Men & Boys’ Retreat 2018

It was probably the coldest Saturday on record for this retreat, but the men and boys present didn’t let the weather stop them from enjoying their special weekend at Peniel Bible Camp. Seventy guys gathered to hear our speaker share Commands for Life from 2 Timothy. They enjoyed snacks in the Snack Shop, playing Foot Golf, a night tournament in the Cage, fishing, skillfully rolling hula hoops, Carpet Ball, and eating the hearty meals prepared by our kitchen staff. It was a great weekend to be together, apart from the world, meeting God “face to face” at Peniel.

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Memorial Day Celebration 2018

We are once again looking forward to having a wonderful day here at Peniel Bible Camp for our annual Memorial Day Celebration. As usual, we will be having a patriotic service in the Chapel at 11:00 AM followed by lunch and a host of other possible activities throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful camp facilities while experiencing great fellowship with people from across the state.

We would love to have you join us on Monday, May 28. So, feel free to share the attached flyer; it gives a basic breakdown of the day and some of the many things to do while you are here. Make plans to attend, and bring along some guests. We look forward to seeing you!

Serving the Lord by strengthening His church,

Izaac VanderSchel

Program Director

Peniel Bible Camp

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A Few More Old Camp Photos from the Archives

While going through some old camp records this winter, we found a file of old camp photos. Three of these were pictures we had not posted before.

This first one is of teens — but we’re not sure what year it was taken. We hope someone viewing this post might recognize himself and being able to give us a year.


This next picture we found was labeled as Senior High Camp 1967.   ————–

This picture was previously labeled as being Senior High but we now realize that it was of younger teens at Junior High Camp in 1967


This picture is of our Junior 2 Camp in 1969.

Recognize anyone in these pictures?



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Reminder: Men & Boys’ Early Registration

The Early Registration deadline for the April 27-28 Men & Boys’ Retreat is THIS THURSDAY, March 1st. Register today to save $10 on each full price registration.

View the brochure, register online, or print a registration form and mail it in.

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Another Walk Down Memory Lane… Back to 1979

Today we have another camp group photo shared with us by Mary Rupert. This is the camp photo for Junior 1 Camp in 1979. This is the first year I’ve seen a picture taken indoors — I wonder if it was raining that day…

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2018 Prayer Card / Schedule for OBF Camps at Peniel Bible Camp

We have printed 3000 double-sided 4×6″ prayer card/schedules to distribute to those who are interested in the ministry of Peniel Bible Camp. We will be distributing bundles of these cards to our partner churches this month. If you want one for yourself, contact and ask.

Download a 2-page copy here.

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New Promotional Poster for Peniel Bible Camp

An 11×17″ one-sided glossy poster will be distributed to each of our churches this month to post and promote the 2018 OBF camps at Peniel Bible Camp.

For a downloadable copy, click here.

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November Update from the VanderSchels

The VanderSchels: November 2017

Update on our family…

In our hallway at home, we have a wood sign hanging on the wall that says, “There’s ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS something to be thankful for.” Not just this time of year, when Thanksgiving is the holiday focus, but we have much to be thankful for ALL the time.

Izaac officiated soccer this fall again for the state association in central Ohio, but was able to block quite a few dates that coincided with Ashlyn and Brenna playing volleyball matches at home. It was special to have him be able to watch some of their games their senior season. He’ll switch out his soccer official’s uniform for a basketball one in just a couple weeks. After wrapping up our fall retreats, Izaac is already working on next summer’s camping theme. He continues to spend much of his time communicating with pastors and potential rental groups, getting all the camp program activity venues closed up for winter, and trying to get reorganized after a busy summer camping season. Izaac and Kim had the opportunity to take a short working vacation to Gatlinburg earlier this month to attend a gift show for the camp store.

Kim coached her final season of volleyball this fall and was so thankful for all the years she had to be a part of Ashlyn’s and Brenna’s volleyball teams throughout their high school years. On camp, she has spent time putting the craft cabin and camp store into hibernation for winter, shopping and preparing meals for rental groups this fall, and trying to keep all five of our busy schedules coordinated.

