ABOUT CAMP CALVARY
In 1974, Calvary Baptist Church and their Pastor, Dr. E.R. Jordan, were seeking a property to be used for a Bible Camp. In December of the same year, 53 acres of beautiful Berks County was purchased from the Assembly of God Church. This was the start of Camp Calvary. The responsibility to direct the camps became part of the Sr. High youth pastor’s ministry. The first camping program was in play during the summer of 1975. Dr. Jeff Tuttle directed the first camp in 1975, Dr. Jordan in 1976-78 (presently Senior Pastor of Calvary. Pastor Tom Jordan 1979, Pastor Joe Johnson 1980-1981, Pastor Vince Deagler 1982-1983, and Pastor Brian Wahlberg, 1984 – present!
There was much work needed to transition the property from farm usage to Bible camp usage. Through a sacrificial Sunday offering and volunteer labor, Camp Calvary built the large C-shaped pool in 1977 along with setting up a kitchen and dining room in the lower level of the main building.
Further development of the camp’s potential escalated in the 1980’s. This property offered many possibilities for fun and activities. A plan was then initiated to make full use of the pond and woods and to create some recreational fields and areas. This sparked the interest of other fellowship church ministries to join in on the camp program. Such attractions as the water slide, water trolley, raft, paddle boats, basketball court, soccer field and land trolley were added. The 80’s brought the start of the unique summer themes with team names, leaders, cheers, costumes and special décor.
A master plan was developed in 1990. The first phase which was a bath-house and six of the fourteen cabins were started in 1993. Rich and Barbara Weaver took residence in the campgrounds that summer. Barbara was the first full-time cook and Rich was the part-time caretaker. In 1994, six additional cabins were completed and in 1995 Pastor Wahlberg made the transition from youth pastor and camp to camp ministry exclusively. The last remaining cabins phase was completed in 1998. This plan included the hiring of a full-time staff to complement the network of hundreds of volunteers who faithfully serve in various capacities. Most notable are our counselors, kitchen staff, lifeguards and the retired men better known as the Craftsmen for Christ; Pastor John Garber was the first member.
The 90’s also brought Camp Calvary an expanded program to include specialty camps such as: Sportsmens’ Weekend, Couples’ Retreats, Wilderness/survival Hikes, Father & Son and Father & Daughter Retreats, Pastors’ Wives, Mens’ and Ladies’ Retreats, School and Family Camps, Senior trips, Outdoor Education, Reunions and Weddings.
Plans were then developed for the renovation of the main building with an additional 5200 square feet added. April of 2000 brought ground breaking and Rich Weaver was brought on as the full-time general contractor and the project began. In January 2002, Camp Calvary purchased 37 additional acres and a 10,000 square foot industrial building to be used as a future activity center.
The Lord has richly blessed the camp ministry and it has grown from 40 days per year usage to over 250 days per year – 500 campers per year to over 6000 per year and a network of over 250 fellowship churches from fifteen different states.
Regardless of this growth, the purpose and mission of the camp has not changed. Camp Calvary is still a Christ-centered, camper conscious ministry utilizing the out of doors to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and edify the believer. To God be the glory, great things He has done!
Camp Calvary is a Christ-centered, camper-conscious ministry utilizing the outdoors to share the Gospel and edify the believer.
To use the resources, time and talents that the Lord has given us to serve each one that He brings to Camp Calvary.
Our Core Values
- Christ-centered: First, its all about Him
- Camper conscious: Second, its all about you.
- Biblically based: what we say and do is mandated by Scripture
- Teaching and preaching: God’s Word to all
- Supporting the Local Church: our ministry serving your ministry
- A Serving Organization: How can we serve you?
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Keep up with what's happening at camp
We keep you updated on reflections from the latest camps and retreats, details on our upcoming events and introduce you to any new faces joining Camp Calvary. This is a great place to stay up to date with what’s happening at Camp Calvary.
We would love for you to come and experience our grounds first-hand, but we know that’s not always possible. Take a virtual tour of our main camp by clicking the link.
If you are looking for a special location for your next event, think about the Camp Calvary Activity Center.
Fully enclosed and weather-proof, this facility has the room to house and entertain your troops! From the climbing walls, human foosball and full sized basketball court to the meeting area upstairs, the AC is a perfect spot to gather.
Get All the Details
Check out all of the different camps and registrations available over at the camps & registrations page. Note in the calendar that 2020 summer camps fall on different weeks due to the way the calendar falls.
Junior Winter Weekend
January 10, 2020 6:00 pm - January 11, 2020 6:00 pm
Sr. High Winter Weekend
January 23, 2020 6:00 pm - January 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Brian and Jean Wahlberg
Director & Administrative Assistant
Jean has an Associates degree in Administrative Studies from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. Brian also attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then received a Master of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. Jean works extensively with the administration of Camp Calvary. Previously, she was the secretary to the Vice President at a detective agency and an assistant at a local dental office. Prior to becoming the full-time Director of Camp Calvary, Brian was the Youth Pastor, High School Bible Teacher, Athletic Director, and Coach at Calvary Baptist Church. He has been the Director of Camp Calvary since 1984. When asked, “Why Camp Calvary?”, Brian says “It was at a Bible Camp that I first heard the Gospel and later at a Bible Camp I surrendered to full time vocational ministry. Camp is a powerful tool that God uses in the lives of young people and adults.” Jean answers “It was at Camp Calvary that I accepted Jesus as my savior as a senior in high school. It holds a special place in my heart for that reason and it has been an amazing place to raise my sons. They got to see many miraculous works of God in the lives of campers and in the provision of the facility itself. There is a “God-story” everywhere one looks.” Jean and Brian have been married for more than thirty-five years. They have three married sons and seven grandchildren. Brian’s favorite verse is Colossians 3:23 and Jean’s is 1 Samuel 12:24.
Rich and Barb Weaver
Construction and Mainenance & Food Service Manager
Rich gained his experience growing up on a dairy farm and working two summers as a Stonemason’s apprentice. For 38 years he has operated heavy equipment in construction projects and pipelines. He also maintains a class A driver’s license. Before becoming a full-time mom, Barb worked as a hairdresser for six years. When asked, “Why Camp Calvary?”, Rich says, “I went to camp several years as a boy and had an idea of the impact a good Christian camp could have on a young person, but didn’t fully comprehend it until there was a survey taken in our church, showing that 66% of respondents said that they made a life-changing decision at a Christian camp. When we were asked to come to Camp Calvary, we jumped at the chance, believing that the Lord would enable us to do the things that were expected of us there.” Barb recalls, “I attended Christian camp for several years as a young person and loved the experience. As an adult I loved entertaining and often said I would have company all the time if someone else paid the bill. When asked if I would help in the kitchen for the Senior High week, I once again enjoyed the entire camp setting. When the Lord opened the door for us to move here in 1993, it was abundantly over and above anything I could even imagine.” Rich and Barb have been married since 1964! They have three daughters, three son-in-laws, eight grandsons and five granddaughters. Rich’s favorite verse is 1 Timothy 1:12b and Barb’s is Isaiah 41:10.