Our History and Mission
Established in 1941, Wabanna Camp and Retreat Center is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian ministry located in Edgewater, Maryland, on a 23-acre point where the Rhode and West Rivers converge into the Chesapeake Bay. Wabanna’s ministry encompasses two primary methods of outreach: a summer residential and day camp for boys and girls running from early June to mid-August and a retreat center offering week and weekend rentals of our property for overnight groups of all sizes between 20 to 216.
In the past few years, our year-round programs have expanded to include an Outdoor Daytrip Program geared towards assisting schools in educational and recreational purposes, as well as weekend retreats in the winter and spring for youth ages 4-16.
Throughout the years, Wabanna Camp and Retreat Center has remained a ministry that embraces Christian belief and lifestyle as the standard for existence. The “camping” experience continues to be the model for the application and promotion of these principles, helping to achieve the goal of providing an environment that directs people towards the love of Jesus Christ.
Our Doctrinal Statement
“We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” – The Apostles Creed
Additionally, we hold to the following core values/beliefs:
We believe that the Bible is God’s word, inspired by God Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit and is profitable for everything we do and represent at camp.
As Jesus chose and mentored friends and disciples, we strive to walk alongside and train up members of the next generation of passionate Christians who will lead by serving.
Because humanity was made in God’s image, we treat all people with love, respect and charity. All are welcome here, with particular concern for the poor and marginalized.
Wabanna is a place where people can experience ethnic and socio-economic diversity in a nurturing environment. Also, within the body of Christ there are a variety of expressions of faith and practice and we see great strength in gathering and learning together.
We want to offer the Wabanna experience in service to Christ’s Church and kingdom by partnering with and being a resource for churches and other organizations.
Camp Wabanna is the great equalizer. We foster laughter and community so that people enjoy a life-affirming experience fully reflecting the joy intended by Christ.
We have a strong emphasis on environmental and resource stewardship. God made the world good and full of His good gifts that we have been entrusted to care for and use well.
Our Vision / Strategic Plan
Wabanna’s mission creates a vision for the future: Wabanna’s vision, by God’s grace, is to change lives, impact families, help communities, strengthen our nation, and touch the world throughout the 21st century.
The vision for the mission will be accomplished through two complimentary focuses of our organization:
Children and Youth Ministries
- Summer camps
- Weekend retreats and various day programs
- Consistent contact with children involved in programs with special emphasis on summer camper follow-up
- Outreach to neglected or abandoned children
- Environmental education programs
Retreat Center and Rental Program Ministries
- User groups (ten month schedule) i.e.. weekly rental, retreats, conferences, workshops, studies, etc.
- Leadership workshops
- Team building workshops