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 2 – 7, 2021

Stronghold Camp Returns

Dear Campers, Allies, Friends, and Staff,

This year we will be attempting to have an in-person overnight camp at Machen from August 2nd to the 7th.
There may be camp safety policy changes that the government will ask us to make. If you register we will keep you up to date on camp progress.
Just like last year, if bad things happen and we are unable to have camp in person, we will offer refunds and host an online camp.
If you have any questions feel free to email the Stronghold camp director at stronghold[email protected]
May the Joy of the Lord be our strength. Join us in praying for inperson camp to be safely possible this summer. 

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.

Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy “Aka: Corvus” and brother to Qwon has studied fencing for 6+ years. Additionally, he has been studying sword and shield, great sword, and spear combat for over 10 years and made his own full set of chainmail when he was 14. He has a background in Kung-Fu and has been part of the most successful Dagorhir team for the past 4 years.

Christopher is a jack-of-all-trades, who is finishing up his last semester in a Biblical studies program has already received a Associates in Culinary Arts, his NREMT, and served for 6 years in the army as a Medic. He loves training new students and helping them to achieve things they would never have believed they could do before.

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

A $40 deposit is required to register for the event. Or you may also pay the entire registration fee online. If you pay only the deposit, the remainder of the conference registration fee is due upon arrival at the conference.

The deposit may be refundable. The deposit is used to purchase items ahead of time. If you cancel and we are able to fill your spot with another camper on our wait list, then your deposit will be refunded. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we try to serve all for Christ’s glory.

Campers are to arrive on Monday, August 3rd, at 1:00 pm and should be picked up on Saturday, Aug 8th at 11:00 am.

Online Registration Form

Machen Retreat and Conference Center


PO Box 91
McDowell, Virginia 24458


6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458


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