Camp Emmaus
Mount Morris, IL


Camp Emmaus is an outdoor ministry of the Illinois/Wisconsin District of the Church of the Brethren since 1948.
Nestled on nearly 100 acres of rolling woodland in the Rock River Valley, we invite you to connect with creation, experience God, and ignite your faith.





  2024 CAMP DATES  

emoji-timeline March 2   Escape to Emmaus: Woodcarving
emoji-timeline April 6   Escape to Emmaus: Flintknapping & Arrowheads
emoji-timeline April 13   Spring Into Camp
emoji-timeline May 4   Escape to Emmaus: Birding 
emoji-timeline May 24-27   Memorial Day Family Camp
emoji-timeline June 1   Escape to Emmaus: Target Sports (Archery & Slingshots)
emoji-timeline July 7-11   Intermediate Camp  (grades 3-5)
emoji-timeline July 12-14   Young Adult and Young at Heart Camp (YAAYAH)
emoji-timeline July 14-20   Senior High Camp  (grades 9-12)
emoji-timeline July 21-27   Middle School Camp  (grades 6-8)
emoji-timeline August 2-4   CIT
emoji-timeline August 3-4   Elementary Camp (grades 1-2)
emoji-timeline August 8-10   Women's Camp
emoji-timeline August 16-18   Men's Camp
emoji-timeline Aug. 30-Sept. 2   Labor Day Family Camp
Check the schedule page for more details.


? Pine Tree Firewood is available for sale at the camp. For information, contact the camp at 815-734-4268.

? Pine Tree Winter is a perfect time to schedule a retreat at camp in the cozy retreat lodge or log cabin. Call 815-734-4268 to check availability.

? Pine Tree DID YOU KNOW? A total of 110 campers from a variety of congregations took part in camp this past summer. Can we hit 150 in 2024?

? Pine Tree The annual Labor Day Family Camp Sept. 1-4 drew several dozen people for good food, fellowship, and burning lots of wood.

? Pine Tree Welcome to new camp board members Callie Surber and Mike Sondgeroth! And thank you to Aaron Gerdes and Jan Dietrich, who are completing their terms of service.


Woodcarving Nature Scenery

Woodcarving has long been a recreational hobby that benefits the mind, body, and spirit. Come and immerse yourself amongst the peaceful scenery of Camp Emmaus as you learn how to carve objects that are found amongst God’s creation. Participants will learn how to carve a whimsical mushroom and tree. Such carvings could be used for gifts, home décor or as ornaments for the holiday season. Once you’ve learned the basic cuts and how to shape the wood, there’s no limit to your creativity! (For this EtE day, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)



  March 2, 2024
Cost:    $20 per person
Location:    Camp Emmaus, 3011 W. Camp Rd., Oregon, IL 61061
We will be carving in the log cabin and will be eating in the retreat lodge. 
What to bring:   Participants will need to bring lunch (kitchen is available for heating foods) and if they own a pocket/carving knife that they use then plan for that, otherwise camp will provide extra carving knives.
What’s provided:   Sticks, basswood, carving gloves, extra knives, paint supplies
How to Register:    By phone: 815-734-4268
By email:
By text: 815-297-4435

[Downloadable Flyer]


Randall is scheduled to preach a Camp Sermon at these congregations on these dates:

March 17 - Polo CoB
April 21 - Milledgeville CoB
April 28 - Highland Ave. CoB
May 5 - York Center CoB


Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 13th


FYI for those sending mail to camp going forward.

Please do NOT mail anything to camp using both the PO Box and the camp physical address anymore. Example of what NOT to do:

Camp Emmaus
PO Box 128
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Mt. Morris IL 61054

The reason is that camp now has a mailbox on site that is for the Westfall's personal mail and that creates confusion between the Oregon and the Mount Morris post offices when done as such and it actually delays the mail by a week or so as 3011 W. Camp Rd. is not a Mt. Morris address.

So going forward anything that is business related to Camp Emmaus please send to:

PO Box 128
Mt. Morris, IL 61054

And anything that is for the Westfall's (or UPS/FedEx deliveries) please send to:

3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon IL 61061

Hopefully this will resolve the issue and we'll see mail get to camp much quicker as a result. Thanks!


Consider a year-end (or any time) gift to Camp Emmaus! In addition to its regular annual fund, the camp is also building a new endowment to secure the ministries of camp for the future.

You can give online at: https://campemmaus., or contact treasurer Dan Radcliff at for more information.



 Sara Garner, Board Chair
 Patrick Benassi, Vice Chair
 Dan Radcliff, Treasurer
 Elizabeth Patterson, Secretary
 Amanda Burch, Program Chair 
 Elizabeth Patterson 
 Callie Surber
 Michelle Bowman, Property Chair 
 Gary Baisden 
 Mike Sondgeroth
 Shannon McNeil Smith, Development Chair 
 Patrick Benassi 
 Dan Radcliff
 Michelle Firebaugh (ex officio) financial secretary 
 Austin Weaver (ex officio) recording secretary 
 Randall Westfall (ex officio) camp manager


Camp Emmaus

send mail to:
P.O. Box 128
Mt. Morris, IL 61054

ship UPS to:
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon, Illinois 61061

To make a reservation or ask the Camp Managers a question please call 1-815-734-4268;
for summer camp related questions please contact