The King’s Camp owes its beginning to the vision of Reverend Stan Hagemeyer. In 1972, Stan was pastor of Elim Reformed Church in King’s, Illinois when he was told about an area of land that was for sale that seemed suitable for a campground. Stan contacted several pastors and the Synod of Chicago to see if there was interest in building a campground. As it turned out, the Synod had been looking for quite some time for an area of land to be used as a campground no more than a hundred miles from Chicago.
Through many prayers and a lot of effort, the land for The King's Camp near Rockford, IL was purchased in 1974 and became a part of the responsibility of the Manitoqua Board. This wilderness camp served as the family ministry branch of Manitoqua. Development of The King’s Camp was accomplished through the efforts of volunteers who gave financial and physical labor support. Over the years, the camp has expanded to include 77 RV campsites, 15 tent campsites, 2 cozy cabins, 2 platform tents and a variety of recreational facilities for guests to use. In 2003, a new maintenance building was completed in order to continue to adjust to the needs of this growing ministry.
All that is missing from our history is YOU! Find out more about retreating with us, planning a day trip, or even consider joining our seasonal camper community today!