Where We've Been
Eagle Fern Camp began as a vision in the hearts and minds of a few leaders from seven Portland-area Plymouth Brethren churches who had
a deep passion for the spiritual development of young people in their community. This passion led to the formation of a camp board of
directors in 1952, and on July 4th they broke ground for what is now Eagle Fern Camp. Free use of the land and harvested timber made
the construction of the lodge and first of ten cabins possible.
In August of 1953, after an entire year of workdays and meetings, Eagle Fern hosted its first two weeks of camp. With the first 140 eager
young campers the stillness of the forest along Eagle Creek was forever broken by songs and laughter.
Although Eagle Fern’s beginnings were simple and rustic, there never seemed to be any shortage of love for one another, the Scriptures,
or committing time out at camp improving the facilities. As generous donations and hours of labor were given, Eagle Fern began to take
on new shape; winterized cabins, a staff building, a maintenance shop, an infirmary, and shower facilities were added over the years. In
1960, a dam was installed Eagle Creek, creating a swimming hole for campers to play in during the summer.
There seemed to be little standing in the way of progress at the camp in those early days until a tragic fire in 1966 destroyed the old
lodge. But like the resilient spirits of its founders, Eagle Fern bounced back and by the summer of 1967 a new and greatly improved lodge
was ready for campers once again.
In 1997, a high ropes challenge course and a large, covered recreation center for indoor sports activities and large group gatherings were
completed. Since then two new cabins have been built, and a low-element team-building challenge course, a giant swing, and a zipline have
been installed. Eagle Fern Camp continues to evolve as people give up time and money to support the ministry.
Check out the current Master Plan!
But Eagle Fern Camp is more than just buildings and swimming’ holes. Camp is people—people who love the Lord and are committed to reaching
out to young people for the sake of the gospel. The enduring influence of camp extends far beyond what many of us could ever imagine.
Many lives have been transformed through the ministry of Eagle Fern Camp. In fact, many of the Camp’s present leaders were challenged and
encouraged in their faith at Eagle Fern as kids.
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