Empowering People Through Adventure
Camp Bighorn was founded in 1985 by the Columbia Baptist Conference, and exists to serve people both inside and outside of our conference (now called Converge NW). Over the last 35 years, the Lord has used Camp Bighorn to change lives and equip many for leadership in ministries around the world.
Bighorn is a year-round ministry. In the summer, we are busy leading adventure camps, but the rest of the year is geared towards Retreats and programs like Journey, Venture, and Wild Child. We desire to transform our culture by empowering Christian leaders who are passionate about pursuing God's calling in their lives.
To steward environments that are conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and developing Kingdom leaders.
The development of godly character, resulting in participants and staff who become leaders for serving churches and reaching communities.
The individual’s Biblical response and responsibility to God and others.
Our strategy is summed in the Scripture verse of 1 Peter 3:15, “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…” It is our understanding that environments with unknown outcomes surface questions in which to share hope. Bighorn will steward environments where questions surface and hope is shared.
In accomplishing the purpose, mission and vision, it is the philosophy of Camp Bighorn to emphasize relationships. Knowing that the Gospel of Jesus Christ speaks to people and not to facilities or programs, three main strengths within the camping program will be used: Discipleship, Small Groups, and Changed Environments. The programs will be designed and staffed in such a way as to emphasize the following ten "Over Statements."
1. Grace over Law
2. Discretion over Rules
3. Education over Entertainment
4. Involvement over Observation
5. Practical over Theoretical
6. Process over Product
7. Hospitality over Efficiency
8. Challenge over Complacency
9. Excellence over Adequate
10. People over Performance