Dickson Valley Camp & Retreat Center is a Christian organization which provides year-round youth and adult ministries and is a highly regarded Christian Camp serving Churches from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Church leaders throughout the area enjoy unique activities and world class service while focusing their ministry efforts on seeing lives changed through the power of God.


Our Mission

… Connect, Grow, And Engage!

Through what we call “Camp-erience”, the mission of Dickson Valley is to provide an opportunity for people to “connect” with God and each other, “grow” spiritually through an extended time of worship and renewal in His creation, that as a result, equips and encourages individuals to “engage” in active ministry through their local church community.

Our Purpose

Since Its Founding:

Dickson Valley Ministries has sought to bring individuals to a strong and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Word, through unique programs, services and partnerships that joyfully support and encourage the ongoing work of Christ in and through His Church.

Statement of Faith

We Believe…

  •  …in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…One God, eternal Creator, existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…
  • The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…
  • The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…
  • The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…
  • The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • The importance of a life fully committed to the will of God in Christ.

Our Core Values

We Live Out Our Mission Daily With These Values:

  • Without God’s sovereign Grace, the Love revealed through Christ and guidance from the Holy Spirit we can do nothing.
    • We will be humble leaders with a desire to be good stewards of all time, talent, and treasures seeking to point praise and glory to the One who provides it all.
  • We are passionate about serving and working through the Church.
    • We will model Christ like servant-hood in our staff and seek to provide development and growth of church leaders as we partner in proclaiming and living out the Gospel in order that individuals come to a strong and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.
  • We are committed to encouraging and developing our staff as keys to our ministry.
    • We will seek out the staff that God desires for us; train, mentor and challenge them; then walk with them as God works in their life to develop them into His likeness.
  • We are diligent at providing creative and unique experiences.
    • We will be students of human needs and the latest program initiatives that can challenge and entertain individuals, intentionally communicating the gospel message in unique and appropriate ways.
  • We are dutiful in using the natural setting.
    • We will care for the natural setting as good managers and stewards, providing a sanctuary that can be used in diverse ministry experiences and draw people closer to Him as they encounter God’s character reflected in His creation.