The place Gil Johnson calls home has “some of the best sunsets around.”
And he says you and your church are welcome to come visit.
Johnson, director of Camp Baldwin, says they have their own little sanctuary on Wolf Bay, and people “can come and feel the difference.”
“I love having guests come through and have that opportunity to retreat away from everything else going on out in the world,” he said.
“You can see the relief some of them have, just getting to fellowship, watch the sunrise and enjoy a meal. There’s refreshment that happens here.”
Traditionally, nearly 9,000 guests come every year to Camp Baldwin, a ministry of Baldwin Baptist Association.
The 66-acre camp is a rental facility — they don’t do any programming. But they can house your church’s retreat and provide meals and activities like ziplining, water trampolines, swimming, fishing, miniature golf, a gym, canoes, kayaks and a challenge course.
While the camp has been quiet during the pandemic season, leaders hope to see lots of groups back soon.
“We host youth and children’s groups, family camps, women’s retreats, marriage retreats — you name it,” Johnson said.
Rick Ellison, director of missions for Baldwin Association, said the camp is a great place for a spiritual retreat.
“We have all kinds of groups that come from all kinds of places to use the camp, and we see a number of people come to Christ each year through their camp experience,” Ellison said.
And a little piece up the road in Citronelle, Mobile Baptist Association’s Camp Whispering Pines also offers a place for church groups to get away.
The camp offers outdoor activities like ziplining, kayaking, a ropes course and paintball, as well as facilities like a gazebo and a large outdoor chapel.
If needed, those managing the camp can provide specialized programming like their Veritas Students and Momentum Kids Camp, which are “fast-paced, non-stop fun” with a strong emphasis on faith and community.
Thomas Wright, executive director of missions for Mobile Association, said there will always be a need for people to get away from distractions to hear the Holy Spirit speak.
“Camp Whispering Pines, our associational camp, continues to provide effective evangelistic ministry to every age group,” he said.
“In 2019, we had over 200 decisions including salvation, repentance or call to ministry or missions.”
In recent years, the camp has added a hotel option to its dorm space and made a lot of upgrades and repairs.
“We will continue to use that marvelous facility with the lake, ropes course, game room, paint ball, and climbing wall to introduce campers to the still small voice of the Creator God,” Wright said.
Both Camp Baldwin and Camp Whispering Pines are open and ready for groups. They also are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.