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Build on the Rock, Come Play in the Sand!
Camp Mennoscah is built on 240 acres of prairie divided by the South Fork of the Ninnescah River near Murdock, Kansas (approx. 45 minutes west of Wichita). The camp is affiliated with Western District Conference and South Central Conference of Mennonite Church USA. All are welcome!
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Camp Mennoscah’s mission is…
To encourage all to follow Jesus Christ
To live as a people of healing and hope
To seek God’s peace
To practice love, forgiveness, and hospitality
To affirm diversity and heal brokenness
To experience God’s creation
Camp Mennoscah is a year-round camp. We offer summer youth camps, retreats, and the opportunity for groups, churches, families, schools, and many others to enjoy God’s creation and relax away from a busy world.
Summer Youth Camps are designed to offer youth a few days to a week of fun and creative relaxation in the midst of God’s creation. These camps offer a variety of activities including river play, crafts, swimming, campfire worship, and interest groups. Summer youth camps for grades 3-12 run from June through the beginning of August.
Family and Friends Retreats (Scrapbooking, Retirees’, Mental Health, Young Adult, Work & Play) are designed to offer families and individuals an opportunity to break away from everyday schedules and relax and grow as a community of faith. Activities are planned by retreat committees and cater to the specific retreat. These retreats offer your choice of accommodations, from rustic cabins to our “hotel-like” Retreat Center.
Camp Mennoscah is also available for rental. Facilities that are available are the Bluestem house (a renovated farm house), Main Camp (dining hall, cabins, bunk houses) and the Retreat Center. All recreation areas are shared.
Camp Mennoscah’s mailing address is: PO Box 65, Murdock, KS 67111. Our physical address is: 9458 SE 40th St, Murdock KS 67111
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-297-3290 for more information about any of these exciting opportunities. We can’t wait to see you at Camp Mennoscah!
Summer Staff and Staff for Summer Youth Camps
Applications for summer staff positions and counseling staff will be available beginning in January/February for the upcoming summer camps. Check back for more information or contact Camp Mennoscah.
Paid summer staff positions are: crafts leader, music leader, lifeguard, assistant lifeguard/maintenance, naturalist, office assistant, and grounds/maintenance. summer staff must be 18 years old or older, preferably with at least one completed year of college or work/volunteering. Summer staff receives a weekly volunteer stipend.
Volunteer positions for counseling, kitchen staff, and maintenance/custodial on a weekly or summer-long basis are also available. Head cooks and nurses receive a parent discount or are paid a weekly volunteer stipend. All positions require a background check and an informational application form. Volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Give us a call and see what fun projects we have to offer!
A Short History of Camp Mennoscah
The young people of the Western District Conference had their first organized retreat in 1925 on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, KS. In April, 1948, the Western District Conference Youth Fellowship purchased the first 80 acres of the property located near Murdock, Kansas. The second 80 acres was added in the following year. The first retreat at Camp Mennoscah was held in 1949 when a small group of young people pitched their tents on the west side of the river near the old farmstead.
Over the years, additional land and buildings have been added so that Camp Mennoscah now covers 240 acres, with the most recent addition being 80 acres to the east of the original camp grounds in 2009. Along with the physical changes, additional programming has been added to the youth camps, including numerous retreats over the years – from the Retirees’ Relaxation Retreat and Family Camp to Scrapbooking. Many family reunions and other church events are held each year at the camp.
Camp Mennoscah is owned by Camp Mennoscah Association and operates under the guidance of the Camp Mennoscah Board of Directors. The camp was owned by Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA until 2012. Staff members are Olivia Bartel, director, and Mike Albright, maintenance coordinator.
Camp Mennoscah is a member of the Mennonite Camping Association.