Ashlyn and Brenna began their senior year this fall and will turn 18 this winter. Although bittersweet for Mom and Dad, the girls are looking forward to what God has for them in the future. They had a great senior volleyball season and juggled schoolwork and their job at the bakery very  well. We’re so proud of them and thankful to the Lord for the evidence of His grace we see in their lives. Lord willing, they will continue to work at the bakery for the remainder of the school year and save up money for college next fall. They were both a huge help during the camping season whenever they were on camp.

Carson is a freshman this year. Can’t believe all our kids are in high school now! He’s a great student and especially loves the extra-curriculars– sports, music, and drama. He played soccer this fall on the high school team and also got to participate at the BJU Fine Arts Festival for the first time. He competed in an acting scene as well as several musical groups. Carson is also a big help in the summers at  camp, especially for Izaac. He’s looking forward to being an “only child” soon.

Because we realize that our days on camp as a family of five are dwindling quickly, we cherish every moment we get to spend with our kids. We rejoice in the abilities God has given them, and we seek Him for daily strength and wisdom as we continue to guide them. We are truly THANKFUL!

Update on our camping season…

This camping season seemed to fly by as quickly as usual. We’re thankful for the good number of campers we had each week, the profitable preaching from the chapel platform, and the volunteer staff that helped make the weeks run smoothly.

Our Family Camp maxed out, and so we’re looking forward to offering an extra Family Camp weekend next season. Check out the camp website for those dates.

The theme for our Youth Camps this past summer was “Fast Track”, a racing theme. The kids especially enjoyed racing on the new pedal kart track that was added to the camp to help enhance this theme.

After the summer camping season ended, we moved right into fall. One of the highlights of our Fall Retreats was having Mac and Beth Lynch at our Couples’ Retreat. Listening to their piano and vocal music was such a special blessing to all the couples who attended.

Kim and Izaac hosted a couple weeks of FACE (Finding Adventure in Creation Exploration) Camp for two different Christian schools. The students learned about really unique school subjects in an outdoor classroom setting.

In the coming weeks we look forward to hosting some individual rental groups. Families will be renting the A-frame cabins to spend the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with each other, a Young Adult Retreat will be held over Christmas break, and a couple of youth groups will be enjoying Winter Teen Retreats. To find out more about rental availability, please contact us.

Looking ahead…

As we continue to seek to meet the needs of local churches, our goal is to make improvements around the camp that will be beneficial for our churches. Before next summer’s season begins, we’ll be hosting a couple of work teams to help us with those improvements. These teams will be working on winterizing Martha’s Manor, finishing up the exteriors of the lake front cabins, finishing the basement in A-frame 1, and several other projects, weather permitting. Some of these improvements will allow us to host more campers in the off-season during the colder months.

We’re so thankful for the many servants that faithfully volunteer to help us accomplish projects like this year after year. To find out how to be a part of one of these work weeks, or to make arrangements to bring a group from your church for your own work week, please contact us.

Contact information: Peniel Bible Camp, 3260 State Route 314, Fredericktown, OH 43019

Izaac VanderSchel, Program Director: 740.505.5621

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Couples’ Retreat 2017

It was a beautiful weekend at Peniel Bible Camp. Sunny, warm days and pleasant overnight. Thirty-six couples from six states and from all walks of life gathered to spend a restful couple of days away from the busyness of life. They spent time walking and talking together, boating, playing life-size Sorry, enjoying camp food, and shopping at the Camp Store. The highlight of the weekend was sitting under the teaching of the Word. Music Pastor Mac Lynch and his wife, Beth sang, played duets, and ministered to the campers in various ways throughout the weekend. Truly it was a retreat to remember!

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Men’s Weekend 2017

It was a great first-weekend-of-autumn retreat — although it certainly felt like summer weather. Though few in number, the men enjoyed the fellowship, the preaching (lessons from Elijah), the food, and the activities (i.e. bowling with a foot ball Friday night and a Biathalon: Modern and Ancient on Saturday). Men, mark your calendars for next year’s Men’s Weekend: September 21-22, 2018. You won’t want to miss it!

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