Wilderness Retreat and Development Center

aka Wilderness Retreat and Development Center   |   Lawson, MO   |  www.wildernessretreatcenter.com

Mission

Helping United Methodist Church congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ through camping and retreat ministries; and providing Christian hospitality to other church and secular groups through camping and retreats.

Ruling year info

1974

Principal Officer

Rev. Dennis D. Hisek

Main address

34030 West 204th Street

Lawson, MO 64062

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EIN

75-3126813

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Spiritual Directed Summer Camp Program

The Summer Camp Program  is not only a vital part of the existence of WRDC, but also to the formation of children and young adults on their spiritual journey. WRDC coordinates volunteers who direct and lead summer camps from June to August. Various camps offered include, but is not limited to, Astronomy, Family, Grandparent, Arts, Sports, Fishing, and Work Camps. These camps provide a Christian experience for people of all ages including;  young children, school aged children, high school youth and adults. Other programming available include Outdoor Education, Team-Building, Water Activities in our pool and lake, and Leadership Development.

Population(s) Served

WRDC hosts a variety of religious and secular groups. Some ofthe groups come to WRDC for mission work, including college students, churches and youth groups. Other’s such as scouts, scrap bookers, quilters, women and men’s groups, church staff all continue to see us as a resource and a facility that meets their needs.

Population(s) Served

WRDC offers programs throughout the year to local communities and groups using its facilities.  Programs offered include team-building initiatives, outdoor education, astronomy, and service learning projects.  Many of theses programs take place in our Tree House Village and some are enhanced with recourses from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Population(s) Served

Throughout the year, Wilderness utilizes over 200 volunteers to lead summer camps, facilitate work projects, and assist in providing exceptional services to our user groups. Volunteers are an integral part in the completion of many of our projects, from construction of our Tree House Village, to the actual members of our Campaign Leadership Development Team. There are many volunteer opportunities available at Wilderness.

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Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2003

Affiliations & memberships

United Methodist Association 1963

Financials

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Wilderness Retreat and Development Center

Board of directors
as of 01/15/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. David Israel

New McKendree UMC

Term: 2008 - 2012

Gil Harris

Zion UMC

David Israel

New McKendree UMC

Eric Moore

Linn Memorial UMC

Lee Walz

UMC Conference Director of Camping and Retreat Ministry

Karen Hinton

Chillicothe UMC