Camp Emmaus
Mount Morris, IL


  Camp Board Report (November 2021)  

Camp Emmaus was open this year with some modified procedures due to COVID. Numbers of campers were a little low, but are looking into next year with hopes of being back to normal.

We did have some struggles with getting the plumbing, electric, and other facilities up and running due to them sitting unused for two years so our repair costs were high this year.

Things were a bit hectic in the spring, but our wonderful and faithful managers were able to bring it all together prior to campers coming through the gate. Thank you Bill and Betty for all that you do.

We were able to get a new metal roof on the barn that should last for many years to come. We would like to thank Rob Grove and the Milledgeville men for all of their work and volunteer hours that they dedicated to the project.

We continue to work on taking down all of the dead ash trees that are victims of the Emerald Ash bore. If you are in need of firewood please give camp a call as we have ample amounts of cut and split firewood at very reasonable prices.

Camp Emmaus is also putting in a wild flower pollinator plot as part of camp's ongoing dedication to conservation reservation. It is a one acre plot of wildflowers that will be planted in early winter and come up next spring. It will attract butterflies and all kinds of pollinator insects in addition to being a beautiful flower display.

The lake received 30 new grass carp this year in addition to a bunch of fingerling catfish to keep the algae growth down and keep the fish species levels in check and healthy. We are also working on getting the siltation pond dredged again so that it continues to do its job of keeping extra top dirt from filling in the lake due to erosion.

We would like to truly thank all that support Camp Emmaus in so many ways. From the volunteers that come and clean in the spring, to counseling staffs, to volunteers that come and do repairs, to everyone that financially supports camp. It is only by your faithful support that we are able to keep Camp Emmaus going so that campers lives can be changed in so many ways.

Last of all, please consider coming out and spending time at camp; for a day, for a weekend, for a week, all are welcome. In the summer there are family camps, women's camp, young adult camp, men's camp, in addition to all of the youth camps. During the off season the retreat lodge and log cabin both offer year round accommodations for gatherings of families, friends and church groups.

Preseted at the IL/WI District Conference on 11/6/2021

  2022 Camp Dates  

Note that Elem2 and Elem3 camps have been combined into "Intermediate" Camp and 6th graders will join 7th and 8th graders in "Middle School" Camp. In addition to Women's Camp, there will also be a Men's Camp.

  National Young Adult Conference - May 27-30  

I Am Because We Are

May 27-30, 2022 
Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, North Carolina

National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more… with other fantastic young adults!

The Young Adult Steering Committee met in early October to begin planning. Please stay tuned for more information! Questions? Becky Ullom Naugle, 847-429-4385,

Registration will open online Jan. 6, 2022.

  National Youth Conference 2022  

The next National Youth Conference (NYC) will be held in the summer of 2022.

Online registrtations are open!

NYC is coming up July 23- 28, 2022, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This powerful event, held every four years, will have the theme "Foundational," drawn from Colossians 2:5-7, for the 2022 edition.

Youth in grades 9-12 and one year out of high school this school year (2021-2022) are eligible to attend, along with advisors. More details on the conference can be found at Please spread the word to any youth and advisors in your congregation and other ministries who might want to attend. 

Illinois/Wisconsin District will work at organizing a bus trip to the event for our attendees. Gio Romero, from the York Center congregation, is part of the planning team, district executive Walt Wiltschek is one of the worship coordinators, and many other members of our district will be involved in various roles. The other worship coordinators include Bekah Houff, Cindy Laprade Lattimer, and Shawn Flory Replogle. Jacob Crouse is coordinating music.


  Camp Board Members  

Pat Ball
Jan Dietrich
Aaron Gerdes-Board Chair
Gary Baisden
Dan Radcliff
Ellis Boughton
Grant Miner
Elizabeth Patterson
Bill Hare (Ex-officio)
Sylvia Saunders (Ex-officio)


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