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 "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you... And you will be my witnesses to everyone on earth." ~ Acts 1:8


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 Available Summer Camps & Family Adventures

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 SALE on selected Summer Camp programs and Day Camps!
 June 21-26  SALE on Elementary Performing Arts Day Camp AND  Performing Arts Resident Camp 
 June 23 (Tue)  Family Fun Tuesday: Nature Fun & Games! (dinner + activity + S'mores) $10/person
 June 24 (Wed)  Lil' Otters Family River Paddle (dinner + evening paddle + S'mores) $28/person
 July 13-17 (Mon-Fri)  FREE Franklin County Day Camp at Antioch Church for rising K-6th grades
 July 27-31 (Mon-Fri)  FREE Henry County Day Camp at Bassett Church for rising K-6th grades


"In the hills of our Virginia, where the whippoorwills are calling,

where the crystal springs are flowing, is our Camp Bethel."


At the foot of the towering Blue Ridge Mountains are the hills of our Camp Bethel.  Just 10 miles north of Roanoke, Camp Bethel is a historic site, a peaceful and remote sanctuary, yet closely accessible via I-81 and Route 11.  The vast Jefferson National Forest adjoins our 470 acres of hiking trails, ponds, streams, open meadows, forests, and rolling hills.  Camp Bethel offers affordable, comfortably modern, as well as quaint-rustic style facilities for year-round use.  Programming is planned to meet your needs, or the needs of your group, your family, and your church.

Camp Bethel is open and active all year.  June through August, we offer the area's best summer camping programs for children and youth, providing fun and challenge for both returning and first-time campers. We are proud of our excellent summer camping programs and our upstanding summer staff.   September through May, Camp Bethel is busy with guests for retreats and conferences, festivals, family weekends and ropes course experiences or school groups on weekdays for environmental education programs.

Our meals are excellent: We're proud to serve you during your event.  Remember to plan your next banquet in the Ark Dining Hall.  Our conference rooms are comfortable, spacious and just what you need for your sessions.  Come and hold a meeting in a conference room with a fireplace and a view.

If you are looking for a summer camp, a retreat center, a banquet site, a high/low ropes challenge, a day of outdoor education, or just a place to walk, hike, relax and commune with God, the Virlina District Church of the Brethren invites and welcomes you to come TOGETHER and discover Camp Bethel.

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Statement of Purpose for Camp Bethel:  Our Mission:  Camp Bethel is the outdoor ministry of the Virlina District Church of the Brethren that seeks to foster and build relationships with the Creator, with others, and with creation.  This ministry is realized through two efforts, our Christian camping program and the availability of our facilities to all people.  The summer camping program includes activity-and-Bible-based Christian education and encourages growth in interpersonal relationships, faith in God, and living like Jesus.  We adhere to a small group camping philosophy emphasizing the nurture and growth of an intentional Christian community.  Our programs offer progression into more adventure-based experiences for older campers, encouraging campers, staff and volunteers to return year after year.

Site Map of Camp Bethel    Directions to Camp Bethel

Who are the Church of the Brethren?

Continuing the work of Jesus: Peacefully, Simply, Together.

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian church of 117,093 members in 1,031 congregations, fellowships and projects throughout the United States and similar to other mainstream Protestant groups such as Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians.  We base our practices and beliefs on Jesus’ life and teachings and the New Testament.  Steadily, lovingly, even radically, Jesus went about saving the world by serving its people.  Because we believe Jesus’ message, we seek to do the same.  Our other distinctions include our peace position (Matthew 5:44), emphasis on simple living (Romans 12:2) and Christian service (Luke 22:27), feet-washing during Communion worship service (John 13), and baptism by choice (Acts 2:37-39).  The name “Church of the Brethren” was chosen in 1908 to emphasize a sense of family and community.  The Church of the Brethren views all people as children of God.   Learn more at www.brethren.org and find a congregation near you at www.virlina.org.


What and Where is the Virlina District?

The Virlina District Church of the Brethren is one of twenty-three districts of the denomination and encompasses 92 congregations, fellowships, projects and meeting points with 10,769 members within Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina (hence, "Vir-lina").  Brethren are noted for an emphasis on peace making, reconciliation and service.  Related denominations, formed through mission work, are found in Nigeria, India and other nations.  Brethren began in Germany as a movement advocating adult profession of faith and baptism by immersion, separation of church and state, and an earnest desire to live out the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.




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