship - We will follow Jesus' last command as He left his earthly ministry, "Go ye into all the world and make disciples."
Evangelism - We will always seek effective ways to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service to Our Guests
Excellence - In every area of Camp, including our programs, facilities, communications, and work, we desire to honor Jesus by doing our best. We will strive for excellence in all that we do.
Integrity- Our desire is to be an example to our campers, parents, donors, volunteers, and community in upright living. As ambassadors to Christ it is essential that we maintain the highest levels of integrity and safety in all that we do.
Recreation and Fun- This is essential to a positive experience. We will seek to create a fun experience for all of our guests.
An Effective Setting
Temporary Community- We will provide opportunities for our guests to strenghten relationships by building a sense of community while they are here.
Stewardship- We will seek to honor Christ by taking care of His creation and what He has entrusted to us.
Solitude- We value and recognize the importance of getting away from the disctractions of life and reconnecting with our Creator.
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Prior to 1959, the various churches of eastern Nebraska held their annual District Youth Camps in several locations, including Camp Ashland of the Nebraska National Guard, near Ashland, Nebraska. The problem was one of scheduling the camp at a convenient time, which eventually conflicted with the Army's training program. During 1958 the district superintendent, the late Mr. C. R. Thomas, scanned the eastern Nebraska area with a group of pastors for a permanent camp location and the possible purchase of a camp site.
They located a piece of ground on the south side of the Platte River, about 4 miles southwest of Fremont. It was a "spectacular" purchase of approximately 30 acres of land for an amazing $4,100- approximately $135 an acre. Ten acres of it consisted of a flat grassy meadow while some 20 acres consisted of woods,, bluffs, or slope which gradually descended in elevation some 80 feet to the Platte. The dimensions of the camp were 660 feet wide, with the western boundary approximately 1900 feet long.
The camp is located on the most sacred land of the Pawnee Indians (Pawhuk Ridge).
In the early days, the sleeping quarters and all services were held in tents. Eventually, the different churches of the area were assigned individual cabin-building projects. Two churches were assigned the responsibility of building the two restrooms. The building of the dining hall was a District-wide project where the men of the entire district donated their labor.
The next major project occurred after a summer storm when tornado winds destroyed the tent. It was time to build the chapel. Like all the projects up until that time, the chapel was built by 95% donated labor. This project took nearly three years to complete. Some three years later, the annex was added, which contributed to the attractiveness of the camp.
There are currently three memorial plaques in the Chapel Annex. They are for Kenneth Steel of Fremont, the Vietnam War casualty for whom the chapel is named; Lyle Pugh of the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle who was killed on his way home from a Camp Rivercrest work day; and Terry Caldwell whose memoriam was given to the camp in remembrance of his devotion to young people
After the completion of the chapel building, camp facilities continued to grow. The original "snack shack" was added, while various businessmen provided monies for the basketball court, the patio floor, and the 60-foot lookout tower with a breathtaking view of the Platte Valley. The tower was visited by the Nebraska Game and Parks Director, Eugene Mahoney. As a result, the great lookout tower at the Platte River State Park, 30 miles to the south, was built.The evergreens surrounding the camp were planted in 1962 by Omaha high school students and, thereafter, a fence and gate were added. The evergreens in the gate area were brought potted from Bemidji, Minnesota at the cost of only 50 cents each.
In the early 80's a much-needed swimming pool was installed. The swimming pool can handle a maximum of 130 bathers and cost approximately $56,000; some $48,000 was enthusiastically raised by the various churches of the district. By way of a will and donations, through the Rosemont Alliance Church, monies were sent to provide materials for the $19,000 bathhouse completed in 1984. It was, as one state inspector reported, "the finest camp bathhouse in Nebraska".A loan from the Western District provided the money for the prefabricated caretaker's quarters, and the caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Milo Stumbo, were secured. Glen Morrison, of the Omaha-Fremont area, purchased and built a much-needed steel warehouse.
The 90's brought many significant changes. The most notable was the addition of the much-needed shower house to service the west cabin area.
In 2004, the Mid America District renewed the commitment to push forward with the vision to transform Camp Rivercrest into the "premier camp of the prairies." Out of this vision came the launching of the"Never be the Same" capital campaign. This campaign plan included new lodging, dining, and recreation facilities that will serve thousands more guests during summer camps and new retreat season programs.
The initial phase of this campaign is complete. Two new state-of-the-art dorm-style lodges are now nestled in the woods overlooking the river. These beautiful lodges are a huge blessing and served as a foretaste of the many changes to come. With the help of scouting projects and other generous volunteers, the camp grounds now include better hiking trails, expanded activities, and more to make the camp experience memorable. In 2011, a complete remodel of the dining hall and kitchen was made to better serve the growing number of campers on a year-round basis. God has done great things for over 50 years at Camp Rivercrest. He is sure to do many more great things in the 50 years to come.