Tel Hai Camp & Retreat’s mission is to encourage all to be followers of Jesus Christ and to provide a special place where people can meet with God and God can meet with people.
To minister to children and families by introducing and nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and by providing a caring staff, safe and welcoming accommodations, and family focused programming.
Tel Hai Camp Statement of Faith
- We believe all of the Holy Scriptures to be inspired, infallible, inerrant, and relevant for today's living.
- We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
- We believe that all humans are born with a sinful nature and are spiritually dead apart from Christ. We also believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and was resurrected according to the Scriptures and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood; and that all who accept Him are members of one body.
- We believe in the indwelling, teaching, and convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, which includes a lifestyle in which the way of love is paramount.
- We believe the abuse of tobacco, alcohol and addictive drugs is harmful to the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, and therefore sin.
- We believe that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman and is the only faithful context for sexual intimacy and that practicing or condoning sexual activity outside of this relationship is sin.
- We believe in the personal return of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ for His children. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved; the saved to eternal life, the unsaved to eternal punishment.
Statement of Conduct:
All guest groups shall honor Biblical standards of conduct while on campus. This includes but is not limited to refraining from the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and profanity; wearing immodest clothing; and practicing or condoning sexual activity outside of the relationship of marriage between a man and a woman. Smoking is never permitted in the buildings or where food is being prepared, and is permitted only with special permission from the Camp Administrator. The use of firearms by guests of Tel Hai Camp & Retreat is prohibited without the express written consent of the Camp Administrator.
Tel Hai Camp & Retreat reserves the exclusive and sole right to decline requests for the use of the facility/grounds or to issue associated rental contracts to those groups or individuals that its Board, Executive Committee, or Administrator determines have positions or practices that are inconsistent with the Christian beliefs and practices of Tel Hai Camp & Retreat.
The Hebrew name "Tel Hai" was chosen, meaning "Hill of Life"
Tel Hai Camp was founded in 1950 and incorporated in 1951 as an independent, non-profit, Christian camp. Out of two local Mennonite churches (Maple Grove and Conestoga) a board of directors was appointed. This board then developed a camp program for urban and local children. A farm was purchased north of Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook, PA and the camp was started in a farmhouse. In 1956 the camp was moved to the woods on the south side of the road. In 1996, another 40 acres was added to the east of the camp.