Summer Camp Mission and Values

Camp Deerpark is a ministry of the New York City Mennonite Churches – a community of Christ where children, youth, and families from all cultures are welcomed to fellowship together in the serenity of God’s creation.

As an outreach of 18 New York City Mennonite Churches, Camp Deerpark stands alone as a camping ministry owned by and dedicated to serving inner-city Mennonites. The camp offers people of all ages, races, and backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy Christian camping at a reasonable price.

Distinctive to Camp’s program are:

  • Cross-cultural ministry (both in terms of ethnic culture and rural/urban culture)
  • Opportunities for hands-on leadership and ministry experience for inner-city youth
  • Affordable and welcoming retreat facilities

Summer Camp Core Values:

Our core values are what shapes Camp Deerpark.  We use these values to help us make decisions on program activities, what we teach, and how we prioritize spending.  It is our goal that every person who participates in a summer program will experience or see one of these values demonstrated.
  • Responsibility
  • Accessible and Affordable
  • Peace making
  • Community
  • Nature appreciation
  • Worship
  • Fun
  • Teaching scripture from an Anabaptist perspective
  • Christ centered
  • Leadership development
  • Stewardship
  • Service