Though Word of Life Camps are fun and full of energy, they are about so much more than just summer fun.

Our camps are designed to create experiences that allow youth and families to connect with God in new ways, no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys. Have the time of your life, learn from incredible biblical teaching, build friendships, make memories and launch your faith!

The Camps Story

Today, Word of Life has camping ministries in the United States and in 67 additional countries around the world. Every year new families experience Word of Life, discovering a place of physical and spiritual refreshment.

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Our Counselors

A camp is only as good as its counselors, and ours provide the perfect complement to an outstanding camp program. They are excited about what they do, and provide a safe and fun environment in which each camper can flourish.

Safe Camp Environment

At Word of Life Camps, the safety and security of our campers and guests is at the top of our priority list. For nearly 60 years, God has blessed us with an excellent track record of health and safety.

Meet Our Staff

Word Of Life Island– New York

Tommy Sewall, Camp Director

Eric Messer, Assistant Camp Director of Operations

Florida Youth Camp

Kyle Gray, Camp Director

Ethan Warren, Assistant Camp Director

Word Of Life Ranch & Wild Camp – New York

Jonathan Nazigian (“Marshal Jon”), Camp Director

Mark Bodlien (“Buffalo Bodie”), Assistant Camp Director

Matt Layton (“Maverick Matt”), Counseling Coordinator

Word Of Life Snowcamp – New York

Tommy Sewall, Camp Director

Cody Sargent, Assistant Camp Director of Program

Micah Melville, Assistant Camp Director of Operations

The Lodge – New York

Josh Ely, Managing Director

Tim Hunt, Business and Operations Manager

The Pines – New York

Karl Storman, Camp Director

Cody Sargent, Assistant Camp Director

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The Word of Life Story


In 1946, Jack Wyrtzen, founder of Word of Life, received a visit from a real estate agent who said, “Jack, I know you work with young people; you ought to open a camp. I have a beautiful piece of property up in the Adirondack Mountains on Schroon Lake.” Jack was uncertain about expanding into the camping ministry, but after visiting the property and praying, he decided to move forward.


In a miraculous way, God moved upon the hearts of various people— 47 in all— who gave generously to meet the purchase price of this property, which is now the Word of Life Island Youth Camp. The first camping season opened in 1947. From that simple beginning, God blessed and continued to bless by adding to the Word of Life camping ministry in a remarkable way. The Word of Life Inn—formerly the Brown Swan Hotel and Cottages—was purchased in 1953. Now Word of Life not only had an Island for teenagers, but also an Inn for adults; but what about a camp for younger boys and girls?


Between 1955 and 1973, two more pieces of property were purchased, which became the Word of Life Ranch & Ranger Camp (now known as The Wild). Then in 1975, the Word of Life Family Campground was purchased, completing the Word of Life camping experience in New York state. A new miracle camp property came to realization in Hudson, Florida, and construction began on the World Bible Conference and Resort Center and Youth Camp in 1988. The Word of Life Florida Youth Camp runs a Junior Camp (ages 6-12) and a Teen Camp (ages 7-12).

Get away and join us for an experience you’ll never forget!