• December Update

    A Word from our Executive Director A painted ceramic tile made by our son, Thad, when he was in the 3rd grade has become the centerpiece of the fall decorations in our home. Thad is now 14 years old and in the 8th grade, but his tile (pictured) is a timeless treasure to us. Thad painted this fall scene and listed that he was thankful for God, Jesus, CWS, CWR, family, sports, and even Batman! What a sincere and simple reminder of giving thanks.   At CWS and CWR, we are thankful for summer campers and retreat guests. We are grateful for opportunities to share the Gospel and serve others.…

  • Celebrating 50 Years!

    Throughout this year we have had the privilege to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Youth Camps For Christ, Inc. and its Christian camping and retreat ministries of Camp Willow Run (CWR) established in 1968 and Camp Willow Springs (CWS) established in 2014. In June, we hosted a 50th anniversary celebration event for staff alumni. Over 550 staff and guests attended! J.D. Greear, pastor of the Summit Church and a former CWR summer speaker, challenged us from Psalm 126 as he talked about faith and sacrifice. He defined faith as the audacious expectation that God will do something, against even incredible odds and shared that this is the kind of faith…

  • “Camp, an iPad, and Jesus”

    As we prepared to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, my son, Thad, was given a school assignment to write a paragraph about the things for which he is thankful. Thad wrote: “I am thankful for a lot of stuff.  Here are some things.  I am thankful for my family, my dog, a house, food, Camp Willow Run and Camp Willow Springs, a bed, an iPad, legos, friends, God, and Jesus.  The thing I am most thankful for is God and Jesus because God made me and Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.  Those are the things I am thankful for.” – Thad Harris, 4th grade  What…

  • An Update from YCFC, Inc.

    This past summer we received an encouraging note from a young woman who attended camp as part of our outreach ministry to the NC Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).  The note said: I attended your camp a long time ago, and it absolutely changed my life.  I was a young teenager incarcerated at a juvenile detention center and was given the opportunity to go to Camp Willow Run for good behavior.  I still to this day have some of the most vivid, beautiful, and inspiring memories of my time there.  It truly changed my life.  The music, the fellowship, the pure joy of life I felt in that one week…

  • YCFC, Inc. Fall Newsletter

    The 2014 Youth Camps For Christ, Inc. fall newsletter is now available online in a pdf format.  To view, or download, current and previous newsletters visit campwillowsprings.org/newsletters. The current newsletter has information about summer camp at Camp Willow Run and Camp Willow Springs, retreat information, opportunities to serve and get involved, camper and summer staff pictures, and more!  Be sure to check it out!

  • Download Spring CWR & CWS Newsletter

    Our Spring CWR & CWS Newsletter is now available online! Click here to download it. We are also sending out the newsletter in a printed format. If you would like to receive CWR and CWS publications electronically, click here to update your mail preferences.

  • CWS Christmas Mailing

    Our recent CWS mailing with updates about our progress is now available online on our Newsletters & Mailings page. 

  • CWS Update Online

    If you missed our recent mailing of the Camp Willow Run LOCO Dispatch, it contained an insert with development updates about CWS.  You can view the insert at this link or by clicking the image below.