About Ross Point
Providing a haven for engaging, encouraging, and equipping
Ross Point Camp & Conference Center is a special place which is continually being developed to give God’s People an opportunity to experience being empowered for strength, growth, and service.
As a camp our mission is to provide a glimpse of God’s universe through hearing the gospel, experiencing Christian community, and to reinforce the ministries for the church through spiritual development, education, social groups, and recreation.
As a conference center our purpose is to provide varied groups an affordable facility with high quality food service, overnight lodging, well-maintained and comfortable meeting rooms, and recreational opportunities.
Ross Point Camp & Conference Center is a ministry of American Baptist Churches of the Northwest, serving American Baptist churches as well as other non-profit organizations.
While it is important that Ross Point operates in a sound financial manner, it is equally important that people come to camp. If you are in need of financial assistance to be able to come to camp, please call your church or Ross Point for assistance.
Ross Point camps have a trained staff plus a counselor to camper ratio of 1:5. This ensures your child the attention and care they need for a lifetime of great camp memories. Our camps are careful to provide grade/age appropriate activities, games, lessons, and speakers.
Ross Point programs provide activities that are enjoyable and challenging. Activities include: ~ Softball ~ Swimming ~ High Ropes Course ~ Bouldering Wall ~ Climbing Tower ~ Outdoor Games ~ Beach Volleyball ~ Canoeing ~ Campfire ~ Miniature Golf ~ Singing ~ Crafts ~ Devotions ~ Horseshoes ~ Karaoke ~ Basketball ~ Kayaks ~ Aqua-Jump with Slide, Blob & Log Rolling
Camping has long been considered one of Christianity’s most effective mediums for impacting lives and growing the Church. For decades, clergy and lay leaders in all denominations have realized that the spiritually focused, challenge-oriented temporary community inherent in Christian camping is unsurpassed for igniting faith, instilling character, and implanting ideals in participants, regardless of age or background. Christian camping is also considered by many to be the best means for inspiring an individual to a life of service. Today, in the United States and around the world, day camps, resident camps, travel camps, conference centers, retreat centers, outdoor centers, and similar entities are constantly being used ~ with great effectiveness ~ for Christian outreach, guidance, and mentorship. Annually, millions of people, young and old, take part in traditional and unusual programs all through the year; hundreds of thousands make significant spiritual decisions during or following the experience. The future of Christian camping is strong and the opportunities for involvement on every level are numerous.
The mission of Ross Point Camp & Conference Center is to glorify God by offering a haven for engaging, encouraging and equipping through Christ-centered hospitality.
To provide the best possible Christian camp and conference opportunities where individuals are transformed and renewed by the love of Jesus Christ.
Ross Point provides:
opportunity for initial Christian commitment
Christian growth in an outdoor setting apart from the daily routine
people to be with the Creator in God’s creation
Sessions from one to seven days and are available for first graders through adults
It is our purpose to provide a ministry that will challenge individuals to:
establish and develop a personal relationship with Christ our Lord
experience unconditional acceptance
learn more about God by living with and being cared for by mature, caring, trained staff who lead campers through Bible study, devotions, singing, prayer, fun fellowship and faith sharing
love God, self and others by living in community quite apart from the pressures, demands, and stereotypes of everyday living with old and new friends, both staff and campers, sharing and caring regardless of differences
learn how to live in Christian community as Christ intended, by practicing decision making, communication, and relating to others through living in small groups
discover and develop personal gifts, talents, and abilities through individual and group activities, challenges, games and exploration
practice good stewardship of Creation by discovering and exploring God’s wonderful and mysterious Creation by minimizing waste, recycling, preserving nature and nurturing all of Creation
A Brief History
Land purchased and first service on July 4th.
Vic and Clara Johnson served as camp managers.
Rev. R. Paul Ledbetter Became Board Manager and later camp Director.
Fuel oil stoves replaced with electric heaters
The Ball field widened and sprinkler system installed
Mini-golf course completed with 18 holes of play.
Low Element Challenge Course completed for outdoor education.
Dinner Theatre and campfire circle added to Ross Point Camp offerings.
Basketball backboards replaced with heavy duty support.
Capital campaign launched to build a chapel, gym, and office addition.
Permanent sunbathing dock and diving board rebuilt.
Major remodeling of the dining room with cathedral ceiling.
Motel-style lodge project launched.
“Break out” rooms remodeled from old chapel and prior dining hall.
Riverside finished with array of amenities.
John Batchelder joined staff as Executive Director.
Lower meeting room enlarged (Osprey), creation of Board Room (Sunrise).
84′ Bouldering Wall added to play area.
Sprinkler system installed for Lodge and Dining Room area.
Metal roofs on buildings and most cabins.
Gate House converted to office for ABCNW, Hill House renovated.
High Ropes Course constructed overlooking Lagoon.
First COLE retreat from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine
First VLE retreat for Veterinarians from around the world.
Climbing Tower built behind Manley, 3 sides, 38′ high, 6 routes.
Edgewater and Shoreline, staff/retreat cabins built.
New furnaces with air conditioning for main buildings.
Camp Good Times East for children with cancer moves to Ross Point.
Gym Acoustic panels added.
Moore renovated for two bathrooms.
Mohr Dining Room wall replaced.
Dining room deck added.
Auxiliary A/C added to Chapel and Dining Room.
Eight acres rezoned for 17 lot sub-division.
New Pier for Swim Area.
Gate House Windows and Siding done.
Driveway and Parking lot paved.
Harriet and Tim Reece join staff.
Metal roofs on Riverside, Hill House and River House
Six cabins resided by MMAPers and staff.
Composite decking for Swim Dock by RP Board, staff, and friends.
Three cabins resided by MMAPers.
Region office parking lot paved.
October 12 Ground breaking for Ponderosa Lodge.
Shower rooms in Riverside basement built by Hardhats for Christ.
Camp Journey for children touched by cancer opens at Ross Point.
October 18 Dedication for Ponderosa Lodge and Adam’s Place.
$110,000 Principal Payment on Ponderosa Loan.
A/C added to lower level meeting rooms
Walkway added between Adam’s Place and the gym.
Boiler replacement in Riverside.
$100,000 Principal Payment on Ponderosa Loan.
Establishment of the Generosity for Generations Endowment Fund.
Pilings at waterfront replaced.
New Ropes Course built.
Rod Dickinson, maintenance 2019. Moore Cabin electric and lighting update.
New heating and A/C units in Moore Cabin.
Wireless internet router for cabins and Shoreline.
Drake Charles Memorial Reflection Shelter.
Title transfer from WBC to Ross Point Camp & Conference Center, Inc.
Added equipment for streaming capabilities. Alisa Hoffman, Guest Services. Ponderosa paid in full.
West acreage thinning project Idaho Department of Lands Forest Stewardship program. Marta Walker retires. Bethany Harpster joins staff as Camp Administrator.
John was raised in Utah and attended the ABC, Clearfield Community Church. He spent six years traveling with a Christian drama company throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He began camp ministry in 1983 at Camp Utaba in Utah. He served as Interim Director at Brainerd Center, Pennsylvania, then as Director of Geneva Hills Center in Lancaster Ohio. He completed a Certified Camp Director program through the American Camping Association. In 1996, he and family spent the summer at Rainbow Glacier Camp in Haines, Alaska directing the program. He came to Ross Point in January of 2001 as Executive Director. John loves the outdoors, climbing, camping, skiing and is a private pilot and a member of the National Ski Patrol. He is married to his wife Fay and they have three children; Zachary, Rachel and Joel, and eleven grandchildren.
Food Service Operator
Resource Development Administrator