Camp Shalom Endowment


In 1976, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA purchased land for a camp. Originally called St. Paul Outdoor Ministry Center, it primarily served youth of the congregation. A master plan was formed to provide a vision for the future. Volunteers labored to turn the rough farmland into a working campsite. They constructed cabins, cleared trails, cooked meals and created a summer program.

By 1995, the camp had a new name and many of the buildings from the master plan were in place, but summer camp was very small. The people of St. Paul felt that the sole ownership of Camp Shalom was limiting the camp's potential. Therefore, in 1996, Camp Shalom incorporated as an independent ecumenical ministry. This initiative proved to be instrumental in the maturing of Camp Shalom. While initial growth came from Roman Catholic congregations, later increases have come from other denominations and the larger community. Today, over 1,100 youth and families from over 110 different congregations in the Quad City area support Camp Shalom. Every child is welcome at Camp Shalom.

The Camp Shalom Fund provides a resource for Christians to practice good stewardship so that the camp’s ministry can continue to care for the needs of God’s creation and proclaim the Gospel to future generations.

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