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 3 – 8, 2020

Virtual Stronghold Camp

If you’ve been going to the Stronghold Overnight Camp at Machen, you can join your friends this year through Stronghold Virtual Archery Camp. We will mail you a kit that includes a recurve bow and two Stronghold certified arrows (as well as the required safety gear, camp T-shirt, and more)! This camp will have many elements of in-person camp – Archery instruction, Bible Study, Imagination Adventures, and even s’mores!

Camp Structure: Camp will generally run daily from 9am to 4pm with some breaks. (Saturday will be a half day.)

Camp will include:

  • Bible Teaching & Discussion from pastors
  • Archery Instruction
  • Group Imagination Adventure
  • Video Confrence style fellowship over lunch
  • Optional Evening activities

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