WELCOME TO A PLACE OF WONDER AND DISCOVERY IN CHRIST
As a nonprofit camping ministry, Cascades Camp and Conference Center has helped people of all ages open their hearts to experience new life in Christ. With its pristine beauty and peaceful, protected setting in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, children and adults alike can take a break from the struggles of everyday life, find hope, and renew their faith in Jesus Christ.
Built upon the vision and faith of previous generations, Cascades has provided a rich spiritual environment where countless people have enjoyed life-changing experiences since 1989. Children have met important role models who have encouraged them and helped shape their futures, marriages have been strengthened, and through the ministry opportunities available at Cascades, many have chosen to dedicate their lives to serving the Lord full-time.
Developed on nearly 1,000 acres of Western Washington wilderness, Cascades offers lush green forests, lakefront enjoyment, and breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier. Spring-fed Elbow Lake is ideal for canoeing and swimming, while the Nisqually River, with its origins from the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier, offers excellent fishing and river rafting.
Located 25 miles east of Olympia and Interstate 5, near Yelm, Washington, Cascades offers year-round retreat facilities only an hour and a half drive from Seattle, and a two hour drive from Portland, Oregon. It’s a convenient weekend retreat destination from many Washington and Oregon locations.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES OF MINISTRY
Cascades Camp and Conference Center seeks to be a servant/partner organization to the Covenant and local churches, providing resources beyond the means of any one church body. The ministry of Cascades Camp is an extension of the Christian education and outreach programs of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Our Objectives of Ministry provide us with the overall direction for our ministry and our program:
To encourage the development of a personal faith in God through Jesus Christ and to encourage spiritual growth and maturity.
To create an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and genuine concern for each camper.
To provide a balanced program which is fun, educational, and spiritual.
To stretch the field of interest of each camper through opportunities for development of new skills and group activities.
To create opportunities in which leadership qualities can be developed and situations in which decisions by the individual camper are called for.
To foster a group environment in which the individual campers understand that they are part of a larger group, thereby encouraging them to develop new friendships.
WHAT GOES ON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS?
Get ready for a jam-packed summer! You'll experience all of your favorite programming, including Rainier Kids Day Camp, Primary Camp, Brightwood Station, Camp Timber Rock, and the S.A.L.T. Program! By working on summer staff at Cascades, you’ll have the chance to support all of these programs while simultaneously hosting a wide variety of guest groups renting our facilities.
Rainier Kids Day Camp hosts first through sixth grade students from our local Yelm area. Kids come and “get away” to camp five days a week and have tons of fun playing games, singing goofy songs at Jubilation, exploring the outdoors, and learning more about God.
Brightwood Station is a railroad-themed camp that plays host to hundreds of elementary aged campers each summer. These campers experience traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, archery, singing songs around the campfire, and draw inspiration from God revealed through counselors and staff.
Camp Timber Rock welcomes hundreds of middle school aged campers each summer who laugh, swim, and play all week. They are challenged by the truth of God’s word, inspirational speakers, and meaningful Bible studies. They also witness Christ’s love lived out in counselors and staff.
The S.A.L.T. Program invites high school students into an intense, hands-on discipleship experience modeled after Jesus' servant-leader example. They get to experience life behind-the-scenes at Cascades while growing through Bible studies, mentoring younger campers, and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.
Family Camps for children and adults of all ages provide exciting recreation, motivating speakers, and a sense of belonging to the family of God.
The Conference Center hosts over 14,000 guests year-round, of which 7,000 stay during summer months. These guests are groups of people from various Christian churches and organizations, mainly from the Pacific Northwest. Cascades seeks to provide the very best in lodging, dining, and recreational facilities to these groups through our camp host and staff.