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.
August 3 – 8, 2020
Stronghold is a safe, outdoor foam sword fighting game with rules and expected conduct. Stronghold’s primary code is: safety first, then play-ability and realism. It’s based on traditional boffer fighting rules, but is designed for youth and encourages Christian spiritual development.
Stronghold is a co-ed game for boys and girls, from 5th-12th grades. Be prepared to train with your unit, do drills to gain muscle memory and embark on epic battles.
At this camp you will also be challenged to grow spiritually. Small groups will meet with a speaker to discuss and analyze your walk with God, how can you apply scripture, what does Christ want you to do with your life.
Come for an exciting week filled with:
- Sword Fighting team battles
- Themed Adventures
- Archery Training
- Shield Training
- Singing around the campfire
- Devotions and Prayer
- Medieval Feast
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.
He is a Jack of all trades, who is finishing up his last semester in a 4 year Biblical studies program having already received a Associates in Culinary Arts and his NREMT having 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.
Register for Stronghold Camp
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
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.