Stronghold Camp

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,

who trains my hands for war,

My fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress,

My stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoples under me.

Psalm 144:1-2

August 1 – 6, 2022

Stronghold Camp 

Stronghold overnight camp is unlike any other experience.

Coming to camp you will learn how to play a sport we call Stronghold. A medieval-styled foam battle game with swords, shields, arrows, and more.

You will be immersed in a community of fellow warriors, striving as one to honor Christ as you dive deeper into the study of His Word, work with your team to complete challenges on an Imagination Adventure, and hone your skills on the battlefield through the guidance and instruction of excellent teachers. 

Stronghold overnight camp also offers all the parts of a traditional camp experience like singing, campfires, and devotions to create memories that will last a lifetime.

This year we will have an in-person overnight camp at Machen from August 1st to August 6th. We might have some Covid safety rules in place as recommended by the CDC for camps. We speculate it may be similar to camp last year, but due to how quickly recommendations change we will email families our plans and policies around June. Any changes we make in policies will be emailed to registered families to keep them up to date.

This year we will have an in-person overnight camp at Machen from August 1st to August 6th. We might have some Covid safety rules in place as recommended by the CDC for camps. We speculate it may be similar to camp last year, but due to how quickly recommendations change we will email families our plans and policies around June. Any changes we make in policies will be emailed to registered families to keep them up to date.

Machen‘s Stronghold camp is for boys and girls ages 10 through 17. 

Camp starts Monday August 1st at noon and ends Saturday August 6th at noon.

 

Registration will open up for anyone on January 30th.

 

Camp Staff

Stephen Ippolito

Stephen Ippolito (Aka: Sir Estivan) created the club/game Stronghold in the year 2009. God called him to use the club as an afterschool ministry that teaches youth about the game of foam sword fighting and challenges them to serve the one true King: Jesus Christ.

With the Lord’s blessing the ministry has grown to summer camps and overnight camps. Stephen Ippolito became a full-time missionary this past summer and now serves with an international organization called Push the Rock where he hopes to spread the joy and gifts of the Stronghold programs to Pennsylvania and beyond.

Micah Ramsey

My name is Micah Amos Ramsey. I say I grew up in Irondale Ohio (the closest place to my childhood home that actually had a post office). I grew up more in seminary. I’ve served at Eastvale Reformed Presbyterian Church since 2006. I sensed God’s call to ministry in my life shortly after my salvation at age 23. I’ve been “sword fighting” since childhood, from sticks to PVC pipe, to padded PVC and now to padded fiberglass. I love to play and I love to run. In fact, I’m an ultra-marathon runner now. I look forward to teaching on the fear of the Lord this year. This is a doctrine that I have been exploring because of my own lack of awe in my life and I look forward to sharing its beauty with the campers.

Joshua Kennedy

Joshua Kennedy AKA “Sir Qwon”, brother to Corvus, has been studying classical fencing for 13 years. He has studied sword and shield, great sword, and spear combat for over 10 years. He has a background in Kung-Fu and has been part of the most successful Dagorhir team for the past 4 years. Joshua is excited to pass on the knowledge that he has learned over the years to the next generation of fighters and the sport of Stronghold.

Register for Stronghold Camp

Stronghold Camp Fees

$280 for a single camper
$250 per camper for 2 or more siblings

Machen Retreat and Conference Center

Mail

PO Box 91
McDowell, Virginia 24458

Location

6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458

Phone

Retreat: (540)396-3650
Information: (703)477-5670

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2