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.




Good news of great joy! The camp board has decided that there will be NO rate increases for summer camp registration in 2024. With finances tight in many places, this will hopefully enable as many people as possible to enjoy the experience of a camp week or weekend.

That leaves rates at $385 for full-week camps (Senior High, Middle School), $280 for the shorter Intermediate Camp, $110 for the weekend Young Adult/ Young at Heart camp, and $95 for the Elementary overnight. Some scholarship assistance is also available through the camp for those in need. Contact the camp office for more information on requesting this help for you or others.

Online registration is open. 

Last year brought a total of 110 campers through the gates, and the goal is to increase that in 2024. Are there family members or friends you could invite to camp this year?



We plan to spend as much of the day Saturday cleaning the assigned buildings as possible to be ready for the start of the summer camp season.

We have a few congregations and individuals who are already signed up for certain buildings on that day. If you would like to come and spend the night Friday night the 14th at the Retreat Lodge, folks are certainly welcome to do that but please contact Randall to let him know.

Here is a list of buildings that still need congregations or individuals to come and clean on Saturday June 15th:

  • Retreat Lodge
  • Cabins 1-5
  • Girl's Bath house
  • Boy's Bath house
  • Pool house

If you or your congregation would like to take one of these unassigned buildings on June 15th please contact Randall at the camp. We plan to have a cleaning list and supplies ready for people when they show up.


Nock. Aim. Release!

Join us for a day of primitive target sports fun. We’ll learn to get familiar with the parts of the bow and how to sight in your target. We’ll also have time at the slingshot range to practice how to shoot instinctually at various targets around camp. We’ll even have an Olympic games-style challenge for you towards the end of the day. This EtE Day will be one where you can sharpen your focus and your aim by partaking in the fun of primitive target shooting.
Available to anyone 12 years and older (under 18 must be accompanied by adult)


June 1, 2024 


$12 per person

Camp Emmaus
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon, IL 61061

We will be at our new archery and slingshot ranges at camp.

How to Register: 
By email:
By text: 815-297-4435 (Manager’s Phone)
By phone: 815-734-4268 (Camp Phone)


  2024 CAMP DATES  

emoji-timeline May 24-27   Memorial Day Family Camp
emoji-timeline June 1   Escape to Emmaus: Archery & Slingshot Day
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.





Position: Lifeguard & Support Staff

Dates of Employment: June 15 – August 15, 2024 (8 weeks)

Camp Emmaus is seeking a committed individual who is a certified lifeguard and willing to serve as Support Staff for our summer camp programs. The Lifeguard at Camp Emmaus is responsible for overseeing all activities and programs at the pool during the summer camping season. A lifeguard will also be knowledgeable of and implement aquatic policies and procedures as well as maintaining the pool and equipment areas. When not lifeguarding, the position also entails assisting camp staff with various tasks in the kitchen and facility upkeep.


  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • *Certified in lifeguard and first aid (American Red Cross, the National Pool and Water Park Lifeguard Training Program, the YMCA, or another lifeguard certifying organization with an equivalent lifeguard certification program). *We are willing to assist with the training needed for this position.
  • Professional attitude, conscientious, and a heart for service
  • Reliable car, smartphone, e-mail.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Lifeguard Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the camp swimming pool
  • Maintaining the pool house & pump house
  • Working with camp staff to regularly treat the pool with the appropriate chemicals
  • Opening and closing the swimming pool facility
  • Overseeing swimmers as part of the summer camp programs
  • Enforcing swimming pool policies and regulations
  • Rescuing swimmers in distress
  • Providing emergency care

Camp Support Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with dishes after meals
  • Assisting with light maintenance tasks and facility upkeep/cleanliness

Salary                                       Benefits
$15 per/hour                                     Onsite housing, food, laundry needs, & WIFI access

Anyone interested in the positions above should send a completed application and three references to:

Randall Westfall, Camp Manager
c/o Camp Emmaus
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon, IL 61061
or email:

Applications due by May 20, 2024


Logo Designed by Debbie Noffsinger

Dear Friend of Camp Emmaus,

As the camping season approaches, you are invited to travel with us on the road to Emmaus. There are many enriching opportunities at camp this season - something for everyone. We would love to see you enter the gate sometime this year. Maybe even for our "Spring into Camp" on April 13th at 1PM where we will be dedicating the new council ring. If you aren’t able to join us on the property, make sure you are signed up to receive our newsletter (sign up by sending an email to the address below) and visit our social media pages or website to stay up to date.

Camp Emmaus would not be possible without YOU! No matter your connection to our beloved camp, its vital ministry can only thrive with the time, talents, and resources YOU provide. Please consider volunteering your time during this season’s work days and donating your talents or resources. An extra expense we are incurring this year is for a new custom door for the walk-in cooler. You can make a donation by sending a check to the address below or by going to our website. Online, there is an option to set up a recurring gift or donate to our endowment funds to continue the legacy of Camp Emmaus.

Our camp holds a special place in many of our hearts - the spaces, the people, and the Spirit all create a community that is difficult to find anywhere else. Last fall, we began to ask people to finish the following sentence: "Camp Emmaus has given me..." and you answered beautifully. If you have not seen the variety of answers or have not participated, please use the QR code below to view and share. We thank you for your partnership and your prayers. We look forward to seeing you sometime in 2024. Make sure you journey to Emmaus!

Blessings to you,
Your Camp Emmaus Board

Camp Emmaus • PO Box 128, Mt. Morris, IL 61054



The 2024 camp curriculum theme will be “Linked by Love,” again using the InsideOut materials produced by a church consortium that includes the Church of the Brethren.

Together, we’ll look at what it means to be loved by God and to love others. Daily themes come from Colossians, Luke, Job, Exodus, Philemon, and 1 John.

From the materials: “As we seek to create and strengthen life-giving relationships, we remember that such love flows from God, links us all together, and we give thanks.”




Camp Has Given Me...


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!


A gift of any size to Camp Emmaus can make a big difference! In addition to its regular annual fund, the camp is also building a new endowment to secure camp’s ministries 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