Raccoon River Bible Camp is a conservative, non-denominational Christian camp whose purpose is to help young people come to know Christ, grow in their relationship with Him, and then serve Him as Lord. This purpose is reflected in the many exposures to God’s Word given to campers throughout each day.
The Bible, God’s Word, is life-transforming and is without error. The Holy Spirit uses it to draw campers to trust in Christ and to yield their lives to serve Him as Lord. We believe that God deserves this surrender and that it is the only type of life that will bring campers lasting satisfaction, purpose, and joy. As God works from the inside out and campers are conformed to Christ’s character, it makes them better young people, students, and citizens. With this in mind, we prayerfully offer several opportunities to be in God’s Word in an age-appropriate, interesting way. We also strongly encourage the memorization of God’s Word.
Our full doctrinal statement can be viewed here. But while we are serious about this mission, we also believe that by designing a wide variety of recreational activities, Christian camping can be loads of FUN! A typical day’s schedule can be viewed
In seeking to honor Christ, encourage purity of thought, and observe modesty, we maintain high Christian standards on the grounds in conduct and dress. Tops must be modest, not low cut and not revealing any undergarments or any skin at the waist. Long-length, crew cut T-shirts are preferred. No shirts promoting alcohol, tobacco, secular music, or the occult are allowed. Shorts, dresses, and skirts are required to be within 3 inches of the knee. Revealing clothing such as spandex shorts, net shirts, loose-fitting muscle shirts cannot be worn alone. We also ask that all body piercing jewelry be removed before arriving, except in female ears. Conservative one-piece bathing suits are to be worn for swimming (two-piece suits are allowed only with a non-white t-shirt).
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
We understand our great responsibility for the young people entrusted to us, and we seek to care for them as if they were our own children. Our staff is carefully screened and selected only upon strong referrals. Criminal background checks are performed for all counselors. During orientation, the campers are informed as to what should be considered as inappropriate touching and what to do if their “no touch zone” is violated by anyone. Because statistics show that the majority of abuse (85%) at camps is camper to camper, we maintain a low camper to staff ratio (typically 6:1 or less, never more than 8:1). Random checks of rooms and cabins are also performed.
The health of the campers is cared for by our camp nurse, having either nursing or EMT training. Lice checks are discreetly performed at the time of registration. The recreational equipment is tested and maintained, and the staff is trained in the safe operation of that equipment. All water activities (pool/river) are monitored by American Red Cross certified lifeguards, also trained in CPR. River tubing and creek walks are only done when the water level is sufficiently low to ensure camper safety.
Camp personnel monitor the weather and in the case of an emergency, the alarm bell is sounded and the staff lead campers to either the safety of the dining hall (severe thunder storms) or to a concrete covered storm cellar and basement (tornado warnings) as rehearsed in staff training.
A number of individuals and churches pray for God’s protection, well-being, and spiritual life during our camping season. The staff also prays daily for those under their care.