See you in the waters at The Wilds!
Weigh anchors and set sail for a maritime escapade with sailors from all over the country! You'll never forget your voyage with the crew members of the Emeral Coast Galleons, the Scarlet Cove Clippers, or the Sapphire Bay Schooners in the newest adventure at The Wilds. Will we run aground in the mountains of North Carolina? Not a chance! We will have unique activities, the most delicious galley grub on land or sea, rollicking Funtime skits and Freetime play, enthusiastic speakers, and God-honoring music as we navigate the roiling waters at The Wilds. Which team will win the battle for the high seas? Find out at the Final Victory Ceremony. Don't miss the boat!
June 29-July 4
July 27 - Aug 1
Current availability details are listed at the online registration page.
- Tom Farrell
- Jeremy Frazor
- Will Galkin
- Andy Gleiser
- Mark Kittrell
- Steve Pettit
- Cary Schmidt
- Jim Schettler
Per Camper $345
Early Bird Price: $315 if registered by Feb. 1
Per Sponsor $295
*Discounted Week: June 1-6
Per Camper $295*
- Campers must be at least 12 years old by September 1, 2015, and going into Grades 7-12 or just completed Grade 12.
Registrations are processed in the order they are received.A nonrefundable $50 deposit per person must accompany each form.
Balance is due upon arrival at camp.
- Register online for summer camp, and we'll waive a $10 processing fee! (does not apply to the week of June 1-6)
Please be aware that some weeks of camp may be full several weeks prior to early registrations, so please call for space availability.
Check-in: 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday
Pick-up: 9 a.m. Saturday after breakfast
*Schedule is subject to change
Meet the Program Staff
Joe Fant grew up in South Carolina and surrendered to the Lord’s call to preach while working at The Wilds during the summer of 2004. Joe became the Program Director in 2013. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Bible and is currently working on his M.A. in Bible. Prior to coming on full-time staff at The Wilds, Joe and his wife, Becky, served in our Junior Boot Camp Program during the summers, ministered with Tom Farrell Evangelistic Ministries, and served as the youth pastor at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Joe and Becky have two children.
Willie Partin has served at The Wilds since 1997, and is currently the Program Manager. Willie graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Youth Ministries and is appreciated by teens and adults alike for his great sense of humor and practical teaching from God's Word.Willie and his wife, Sarah, have four children.
After graduating from college in 2002, Matt and his wife, Christy, traveled with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team for three years. In May of 2005, the Taylors joined the staff at The Wilds where each had previously served for several summers. Matt is now the Music Director.
Matt and Christy have three sons.
God & I Time
“God and I Time” is a 30 minute block of time we set aside every day for our campers to read the Bible and learn about God on their own. We provide them with a study guide for each day that goes right along with what they have just heard preached in chapel. It is our goal to encourage every camper to continue in this habit when they get home from camp. God’s Word is our blueprint for life and we must know what the Word says if we are going to become more like our Savior.
Serving 800 teens, 200 juniors, 300 summer staff and 150 sponsors three times a day is no small task. Our kitchen staff does an excellent job of providing nutritious and delicious meals that will satisfy even the hungriest camper. A meal in the Dining Hall during summer camp could be described as the loudest meal in the country. Cabin cheers during the meal and team cheers at the end of the meal provide plenty of excitement.
Christian Life Seminar (CLS)
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon the campers have a service called Christian Life Seminar. This is an opportunity for one of our program staff to really zero in on a specific topic that teenagers are dealing with. Topics in the past have focused on how to study the Bible, Godly dating standards, college choices, rock music, the dangers of the internet, and many others.
God and I Time Follow-up
God & I Time Follow-up is an opportunity for the counselor to question his campers regarding what they have learned in their personal God & I Time. Campers are encouraged to ask questions about what they have just studied in order to further understand the Scriptures. You will find this happening all over the campsite.
Each afternoon the campers have an opportunity to try and get to all of the available Freetime activities. Good luck! There is more to do then they will be able to do in one week. Check out our activities page to see all of the many exciting things to do at camp.
On Wednesday night we have Funtime instead of a game. Funtime has become something that every camper looks forward to. Crazy songs and skits combine for an hour of laughter that is based on the theme for the summer.
Our evening service is the highlight and culmination of the day. Everything done prior is seeking to prepare hearts for the preaching of the Word. There is nothing like hearing 800 teenagers joyfully sing praises to the Lord. After several group songs, the campers get to hear music from the counselor choir (140 strong) and others on our staff. The campers are then challenged directly from the Word regarding their relationship with Christ. Our mission at The Wilds is to 'give the Truth of God with the love of God so lives can be changed to the glory of God.' We trust every camper will see Christ in their time here at camp.
Each night before bed, the counselor has an opportunity to share a short 5 minute devotional. Many times it will be a camper who ends up sharing what God has been teaching him in the services. The cabin will then have prayer together, shut out the lights and get ready for another big day of camp.
How to Register
We have several registered nurses on campsite and at least one nurse on call 24 hours a day. Special instructions will be given at camp for administering specialized medications if needed. Our Health Service staff is capable of taking care of most minor injuries and illnesses. We have a great working relationship with the hospital in town should there be the need for anything our Health Service people are not set up to handle.